‘Not Fade Away' — Music from the Motion Picture
“Sopranos” creator David Chase's feature film directorial debut about a '60s British Invasion-inspired garage band from New Jersey struggling to make the big time may not turn out to be the end-all rock movie of the last 50 years, but with Miami Steve Van Zandt supervising the music for “Not Fade Away,” the soundtrack is bound to please.
After all, he's the host of radio's “Little Steven's Underground Garage,” the curator of the “Coolest Songs in the World” compilations series, the E Street Band's lead guitarist, and former co-star and music supervisor of “The Sopranos,” which always had the coolest of soundtracks.
“Not Fade Away” — Music from the Motion Picture does not disappoint. The film's title, of course, is also the title of a Buddy Holly song covered by many bands of the revolutionary '60s era. It's not included here, but the 24 songs that are featured should satisfy any fan of that dizzying decade: “There Was a Time,” by James Brown, “Go Now” by the original Moody Blues, “I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart” by the Rascals, “Pretty Ballerina” by the Left Banke, “Down So Low” by Mother Earth, “Itchycoo Park” by the Small Faces, “Some Velvet Morning by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, “She Belongs to Me” by Bob Dylan, along with a sprinkling of blues classics by Elmore James, Lead Belly and Robert Johnson, and “Tell Me” and “Parachute Woman” by the Rolling Stones, who are the idols of the film's fictional garage band, The Twylight Zones (who are in reality Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Garry Tallent and Bob Bandiera, playing the music to which the actors mime).
The “Zones” cover such tunes as “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “Time Is On My Side,” “Train Kept A Rollin',” “Pipeline” and the Van Zandt original, “The St. Valentine's Day Massacre.”
Recommended to anyone who ever made joyful noise in their parents' garage.
— Gene Triplett