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Forrest Gump [Special Edition]

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8/21/2001

Review

The surprise hit of the 1994 summer movie season traces the life of a half-wit through the major historical events of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, and this soundtrack album is a travelogue of the same period, from Elvis Presley's 1956 hit "Hound Dog" to Bob Seger's 1980 hit "Against the Wind." Like the movie, the soundtrack to Forrest Gump succeeds at repackaging the familiar -- in the film, we revisit everything from desegregation and the Vietnam War to the self-centered trends of the '70s, and on the soundtrack, we hear the concurrent hits for the umpteenth time -- although, unlike the movie, the soundtrack doesn't trivialize what it recycles. Playing it is basically like listening to an oldies radio station, minus the commercials and annoying DJ patter, but just like many other song-oriented soundtracks, this is still a miscellaneous collection. That, however, didn't keep it from shooting into the Top Ten as the movie became a blockbuster. The double-CD version contains eight more tracks than the cassette. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Hound Dog Elvis Presley 2:14
  3. 2 Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy 2:22
  4. 3 (I Don't Know Why) But I Do Clarence "Frogman" Henry 2:17
  5. 4 Walk Right In Rooftop Singers 2:33
  6. 5 Land of 1000 Dances Wilson Pickett 2:23
  7. 6 Blowin' in the Wind Joan Baez 2:34
  8. 7 Fortunate Son Creedence Clearwater Revival 2:18
  9. 8 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Four Tops 2:43
  10. 9 Respect Aretha Franklin 2:27
  11. 10 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 Bob Dylan 4:32
  12. 11 Sloop John B The Beach Boys 2:56
  13. 12 California Dreamin' The Mamas & The Papas 2:39
  14. 13 For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield 2:38
  15. 14 What the World Needs Now Is Love Jackie DeShannon 3:10
  16. 15 Break on Through (To the Other Side) The Doors 2:25
  17. 16 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel 3:50
  18. 1 Volunteers Jefferson Airplane 2:2
  19. 2 Let's Get Together The Youngbloods 4:34
  20. 3 San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) Scott McKenzie 2:56
  21. 4 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) The Byrds 3:51
  22. 5 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In The 5th Dimension 4:45
  23. 6 Everybody's Talkin' Harry Nilsson 2:41
  24. 7 Joy to the World Three Dog Night 3:13
  25. 8 Stoned Love The Supremes 2:59
  26. 9 Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head B.J. Thomas 3:0
  27. 10 Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man) Randy Newman 2:44
  28. 11 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:43
  29. 12 Running on Empty Jackson Browne 4:56
  30. 13 It Keeps You Runnin' The Doobie Brothers 4:13
  31. 14 I've Got to Use My Imagination Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:26
  32. 15 Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac 3:39
  33. 16 On the Road Again Willie Nelson 2:27
  34. 17 Against the Wind Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 5:28
  35. 18 Forrest Gump Suite Alan Silvestri 8:48

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