- Includes original release liner notes by Jeff Walker.
- Digitally remastered from the original master tapes by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch at Digiprep, Hollywood, California.
- The soundtrack to the George Lucas film about teenage life in a small California town in the early '60s was probably the best thing about the movie, featuring several dozen outstanding early rock & roll hits. There's nothing terribly obscure here -- in fact, most of these were big smashes -- but it's a good survey of rock's early days, ranging from superstars like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and the Beach Boys to great one-shots like the Monotones, the Tempos, and Buster Brown. Drawbacks: Wolfman Jack talks over the intros of a few songs, and there are a couple tracks by early-'70s Sha Na Na-type revivalists Flash Cadillac. ~ Richie Unterberger
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.30) - Ranked #15 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Helped popularize the notion of nostalgia for the recent past..."