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The Lost Boys: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Rocky Horror Picture Show [Soundtrack]
Don't have the time (or the props) to watch the whole movie?
Just put on the soundtrack--it's got all the best parts without the dialog in-between! Well, isn't that what an Original Soundtrack Recording like this is supposed to be?
Back in the mid-70s when The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a midnight staple at countless movie theaters, Tim Curry wasn't yet "Tim Curry" and Susan Sarandon wasn't yet "Susan Sarandon" (hell, Barry Bostwick wasn't even "Barry Bostwick"!). Listening to these science-fiction double-feature showtunes will take you back through a time warp to the days when the now-Academy-Award-winning actress was perfectly willing to stand around for most of a picture in her bra and panties--and so would her boyfriend! In those days, they were just Brad and Janet, forced to spend a dark and stormy (also sexy) night in the haunted house of mad scientist Frank N. Furter--just a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania-ha-ha who really knew how to belt out a song. Those were the days. --Jim Emerson
Little Shop Of Horrors: Original Cast Album (1982 Off-Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]
This version of the soundtrack to the hit musical is from the stage production, which ended rather differently than the movie: just about the entire cast (except for the backup singers) winds up as lunch for the hungry plant. As a result, this CD lacks the song "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space," which was written for the film. Instead, the recording closes with "Don't Feed the Plants," which is much more in keeping with the spirit of the rest of the musical. Little Shop of Horrors explores a wide variety of musical styles, from the rhumba-inflected "Mushnik and Son" to the I'm-on-Broadway ballads "Somewhere That's Green" and "Suddenly Seymour." The most spirited numbers are those that feature the trio of backup singers, who perform on the title track, "Skid Row," "Da-Doo," "The Meek Shall Inherit," and other numbers with considerable energy.
The recording loses something if you haven't actually seen the stage production,
but hearing this CD will give you an excellent reason to do so. --Genevieve Williams
Of all the incarnations of this story, from Roger Corman's peculiar, delightful B&W quickie, to Disney's lavish adaptation of this musical version, the unadulterated La Mama stage production is the finest. There is an edge to this, a much darker shading, that the cutesified Disney version lacks (even compare Ellen Greene's versions of "Suddenly, Seymour" -- in the movie shy and restrained, here -- she knocks your socks off).
The Lost Boys: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]
Director Joel Schumacher, who went on to helm many big-budget, tiny-intellectual movies, gave us an 1980s update of the story of the vampire. It was all hip, good-looking, and tremendously vacuous. Similarly, the music doesn't break any new ground or offer much that's timeless. INXS' collaborations with Jimmy Barnes are fine, for instance, but Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm's "Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys)" verges on the painful in a way that only overwrought 1980s music can. Roger Daltrey's take on Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" is by the numbers, and so wasted. It's only Echo and the Bunnymen's cover of The Doors' "People Are Strange" that warrants much attention, even if it's, erm, buried. --Scott Wilson
Includes Good Times; Laying Down the Law INXS and Jimmy Barnes; Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys) Lou Gramm; a cover of Elton John's Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Roger Daltrey; a cover of the Doors' People Are Strange by Echo & the Bunnymen; Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys) Gerard McMann; Power Play Eddie & the Tide; I Still Believe Tim Cappello; Beauty Has Her Way Mummy Calls, and To the Shock of Miss Louise Thomas Newman.
This may be the best movie soundtrack of all time. The music found on this disk perfectly captures the feel of the movie. Really what is there to review? Just take a look at all of these 4 and 5 star ratings. If you have seen the film you will want to soundtrack if for nothing else than for the haunting "theme" of "Cry Little Sister" which will become a mainstay on all future Halloween mix CD's. Lou Gramm's "Lost in the Shadows" is as good as anything "Foreigner" ever put out and Gramm's vocals are top notch...seriously just try to listen to "Lost in the Shadows" once...it can't be done, you will be hitting rewind as soon as it begins to fade just to listen to it once more.