Tuesday, October 20, 2009

AOR TREASURES - The Soundtracks Vol.12

The dozen.
Several requested tracks included in this one.
Many readers ask for a compilation containing only AOR tunes, but remember, this place is called 'Hard Rock' too, and I think this mixed bag works better, to pleasant a wide range audiences.
Here we go:

You And Me [Jetsons, The Movie]
For the first time in my compilations, a song sung by a woman as opener, and well worth it.
TIFFANY hit several pop singles in the charts at the end of the 80's, but this exclusive track for the movie is a portentous rocker, written by Steven McClintock, about whom we will talk later.

One Way Out [Caddyshack II]
Splendid song composed by the masters MARTIN PAGE and CLIF MAGNESS. Guaranteed. It can't fail.
Exclusive to this OST, perfectly vocalized by Eric.

Justice For One [Savage Streets]
Incredibly I've never included this great song in any volume so far. Can't be absent here. A Classic.
Part of the first Farnham's recordings outside his homeland, taken the Australian audience by surprise due the hard edged sound and strong beats, far from his usual pop side.
Ripped from a rare movie promo vinyl single only released in Australia.
Very good sound.

The Edge Of A Dream [Space Mutiny]
Song sent to me by a reader (go ahead and submit yours!).
Unfortunately the sound was not very good and various frequencies were missed, but thanks to a friend overseas I got another file in a very good quality, I've added some gain and brillance.
I must admit that I did not know this song / movie. I feel ashamed... how could I miss this magnificent AOR gem?
It turns out that McClintock is a well-known songwriter to Hollywood movies (including mostly the ones of "Jetsons, The Movie" OST).
I love this song. Thanks mhenders for the original file!

Moon & Stars [Sweet And Sour TV series]
Sweet And Sour was an Australian ABC soap opera which still retains loyal fans.
Chronicled the misadventures of a rock & pop band called TAKEAWAYS, I chose this song because although lacks guitars or skilled songrwiting, it's a great cheesy techie AOR.
Love these compressed 80's sounds ...

Rock It Out [Beavis and Butt-Head TV]
Beavis and Butt-Head was a great TV show (musically speaking) that often rescued from oblivion phenomenal songs from the past.
This is one of them, recorded in 1983, simple songwriting but effective, with scorching guitar riffs.
Original air date: November 3, 1994 - Season 5, Episode 5: 'Safe House'.
Nice forgotten rocker.

07 - RASCAL & Ricky P. Goldin
Ladykiller Theme [Another World TV series]
Ricky P. Goldin was one of the main actors in this cult TV series, he sings only in the intro here.
The real architects of many songs featured in the 90's episodes (including this one) were the female fronted band RASCAL, who curiously never released an official album themselves.
Taken from the band's demo (which contains several songs from the series), this is a very cool tune in the vein of HEART.
Heard in 'Ladykiller Explosion' episode, aired September 23, 1991.

Wasn't It Love [Caught]
Rarity, both the song and the movie, of course; a Christian plot.
Composed by John & Dino Elefante, leaders of the newly assembled (1987) band MASTEDON.
Never included in any of the 2 great discs recorded by the group in subsequent years.
Very rare.

Turn It Up [SpaceCamp]
SpaceCamp music score was in charge of the prolific and multi Oscar winner John Williams, Joseph's father, who gave his son the chance to include some songs in movies.
This track never was released in the official OST nor in any solo record by Joseph.
Unreleased and good.

Castles On Quicksand [California Dreams TV series]
Another TV series that has rabid fans even today.
The story revolved around a rock band: DREAMS.
Most of the cast actually sang the tunes and played all the instruments.
This is my soundtrack favorite, penned by none others than the trio PAUL BLISS / PETER BECKETT / STEVE KIPNER (monster team!), and performed by actress Heidi Lenhart, in the role of "Jenny Garrison".
Great song.

Prince Of Darkness (movie version) [Prince Of Darkness]
The shock-rock master wrote this obscure (lyrically) piece for the a-must-watch horror flick directed by another master; John Carpenter.
A different version that the one appeared in his "Raise Your Fist and Yell" album.
You can hear the unforgettable Donald Pleasence speaking in the middle...

