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FM (1978 Film) [Soundtrack]

Steely Dan , Various Artists - Soundtracks Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 13, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 1978
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00004TRSB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. FM - Steely Dan
2. Night Moves - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
3. Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller
4. Cold As Ice - Foreigner
5. Breakdown - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
6. Bad Man - Randy Meisner
7. Life In The Fast Lane - Eagles
8. Do It Again - Steely Dan
9. Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs
10. More Than A Feeling - Boston
Disc: 2
1. Tumbling Dice - Linda Ronstadt
2. Poor Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Ronstadt
3. Livingston Saturday Night - Jimmy Buffett
4. There's A Place In The World For A Gambler - Dan Fogelberg
5. Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
6. It Keeps You Runnin' - Doobie Brothers
7. Your Smiling Face - James Taylor
8. Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
9. We Will Rock You - Queen
10. FM - Reprise - Steely Dan

Editorial Reviews

Appropriately the soundtrack for the 1978 movie FM feels like a radio play list of the era collecting songs from Joe Walsh Randy Meisner Boz Scaggs and other '70s radio staples. Steely Dan's title track Queen's 'We Will Rock You ' Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's 'Night Moves ' Billy Joel's 'Just The Way You Are ' and Boston's 'More Than a Feeling' are some of the highlights from this double-disc set which also includes tracks from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Foreigner and Linda Ronstadt all of whom also appeared in the film. Though FM itself wasn't exactly a box-office smash its soundtrack is a surprisingly durable and entertaining collection of classic rock that is arguably better than many of the '70s rock compilations available today. ~ Heather PharesOriginally released on MCA (12000).2 CD's;Steely Dan Bob Seger Steve Miller Foreigner Tom PetPersonnel: Tom Petty (vocals guitar).Audio Remasterer: Elliott Federman.Unknown Contributor Roles: Silver Bullet Band;

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ROCK COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK EVER! Period. May 20, 2001
Since buying this on vinyl in 1979, I have yet to hear better rock compilation soundtrack.
THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW: "Night Moves" is edited, and "Fly Like An Eagle" does not contain the keyboard intro/outro sound effects. Ironically, it DOES contain the full 8:00+ version of Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good". The two Linda Ronstadt songs are live (but still good), and I'd assume probably unavailable except on this album. I'm also not sure if you can buy Steely Dan's "FM (Reprise)" elsewhere.
I am sure the poster that came with the album is probably too much to ask for in a CD however. :)
01. Fm - Steely Dan Becker/Fagen 4:52 Real Audio....
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic rock's response to SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER August 2, 2001
Even though the film wasn't really noticeable for too much else beyond being the supposed inspiration for the TV series "WKRP In Cincinnati", the soundtrack to F.M. remains one of the high points of 70s music. In essence, this can be seen as classic rock's response to SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER; and while the F.M. soundtrack didn't even come close in terms of sales to FEVER, it still sold a truckload, and with good reason.
We get a lot of great stuff here from such acts as Boston ("More Than A Feeling"), Foreigner ("Cold As Ice"), the Eagles ("Life In The Fast Lane"), Steely Dan ("F.M.", "Do It Again"), Jimmy Buffett ("Livingston Saturday Night") any many others. My personal two favorite cuts on the soundtrack, because I happen to be a big fan of hers, are the live versions of "Tumbling Dice" and "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me" by Linda Ronstadt. She doesn't show any traces of her stage fright in the concert footage in the movie; and her searing rendition of "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me" will make everyone wonder why in the world Terri Clark ever bothered to remake this song in 1996.
Any self-respecting classic rock fan should have the F.M. soundtrack in their collection. It's a winner!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Movie, Outstanding Soundtrack February 18, 2005
This is the ultimate 70's soundtrack! A bit disappointing that "Night Moves" and "Fly Like An Eagle" are the single versions and that "We Are The Champions" was not included (even though it doesn't appear in the film it's still a necessary companion to "We Will Rock You."

Linda Ronstadt's career of covers is represented by 2 sizzling tracks, though I have to wonder why her version of "Love Me Tender" was left off.

