||From the Vault...
© Atlantic Records
Year of Release: 1988
Two Hearts-Phil Collins
Just One Look-The Hollies
Big Noise-Phil Collins
The Robbery-Anne Dudley
I Got You Babe-Sonny & Cher
Keep On Running-Spencer DavisGroup
Loco In Acapulco-Four Tops
How Do You Do It-Gerry &The Pacemakers
I Just Don't KnowWhat To Do WithMyself-Dusty Springfield
Sweets For My Sweet-The Searchers
Will YouStill Be Waiting-Anne Dudley
A Groovy Kind Of Love-Phil Collins
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Soundtracks are problems to some people -- they consist of new songs that
would become famous, yet the other songs are already well-known songs
(preferably oldies). Take the case of the movie soundtrack to Buster,
starring Genesis main vocalist and drummer, Phil Collins. There are a total
of three (at the time) new songs by Phil Collins, two songs by Anne Dudley
(movie composer), and the rest are oldies. There are "incidental music" pieces
in between various songs on this soundtrack by Anne Dudley, which are
instrumental classical pieces.
First, let's get the oldies out of the way... There's no doubt on how
great these oldies are:
|Just One Look
||The Hollies||I Got You Babe
||Sonny & Cher
||Keep On Running
||Spencer Davis Group
||How Do You Do It
||Gerry & The Pacemakers
||I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
(I don't remember the above song, yet it was a Top 5
hit in 1963)
||Sweets For My Sweets
Phil Collins songs:
"Two Hearts,", a popular song that reached #1 in 1988. "Big
Noise" is as upbeat as "Two Hearts," and these songs are
very different than the common sound heard in Genesis. They're more pop than
anything else than on any Phil Collins with Genesis albums. "A Groovy Kind
Of Love" also reached #1, where this song was originally recorded by The
Mindbenders in the 1960s.
Anne Dudley songs:
"The Robbery" is an excellent instrumental, which has a Joe Satriani
atmosphere. "Will You Still Be Waiting," like the other "incidental
music" pieces, is a beautiful slow, classical feeling song. It's much shorter
than "The Robbery," yet it should of been longer to enjoy it more.
Then there's the song by the well-known 1960s Motown group, The Four Tops --
"Loco In Acapulco" sounds like a brand new recording. It has a more
1980s pop sound, rather than the 1960s Motown sound.
As for the movie, I've never seen it, yet the reviews I heard were mixed.
The liner notes from the album is shown below:
Buster (Phil Collins) is a happy-go-lucky small-time thief whose biggest
virtue is a happy marriage to his wife June (Julie Walters). One day he hears
of a massive trainload of used banknotes, and plans to rob it with a gang led
by his friend Bruce Reynolds (Larry Lamb). It is a brilliant, audacious
operation -- the biggest robbery in history.
On the run with June and young daughter Nicky, Buster escapes to Mexico
to join Bruce and his wife Franny (Stephanie Lawrence). But their dream of
paradise in the sun turns sour, as the money drains away and the alien
life-style takes its toll.
As for the soundtrack, it's a combination of new and old songs. Most
soundtracks sound better with more original material, like say, The Beatles'
original Yellow Submarine. It featured instrumental songs by George
Martin, (where the "incidental music" pieces from Buster can easily be
compared to Martin); with new Beatle vocal recordings. On Buster,
there are both new and old recordings, with the instrumental pieces. If there
were more instrumental pieces like "The Robbery" and "Will You Still
Be Waiting" it would have made the soundtrack much better. It makes the
soundtrack much more interesting to hear new material, where the oldies are
songs that we are already familiar with. So this album is definitely not a
Phil Collins solo album, it is a soundtrack, with old and new songs alike.
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