Sunday, January 3, 2010

Review: Nowhere Boy soundtrack

The film this soundtrack accompanies hasn't opened here yet, but I imagine it makes a suitable backing to the story, which charts the young John Lennon's coming of age.

Naturally, the musical focus is on early rock'n'roll: Elvis, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, the usual suspects. A nice touch is the addition of a few newly recorded tunes by the "Nowhere Boys" (the press release and liners on the promo copy I received don't identify the musicians' identities. These are skiffle-like covers of rock'n'roll tunes and the early Lennon-McCartney tune "In Spite of All the Danger," which attempt to capture the early Fabs' sound.

The only tune by the real John Lennon is "Mother."

All in all, a good collection of 50s rock'n'roll standards. Not something you need if you already have such tunes in your library, but I suppose it may serve as a nice introduction to viewers new to this era of rock and to the story of Lennon's early years.

Complete track list:

Disc: 1
1. Jerry Lee Lewis - Wild One
2. Dickie Valentine - Mr Sandman
3. Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats - Rocket 88
4. Elvis Presley - Shake, Rattle & Roll
5. Wanda Jackson - Hard Headed Woman
6. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
7. The Nowhere Boys - Maggie May
8. The Nowhere Boys - That'll Be The Day
9. Eddie Bond & The Stompers - Rockin' Daddy
10. Eddie Cochran - Twenty Flight Rock
11. The Nowhere Boys - That's Alright Mamma
12. The Nowhere Boys - Raunchy
13. The Nowhere Boys - Movin' and Groovin'
14. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
15. Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps - Be-Bop-A-Lula
16. Aaron Johnson - Hello Little Girl
17. The Nowhere Boys -In Spite Of All The Danger
Disc: 2
1. John Lennon - Mother
2. Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven
3. Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock
4. Little Richard - Rip It Up
5. Elvis Presley - Baby, Let's Play House
6. Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue
7. Buddy Knox - Party Doll
8. Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought The Law
9. Vince Taylor & His Playboys - Brand New Cadillac
10. Dale Hawkins - Susie-Q
11. Shirley & Lee - Let The Good Times Roll
12. Barrett Strong - Money (That's What I Want)
13. Fats Domino - Ain't That A Shame
14. Lloyd Price - Stagger Lee
15. Frankie Vaughan - These Dangerous Years
16. The Del-Vikings - Come Go With Me

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