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30
Mar

Soundtrack – American Gigolo (1980) – Lp

American Gigolo is the soundtrack album to the 1980 movie of the same name, starring Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton. The music was composed and performed by Giorgio Moroder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  American Gigolo
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2391447

While this soundtrack is arguably most notable for introducing Middle America to Blondie, there is also some interesting incidental music written by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder and performed by Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey — the latter of which may be familiar to some as percussionist for the German prog/art rock collective Amon Düül. There is likewise a vocal contribution from actress/vocalist Cheryl Barnes on “Love and Passion.” The album’s pervading heavily manufactured and synthetically generated atmosphere is convincing in its aural depiction of the shallow decadence portrayed on the screen. It took almost two decades before American Gigolo was issued on CD in North America. The primary impetus for the release was the “extended version” of Blondie‘s “Call Me,” which was unavailable on any Blondie album and was too long — at over eight minutes — to fit onto a single. The song was co-composed by Debbie Harry and Moroder specifically for this project, becoming the second chart-topper for the band, ultimately staying at number one for six weeks in March of 1980. The film’s writer/director Paul Schrader — whose lengthy list of cinematic endeavors include Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, and The Mosquito Coast — is credited on the soundtrack as Moroder‘s collaborator on the up-tempo “Love and Passion.” Vocalist Cheryl Barnes — who may be best-remembered for her role in Milos Forman‘s Hair as “Hud’s girlfriend” — contributes vocals to the mostly forgettable track. The other six instrumentals blend a noir ambience with the utility of background music. The most notable is “Hello Mr. W.A.M” — whose initials stand for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — which contains some interesting observations on his Concerto for Clarinet in A Major. Each work contains strong themes that take on lives of their own. This is not surprising given the heady talent behind the compositions and performances. Consumers of movie music will find as much — if not more — to enjoy here than those who are simply looking for “Call Me.”

 

Side one
1.  Blondie – Call Me (Theme From American Gigolo) (8:04)
2.  Cheryl Barnes – Love And Passion  (6:34)
3.  Night Drive  (3:52)

Side two
1.  Hello Mr. W.A.M. (Finale)  (4:30)
2.  The Apartment  (4:27)
3.  Palm Springs Drive  (3:22)
4.  Night Drive (Reprise)  (2:50)
5.  The Seduction (Love Theme)  (3:14)

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2
Oct

Soundtrack – Hair (1979) – 2Lp

Hair: Original Soundtrack Recording is the soundtrack album from the 1979 musical film Hair.

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Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  Hair
Year:  1979
Format:  2LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  BL-3274

When Milos Foreman’s film came out, we that were of the Hair generation thought it was about 10 years too late. I felt that way, until I saw it. And saw it again, and again and again. The actors are all at least as good of singers as the original Broadway cast, and some were stars in the making: Beverly D’Angelo, John Savage, and Treat Williams, If musicals hadn’t been mostly passe by the ’80s, they would have had bright careers as musical stars.

A few verses from “Manchester, England” and a small portion of “Walking in Space” have been removed. The film omits the musical‘s songs “The Bed”, “Dead End”, “Oh Great God of Power”, “I Believe in Love”, “Going Down”, “Abie Baby”, “Frank Mills”, and “What a Piece of Work is Man”. The latter five songs were originally recorded for the film, but were eventually cut. They can be found on this album, while the songs “Don’t Put It Down” and “Somebody to Love” are not sung by characters in the movie, they are both used as background or instrumental music for scenes at the army base. A new song written by MacDermot for the film is “Somebody to Love”. There are several other differences from songs in the movie and as they appear on the soundtrack, mainly in omitted verses and different orchestrations.

All lyrics written by Gerome Ragni, Jim Rado; all music composed by Galt MacDermot.

 

Side one
1.  Aquarius  (4:47)
2.  Sodomy  (1:29)
3.  Donna / Hashish  (4:20)
4.  Colored Spade  (1:33)
5.  Manchester  (1:57)
6.  Abie Baby / Fourscore  (2:43)
7.  I’m Black / Ain’t Got No  (2:24)
8.  Air  (1:26)

Side two
1.  Party Music  (3:25)
2.  My Conviction  (1:47)
3.  I Got Life  (2:15)
4.  Frank Mills  (2:39)
5.  Hair  (2:42)
6.  L.B.J. (Initials)  (1:07)
7.  Electric Blues / Old Fashioned Melody  (3:53)
8.  Hare Krishna  (3:24)

Side three
1.  Where Do I Go?  (2:48)
2.  Black Boys  (1:11)
3.  White Boys  (2:35)
4.  Walking In Space  (6:13)
5.  Easy To Be Hard  (3:39)
6.  3-5-0-0  (3:49)

Side four
1.  Good Morning Starshine  (2:24)
2.  What A Piece Of Work Is Man  (1:39)
3.  Somebody To Love  (4:12)
4.  Don’t Put It Down  (2:25)
5.  The Flesh Failures / Let The Sunshine In  (6:04)

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31
Aug

Soundtrack – Moonraker (1979) – Lp

Moonraker is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond, and was the third of the three Bond films for which the theme song was performed by Shirley Bassey.

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Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  Moonraker
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  United Artists Records
Catalog#  5C 062-82696

Frank Sinatra was considered for the vocals, before Johnny Mathis was approached and offered the opportunity. Mathis was unhappy about the song and withdrew from the project, leaving the producers scrambling for a replacement. Kate Bush declined, so John Barry offered the song to Bassey within just weeks of the release date. As a result, Bassey made the recordings with very short notice and never regarded the song ‘as her own’ as she had never had the chance to perform it or promote it first. The film uses two versions of the title theme song, a ballad version heard over the main titles, and a disco version for the end titles. Confusingly, the United Artists single release labelled the tracks on the 7″ single as “Moonraker (Main Title)” for the version used to close the film and “Moonraker (End Title)” for the track that opened the film. The song failed to make any real impact on the charts, which may partly be attributed to Bassey’s failure to promote the single, given the last minute decision and the way in which it was quickly recorded to meet the schedule.

