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High Fidelity Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood / Edel
  • ASIN: B00004UD4W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Town Called Malice - The Jam
2. You're Gonna Miss Me - Thirteenth Floor Elevators
3. Cold Blooded Old Times - Smog
4. I'm Gonna Love You a Little More Babe - Barry White
5. Who Loves the Sun - Velvet Underground
6. Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin
7. Dry the Rain - The Beta Band
8. Shipbuilding - Elvis Costello & the Attractions
9. Fallen For You - Sheila Nicholls
10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - Velvet Underground
11. Most of the Time - Bob Dylan
12. Lo Boob Oscillator - Stereolab
13. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy - The Kinks
14. Let's Get it On - Jack Black
15. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) - Stevie Wonder

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ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK High Fidelity OST (2000 UK 15-track CD album featuring the soundtrack to the classic film version of Nick Hornsbys book includes tracks by The Jam The 13th Floor Elevators The Velvet Underground Aretha Franklin Bob Dylan Stereolab The Kinks Stevie Wonder and more housed in the original custom-stickered jewel case complete with the fold-out picture insert which has just a little evidence of storagewear but the disc appears barely played)

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The film adaptation of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity was always going to need a killer soundtrack: the novel, after all, is about the owner of Championship Vinyl, a specialist record shop that specialises in berating customers whose taste isn't refined enough. John Cusack and co. have done a bang-up job (Cusack not only stars; he also co-produced), assembling a list of accessible favourites from artists old and new, obscure and (gasp!) popular. Alongside lesser-known classics from the likes of Bob Dylan, the Velvet Underground, Barry White, Stevie Wonder, the Kinks and Aretha Franklin (an impressive list in itself!), there are classics-to-be from modern critical faves such as The Beta Band, Smog and Stereolab. In fact, there's only one genuine hit--The Jam's "A Town Called Malice"--and it's neatly matched up with "You're Gonna Miss Me" from the proto-psychedelic garage rockers The Thirteenth Floor Elevators. (Obscure trivia fact: the Elevators' are best-known for vocalist Roky Erickson, who underwent shock treatment and never was the same again.) There's also an impassioned version of "Let's Get It On" by Jack Black, who plays one of the store clerks in the film, but also has a cult following in the States for his spoof band, Tenacious D. True musos will debate the merits of the soundtrack endlessly (why not Otis Redding instead of Stevie Wonder? why two cuts from the VU?), but--for once--that's not the mark of an inferior product: the High Fidelity soundtrack is every bit as good as the book that inspired it. --Randy Silver

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Nick Edwards on 3 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am not a big fan of soundtrack albums - too often they contain 50% strong, recognisable tracks from the film, with the remaining 50% filled with poor quality tracks inserted to ensure that there are enough songs to make a soundtrack CD. There are a few notable exceptions, the best of which is probably Good Morning Vietnam.
Thankfully, High Fidelity manages to capture the essence of both the film and the book. Whilst the songs on the album do not necessarily represent the more popular songs from the artists (The Kinks "Everyboby's Gonna Be Happy", for example), they capture the spirit of the bands, and the energy of the film.
The album, whether by design or by accident, manages to meet the criteria set out in the film for recording a compilation album:
"You have to start out with something really great, something that is going to grab their attention. Then, you gotta take it up a notch. But you don't want to blow your load to soon, so then you have to bring it down..."
There are few "weaker" tracks on the CD, and those few are well supported by timeless Bob Dylan (Most of the time), classic Velvet Underground (Who Loves The Sun), and wonderfully psychadelic Beta Band (Dry The Rain).
All in all, a great album, and well worth its place in any CD rack.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shrimper Al on 19 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Wow, what a great soundtrack! Right from the outset the album starts off with the opening track from the film the fabulous 'You're Gonna Miss Me' by The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, and ends with Stevie Wonder's 'I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)'. But I feel the pinnacle of the album is Jack Black's rendition of Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On', great in the movie, great on the soundtrack. Every song on the album is top notch, if you are a fan of the movie make sure you add this to your cd collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack just gets better and better...A great start with The Jam's "A Town called Malice", and leading to Velvet Underground, Dylan's "Most of the Time", and an excellent version of "Lets Get it on"...you'll find some of you're old faves on this - one for the collection. Great film also...buy this album, you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pedro C. Monteiro on 2 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
High Fidelity is (in this order) a great book, a great film, and a great soundtrack. This "uk extra-tracks version", though, is missing the most important piece: Love's "Always See Your Face", one of the best and most underrated songs ever writen. It's still a great CD - Dylan's "Most of the Time" would be good enough reason to buy the record - but it's a pity they didn't thought of fiting the entire movie soundtrack into a box set...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Newbold TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'd actually worn out the UK released CD and on looking for a replacement the US version had a couple of different tracks, including
Love's "Always See Your Face",- not only a superb song in its own right, but its use in the film as Rob seeks to win back Laura from his horrible hippy neighbour, is one of many which mark this as one of the best soundtrack albums ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
having read the book, and being new to this area of music i was really looking forward to the film. the soundtrack did not disappoint, but to have to cut it down to one cd must have been a complete nightmare. however, the production team behind this have surpassed themselves. it is an excellent album, with a mixture of songs, and deserves every compliment writable. buy it!
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By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
After having seen the film, I decided to buy the book and the soundtrack. I read it while listening and relistening the music and it's really worth it! You get in the mood of the story-teller, which is surely not happy - rather melancholic. Most of all I liked song #7 - Sheila Nicholls makes me have goose-bumps up to this day singing in a Tori Amos - manner. Earwigs are the songs #10 and #14. Besides I knew none of the tracks before. The only negative aspect is that none of the songs is treated in the book and therefore none of the songs treated in the book are on the soundtrack. If I don't err, on the UK-Version there is a track by Aretha Franklin, who made it in the All-Time-Top5. But there are also tracks missing which I wouldn't want to be.
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By A Customer on 9 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack has everything that a soundtrack needs. The beauty of it focuses on the songs that the main character relates to in his, often, disorientated lifestyle. The paciness of The Jam and The Kinks get your hips moving. Then the contrast is clear with the melodramatic Sheila Nicholls and Velvet Underground beauties. To superbly coincide with the film, the Stevie Wonder tune completes the soundtrack to perfection.
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