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Forrest Gump
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2003
What a brilliant Album!! Not only do we get all the songs from one of the best films of the 20th Century, but we also get extra bonus tracks too.
I love the mix of fast, slow and the sublime. It is my absolute favourite "Getting Ready" album as I can sing into my hairbrush as loud as I like and dance around to all the girly favs too.
I would strongly recommend this album to anyone who would like to have a variety of music from the 60's that isn't the same as on every other 60's compilation album.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
There are two versions of this CD set.
The older one with 32 tracks and this one with two extra tracks making 34.

The two extra bonus tracks are
Running On Empty by Jackson Browne and
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac.

The strange thing is that this collector's edition with the two extra tracks is often cheaper than the original release with 32.
As it's not clear which tracks are on the CDs I thought this list would help.
If you spot any mistakes or typos just add a comment.
All spellings are the American versions.

There is some cracking good tracks and for once the soundtrack was an integral part of the movie that helped you put the events in historical order- a really neat trick that gave us some wonderful music.

1.Hound Dog-Elvis Presley
2. Rebel Rouser-Duane Eddy
3. (I Don't Know Why) But I Do-Clarence "Frogman" Henry
4. Walk Right In-The Rooftop Singers
5. Land Of 1000 Dances-Wilson Pickett
6. Blowin' In The Wind-Joan Baez
7. Fortunate Son-Creedence Clearwater Revival
8.I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)-The Four Tops
9. Respect-Aretha Franklin
10. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35-Bob Dylan
11. Sloop John B-The Beach Boys
12. California Dreamin'-The Mamas And The Papas
13. For What It's Worth-Buffalo Springfield
14. What The World Needs Now Is Love-Jackie DeShannon
15. Break On Through (To The Other Side)-The Doors
16. Mrs Robinson-Simon & Garfunkel

Disc 2

1. Volunteers-Jefferson Airplane
2. Let's Get Together-The Youngbloods
3. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)-Scott McKenzie
4. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)-The Byrds
5. Medley: Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In-The Fifth Dimension
6. Everybody's Talkin'-Harry Nilsson
7. Joy To The World-Three Dog Night
8. Stoned Love-The Supremes
9. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head-B.J. Thomas
10. Mr President (Have Pity On The Working Man)-Randy Newman
11. Sweet Home Alabama-Lynyrd Skynyrd
12. Running On Empty-Jackson Browne [Bonus Track]
13. It Keeps You Runnin'-The Doobie Brothers
14. I've Got To Use My Imagination-Gladys Knight & The Pips
15. Go Your Own Way-Fleetwood Mac [Bonus Track]
16. On The Road Again-Willie Nelson
17. Against The Wind-Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
18. Forrest Gump Suite-Alan Silvestri
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2012
Although my review doesn't cover the two extra tracks put on the 2001 special edition, I think this first release of the Forrest Gump soundtrack is just a marvel to listen to. As the movie for which it was used follows the life of, as stated in the album's leaflet, "A simple man's journey through complicated times", this soundtrack covers American songs going from the fifties (Hound Dog, Rebel Rouser) till 1980 (On the Road Again, Against the Wind). Therefore, listening to this album is almost like getting to live or relive those time periods, along with the incidents that have had a major impact on our lives and our world. As such, the nostalgia in this soundtrack is as heart-wrenching as the movie it was made for.

Though I have loved all of the music tracks, I'd say my favorites are "Blowin in the Wind", "I Can't Help Myself", "What the World Needs Now is Love", "Stoned Love", "Mrs. Robinson" and "Turn!Turn! Turn!". As for the music composed by Alan Silvestri, the producers of this album also offer us the "Forrest Gump Suite" as a final treat. However I still wish they could have included the song "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, which was used for that powerful scene when Jenny (played by Robin Wright) is attempting a suicide by jumping off from a balcony. I always wonder why they didn't get to put that track. Maybe they had contractual reasons, or maybe they didn't had any more space to put the song on the album? Who knows? Then again, I still wish that they could put that song in a future edition.

Nevertheless, I think this soundtrack is a must for all the fans of the Forrest Gump movie, but also to anyone fond of American music done in the fifties, sixties, and seventies.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2000
The soundtrack of Forrest Gump certainly lives up to the reputation of the fantastic film which is also blessed with several Oscars. All the classic rock from the 1950s through the hippy 70s and on to the 80s is brought to life through a dual-cd album also featuring the soundtrack to the movie. Truly the greatest collection of songs ever to be burned onto the shiny discs. A must buy for the fans of every type of music!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2003
What a brilliant Album!! Not only do we get all the songs from one of the best films of the 20th Century, but we also get extra bonus tracks too.
I love the mix of fast, slow and the sublime. It is my absolute favourite "Getting Ready" album as I can sing into my hairbrush as loud as I like and dance around to all the girly favs too.
I would strongly recommend this album to anyone who would like to have a variety of music from the 60's that isn't the same as on every other 60's compilation album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I was compelled to purchase the 1994, 32 track, double disc set of this superb soundtrack recently to replace a previous copy which seems to have disappeared into the ether. Or, I suppose a somewhat less Fortean explanation might just be that it has been pilfered by someone with excellent taste in music. That copy itself had been purchased to replace the one that my ex-wife managed to wrestle from me and then secrete in a place of safety during our divorce (it may well still be living there deep down in her cleavage - I don't know anyone who might be brave enough to try to find out). And even THAT copy was a replacement for one that was leant to a friend and came back to me looking like Freddy Krueger had been tracing out his autograph on both discs of it.

What I am trying to say is, I need to have this soundtrack within easy reach at all times.

I've never even seen the movie, but whoever chose the music it for it clearly knew what they were doing. Actually, from the number of tracks that are asterisked as 'CD Bonus Tracks', my favourite tunes don't appear to have featured in the film anyway. 'Joy To The World' is, without question, my absolute favourite song on here. Or perhaps 'Walk Right In'.

Then again, would I be risking the wrath of Aretha Franklin by not affording her brilliance the 'Respect' it deserves...? I like the sound of her music but I don't much like the sound of that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2008
Disappointed to discover that 'the Doors' and 'Jimmy Hendrix in particular are not on this CD. The rest of the music is good but I would very much like to find out why these have been missed off. Good to have the theme music of the film though which is beautiful, and 'Sweet Home Alabama' is at least there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2009
This is brilliant and excellent value for money. I have been wanting this for a long time but could not afford it... until Amazon priced it right ... and I have not been disappointed. First Class.
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Forrest Gump (Special Collector's Edition)

Think most of us have watched this film. Probably right to say some of us have watched it more than once or twice. You hear the songs and for some of us in our late thirties and forties, fifties will remember these song from being played on the radio and on our record players when we were younger. Great to see how these were all introduced together back again in this double cd. My favourites, California Dreamin, If you go to San Fransisco (wear some flowers in your hair). Enjoy.
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on 15 May 2013
Having caught Forrest Gump on telly recently, I loved hearing the music again and decided to buy the album.

There are some real classics from the 60s and 70s but I hadn't appreciated how many less well-known(and Iin my opinion 'less good') songs were on the album. I do find myself fast forwarding through certain songs if I'm honest.

A good buy overall but not the absolute classic I was expecting. Look at the song list carefully before deciding whether it's for you.
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