Fame Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
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Before Fame , film soundtracks weren't really thought of as potential commercial blockbusters-but this 1980 LP helped change that, fueled by the Top 20 hits Out Here on My Own and the title smash. Now, more than 20 years later, the original platinum-plus soundtrack has been remastered for the first time. The sound is amazing and it comes with three bonus tracks!
We don't know whether Fame will, like its iconic, Irene Cara-sung title song insists, "live forever." But director Alan Parker's vibrant, ambitious 1980 tale of New York's High School of the Performing Arts has been remarkably influential, spawning a TV series, stage musical, and helping cast the mold--for better or worse--for the decades of pop-song dominated soundtracks that followed in its wake. But the innocent, urgent charms of the original won't be denied, and this release marks the album's first digital remastering, an edition supplemented by three previously unreleased bonus tracks (the wistful ballad "Miles From Here," as well as instrumental versions of the title track and Top 20 Cara hit, "Out Here on My Own," that underscore composer Michael Gore's pop-disco inspirations). --Jerry McCulley
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It's a soundtrack with no filler...even the single instrumental "Ralph and Monty" feels part of a whole. The brisk uptempo tunes, like the title track, "Hot Lunch Jam" with it's irresistible piano line and the driving gospel of "Never Alone" balance the quiet "Out Here On My Own" and the anthemic "I Sing The Body Electric".
If you are familiar with the TV show, "ER", and unaware that Paul McCrane ("Rocket" Romano on ER) is a significant character in "Fame", you are in for a shock. His songs, "Dogs In The Yard" and "Is It OK If I Call You Mine?" form the emotional core of the soundtrack...the latter song is his composition performed solo on guitar.
Seriously, the sweet tender songsmith here and the testosterone ramrod from ER...the same guy? Staggering.
His previously unreleased song is a welcome addition, but the other extras are skippable.
This soundtrack does not sound dated at all. Compared to "Flashdance" and "Footloose" (which sorta define an 80's sound...), "Fame" is an ageless classic.
The proof that Gore and Pitchford succeeded lies in the enduring popularity of this soundtrack and by comparison with the pale imitations that followed it - eg. the songs for the "Fame" TV series, and well, "Flashdance".
Taken together, the songs on this soundtrack tell a vibrant and moving story.
Irene Cara's performance of the title song remains an exuberant statement of purpose while her performance of the ballad "Out Here On My Own" shows an exquisite mix of control and passion. Other highlights are Paul McCrane's wistful "Dogs in the Yard" and the exciting ensemble finale, "I Sing the Body Electric".
The original CD pressing of this album was one of the first CDs released. Listening to it now, you can hear why a lot of people prefer vinyl. It sounds pretty dull - it's missing a lot of the high frequencies and space which are there on the vinyl pressing.
This remaster is a significant improvement over the first CD edition and the vinyl LP, on most tracks. The music has far more presence and dynamic range - it's like lifting a veil. I do, however, have a few technical queries. Tracks 4-9 seem to have slightly more treble information on the right channel than the left.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
There are really only a couple tracks I listen to, BUT They really get me. They affect me... I HAVE to sing out LOUD and dance around... I feel ready to conquer the world... Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by Alicia Walker
A lot of what passes for music from movies (even musicals) is simply dreadful. One hit song written by Diane Warren and some obligatory love theme instrumental thrown in for good... Read morePublished on June 6 2003 by guillermoj