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The Wanderers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Wanderers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soundtrack For A Brilliant Movie.............., March 24, 2002
Often regarded as an adult version of "Grease", "The Wanderers" has become something of a cult classic over the years. And rightly so. If you haven't already seen the movie -- and it's rare you see it on television these days -- it tells the tale of a bunch of teenagers growing up on the New York streets (circa 1963). Music plays a big role in the movie -- after all, the name of the gang in question is the title of a Dion and the Belmonts song -- still, the songs on this CD capture the early 1960s so perfectly, you can't help but lose yourself in
nostalgia.
The soundtrack CD relies heavily on the major (US)East Coast groups of the time -- Dion/Belmonts, Four Seasons, Shirelles, Angels -- along with several contributions from major Motown/Atlantic stars of the early 60s, namely Smokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers and Ben E King. Each song is a timeless classic, and there's too many to choose from to pick a definite favourite.
Of course, if you've already seen the movie, you'll be aware of what scene accompanies which song. What better way to introduce the movie's characters than to play The Four Season' "Walk Like A Man", or how about the big 'chase' scene where they used the instrumental "Wipeout" for added effect/suspense. For the romantic scene, they used the beautiful "Stand By Me", and of course, for the finale they just had to play "The Wanderer".
Songs on ANY soundtrack are SUPPOSED to relate to the movie, still, because these were written and recorded SIXTEEN years before the film was released, you can't help but think these songs ARE the movie itself.
My only gripe is the recording of "Ya-Ya". The record company must've lost the master tapes because they've had to transfer a crackling old vinyl recording onto CD which somewhat 'cheapens' the quality of the album.
"The Wanderers" is one of those 'must-see' movies for any nostalgia buff, or anyone who enjoys a really good film. And the soundtrack CD is the perfect companion.
Jon.


Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the great CD most would lead you to believe it is, March 24, 2002
Okay, okay! "Saturday Night Fever" is a classic album an' all, and yes, it's one of the biggest selling soundtracks of all time. But let's not hide from the fact that most of these tracks featured sound rather dated now.
Sure, the Bee-Gees contributions have stood the test of time, along with those from Yvonne Elliman, The Tavares (singing a Bee Gees track!), The Trammps and KC & The Sunshine Band. But COME ON! Can anyone really admit to liking "Open Sesame" by Kool & The Gang, "Night On Disco Mountain" by David Shire, "Calypso Breakdown" by Ralph McDonald or even "K-Jee" by MFSB?? Apart from Kool & The Gang, have you heard anything else by these performers? Don't kid yourselves folks, these are NOT Disco classics!
Of course "Saturday Night Fever" was a great movie. I own the soundtrack CD, and still play it every once in a while. More to the point, I only PLAY the bona fide CLASSICS and skip the rest of what can only be described as JUNK!
If you're after a 70s soundtrack you can play over and over again and ENJOY, buy "GREASE".
Jon.


