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Fast Times At Ridgemont High Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (March 14 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002H14
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Somebody's Baby - Jackson Browne
2. Waffle Stomp - Joe Walsh
3. Love Rules - Don Henley
4. Uptown Boys - Louise Goffin
5. So Much In Love - Timothy B. Schmit
6. Raised On The Radio - Ravyns
7. The Look In Your Eyes - Gerard McMahon
8. Speeding - The Go-Go's
9. Don't Be Lonely - Quarterflash
10. Never Surrender - Don Felder
11. Fast Times (The Best Years Of Our Lives) - Billy Squier
12. Fast Times At Ridgemont High - Sammy Hagar
13. I Don't Know (Spicoli's Theme) - Jimmy Buffett
14. Love Is The Reason - Graham Nash
15. I'll Leave It Up To You - Poco
16. Highway Runner - Donna Summer
17. Sleeping Angel - Stevie Nicks
18. She's My Baby (And She's Outta Control) - Palmer/Jost
19. Goodbye, Goodbye - Oingo Boingo

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Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack to one of the early 1980's most enjoyable teen flicks is without a doubt a 5-star effort. Most soundtracks as a whole tend to miss the boat because they (especially these days) seem to be put together by a marketing team to try appeal/sell to as broad an audience as possible no matter how uncohesive the final product turns out or how tired or bad the song selection turns out to be. In the worst of cases, soundtracks wind up including songs "inspired" by the movie (talk about a stretch!!!!) or songs that only appeared in the credits after the audience is long gone. An example of the latter is the soundtrack to one of the "Batman" movies, as there were at least 3 different songs that were never part of the movie and only appeared one after the other in the bloated closing credits.
Fortunately, this soundtrack plays fair by compiling a generous 19 songs that not only worked beautifully in the movie, but they also work well as part an independent musical product. What is also interesting about this collection is that almost all songs were either written specifically for the movie (best exemplified by Billy Squire's "Fast Times (The Best Years Of Our Lives") or had never appeared on any of the artists' respective releases to date. Highlights include Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby," Don Henley's "Love Rules," and Timothy B. Schmit's take on "So Much In Love." I also loved Ravyn's "Raised, The Go-Go's "Speeding," and the contagious film-ending "Goodbye, Goodbye," by Oingo Boingo.
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Like Heavy Metal, the soundtrack for Fast Times At Ridgemont High was long out-of-print until 1994 or 1995, when both were finally issued on CD, and the music here is a mixture of late 70's California rock, as personified by ex-Eagles flying solo, and new age popsters. The two sounds are disparate but they make for a superb compilation. Here are the highlights.
The main theme song is the rhythmic but semi-melancholy "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson Browne. "going walk up to her, I'm going to talk to her" reflects Mark Ratner's feelings towards Stacey.
With "Waffle Stomp", ex-Eagle Joe Walsh has one of his goofy songs with a stomping beat. "You can punch out your boss/get fired from your job/collect unemployment/for your enjoyment/take out he trash/come down with a rash" and so on. One of the funnier songs here.
Fellow ex-Eagle Don Henley comes next with the tender guitar and piano "Love Rules." Standout lyric: "I wish I didn't have so much to feel/it's much too scary and it's all too real"
Louise Goffin's poppy "Uptown Boys" has a bit of 60's girl-group stylings in the chorus and backing singers, but the pre-chorus bits have that California sound a la Ronstadt or Karla Bonoff. Timothy B. Schmit's fingersnapping "So Much In Love" is a nice bit of doowop, with only a bass and drums coming in. The Ravyns' rocking "Raised On The Radio" is heard at least twice, once when Brad is washing his car.
The Go-Go's' "Speeding" has a jamming beat reminiscent of "We Got The Beat", which wasn't included here despite playing during the first scene, but has a sound close to their Vacation era. One of the best songs by them and on this album.
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By Rocker_Man on June 26 2003
Format: Audio CD
A few nights ago, I was watching Fast Times At Ridgemont High. I has only seen bits and pieces of the film before, but this time I was going to see it the whole way through. At one point, there was a football game scene, and a song playing during it. I'd know that voice anywhere.
Billy Squier.
So, this soundtrack had a Billy Squier song you couldn't get on any of his albums? Being a fairly large fan of his, I rushed right out and bought the soundtrack so I could get this song "It's entitled 'Fast Times (The Best Years Of Our Lives.)" I was impressed, but what REALLY impressed me is how many popular artists contributed to this soundtrack. Until I'd heard this CD, I'd passed Jackson Browne off as a one hit wonder. But his track here, Somebody's Baby, proves I was wrong to do that! Even ex-Eagles percussionist Don Henley contributes a song (this is before his solo career got into full swing.) His track, Love Rules, is an excellent ballad. Another former Eagle, Joe Walsh, also contributes a song. And of course, we get a new cut by everybody's favorite girl band from the eighties, the Go-Go's. Another band I had written off as a one-hit wonder was Quarterflash. Once again, the soundtrack proves I was wrong to do that! Future Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar contributes the film's title track, which is just plain awesome (why didn't this song become a big hit for him?) Many people have thought that Jimmy Buffett was pretty much done musically after the seventies, but here he contributes one of the finest tracks I have ever heard him do. Even Graham Nash (best known for being the Nash in Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young) has a track here, which will remind you of that quartet's older ballads, and that's a good thing.
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