Why, oh why did they put the studio version of "Livingston Saturday Night" instead of the live version from the film?

Then again, I knew all of this because I owned the vinyl long before the CD came out.

I saw the movie late one night on Encore in the early 90's, when I was in college radio, and loved the whole atmosphere of the film. I can understand why anyone who hasn't been in radio would be bored by it though.

Anyway, these discs are a great history lesson not to mention the outstanding contributions by Walt & Don, a.k.a. Steely Dan.

Rock on.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock And Roll Fantasy January 6, 2001
This 2 CD collection is the soundtrack from the 1978 ill-fated movie. Pushing the visuals aside, the collection includes a majority of the top selling classic rock artists performing their classic hit singles that dominated the airwaves in the 1970's.
Walter Brecker and Donald Fagen/Steely Dan are represented with their newly recorded title track that opens the collection and reprise that closes out the second disc. Their first major chart success, the relentless "Do It Again," is also included.
The Eagles are represented as a group on "Life In The Fast Lane," from the "Hotel California" album, while there are 2 solo members with individual tracks: Joe Walsh does a parody of fortune and fame on the tongue and cheek track, "Life's Been Good." Randy Meisner performs on "Bad Man."
One of the most popular female vocalists of the 1970's was Linda Ronstadt. She has 2 live performances on the album, which she also performed in the film, "Tumbling Dice," (a Rolling Stones track) and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me."
Boston's feel good debut single, "More Than A Feeling" is on the soundtrack, which was extracted from their multiplatinum eponyomous debut that sold more copies that any debut album during its inception. Queen rocks with their stadium anthum, "We Will Rock You." Steve Miller soars on "Fly Like An Eagle." Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's trademark sound is heard on "Breakdown." Lou Gramm's high pitched vocals are evident on the track "Cold As Ice." The Doobie Brothers "It Keeps You Runnin'" is also included in this important rock and roll collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Time Capsule April 7, 2006
When this film/soundtrack came out in 1978, I was 24 and working on air at a radio station in the midwest. All of us at the station got a huge kick out of seeing a movie about what we did for a living. However, in all honesty, the soundtrack has aged MUCH better than the movie. As the other reviewers have noted, this album is a great time capsule of what was on the radio in the late '70s. And like several of the other reviewers, I, too, enjoy a great set of memories from listening to it. The fact that this album/CD is still selling almost 30 years after its release is a pretty good indicator that there's some great music on this one. A great addition to anyone's collection!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great soundtrack from a very good movie.
Published 6 days ago by Harry VanHoudnos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soudtrack!!!!
Best soundtrack ever! Only album with "Life's been good" & "Benny and the Jets"
Published 28 days ago by Eric M. Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars However...
I'm pleased this CD has the music I like, which I grew up with in high school and college. I wish to advise the buyer, however, that this is just the music, and not the sound... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Kerstiens
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad track on the album
The movie was completely forgettable. The soundtrack, though, is a classic. Its a great portrait of late-70s West Coast album rock. The songs hold up really well.
Published 1 month ago by Voodoo Daddy-O
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I didn't wait any longer!!
I have the vinyl and NEEDED the CD. Great combination of artists! Definitely brings back memories of the late '70s.
Published 1 month ago by J. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Soundtrack
The soundtrack to the movie "F.M." perfectly captured the era. I've owned this on LP for many years, and finally bought this CD so that I could rip it and play it using my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan P. LaRue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound track!
The music is mellow, relaxing and very pleasant listening. And for those of us who grew up during this time, it's a grand walk down memory lane!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie of the Best Times
This is undoubtedly the most musical of any music movie and will get you humming tunes that you love to hear again and again.
Published 3 months ago by K D Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
I love this soundtrack. Been looking for it forever! I wish I could have found it sooner. Finally found it on CD
Published 4 months ago by Tommas Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth the wait.
It's taken me a long time to get this dvd for region 2 and its bee well worth the wait.
Published 4 months ago by Steve KEENE
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