The surprise hit of the summer? Could be. With a strong cast including Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, David Oyelowo and Mike Vogel and based on the hugely popular and best selling book by Kathryn Stockett, "The Help" is destined to find an audience and if it delivers what they want, it will definitely be one that will play an underserved audience (particularly during the summer). But if not, at the very least we'll be getting a great soundtrack out of it.
Running twelve tracks strong and topped by a new song by Mary J. Blige, "The Help" soundtrack is an excellent trip down memory lane. Featuring a great line up with tunes by Johnny Cash and June Carter, Dorothy Norwood, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles, The Orlons, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Franki Valli and Chubby Checker, as a standalone mixtape, it's pretty rad. As a soundtrack, it seems no expense was spared and it will certainly lend some authenticity to the 1960s set movie.
The disc will hit stores on July 26th, with the movie headed to theaters a couple weeks later on August 12th. Check out the full tracklisting below. [Film Music Reporter]
"The Help" Soundtrack Listing
1. The Living Proof – Mary J. Blige
2. Jackson – Johnny Cash and June Carter
3. Sherry – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
4. I Ain’t Never – Webb Pierce
5. Victory is Mine – Dorothy Norwood
6. Road Runner – Bo Diddley
7. Hallelujah I Love Her So – Ray Charles
8. The Wah-Watusi – The Orlons
9. (You’ve Got) Personality – Lloyd Price
10. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan
11. Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
12. Don’t Knock – Mavis Staples