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Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons: Original Music From The Television Series [SOUNDTRACK]

When champions of The Simpsons contend that the animated TV show is the best-written show on the small screen, they're referring as much to the songs that pop up in most episodes as the dialogue. Well, here's a springboard to the Springfield Sound that Simpsons supporters will find irresistible.

Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons: Original Music From The Television Series

by The Simpsons, Alf Clausen, Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, Yeardley Smith, The Simpsons (Related Recordings), Danny Elfman
Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
Original Release Date: November 2, 1999
Label: Rhino Records

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Editorial Reviews
When champions of The Simpsons contend that the animated TV show is the best-written show on the small screen, they're referring as much to the songs that pop up in most episodes as the dialogue. Well, here's a springboard to the Springfield Sound that Simpsons supporters will find irresistible. The musical hotbed of indeterminate locale has drawn everyone from Sonic Youth to Tony Bennett, both of whom contribute original material to Go Simpsonic. But with a cast that includes the inimitable likes of Krusty the Klown ("Like Father, Like Clown"), Waylon Smithers ("Happy Birthday, Mr. Burns"), and Patty and Selma Bouvier ("We Love to Smoke"), who needs pampered VIPs? Toss in the spirited "Everyone Loves Ned Flanders," Kirk Van Houten's wrenching "Can I Borrow a Feeling?" and the Brothers Four (!?) parody "The Ballad of Jebediah Springfield," and you have a singin' and dancin' hullabaloo to last a lunchtime! - Steven Stolder

Customer Reviews
The Best Simpsons CD Yet!!, February 15, 2001
Reviewer: Mark S Longley from Tennessee

If you're looking for an awesome cd to buy, you need to "go simpsonic with the simpsons" greatest album yet! I already own Songs in the Key of Springfield and The Yellow Album, and The Simpsons Sing the Blues, but this is by far the best album. With a total of 53 songs such as "Gonna Paint That Wagon", the Sherry Boppins collection, "We're Gonna Move Underwater" and other great hits! This song will keep you laughing for hours. So please I recommend that you buy this CD. Well, hope you enjoy it!

Very funny.... and good-quality music, too, February 4, 2001
Reviewer: empi74 from California

After wanting this CD for months, I finally caved and bought it. I don't know what took me so long- after all, I own the first one as well, and love it.

My first reaction to this compilation was pretty much the same reaction I had to the first CD: "People who don't watch this show aren't going to get much out of this album." Although that might be true (I would love to give it to somebody who has never seen the show, just to see if they find it funny), I then realized two things: 1. People who purchase this CD are most likely die-hard fans already anyway, and 2. Listening to these songs out of context actually forces you to appreciate how good this music really is. Considering how quickly much of it had to be composed and performed to meet deadlines, you couldn't ask for sharper lyrics or for crisper instrumentation.

That said, I do have a few (minor) gripes. The demo version of "The Garbageman" may include lyrics that didn't make it to the TV show, but it's only a few short lines that were cut.... not really enough, in my opinion, to warrant putting this version on the CD. I'm not really sure why they felt the need to put "Senor Burns" on here either, since it was on the first disc, albeit in a shorter version. Finally, I thought this CD didn't "flow" the way the first one did, chronologically or musically. I can see how that would have happened, though... they obviously found a few tracks ("Union Strike Folk Song", for example) that missed the first disc for some reason, and were put on this one instead.

Overall, an excellent album. My personal highlights include "Those Were the Days", "Cut Every Corner", "The Garbageman" (the final version), "Canyonero", "Everyone Loves Ned Flanders", and "The Land of Chocolate".

DOWN CANYONERO!!!, October 19, 2003
Reviewer: Shawn Watson from Badger's Brook, Edinburgh

Beware. If you buy this CD you'll be singing everything on it and driving everyone mad. Why? Because the songs on it are just so damn good with the maddest lyrics. It's really impossible to decide which one is best because they're all great. How can I possiblely compare Rappin' Ronnie Regan (it always makes the trip go faster) to Canyonero.

