Friends: Music from the TV Series
by Various Artists
- Released: October 17, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Reprise / Wea
- 1.I'll Be There For You - The Rembrandts (tv version)
- 2.I Go Blind - Hootie & The Blowfish
- 3.Good Intentions - Toad The Wet Sprocket
- 4.You'll Know You Were Loved - Lou Reed
- 5.Sexuality - K.D. Lang
- 6.Shoe Box - Barenaked Ladies
- 7.It's a Free World Baby - R.E.M.
- 8.Sunshine - Paul Westerberg
- 9.Angel of the Morning - The Pretenders
- 10.In My Room - Grant Lee Buffalo
- 11.Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell (traffic jam mix)
- 12.Stain Yer Blood - Paul Westerberg
- 13.I'll Be There For You - The Rembrandts (long version)
Producers include: Kevin S. Bright, Paul Mitchell, The Rembrandts, Don Gehman, Gavin MacKillop.
Engineers include: Don Gehman, Gavin MacKillop, Steven Rosenthal.
Contains excerpts from the TV show, performed by Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.
Audio Mixers: Gavin MacKillop; Brendan O'Brien .
Audio Remixer: Robin Goodfellow.
It may be impossible to listen to "I'll Be There For You," The Rembrandts' upbeat anthem to friendship and the theme from FRIENDS, without thinking of the hit TV show, but you don't have to be a fan to appreciate this soundtrack, which includes previously unreleased material by Toad The Wet Sprocket and Paul Westerberg. There is true balance and variety to the compilation, featuring heavyweights (Lou Reed) and newcomers (Barenaked Ladies) alike.
Standouts include The Pretenders' transforming Juice Newton's 1981 hit "Angel Of The Morning" into a love song that can be taken absolutely seriously, Joni Mitchell's extended and deliriously funky version of the classic "Big Yellow Taxi," and k.d. lang's smoothly seductive "Sexuality." Themes of frustrated romance and friendship weave a connection between many of the tracks, and short dialogue excerpts from the series are interspersed between songs, often tying in thematically with the music.
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