The Wonder Years: Music From the Emmy Award-Winning Show & Its Era

The Wonder Years: Music From the Emmy Award-Winning Show & Its Era


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The cuddly, sepia-warm tones of the hit Fox TV series spill over into this soundtrack, which is redolent with memories of childhood summers, walking in the park, barbecues out back, and all the other good stuff that the show waxed nostalgic about. Of the 13 tracks here, a full seven are covers. These include pop-gospel act Judson Spence's take on Dobie Gray's "Drift Away," Joe Cocker's soulman exertions on the Beatles' "With a Little Help (From My Friends)," and two peace-and-love chestnuts -- the Indigo Girls' version of Dino Valente's "Get Together" and Richie Havens doing Cat Stevens' "Peace Train." There's also Julian Lennon, sounding rather like David Bowie on "Ruby Tuesday." Most of the covers are faithful, if unremarkable; the oddest of the lot is little-known Brit dance-pop act the Escape Club's funked-up version of the Doors' "Twentieth Century Fox" (would that be a plug for the studio, now?). Speaking of dance-pop, there are two tracks by '80s teen queen Debbie Gibson. Schmaltz is represented by Crosby Stills, Nash & Young's "Teach Your Children" and Carole King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." And there's Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl," as well. All things considered, this record may have a fair bit of MOR hokum and not an especially inspired selection of songs. And the 1994 release The Wonder Years may be a more comprehensive document of the era capsuled in the show. Still, if you're in the mood for some quick-fix nostalgia, it fits the bill.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/1989
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678203220
catalogNumber: 82032
Rank: 42167

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richie Havens   Track Performer
Buffalo Springfield   Track Performer
Joe Cocker   Track Performer
Crosby, Stills & Nash   Track Performer
Escape Club   Track Performer
Debbie Gibson   Track Performer
Indigo Girls   Track Performer
Carole King   Track Performer
Julian Lennon   Track Performer
Steve Stills   Track Performer
Was (Not Was)   Track Performer
Judson Spence   Track Performer
Van Morrison   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Richie Havens   Contributor
Buffalo Springfield   Contributor
Joe Cocker   Contributor
Crosby, Stills & Nash   Producer,Contributor
Escape Club   Contributor
Debbie Gibson   Producer,Contributor
Indigo Girls   Contributor
Carole King   Contributor
Julian Lennon   Contributor
Was (Not Was)   Contributor
Judson Spence   Producer,Contributor
Ray Manzarek   Producer
Lou Adler   Producer
Don Barnes   Composer
Bert Berns   Producer
Jeff Carlisi   Composer
Denny Cordell   Producer
Charles Green   Producer
John Keane   Producer
Patrick Leonard   Producer
Van Morrison   Contributor
Larry Steele   Composer
Brian Stone   Producer
Donnie Van Zant   Composer
David Weiss   Producer
Don Was   Producer
Mentor Williams   Composer
Toby Emmerich   Producer
Karen Gibson   Producer
Karen Gibson   Producer
Robby Krieger   Composer

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