Forget the cheap 'Simpsons Sing The Blues' CD. This one and 'Songs in the key of Springfield' (both from Rhino) make a great twosome and make for great collectors items. There's loads (perhaps a little too much) of Simpsons merchandise out there and sometimes it's hard to tell what's worth it. Getting this CD is a wise choice.

A Must-Have for Any Simpson Fan!, September 2, 2003
Reviewer: gretlcello from middle of Kansas

My brother bought me this CD a while back, and as of today, I still can't stop singing along to it. It has over 50 selections of songs from some of the greatest moments or episodes of the Simpsons. If you're a die-hard Simpson fan, this album is a must!

" The Best Simpsons Song Collection Ever ", July 16, 2003
Reviewer: An Customer

My friend got this Cd for me on my birthday, and it is very thrilling to listen to. I was very suprised and impressed to see that there is over 50 songs on this Cd. I have never seen a collection of songs so massive before! It has many songs that people usually forget the tune to like, "Mayor Quimby's Campaign Jingle" along with all of the timeless-quality, original songs like, "Let's Keep the Spring in Spingfield". As a Simpsons fan, I am glad that I finally get to put more of the Simpsons in my life than the 4 episodes that I already watch every day. I proudly give this review 5 stars, and recomend that if you are a big fan of the Simpsons, you should buy it. [There is a mistake at the beginning of this review. I am not a music fan; my true passion is for The Simpsons.]

Great to listen to, May 15, 2003
Reviewer: Dean Thomas from Downey, CA United States

This CD is good to play in the car - particularly if you have other SIMPSONS fans in the car with you. The long versions of "Senor Burns" and "The Garbageman Can" are great inclusions.

"I shall send you to Heaven before I send you to Hell!", April 25, 2003
Reviewer: A music fan from USA

This Simpsons CD is truly a delight, with comically memorable songs such as "Happy Birthday, Mr. Smithers", "Talkin Softball", "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase", and much, much more. And, of course, the album would not be complete without Sideshow Bob's classic rendition of the HMS Pinafore. Kelsey Grammer has got a beautiful singing voice, and I agree with another reviewer that hopefully they'll release another album with Sideshow Bob's version of "Somethin' Stupid" by Frank Sinatra. All of Sideshow Bob's are great. Another one of his songs that should be released is "I've Grown Accustomed to his Face", a song that was in the latest Sideshow Bob episode where he attempted to [destroy] Bart again but couldn't. This album is truly an EXCELLENT gift for avid Simpsons fans. :)

Simply a hoot, March 11, 2003
Reviewer: jwaldronrn from Round Rock, TX United States

Even after years of watching the Simpsons I never really appreciate how much the music has added to this enduring series.

These CDs are loaded with funny moments and some really great music.. I use them as .Wav files to attach to Email. People really get a kick out of them..

"I'd just like to say this gig [stinks]!", March 5, 2003
Reviewer: woolrich2 from VA. United States

While not quite as good as "Songs in the Key of Springfield," this one gets an extra star both for the Ramones' take on "Happy Birthday" for the clueless Mr. Burns and, of course, the hilarious "Rappin' Ronnie Reagan."

Burns: [nodding at the Ramones] "Have the Rolling Stones killed."
Smithers: "Sir, those aren't..."
Burns [emphatically, with menace]: "DO AS I SAY!"

Of course, very honorable mention goes to the entire "Cape Feare" sequence, as Kelsey Grammer's Sideshow Bob does a very droll set of selections from "H.M.S. Pinafore" and other Gilbert & Sullivan light operetta hits - as a desperate Bart tries to keep him too busy & preoccupied with this to get around to killing him.

Bart (chorus): "What never? No never! What never? Hardly ever! He's hardly ever sick at sea!"

So, in general, I like this CD. It brings a grin to my face while I listen to at home or at work.

Wow...., December 10, 2002
Reviewer: Gigi Wellinton from Tijuana, Mexico

Is that really Kelsey Grammer singing the songs from the HMS Pinafore? He really DOES have a beautiful singing voice.... This is a really funny CD, if you like the Simpsons you must own it!

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