Includes original release liner notes by Jeff Walker.
Digitally remastered from the original master tapes by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch at Digiprep, Hollywood, California.
The soundtrack to the George Lucas film about teenage life in a small California town in the early '60s was probably the best thing about the movie, featuring several dozen outstanding early rock & roll hits. There's nothing terribly obscure here -- in fact, most of these were big smashes -- but it's a good survey of rock's early days, ranging from superstars like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and the Beach Boys to great one-shots like the Monotones, the Tempos, and Buster Brown. Drawbacks: Wolfman Jack talks over the intros of a few songs, and there are a couple tracks by early-'70s Sha Na Na-type revivalists Flash Cadillac. ~ Richie Unterberger
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.30) - Ranked #15 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Helped popularize the notion of nostalgia for the recent past..."