Grease 2
Grease 2
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie...but only just., March 24, 2002
This review is from: Grease 2 (Audio CD)
Even if you disassociate the sequel with the original, make no mistake about it folks, "Grease 2" - The Movie was absolute PANTS. The script was terrible, the acting was dire, the only plus point that saved the movie was the soundtrack. AND THAT'S SAYING SOMETHING!
For those who have never heard the "Grease 2" soundtrack album before, BE WARNED: it's nothing like the Travolta/Newton-John original. In fact, apart from the photo on the CD cover, you'd be hard pushed to associate this album with a "Grease" movie at all.
Whereas the original "Grease" soundtrack was one of those ultimate 'feelgood' albums, I found the sequel to be rather boring in parts. Two of the main ballads ("Charades" and "Turn Back The Hands Of Time") seem quite 'dark', while the 'supposed' up-beat tracks ("Cool Rider", "Score Tonight", and "Prowlin'") just appear tedious.
Unfortunately, this CD is more of a 'miss' than a 'hit'. The quality of the tracks range from average to down-right abysmal. It may have been meant as a 'comedy' track, but I defy anyone not to cringe with embarrassment while listening to the god-awful "Reproduction". And "Do It For Our Country" isn't much better.
"Score Tonight" - another track laced with a plethora of sexual innuendos (as are most of the songs on this CD) - and "Rock-A-Hula-Luau" come close to matching the lesser known songs on the original soundtrack album, whereas "We'll Be Together" sounds remarkably like a mellow version of "We Go Together" from the first movie. Also, "Girl For All Seasons" is nothing more than a "Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)" remake. Did the songwriters run out of ideas?
Personally, I thought Michelle Pfeiffer (circa 1982) was a TERRIBLE singer. Those who disagree should listen to "The Fabulous Baker Boys" soundtrack to hear what she sounded like later in her career. The songs she performs on this CD, "Cool Rider", "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" along with her contribution to "Who's That Guy?" were rather pitiful.
The other two main actors in the movie were given a track each to perform: Maxwell Caulfield does quite a good job on "Charades" vocally, but the actual song is rather depressing. And Adrian Zmed's vocals on "Prowlin'" are sooooo bad, it's gotta be heard to be believed!
What saves this CD soundtrack from being an absolute turkey is the terrific opening number. "Back To School Again" by the Four Tops is simply stunning. More 'rock' than 'pop', this track IMHO is the best from both "Grease" movies. It's just a shame the "Grease 2" movie and soundtrack goes downhill after that.
"Grease 2" was a monumental disaster for Paramount Pictures, and the main reason for this was the soundtrack. Listen to both CD's from movies 1&2 and discover for yourself. Let's just hope the proposed "Grease 3" will have learned from this mistake.
Jon.


Grease (Original 1978 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Grease (Original 1978 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great 'feel-good' album..........., March 24, 2002
If "Grease" was meant to be a movie based in the 50s, why are there very little traditional rock'n'roll style tracks on this album? Ah, who care ?!! This soundtrack is simply a joy to listen to. Take away the fact most of the songs are cheesey and corny, what you have is an album that makes you feel good.
Some tracks are more well-known than others, but is there anyone living in the Western world that doesn't know the words to these songs? And even if you don't, how many of you have added your own words and ju sung along to the tracks anyway?!
The highlights? Frankie Valli's "Grease" captures the 70s 'disco' sound perfectly, so it won't come as a surprise to discover this was written by one of the Bee-Gees. "Summer Nights, "You're The One That I Want", "Greased Lightning", "Hoplessly Devoted To You" and "Sandy" are all as popular today as they were 23 years ago.
But there are a few hidden gems to be found as album fillers, most noteably the contributions from the 'real' 1960s group 'Sha-Na-Na'. Tracks including: "Born To Hand Jive", "Tears On My Pillow", "Those Magic Changes" and "Blue Moon" prove it's unfair to associate the "Grease" soundtrack CD only with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Also, Stockard Channing's "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" also deserves a mention too.
Any naff songs? Yeah, but just a few. "Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee" reeks of 'naffness'(!), but on this soundtrack CD, the good outweigh the bad.
I first bought this soundtrack in the early 80s on vinyl (remember lp's?) and twice on audio cassette years later. Now I have two "Grease" CD's (inc. the 20th Anniversary Edition with CD-Rom). Now, if that isn't a recommendation you buy it, I don't know what is!
Just avoid anything associated with "Grease 2"!!!!
Jon:)


The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best sing-a-long soundtrack ever!, March 24, 2002
Almost thirty years since the music of the film first saw the light of day, the soundtrack from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is quite possibly the best sing-along soundtrack album ever. I mean, is there anyone in the world who hasn't heard such timeless classics as "Time Warp" or "Sweet Transvestite"?
This isn't an album that'll appeal to everyone - some of the tracks are pretty naff, but that's part of the fun of "Rocky Horror..". The only regret about this CD is it doesn't include the lovely ballad "Once In A While" (which was, incidentally, cut from the film). In my opinion, that was one of the best songs. Never mind, you still have a great album here, but you really need to see the movie to fully enjoy it.
Jon.


