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Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons

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The Simpsons 10/19/1999

Review

Throughout its near-decade-long run, The Simpsons has maintained an astounding level of high quality, turning out episodes dense with verbal wit, visual humor, and musical parodies. Since each episode moves so swiftly, it's easy to take the high quality for granted, especially as far as the music is concerned. It's presented without any fanfare -- it's just simply part of the Springfield universe. That's why Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons, Rhino's sequel to the first collection of Simpsons music Songs in the Key of Springfield, is so welcome; it serves as a reminder of the sheer brilliance of the music within this peerless show. Much of that musical brilliance is due to Alf Clausen, who co-writes, arranges, produces, and conducts nearly all the music on the show. Hearing all of this music, ranging from the first to the ninth season, in one place confirms how Clausen and his collaborators can master everything from show tunes to commercial jingles. What's really impressive is that the music is every bit as funny, sometimes more so, than the lyrics -- and that's no easy trick to pull off. Go Simpsonic not only picks up where Songs in the Key of Springfield left off in 1997, but it compiles some overlooked highlights from 1990-1996, adding four previously unreleased alternate versions and tunes along the way. Sure, in one sense it's an archival release, a way to get the "Cape Feare" medley on the same disc as Kirk VanHouten's immortal "Can I Borrow a Feeling?," but the best thing about Go Simpsonic is that it never feels like a sop to the show's rabid fan base -- it's simply a hell of a listen on its own terms as it winds its way through 53 tracks, each one as good, if not better, than the one that came before it. It's a sequel that's truly equal to its predecessor. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 "The Simpsons" Main Title Terry Harrington 0:51
  3. 2 Lisa's Sax: Those Were The Days/"WB's Proud To Present" Theme [Medley] The Simpsons 1:4
  4. 3 All Singing, All Dancing: "Gonna Paint Our Wagon" Theme and re [Medley] The Simpsons 1:47
  5. 4 We Put the Spring in Springfield The Simpsons 2:26
  6. 5 Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala (Annoyed Grunt) Cious: Turkey In [Medley] The Simpsons 1:20
  7. 6 Cut Every Corner The Simpsons 1:47
  8. 7 A Boozehound Name Barney The Simpsons 1:53
  9. 8 Happy Just the Way We Are The Simpsons 1:33
  10. 9 "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala (Annoyed Grunt) Cious" End Credits ... Alf Clausen Orchestra 0:46
  11. 10 Cash and Cary Harry Shearer 0:46
  12. 11 (Meet) The Flinstones Dan Castellaneta 0:29
  13. 12 Underwater Wonderland The Simpsons 0:52
  14. 13 Happy Birthday, Mr. Burns Harry Shearer 0:41
  15. 14 The Field of Excellence Harry Shearer 0:30
  16. 15 "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show" Theme The Simpsons 0:14
  17. 16 Poochie Rap Song The Simpsons 0:28
  18. 17 The City of New York Vs. Homer Simpson: No Regards/You're Checkin' [Medley] Alf Clausen Orchestra 2:1
  19. 18 "Quimby" Campaign Commercial The Simpsons 0:20
  20. 19 "The Simpsons" End Credits Theme The Simpsons 0:46
  21. 20 Trash of the Titans: Before The Garbage Man!/The Garbageman [Medley] The Simpsons 1:59
  22. 21 Canyonero Hank Williams, Jr. 1:17
  23. 22 Everyone Loves Ned Flanders ("The Adventurs of Ned Flanders" Theme) The Simpsons 0:33
  24. 23 "Scorpio" End Credits Sally Stevens 0:41
  25. 24 "Chief Wiggum, P.I." Main Title The Simpsons 1:5
  26. 25 "The Love-Matic Grampa" Main Title The Simpsons 0:56
  27. 26 Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase:"The Simpson family Smile-Time Vari [Medley] The Simpsons 3:54
  28. 27 The Ballad of Jebediah Springfield The Simpsons 0:44
  29. 28 In Marge We Trust: Klang And Koto/"Mr. Sparkle" Theme and Logo [Medley] The Simpsons 2:17
  30. 29 "Krusty the Clown" Main Title Alf Clausen Orchestra 0:17
  31. 30 Cape Fear: Any Last Requests?/H.M.S. Pinafore/Bart's Holding T [Medley] Alf Clausen 1:52
  32. 31 Mr. Plow The Simpsons 0:51
  33. 32 Plow King The Simpsons 0:54
  34. 33 "Kamp Krusty" Theme Song Hank Azaria 1:4
  35. 34 "The Simpsons" End Credits Theme [Jazz Quartet Version] The Simpsons 0:41
  36. 35 Union Strike Folk Song, Pt. 1-2 The Simpsons 0:42
  37. 36 Rappin' Ronnie Reagan The Simpsons 0:25
  38. 37 Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel! The Simpsons 0:56
  39. 38 "Ya-Hoo" Main Title The Simpsons 0:30
  40. 39 The Land of Chocolate The Simpsons 1:36
  41. 40 "Skinner and the Superintendent" Theme Hank Azaria 0:15
  42. 41 Presidents' Song Harry Shearer 0:53
  43. 42 The Star Spangled Banner The Simpsons 1:16
  44. 43 Talkin' Softball Terry Cashman 1:22
  45. 44 Like Father, Like Clown: A Warm Round/Oh, My Papa/A Love Thing [Medley] The Simpsons 1:4
  46. 45 Blessed Be the Guy That Bonds ("McBain" End Credits) Sally Stevens 0:48
  47. 46 You're Gonna Like Me (The Habbo Song) The Simpsons 1:0
  48. 47 Can I Borrow a Feeling? The Simpsons 0:49
  49. 48 "The Simpsons" End Credits Theme Alf Clausen Orchestra 0:55
  50. 49 We Love to Smoke Julie Kavner 0:52
  51. 50 Apu in "The Jolly Bengali" Theme The Simpsons 0:14
  52. 51 The Garbageman [Long Demo Version] The Simpsons 2:5
  53. 52 Señor Burns [Long Versions] Tito Puente & His Latin Jazz Ensemble & Orchestra 2:12
  54. 53 Happy Birthday, Mr. Smithers Harry Shearer 0:14

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