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Producer ruined this album
on June 23, 2002
After watching the movie and hearing the new Steel Dragon tunes, many of which are performed "live" at various arenas, I knew I had to have this soundtrack. The new tunes are incredibly indicative of the period, and most are are really, really good songs. So I head to the store and buy the soundtrack...and suffer a major disappointment. Instead of hearing the raw, powerful, straight-ahead 80's rock-n-roll that I heard in the movie, I was confronted with a collection of synth-laden, over-produced garbage that barely resembled the songs from the movie. I can only compare my disappointment to the feeling I get when I hear Whitesnakes "Here I go again" on the radio, only to find that it's the "pop" version that adds snyth and cuts out most of the guitar solo. Sorry, but I don't have time for this pseudo-rock pop garbage, the kind that helped to destroy 80's metal.
If you're a fan of 80's metal, see the movie. It's mostly lame, but the music makes it worth watching. I can't recommend the soundtrack, however, unless you're looking for a classic example of what went wrong.