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Beverly Hills Cop: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack
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Genre: Soundtracks & Scores
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 8-APR-1985
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1. Neutron Dance by Pointer Sisters. Fantastic piece of electro-pop used in the truck chase at the beginning of the movie.
2. New Attitude & Stir It Up by Patti LaBelle. These songs are probably Patti's finest work.
3. The Heat Is On by Glenn Frey - fantastic sax solo and infectious chorus makes this song one of the best from the 80s.
4. Rock and Roll Me Again by The System. Remember the System? (Don't Disturb This Groove) This song wasn't in the movie but it's still a good catchy pop tune.
The only reason this soundtrack doesn't get 5 stars from me is because it's missing "Nasty Girl" by Vanity 6. However, it remains just as good without it. If you can, try and pick up an early copy of this album which includes a song by the late great Rick James (Can't Stop) which was originally going to be used for the strip bar scene in the movie.
Which brings us to the music. We have Patti LaBelle's "New Attitude" kicking off the music nicely. She comes back later with the energetic '"Stir It Up", and in between, the Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance" was the song that seemed to run all summer long back when this album came out. "Gratitude" by Danny Elfman was my first exposure to that delightfully quirky voice (and who knew back then what a great composer he would become?)--it led me to Oingo Boingo's excellent album "Dead Man's Party." Glenn Frey is also solo from The Eagles, doing "The Heat Is On", complete with classic '80s keyboards and sax, and that song also got tons of play back in the day. Probably very few people remember Shalamar, but their song here, "Don't Get Stopped in Beverly Hills", couldn't compare to their hit "Dancing in the Sheets". "Rock n' Roll Me Again" has classic '80s guitar notes, but like "Emergency" by Rockie Robbins, just fails to stand out.
So here's some trivia for you: this isn't the first release of the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack! I bought my cassette the week it was released and that release was recalled. There was a Rick James track named "BHC (I Can't Stop)" that was pulled and replaced with "Emergency". Sad, but I'm also sorry to say that even if you're a Rick James fan you probably wouldn't be blown away by his original song either.
If you loved Beverly Hills Cop or just want to grab one of the most memorable '80s pop movie soundtracks, this soundtrack makes a great pick.
Patti LaBelle's solo viability continued with two songs. "New Attitude" embodies the energetic British New Wave electropop a la Flock of Seagulls, complete with synths, more than the soul she was known for during her LaBelle days. "Stir It Up" is another song in that mode, with that cool bass synth keyboard, and energy that rivals Phil Collins' rendition of "You Can't Hurry Love."
Shalamar's "Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills" makes this the second big soundtrack collaboration, the other being Footloose's "Dancing In The Sheets," also released in 1984.
"Emergency" by Rockie Robbins is a standout with amplified drums and pulsing synths. The Top Ten "Neutron Dance," later to turn up on the Pointer Sisters' breakthrough Break Out album, is more electropop than soul, and is representative of how in the 1980's, selected hits helped sell this soundtrack and boost popularity for the movie.
I wonder how many Eagles fans wanted to bop Glenn Frey after hearing "The Heat Is On." More pop than the country-rock his bandmates did, that's for sure. I couldn't get enough of that energetic number, with that catchy chorus and that accompanying wailing sax. This was produced by Keith Forsey of Billy Idol fame and Harold Faltermeyer, who has a key number here.Read more ›
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Great music. Took me on a sentimental journey. Two other girls and I used to run a 5K every night to this song. They were awesome times as well. Miami Vice totally changed Miami. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Miss Knowitall.
Had the cassette Beverly Hills Cop and it wore out. This is better, and should last much longer.
Love the songs.