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Year of Release: 1988

track listing
  • 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 Davis
  • Loco In Acapulco
    -Four Tops
  • How Do You Do It
    -Gerry &
    The Pacemakers
  • I Just Don't Know
    What To Do With
    -Dusty Springfield
  • Sweets For My Sweet
    -The Searchers
  • Will You
    Still 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 Dusty Springfield
    (I don't remember the above song, yet it was a Top 5 hit in 1963)
    Sweets For My Sweets The Searchers

    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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