Burn, Forrest, Burn! (music, I mean, burn music!)

By | Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I just watched Forrest Gump tonight.  I had seen it 3 or 4 times in the past, but this is the first time I watched it on Blu-Ray.  Now I’m on a mission.  The awesome soundtrack is one I am drooling for, and the internet is not making it easy for me.  According to Wikipedia, there was a soundtrack CD released–first with 32 tracks of the original songs (not the musical background score–which was released separately–but the actual songs in the movie), then, later, a “Special Edition” version containing two more songs for a total of 34 songs, on two CDs.  So it is out there, but I’ll be damned if I can find an MP3 version!  Amazon doesn’t have it, so I doubt it’s for sale anywhere.  It makes no sense.  I have everything I need to convert a CD to MP3’s, but in today’s day and age, I shouldn’t have to.  I’ll dig around some more, someone’s gotta have it somewhere.  I hate to have to purchase a silly plastic CD case with two more plastic CD discs, then burn them to MP3’s and just let the CDs rot in their case forever.  It’s such a waste.  But then again, this could be an awesome quest–even the 34-track set is still missing 16 songs that were skipped for some reason.  So I could attempt to assemble the ULTIMATE Forrest Gump Soundtrack of my own!  I’m sure I already have several of the songs in my collection, so there’s a start.  I’ll add comments to this post as I progress.  Stay tuned.

2 thoughts on “Burn, Forrest, Burn! (music, I mean, burn music!)

  1. Jim Post author

    So far it’s going good! I’ve gone through the first 17 tracks and found 16 of them in my collection. Plus I also had the “Live” versions of two of those songs, so I added that them also, as a bonus. The only one I’m missing, so far, is “California Dreamin'” by the Mamas and the Papas. I have it sung by a few other artists, but not by them.

  2. Jim Post author

    Mission complete!! Well, almost. I went through the entire list–the extended CD soundtrack plus the list of songs that were in the movie but still missing from the official soundtrack CD–and I was missing very few. 5 of them, to be exact. In fact, I even had “California Dreamin'” that I mentioned in my previous comment–it was misnamed “California Dreaming” with no apostophe. Still being 5 short, it just wouldn’t be complete without those five tracks, especially “The Forrest Gump Suite” by Alan Silvestri, which I was obviously also missing–so I went to Amazon MP3 and picked up my missing tracks. It costed me less that $5, so I’m happy with that, and I have a VERY complete soundtrack! My “ULTIMATE Forrest Gump Soundtrack” contains 51 songs! The next, and final step I have is to customize the soundtrack cover (easily found on Google Images) with my track count, then properly tag each MP3 file with the new cover art. I’ll use MediaMonkey for the re-tagging, it does an awesome job.

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