The score for Moonraker marked a turning point in Barry’s output, abandoning the Kentonesque brass of his earlier Bond scores and instead scoring the film with slow, rich string passages. Moonraker uses for the first time since Diamonds Are Forever a piece of music called “007” (briefly, and late in track 7, “Bond Arrives in Rio and Boat Chase”), the secondary Bond theme composed by Barry which was introduced in From Russia with Love.

Unusually, the score was recorded in Paris – all of Barry’s previous Bond scores had been recorded at London’s CTS Studios. The film’s production base was in France and it was decided the film would be scored there as well. Like some Bond films, the score for Moonraker has never received an extended release, due to the loss of the original session masters which appear to have been misplaced in France.

 

Side one
1.  Main Title – Moonraker  (Vocals By Shirley Bassey)  (3:05)
2.  Space Lazer Battle  (2:43)
3.  Miss Goodhead Meets Bond  (2:43)
4.  Cable Car And Snake Fight  (3:01)
5.  Bond Lured To Pyramid  (2:01)

Side two
1.  Flight Into Space  (6:22)
2.  Bond Arrives In Rio And Beat Chase  (2:34)
3.  Centrifuge And Corrine Put Down  (2:31)
4.  Bond Smells A Rat  (2:20)
5.  End Title – Moonraker  (Vocals By Shirley Bassey)  (2:27)

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29
Jul

Soundtrack – Staying Alive (1983) – Lp

Staying Alive is a 1983 American dance film and a sequel to Saturday Night Fever (1977) starring John Travolta as dancer Tony Manero, with Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Joyce Hyser, Julie Bovasso, and dancers Viktor Manoel and Kevyn Morrow. It was directed, co-produced and co-written by Sylvester Stallone.

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Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  Staying Alive
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  RSO Records
Catalog#  813269-1

The title comes from the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive“, which was used as the theme song to Saturday Night Fever and is also played during the final scene of Staying Alive. It also goes hand-in-hand with Tony’s new lifestyle, in which he is barely surviving as he pursues his dream of making dancing his career. This is along with Homefront, one of only two films which Stallone has written without being the star (although he does have a cameo).

The soundtrack was released in 1983 and is mainly performed by the Bee Gees. Five new Bee Gees songs took up the first side, with side two featuring various artists performing songs mostly written by Frank Stallone, brother of the film’s director Sylvester.
The LP was the final soundtrack, and the final songs, by the Bee Gees released under RSO.

 

Side one
1. Bee Gees – The Woman In You  (4:01)
2. Bee Gees – I Love You Too Much  (4:27)
3. Bee Gees – Breakout  (4:41)
4. Bee Gees – Someone Beloning To Someone  (4:24)
5. Bee Gees – Life Goes On  (4:23)
6. Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (Edited Version)  (1:30)

Side two
1. Frank Stallone – Far From Over  (3:53)
2. Tommy Faragher – Look Out For Number One  (3:19)
3. Cynthia Rhodes – Finding Out THe Hard Way  (3:30)
4. Frank Stallone – Moody Girl  (4:069
5. Tommy Faragher – (We Dance) So Close To The Fire  (3:43)
6. Frank Stallone & Cynthia Rhodes – I’m Never Gonna Give You Up  (3:32)

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14
Jul

Soundtrack – Xanadu (1980) – Lp

“Xanadu” is the soundtrack of the 1980 musical film of the same name, featuring the Australian singer Olivia Newton-John and the British group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

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Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  Xanadu
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  JET Records
Catalog#  JET LX 526

On this original LP release featured, on side one the songs of Newton-John, and on side two the songs of ELO.

Although the film was a critical and commercial disappointment, the soundtrack was a worldwide success and received positive reviews from music critics.

The hit singles “Magic” and “Xanadu”, peaked at number one in the U.K. and U.S. The soundtrack featured songs on side one by the film’s star, Olivia Newton-John, written by her long-time producer, John Farrar.
The songs on side two were written and performed by ELO. The title track which closed side two featured Newton-John as lead vocalist.
The Newton-John side also featured Cliff Richard, The Tubes and Gene Kelly.

Lead-off “Magic” remains a fine single. “Suddenly,” a duet ONJ ekes out with British luminary Cliff Richard, seems better than most love themes. The sudden appearance of the Tubes almost saves the doomed swing/rock hybrid “Dancin,” but the two styles should never meet.

The second half glows from the Electric Light Orchestra, soaring at its commercial height, escaping this crippling fairy tale fairly untarnished with three more hit bits: “I’m Alive,” “All Over the World,” and the Olivia Neutron Bomb showcase title track.
“Don’t Walk Away” and “The Fall” stand as two of Jeff Lynne’s finest, thus the flip nukes the front which should stay stuck to the theater floor.

 

Side one
1.  Olivia Newton-John – Magic  (4:25)
2.  Olivia Newton-John With Cliff Richard – Suddenly  (4:03)
3.  Olivia Newton-John With Tubes, The – Dancin’  (5:14)
4.  Olivia Newton-John – Suspended In Time  (3:52)
5.  Olivia Newton-John With Gene Kelly – Whenever You’re Away From Me  (4:15)

Side two
1.  Electric Light Orchestra – I’m Alive  (3:46)
2.  Electric Light Orchestra – The Fall  (3:34)
3.  Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Walk Away  (4:48)
4.  Electric Light Orchestra – All Over The World (4:04)
5.  Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu  (3:30)

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