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Decline of Western Civilization


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  • Audio Cassette (September 10, 1993)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EYCC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,139,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Given how much screen time is spent on Sunset Strip hair metal bands in Penelope Spheeris's lamentably out of print Decline of Western Civilization Part 2 - the Metal Years, I'm surprised at most of the bands that are included on the film's soundtrack. From what I recall, only Faster Pussycat, Seduce, and Lizzy Borden were actually featured in the movie.

It may not be terribly representative of the bands featured in the film, but the soundtrack is a pretty accurate snapshot of heavy metal in the second half of the 1980's. You get your L.A. hair metal from Seduce and Faster Pussycat, Seattle power metal from Queensryche and Metal Church, the Metal Blade power metal sound from Armored Saint and Lizzy Borden, the old school metal sound from Motorhead and Alice Cooper (featuring none other than Slash and Axl from Guns n' Roses), and Megadeth and Rigor Mortis represent the emerging thrash metal scene.

Some of the songs stand out more than others, and some are available elsewhere, but as a whole this soundtrack is a very effective reminder of what it felt like to be a metalhead in the late 80's. I give it a big thumbs-up and recommend it to any 80's metal fan as well as anyone who enjoyed the film (and not just in a "let's laugh at the hair metal losers" kind of way).
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Regarding the CD, it's every bit as good as I remembered. I was a big Queensryche fan back in the late 80's and early 90's, and the only reason I bought this album (on cassette) was to obtain yet another Queensryche song. The other songs on the album were quite good (Armored Saint stands out as one of the better tracks), but for me, this was just a bonus.

Regarding the downloadable mp3's, in the case of The Prophecy, the song from the album was not used. Instead, the studio recorded version was used (still good, but definitely a very different recording). If you want to remain authentic, get the CD instead of the mp3, and rip it for yourself.
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OK lets all be honest here - you buy this sort of thing for its historic value as a curio. You don't buy it because you want some random Motorhead track or want to listen to random tracks by mobs like ... Seduce and Rigor Mortis.

That's not to say there is no good music on here. Nor is it a case of a bunch of unknowns who are forever thanking their lucky stars they ever got associated with the film. I mean there are the aforementioned Motorhead, Queensryche and Megadeth here for starters. And good tracks too, not just throwaway filler `b' sides. Delving deeper the pickings are a bit slimmer - Lizzy Borden doing a cover of Born to be Wild isn't something I needed to hear in order to sustain life though getting tracks by respected mid-tier metallers such as Armoured Saint and Metal Church is a bonus.

I guess in the final analysis despite a range of nice selections the main reason song wise for picking this up is to get Axl Rose, Slash and Izzy joining Alice Cooper for a rendition of Under My Wheels.

At the end of the day this disc is more of a historic document of a certain time and if you can pick it up cheap you won't be disappointed to have it on your shelf. How often you'll throw it in your stereo is another matter.
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Probably the reason it took so long to get this soundtrack released was due to royalty disputes and licensing, who knows? However, this is a good snapshot in time of late '80s metal. Got to love the Alice Cooper / Guns N' Roses collaboration on the first track. Too bad they could not have cobbled together a few more of the tunes from the documentary for this CD. The snippets of interviews is interesting but annoying that they are tacked onto the beginning or ending of the tracks. Overall a good CD to add to the collection.
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It is a great soundtrack to the movie of the same name as it is not easy to find this movie either on DVD or Blu-Ray Disc. It captures music that was popular at the time that the movie came out.
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