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Freaks And Geeks: Original Soundtrack And Score
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Classic Rock
Freaks and Geeks is one of the most lavishly praised TV shows of all time. One essential ingredient to its success was the ingenious use of music. The Freaks And Geeks Original Soundtrack and Score CD includes some of the ... more »
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Freaks and Geeks is one of the most lavishly praised TV shows of all time. One essential ingredient to its success was the ingenious use of music. The Freaks And Geeks Original Soundtrack and Score CD includes some of the best anthems of the day by The Who, Joan Jett, Styx, and Rush and ties them together with the most memorable portions of Michael Andrews? score. As a special treat to fans, it also includes performances by cast members, including Nick?s cringe-worthy but hilarious ode to Lindsay, "Lady L." This is one CD no Freaks And Geeks fan should be without.
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Good, but woulda been a great Double-CD
Jason Young | Dublin, Ohio United States | 10/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Best "dramedy" I've ever seen on TV to be sure. But while the CD is decent, I wish it had included much more music from some of the serie's most incredible scenes. (I know its all due to "licensing rights", but they managed to secure all the songs for the DVD, so what happened here?) My fave "missing from the soundtrack" songs:
1. RIPPLE - Grateful Dead. I'm not a Deadhead by any means, but this was the last song on the last episode, and tied up the whole series on a poignant note.
2. ROSALINDA'S EYES - Played when the 'geeks' were shooting bottle rockets with their new gorgeous female friend. A rarely heard jazzy number from Joel. They chose to use that song over any of his "big hits". But sadly, it didn't make the CD.
3. TOM SAWYER -Rush. Yeah, 2 Rush songs would be pushing it, but if it were a double-disc...
4. NO Van Halen? The show was chock-full of VH tunes, but I guess they couldn't use any on the soundtrack?
5. KING TUT - Steve Martin. That scene was great where Samn, Neal & Bill started fighting each other.
6. LOVIN'TOUCHIN'SQUEEZIN' - Journey. Like most of the above songs, F&G made me appreciate a lot of music that I never really was into. Journey, Rush or Styx would normally NOT be the music I listen to. (I'm 32 so I grew up on them and wasn't that impressed.) But when used in the proper context, songs can become more meaningful.
Some dialogue from the show would've been welcome on this too. Like an occasional Joe Flaherty rant. Or Cynical Ken interludes. Or Rosso lecturing. Or the geeks talking about Three's Company or Dallas, etc.
So overall, I'm glad this CD came out, its just that (unlike the DVD which is beautifully over-the-top in content, this just didn't feel 'complete'. So any fans of the show should be cautious, cuz unlike the DVDs, the soundtrack isn't all-inclusive. But I wasn't expecting it to come out anyway, so I shouldn't complain...its just that it coulda been so much more!
(I AM very glad they included "The Groove Line" tho'!)"
A nice token from the show, but not a great album...
Stephanie L. Beaver | Texas USA | 11/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I basically bought this album because I love "Freaks & Geeks." And as much as I appreciate having Mr. Rosso singing Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" and Millie and Nick harmonizing on "Jesus Is Just Alright" on an album, I can only rate this album as good rather than great. As a soundtrack, this album works pretty well in capturing the spirit of the show: its humor, sensitivity and intelligence. However, I get bogged down in the score, which I think sounds a little too much like a television score, and wish that more of the '70s and '80s songs had been incorporated."
Long live "Freaks and Geeks"
J. B. Spencer | Arlington, VA USA | 09/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Freaks and Geeks was perhaps one of the best shows of its time. Too bad Fox never gave it a chance to shine and cancelled it after only one season. It lives on in DVD form and now the geniuses that are creator Paul Fieg and executive producer Judd Apatow will be even more appreciated since the release of this compilation of songs used in the show as well as some original score music. The use of Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" as the opening theme for the show (as the Freaks and Geeks got their yearbook photos taken) set the tone for the entire series. Reputations are precious things in high school, and that's what we are reminded of by this song. The songs bring back great memories from the show as well. From Sam and Cindy dancing to Styx' "Come Sail Away"; to Bill being picked last in PE while XTC's "No Language in Our Lungs" plays in the background; to Nick and Millie singing the Doobie Brother's "Jesus is Just Alright" at Lindsay's kegger. The original score work by Michael Andrews is outta' this world as well. It set the tone and mood in many a memorable scene. This is a great album that I will cherish along with my Freaks DVDs,"