BY JOHN B. MOORE
The kitschy Guardians of Galaxy Soundtrack the may have grabbed a ton of press this year thanks to surprisingly strong sales (in an incredibly weak year for mainstream music), but it’s the American Hustle Soundtrack that actually deserved more of the attention (originally out on CD in 2013, it was re-released on vinyl last month).
While the Guardians’ well-worn joke about a cassette tape crammed with one-hit wonders from the ‘70s and ‘80s – songs like “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” “Hooked on a Feeling” – sounds a bit like a rip off every Quentin Tarantino soundtrack, American Hustle fills its companion album with an accurate snapshot from the era. Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and the Bee Gees “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” all contribute to the movie’s 1970s vibe, just as much as the polyester suits and tinted eyewear. While the more well-known era hits are great to have here, it’s actually the newer tracks, like ELO frontman Jeff Lynne’s instrumental “Stream of Stars” and Christ Stills “Live to Live,” both sounding like they could have come out around the time the film is set, that make this record.
Legacy decided to release a special vinyl edition of the soundtrack for Black Friday’s Record Store Day, on 150 Gram blue and red wax. It comes with six new songs not available on CD. While you may speculate that releasing a new-ish record on vinyl is contributing to the watering down of Record Store Day, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a stellar soundtrack and one that was made to be played on a turntable.
DOWNLOAD: “10538 Overture” (ELO), “Stream of Stars” (Jeff Lynne) and “Live to Live” (Chris Stills)