||From the Vault...
© Casablanca Records
Year of Release: 1985
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I never saw the movie, yet I love the music...
The year was 1978... Disco was at its peak, and music producer Giorgio
Moroder was at the height of his career. He was very successful in producing
Donna Summer's hits. He would compose and produce songs for the movie
Midnight Express. Based on a true story, Brad Davis plays the part
of Billy Hayes, a man caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and is thrown in
a barbaric prison.
As for the music, who cannot forget the haunting disco rhythms of its main
song, "Chase." As a fellow keyboardist myself, it was just natural
to try and play the notes as heard on this gripping and attention-grabbing song.
"Love's Theme" is a beautiful instrumental ballad, easily heard as music
for a major motion picture score. It also has the feel of another popular
instrumentalist would have written or performed -- Rick Wakeman.
A very impressive production track, "(Theme From) Midnight Express"
is a great instrumental, with great musical arrangnements, and it is also
right up the Rick Wakeman alley. The album's closing track is the same song,
with vocals by Chris Bennett. "Istanbul Blues" is a vocal song, as
David Castle handles the singing, and although it has a blues feel, it also
has a broadway style. "The Wheel" is somewhat eerie, as being a movie
about drugs, this short track could be used for a bad drug scene. Likewise,
"Cacaphoney" showcases a track where everything is going fast forward,
and no where to catch a breath. "Istanbul Opening" is another impressive
Wakeman-type track, the keyboard arrangements likewise the rest, is amazing.
The soundtrack of Midnight Express is an excellent assortment of
music for the soundtrack fan. Rick Wakeman fans will also enjoy this one,
as the comparison to Moroder and Wakeman are easily heard on some tracks.
Most soundtracks are exceptional, with the movie as well. Since I haven't
seen the movie, it makes me wonder to rent the movie and see if both the movie
and soundtrack match its greatness.
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