Stranger In Town [Remastered]
Stranger In Town [Remastered]
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Album........, March 24, 2002
If I were to compile my Top 100 all-time favourite albums, then this Bob Seger effort would definitely appear in the upper echelons of that chart. Sadly, Bob Seger never received the recognition he deserved for this, or any other album he released in the UK, so chances are most people don't know much about the man who was running head-to-head (Stateside) in the popularity stakes with Bruce Springsteen in his pre-"Born In The USA" days.
If people compared Seger to Springsteen, "Stranger In Town" likened Seger to the Eagles. The music on this CD was maybe not as 'country rock' as the latter was better known for, but it's certainly similar in style and in mood - qualities that saw Seger guest appear with the Eagles on tour in the 70s. In other words, "Stranger In Town" typifies the musical genre known as 'middle of the road'.
Quite remarkably for a studio album - and I don't normally say this except for a 'greatest hits' collection - there aren't any substandard tracks on this CD. It's a rather short album, but the nine songs featured have stood well against the test of time - and are all bona-fide 'classics' on your favourite 'easy listening' radio station.
'Hollywood Nights' kicks off the CD - a track taken from the same musical mould that produced The Eagles' 'Life In The Fast Lane' - a tale of living the high life in 70s California. Other upbeat radio-friendly rock tracks follow with (the classic) 'Old Time Rock And Roll', 'Feels Like A Number' (another Eagles-like song) and 'Ain't Got No Money'.
But it's the ballads that really make this album. 'Still The Same', 'Till It Shines' and 'Brave Strangers' were all destined to elevate Bob Seger into the mainstream. However, there's two tracks that should've elevated Seger into superstardom. 'We've Got Tonight' - probably the best known song on the CD - is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful ballads I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. With all it's heart-wrenching emotion, sung and performed to such perfection, it seems almost blasphemous to listen to any of the countless - and let me say, inferior cover versions that have been recorded over the years.
My own personal favourite track on "Stranger In Town" is the one used to end the album. 'The Famous Final Scene' - a song about the end of a relationship - ranks alongside Meat Loaf's 'For Crying Out Loud' as one of the most thought-provoking ballads that will tug at the heart-strings of even the most cold-hearted person on the planet. And the last few seconds of the song are guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine!
The Eagles had their "Hotel California", Springsteen had his "Born To Run". For Bob Seger, his definitive studio album was "Stranger In Town". Forget about his 'Greatest Hits' CD - a collection that didn't do the man justice - if you want to hear the real talent behind this criminally ignored artist, then this is the album you need to buy. I promise you won't regret it.
Jon.
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Havin a Party
Havin a Party
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another average Jive Bunny release.............., March 24, 2002
This review is from: Havin a Party (Audio CD)
**Contributor's Note: The track listing on this UK version of "Havin' A Party" differs from the European version. However, the difference is only one or two megamixes - and this doesn't spoil the album any **
If the original party animal had still been releasing singles (when this CD was released anyway), "Havin A Party" would definitely have been an a collection of B-Sides. In other words, this is an extremely mediocre album.
And mediocre is the operative word here folks. You can't fault the mixing qualities, after all, 'Music Factory' (those behind Jive Bunny) are amongst the best in the business. Even so, mixing a collection of rock n' roll and 1960s classics that have been sampled beyond saturation point on past Jive Bunny albums - coupled with the below-par session singers used to re-create these 'hits' - makes "Havin A Party" something of a 'yawn-fest'.
It's not all rock n' roll though. The Master Mixers experiment with Disco, SKA and believe it or not, they even dabble in Country Music too! (Which is rather good: classic country tracks from the 70s re-done to sound like 90s club/dance music). However, this is only one highlight from an otherwise dull CD.
At least the CD is bargain-priced. However, there's other - and far better - inexpensive Jive Bunny CDs available from Amazon that are far superior to this below par effort. "Havin A Party" is really for fans of Jive Bunny only.
Jon.


Party Crazy
Party Crazy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jive Bunny Goes Party Crazy!, March 24, 2002
This review is from: Party Crazy (Audio CD)
++++++++The review below relates to the UK version of "Jive Bunny: Party Crazy++++++++++
With the exception of the "Best Of.." collection, this is probably the best 'low-price' Jive Bunny album available from amazon.com.
Mixing a plethora of chart hits from three decades, the medleys featured are guaranteed to get a party swinging. But, for me, the 'Jive Bunny Goes Country' megamix is the true highlight of this album.
Imagine todays top dance DJ's mixing old country hits from the 1970s and getting modern day singers to perform them.....that's what this megamix is like. (A couple of years back, I actually heard this track played at a night club which just goes to show how up-to-date a sound Jive Bunny can create).
The tracks sampled on 'Jive Bunny Goes Country' include: 'Rhinestone Cowboy', 'Rose Garden', 'Stand By Your Man' (a fantastic modern version) and 'Country Roads'. This megamix is worth the price of the album alone.....
As previously mentioned, the other five medleys -- with hits ranging from sounds of the 50s to glam rock of the 70s -- are just as entertaining, making this a worthwhile purchase.


