By JAMES DAWSON
Front Row Features
An expanded two-disc vinyl version of the “American Hustle Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” will be available Friday, Nov. 28 at independent music retailers as a Record Store Day exclusive release that should please both turntable-spinning hipsters and collectible-craving cinephiles.
Featuring new retro-style artwork and six songs from the movie that did not appear on the CD released last year, the limited edition collection is mostly made up of 1970s hits that wouldn’t sound out of place on one of Star-Lord’s “Awesome Mix” cassettes (America’s “A Horse With No Name,” Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love,” Wings’ “Live and Let Die,” Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw the Light” and David Bowie’s “Jean Genie,” along with tunes by Steely Dan, The Bee Gees, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and The Temptations). Earlier-era selections include “Jeep’s Blues” by Duke Ellington, “The Coffee Song” by Frank Sinatra and “It’s De-Lovely” by Ella Fitzgerald. There’s also an Electric Light Orchestra rarity (“Stream of Stars”), a previously unreleased Jeff Lynne track and a Danny Elfman montage from the movie’s score. The oddest number is an Arabic cover rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” by Mayssa Karaa.
The two records are pressed on 150-gram vinyl (one red and one blue), falling between most lighter-weight standard LPs and heavier audiophile releases. The fold-open jacket features artwork and imagery supervised by “American Hustle” director David O. Russell.
For a list of retailers participating in Record Store Day, go to www.recordstoreday.com/venues. Note that those stores often carry very limited quantities of special releases such as this, so you may have to hustle to find a copy.