Boogie Nights: Music From The Original Motion Picture
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Boogie Nights Music From the Original Motion Picture - Various Artists - CD
A three-note horn blast, a disco groove calling from the dance floor, a woman's voice charging in to sing "never, ever do I feel discouraged." It's the '70s again. You're surrounded by freedom at its most complete, and trivial. This is how Boogie Nights, a film about the rise and fall of a porn star, begins. The soundtrack consists of dance and trash pop songs playing non-stop, forming a kind of historical narrative behind the action. Vol. I rescues some great nuggets of fluff, both black and white--"Magnet and Steel" and "The Best of My Love," for example. Then, it deliberately goes too far with Night Ranger's "Sister Christian." The song, defiantly candy-ass, challenges our capacity to recycle the pop culture past. Its earnest emptiness and lack of irony make it the most uncool, and fascinating, thing on the record. --Steve Tignor
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.84 x 5.59 x 0.47 inches; 3.39 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Capitol
- Item model number : 2133080
- Original Release Date : 1997
- Run time : 2 hours and 35 minutes
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : July 25, 2006
- Label : Capitol
- ASIN : B000002UKO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,817 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The movie’s music gave us 37 songs, almost 30 of them hits of the time, nearly wall-to-wall music even in a film with a 2:35 run time. With a soundtrack like that, BOOGIE NIGHTS should have generated a gatefold double album like the AMERICAN GRAFFITI soundtrack back in 1973. Sadly, it did not. This CD is the first of two volumes (no. 2 came out a year later), has only thirteen tracks, with two of them negligible tunes composed for the album.
Happily, there are any number of winners among the eleven time-specific hits here. This was an era (1975-1983) in which pop, folk, funkadelic and above all disco music got together, cross-pollinated, and took over the radio charts. Anderson managed to pull the AMERICAN GRAFFITI rabbit out of his hat by choosing songs that are generally exuberant, fun, and manage to comment on the action. The chipper confidence of the era is shown by choices like McFadden and Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” and the Emotions' “Best of My Love.”
The ambient sexuality of the era shows up clearly in such songs as Melanie’s “Brand New Key” and Walter Egan’s “Magnet and Steel” in which, you’ll notice, female and male “parts” are allegorized neatly as roller skates / keys, and magnet / steel. The Electric Light Orchestra’s “Livin’ Thing” found its way onto this CD, too, a happy high-tech opus of sex with its slippin’ and slidin’ and often referred to as “the only ELO song cool people can like.” (Also insanely danceable.) None of this is out of place in a movie where the happiest sex workers almost turned respectable.
In other words, the songs on this album, even if a touch cheesy at times, are really good cheese and perfectly emblematic of the Seventies and the BOOGIE NIGHTS. Four stars because again, this really, really should have been a double album (I’ll be reviewing vol. 2 shortly). The wretched graphic design of the album cover, in which arcane typefaces were shrunk down to CD size and rendered in all-caps Nouveau neon lettering on a black background, tempted me to give this product three stars. (But in the last analysis, the songs are just too much fun.) However, since there are no liner notes per se, fans who opt out for piecemeal downloads can be forgiven.
I've been moving us back to vinyl- resurrected my old linear track with the rest of my system.
Ugh- the centered had rips/scratches in the center like a poorly laid sticker/label.
Get's worse! It had cracks and pops and I properly cleaned it and barely touched it with a brand new product from Amazon that does work well.
It must be a late belated barely cared for pressing. I so wanted this to be just even half-decent as a one off gift to my disco wife lol.
I cannot accept vinyl with a poor label with white scratches, and uneven record (God I hate watching the stylus go up and down), and poor quality. It seemed packaged properly and I see no reason for the fact the album was uneven and so much more.
It was to be a gift to lift my wife's spirits. I listened to it 2x. I should not even bothered when I saw the condition and not due to shipping.
Please folks- fix this up! I still want to buy this on vinyl mostly for my wife but still- just charge more else don't sell it.
I am willing to pay...
Sure, they are not all winners, but it's a great & fun selection for those who love classic Rock & Roll.
Second time round tho, years later, seen from a film appreciation POV - very impressed.
Aside from the porn industry and all that, otherwise captures well the vibe and feel of those years.
Give it a second chance if you haven't.