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Austin Powers: Original Soundtrack
Various Artists
Austin Powers: Original Soundtrack
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
 
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Mike Myers's love letter to mid-'60s pop kitsch (and understated critique of the hardcore '90s) may not have wowed many critics, but it soldiered quirkily along to become a true cult hit. Its soundtrack is one of the film'...  more »

      
   

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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Austin Powers: Original Soundtrack
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 23
Label: Hollywood Records
Original Release Date: 5/2/1997
Re-Release Date: 4/29/1997
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: Comedy & Spoken Word, Oldies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 720616211224, 094635974324, 2602000001308, 4029758211229, 720616211248

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Mike Myers's love letter to mid-'60s pop kitsch (and understated critique of the hardcore '90s) may not have wowed many critics, but it soldiered quirkily along to become a true cult hit. Its soundtrack is one of the film's more underrated charms--a savvy mix of '60s and '90s influences that are by turns infectiously silly (the Powers-fronted Ming Tea's earnestly energetic "BBC") and downright sublime (Burt Bacharach and the Posies' new take on "What the World Needs Now"). Cuts by acid-jazz powerhouse The James Taylor Quartet, the Diviynls, Quincy Jones, the Cardigans, and others round out the decidedly groovy proceedings. --Jerry McCulley

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CD Reviews

A Swinging Album
Jewel | Auckland, New Zealand | 05/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As Austin puts it, this album is 'groovy baby', so much so that it makes you want to step into a time portal and head back to the 60's! All the songs on the album are retro and kitsch, which ultimately sits well with the movie's themes. (How hard is that to find in a movie soundtrack these days?) What's interesting to note is that most of the songs are covered by modern day artists, which indicates in some respects that this is a 60's 'tribute' album. Standout tracks include 'Carnival' by the masters of retro-pop the Cardigans, 'Soul Bossa Nova' by the legendary Quincy Jones and 'Female of the Species' by Space. This soundtrack is definitely a feel-good album and is great to sing along to. So if you are a fan of retro, or want an album that can keep you in an optimistic frame of mind (think 60's flower power!), than this soundtrack is a must have."
A good lounge-y collection, mixing old & new
trystan | Silicon Valley, CA, USA | 10/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a really enjoyable compilation -- there's classic lounge tunes like 'Soul Bossa Nova,' plus modern rock songs like 'Female of the Species,' & covers of older lounge tunes by modern bands. It all works together to create the ideal cocktail party background music for even the most diverse crowd. Yeah, baby, yeah!"
I found it nostalgic.
Jewel | 07/14/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This CD might hold more appeal for baby boomers than generation X'ers, but if you enjoyed the music while watching the movie, then you'll likely enjoy this CD. The subtly modernized version of The Turtles classic "You Showed Me" put a new twist on an old favorite. I was impressed that some of the remakes even contained simulated vinyl pops and scratches making this CD literally groovy!. Many of the late 60's classics brought back some nice feelings. The CD would not have been complete without "Mas Que Nada", however, I was disappointed that "Secret Agent Man" was absent. Also, it would have been nice to have included the original version of Bacharach's "What The World Needs Now is Love". All in all though this was a very "groovy" CD!"