Let Love Conquer The World [Die Railers]
The German Rock Project was a german hard rock musicians' reunion to record a benefit song, like Doro, Michael Voss, Dennis Ward, Joal, Axel Rudi Pell, etc..
The single had considerable success, and was featured in an episode of the TV ZDF-Series "Die Railers", besides the official soundtrack, released in Germany alone.
A torch song.

Rock With Me [Mottomo Abunai Deka]
Japanese movie regarded by the public as 'the most dangerous criminal film'.
In the west became known as "Yokohama City Cops Story", directly to home video in a few countries.
The soundtrack has enormous AOR songs, being this one the best in my opinion, beautifully performed by Gail.

Out For The Count [The Karate Kid III]
The third part of the "Karate Kid" saga is the least known, as also is its soundtrack, hard to find.
Requested by a reader, WINGER recorded this track exclusively for this film.

Killer On The Loose [Rocktober Blood]
Another request from a reader.
Rather unknown movie following a common plot of that time as "Hard Rock Zombies", "Black Roses" or "Trick or Treat". That is, a hard rock band struggling against Devil's influence.
The soundtrack (by the band SORCERY, David Glen Eisley was their earlier frontman) remains unpublished.
This track is heard in the film during one of the group's live performances, whose lead singer is the murderer ...

Killer [Savage Streets]
I could not leave out from this compilation series another great song only appeared in the "Savage Streets" soundtrack.
A pump up monster action movie track, a real killer.

17 - HEART
The Heat [Up The Creek]
One of the many 'College Campus' juvenile films of the 80's.
Not the best, but the soundtrack is really good, mostly filled with exclusive songs, as 'The Heat' by HEART, not easy to find.
Requested by a lot of people in these pages.

Speedster [Sleepwalkers]
I've watched this movie in time when it was released directly to home video 'round here, and was impressed not only by the CGI morph (one of the first films to use it) but also by the great guitar instrumentals that were heard throughout the movie. Even recorded all parts on tape.
But never labeled the cassette with the performer's name, nor the movie title.
Some time later, listening to the tape, I cursed myself for not taking notes.
A couple of years ago, in a second hand record store, a front CD cover trigger my memory instantly...my missing movie!
Hoping some of these awesome instrumentals were included, turned the jewel case and... Bingo! ...MICHAEL THOMPSON!
Isn't a great song in the songwriting department, just some kind of 'jam', but come on, the man has a unique guitar tone and hot sweepicking, and maestro Colaiuta gives you a drum lesson for free...
Just get a pair of headphones to enjoy this one.

That's all folks, closing credits... THE END.

+ 70 min, artwork.
Note: most of tracks are vinyl-only release and very rare, all were cleaned, decrackled and declicked to get the best quality possible.

AOR TREASURES - The Soundtracks Vol.12


Unknown said...

Thank you, I always enjoy these.

Tomas said...

the end ?? no please continue my friend

Anonymous said...

I search the soundtrack of "Mottomo Abunai Deka"

adewey said...

Thanks, these soundtrack collections are awesome. Nice work!

Anonymous said...

Otra ves, otro gran trabajo como solo vos podes hacer. Hay que saber mucho y dedicarle un buen tiempo para hacerlo. Eso se valora mucho!!!
Gracias, sos un gigante!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Eventually I will remember my login and leave my name with my comment. This is some awesome compilation work.

GuitarheroAndy said...

Thank you very much for another astoundingly cool collection!!!!

1980-F, Germany said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
The only one I knew before is "The Heat".
As always a great compilation.

Best wishes from Germany

SOFIA said...

A little note: Actually this Mastedon amazing song is included in the "It's a jungle out there" cd reissue by Frontiers, as a bonus track.
Thanks again for this great offer Camel! And pls once again, don't ever stop!

Anonymous said...

Sweet, thank you!

AORpower said...

Thanks a lot for these outstanding compilations.
The soundtracks by camelblue are legendary in the meanwhile.
Please do not stop this serie.
There are a lot of outstanding songs on the already used soundtracks.
So probably the availability of songs should not harm you to continue.
I guess all of your fans will appreciate if you do so.

