"Moonlight Mile" is a collection of songs that you've probably heard a million times before and could probably hear a million more. It's a solid 70's rock revue, but like the decade itself, there are some huge hits and huge misses. Having seen the movie first, I need to give this album 2 separate ratings.
If you HAVEN'T seen the Movie: 4 STARS. With songs such as the Rolling Stones' "Moonlight Mile," Elton John's more obscure "Razorface," and Bob Dylan's classic "Buckets Of Rain," how could you possibly go wrong? Add in Bowie's manic "Sweet Head," Van Morrison's achingly beautiful "I'll Be Your Lover Too" and both Sly and the Family Stone songs, and you've got a damn near perfect album. Unfortunately, the misplaced "I Hear You Knocking" and the awful hockey theme song, "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" knock one of the stars off, giving the album 4 out of 5 stars.
If you HAVE Seen the Movie: 3 STARS. There are one or two songs that were glaringly omitted from this album. Now I understand that with a compilation album, song rights play an enormous part in what makes the final cut. But to not include Van Morrison's "Sweet Thing," the song that ended the movie, is just wrong! Luckily, one Van song made it onto the album, but "Sweet Thing" would have added so much more to this cd.
Final Result: 3 1/2 stars.