Summer Holiday
Summer Holiday

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly better than "Beach Party" (but only just!), March 24, 2002
This review is from: Summer Holiday (Audio CD)
Another installment in the budget-priced Jive Bunny series, "Summer Holiday" is yet another example of an album full of good intentions that fails to deliver. Released as a sequal to the truly appalling "Beach Party", this CD contains a mixture of reggae, latino, salsa and a sprinkling of those awful summer 'one-hit' wonders that you are embarrassed to know, never mind own.
It's not as bad as it's predecessor, in fact, it does grow on you after a while. Still, considering what's on offer in way of quality, even the budget price seems a bit steep in places. What "Summer Holiday" does do is it gives you that 'feeling' of summer (I'm listening to this CD on a cold spring day in March...and it's snowing!).But I can't imagine this keeping me entertained during the summer months.
The word is Jive Bunny's current record label are planning a third 'summer' album. Let's hope they compile a CD full of genuine 'summer' classics (a la "Lovely Day", "Summer Breeze", "Long Hot Summer" etc), and forget about these silly novelty albums that, quite frankly, are terrible.
Jon.


Ultimate 80's Party
Ultimate 80's Party
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of 80s music will love this Jive Bunny CD, March 24, 2002
This review is from: Ultimate 80's Party (Audio CD)
Over the years since the creation of Jive Bunny, the production team behind the concept seemed to have come full circle with their seemingly never-ending musical journey. As the title suggests, "The Ultimate 80s Party" is their first venture into that decade, and from a music fan's point of view, this is where Jive Bunny finally end their 'novelty' period. Incidentally, this is only their second full-price CD in almost 11 years which proves the quality of the product is higher than usual.
With the exception of the first three tracks, this album only concentrates on the years between 1980-1985. (Dare I say there'll be an "Ultimate 80's Party Volume 2" to follow?). However, what you're left with is 27 of the very BEST chart hits from the early 80s.
Naturally, they use 'sound-a-likes' yet again, although I'm pretty sure a few of the 'originals' were used as some performers sound uncannily like who they're supposed to be. If so, that's a first for a Jive Bunny album.
All the 'big' hits of the first half of the 80s appear on this CD. Artists as diverse as Michael Jackson ("Billy Jean"), Madonna ("Material Girl","Express Yourself"), and Prince ("1999") are all 'big enough' to sell this album on their own. However, our own home-grown talent isn't ignored with contributions from the likes of FGTH ("Two Tribes"), Wham! ("I'm Your Man"), Spandau Ballet ("Gold"), Madness ("Baggy Trousers") and Adam And The Ants ("Stand And Deliver").
Quite remarkably (for a Jive Bunny album at least), there doesn't seem to be a 'duff' track on this medley, and if there is a song you don't recognise, then I'm afraid to say you don't know your music very well. Here you'll find other great 80s classics like "Walking On Sunshine", "Footloose", "White Wedding", "Girls On Film", "Kids In America" and "Walk Like An Egyptian" amongst countless others.
It has to be said that these aren't EXACT versions of those 80s classics, but then, this IS a Jive Bunny album I suppose. That said, even the continuous dance beat played throughout to accompany each track doesn't take anything away from the original recordings. And from a Jive Bunny perspective, that's almost unheard of. "The Ultimate 80s Party" may NOT be the best Jive Bunny album on the market, yet it's standing head and shoulders above any of their other 'medley' CD's which are (more times than not) pretty average affairs. I'd have liked =to have seen more of the later 80s classics included, still, after listening to this CD time and time again, I'm hoping there'll be that second volume out soon.
"The Ultimate 80s Party" will definitely appeal to Jive Bunny fans, and those who love 80s music but are fed-up of buying the same old, ten-a-penny compilations that have swamped the market recently.
Jon.


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