Thanks for the greatest AOR blog on the web.

Camelblue said...

@ SOFIA: didn't notice about Mastedon's 'It's a jungle out there' reissue. And including this rare track as bonus.
But still didn't hit the streets... release date: november 6, 2009.

Thanx for your comments people.
Don't misinterpret the final sentence... THE END was just a way to close the post, like a movie.
In fact I've been working in 2 volumes simultaneously, so #13 is coming up soon.
All your comments and requests are highly appreciated!

adrian666 said...

"Castles In Quicksand" was also recorded by Paul Bliss himself, his own version can be found on his solo album "The Edge Of Coincidence", a rare album.... I got it from kissmar's blogspot page some times ago. Another version of "Castles In Quicksand" is available on Think Out Loud (Kipner/Beckett duo)'s 2nd album "Shelf Life". Killer song.... both are killer versions too. The female fronted version from the Dreams OST is not as good as those, but still nice to hear it. Thanks camelblue.

A Fan said...

Is it that time already again,thanx alot Camel can't wait to hear this one

A Fan

Camelblue said...

@ adrian666: You're absolutely right about "Castles In Quicksand".
The Paul Bliss version is the best of all imho.

bart said...

Dear Camelblue,

I have had a tough time recently with my comp. crashing two more times. But i have got the eraser dvd rip again and again. Can you give a good avi cutter so that i can send the closing credits section to you. you could release "caught a train" in one of your OST releases. Our friends should love it.

BTW, I thank you for Vol 12 and please do not stop.

Anonymous said...

You made the full dozen! Great awesome work, CAMEL! i´m a big fan of these AOR Treasures! Keep on posting! ....so and now I will get it to my ipod as all the other volumes!



thnxx!!!great job,very appreciated!!!!!!

mhenders said...

I was the one who originally submitted "Edge of a Dream" to you. I'm anxious to hear the clean-up version of it. Thanks for including it!

marco said...

thank god you didn't stop!!
cheers to you for bringing up this fantastic music

Camelblue said...

@ mhenders: Thanx again for uncover the McClintock track.
Credited in the main post as deserved!

@ bart: there's many .avi cutter/demuxers (to obtain video/audio as separate files) for free. Just google it, some of them are easy to use.
btw, 'Balance - In for the count' coming up for you right now...

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Javier Gallo said...

Great Great Compilation!!, Thanks to you, this is a "must have"
Keep on doin' it well, these music treasures deserves to last forever!!!
Go Ahead CamelBlue!!

crisscat said...

un saludo camel

bart said...

many thanks camelblue!
thanks for making us happy...

Anonymous said...

THANKS !! Saw this last night.. Placed it on a CD.. Will play this all week in my car driving to work as usual... GREAT !!

Keep it up !

Upcoming Rock said...

I like track "You and Me" who sung by a woman as opener. We are a band company which is famous for hit the shows with modern rock music .

David Van Zant said...

Excelent Compilation as always, please Camelblue don't stop!!

Unknown said...


You rock! Your compilations are the greatest!

Speaking of The Karate Kid Part III, I have been desperately searching for the Glen Medeiros "I Can't Help Myself" track from that album. . .Any chance you have that one??

Many thanks

Camelblue said...

Sure. You're welcome.
The Karate Kid III - Glenn Medeiros - I Can't Help Myself (When It Comes To You)

Unknown said...

I'm back, checking it now!!! yeah

Unknown said...

Thank you Camelblue! You are amazing!

leoalmaraz said...

Buenisimo todo tu trabajo, gracias

Freeman said...

Thank you once again, CAMELBLUE.

Anonymous said...

Thanks camelbue!This is another great compilation.Can you please inform me where I can find the song Push It To The Limit - Paul Engemann from the movie "scarface"?Thanks!

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Scrub said...

Thanks for the Rocktober Blood song! Would love to hear the rest of that soundtrack.

Anonymous said...

It's so great that you share this with us

Anonymous said...

Please fix link!

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