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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Soundtrack)

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: FULL MOON\/ASYLUM
  • ASIN: B00412YP0O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on December 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like Heavy Metal, the soundtrack for Fast Times At Ridgemont High was long out-of-print until 1994 or 1995, when both were finally issued on CD, and the music here is a mixture of late 70's California rock, as personified by ex-Eagles flying solo, and new age popsters. The two sounds are disparate but they make for a superb compilation. Here are the highlights.
The main theme song is the rhythmic but semi-melancholy "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson Browne. "going walk up to her, I'm going to talk to her" reflects Mark Ratner's feelings towards Stacey.
With "Waffle Stomp", ex-Eagle Joe Walsh has one of his goofy songs with a stomping beat. "You can punch out your boss/get fired from your job/collect unemployment/for your enjoyment/take out he trash/come down with a rash" and so on. One of the funnier songs here.
Fellow ex-Eagle Don Henley comes next with the tender guitar and piano "Love Rules." Standout lyric: "I wish I didn't have so much to feel/it's much too scary and it's all too real"
Louise Goffin's poppy "Uptown Boys" has a bit of 60's girl-group stylings in the chorus and backing singers, but the pre-chorus bits have that California sound a la Ronstadt or Karla Bonoff. Timothy B. Schmit's fingersnapping "So Much In Love" is a nice bit of doowop, with only a bass and drums coming in. The Ravyns' rocking "Raised On The Radio" is heard at least twice, once when Brad is washing his car.
The Go-Go's' "Speeding" has a jamming beat reminiscent of "We Got The Beat", which wasn't included here despite playing during the first scene, but has a sound close to their Vacation era. One of the best songs by them and on this album.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Fast Times is one of the funniest movies ever made and the soundtrack captures the spirit of the movie quite well. Although the movie employs some great previously released material that doesn't appear on the cd (The Go-Go's "We Got The Beat" & Zeppelin's "Kashmir" as examples), the songs written specifically for the movie and appear on this cd stand up to those quite well. "Sleeping Angel" is one the prettiest songs Stevie Nicks has ever recorded as is "Love Rules" by Don Henley. Jimmy Buffett contributes a typically humorous track with "I Don't Know", the usually insipid Sammy Hagar mines a heavy chunk of rock in the title track, the Go-Go's provide a great original song with "Speeding" and the big hit off the album, Jackson's Browne's "Somebody's Baby" is still catchy. There are some very weak songs ("Uptown Boys" & the Timothy B. Schmidt remake of "So Much In Love" to name two)which prevent it from being a 5 star cd, but overall if you loved the movie, you'll love the cd. Even if you're not a fan, there is some outstanding music that makes the cd worth a listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KRA on August 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Although I could take or leave the movie itself, this sountrack is a great recap of the early 80's.

Tracks feature some groups who back in 1982 were riding high on the charts, and probally thought that they would be around forever such as the Go Go's (Speeding), Quarterflash (Don't be Lonely), Oingo Boingo (Goodbye, Goodbye), and The Ravyns (Raised On The Radio), as well as 80's icons such as Sammy Hagar, Joe Walsh and Don Henley.

The big hit from this album belonged to Jackson Browne with Somebody's Baby, proof that he can deliver a great non-political pop song.

Two "from the vault" tracks also delivered sales to this album, and they are Stevie Nick's Sleeping Angel (later to appear on at least one of her compilations), and Donna Summer's Highway Runner from the then unreleased rock/new wave orientated album I'm A Rainbow (released in full in 1996).

"Never Surrender" your love for the music of your High School & College Years!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This movie is the best representation of the 80's to date. It completely captures the mood and feel of the decade. I was in high school during that time, and was too young to see it when it first came out. In watching it many years later, I was instantly transported back to high school. Who, from that generation, did not know a Spicoli, or Rat or even Damone? The music really brought back memories; rocking out in the school gym, first job, first girlfriend, etc. Beyond a doubt, this movie and the music will serve as the best representation of the '80s ever filmed and recorded.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By heekiesavin@yahoo.com on August 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Overall great soundtrack.....but aside from it missing The Cars and Led Zeppelin (which I've read was due to licensing rights), it's also missing another song. If you recall when the video was out in the 80's, Goodbye Goodbye from Oingo Boingo wasn't at the end. It was some song called "That's All There Is". Whatever happened to that song...who was the artist...and wouldn't it be great if they re-issued the CD with all the missing song? One can only hope.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 999999johndoe on October 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is preceded by its reputation and is one of my favorites.

The 90s Compact Disk release of it is terrible mastered.

I was wondering who did such a bad mastering job, and quickly found out that this is the one CD I own that has NO credit given for CD mastering.

Track #6 is twice as loud as track #7.

Does anyone know who to blame for this inept CD mastering?
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