The Big Chill: More Songs from the Original Soundtrack

The Big Chill: More Songs from the Original Soundtrack


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The original motion picture soundtrack to The Big Chill (1984) has been rightfully lauded as reintroducing the baby boomer generation -- as well as the rest of the world -- to their music. The film deals with a bittersweet reunion of former college pals at the funeral of a mutual friend. The candor and humor that director Lawrence Kasdan used in dealing with the subject matter, as well as the iconoclastic top-shelf ensemble cast, immediately struck a chord. The characters and situations presented obvious and resounding touchstones in the concurrent lives of those who survived coming of age during the 1960s. At the very core of each cinematic scene, tying all of the emotional loose ends together, is the seemingly haphazard soundtrack. Indeed, outside of the context of the movie, putting tracks as stylistically disparate as the Steve Miller Band's psychedelic ballad "Quicksilver Girl" alongside the bright R&B of the Exciters' "Tell Him'" might seem, at the very least, odd. However, the action on the screen becomes so indelibly linked to the incidental tunes that the music practically becomes a phantom cast member. The tracks were chosen by Kasdan's wife, Meg, and as the bulk of them hailed from the Motown catalog, the R&B label released an original soundtrack long-player containing ten of the tunes prominently featured in the flick. The Top 20 success of that platter spawned this follow-up. The Big Chill: More Songs from the Original Soundtrack (1984) was issued seven months after its predecessor. With only seven of the 11 cuts actually used in The Big Chill, this title made a comparatively modest showing in the Top 100. Perhaps more insidious is the cultural revolution that resulted in the ensuing nostalgia for all things 1960s -- such as the advent of "Oldies" radio stations and the lucrative CD reissue market. Potential consumers should note that the two-CD Big Chill deluxe edition from 2004 includes a majority of the material from both LPs as well as a good sampling of hits from the Big Chill era.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/1998
Label: Motown
UPC: 0731453097728
catalogNumber: 530977
Rank: 12235

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Performance Credits

Band   Track Performer
Beach Boys   Track Performer
Creedence Clearwater Revival   Track Performer
Spencer Davis Group   Track Performer
Four Tops   Track Performer
Marvin Gaye   Track Performer
Marvelettes   Track Performer
Rascals   Track Performer
Robbie Robertson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Percy Sledge   Track Performer
Rick Danko   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals
Martha & the Vandellas   Track Performer
Steve Miller   Track Performer
Martha Reeves   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Band   Producer
John Fogerty   Producer
Marvin Gaye   Producer
Rascals   Producer
Brian Wilson   Composer,Producer
Marlin Greene   Producer
Jimmy Miller   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Glyn Johns   Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Steve Miller   Composer,Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Producer
Norman Whitfield   Producer
Quin Ivy   Producer
Tony Asher   Composer

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