Back To The Movies – Various Artists

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Album Review by EDF

Ever since Saturday Night Fever hit the movie screens in 1977, the use of music as a sellable commodity for both the movie and the recorded artist is now expected with most films, especially with romantic comedies. Virgin has collected together enough classic tracks to fill two CD’s worth of songs that will take you back to your youth, when you spent time in a large darkened hall complete with moving images lighting the space around you.

The first CD is a mixed bag of slushy romantic love songs that will divide people. When I say mixed bag, not only do we have the obvious slower tracks in the form of COCKER & WARNES – ‘Up Where We Belong’ and THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – ‘Unchained Melody’ to the more upbeat KENNY LOGGINS – ‘Footloose’ and ‘Danger Zone’. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good that the mood is broken up a bit but compared with what is on the second CD, these types of tracks are out of place. There are also some strange inclusions like BRUCE CHANNEL – ‘Hey Baby’ and less well known GO WEST – ‘The King Of Wishful Thinking’.

The second CD is the one that will get played at parties because they were the ones that always brought a movie to life. From the opening HAROLD FALTERMEYER – ‘Axel F’ to the even cooler tracks such as HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS – ‘The Power Of Love’, this is more about reliving your youth then anything else. All the tracks featured on this second CD are from movies released in the 1980’s except for BILLY IDOL’s ‘White Wedding’, taken from THE WEDDING SINGER, a movie that was set in the ‘80’s.

With the likes of Tina Turner, Bryan Ferry and David Bowie included here, by the time you finish listening to this collection, you will find yourself reaching for the wrinkle cream. They sure don’t make them like what they used to.

5 stars