BREAKDANCE / BREAKDANCE 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks

Released in 1984, the movie Breakdance, or Breakin’, as it was named in the USA, celebrated the rise of “b-boy” culture, based around breakdancing and hip-hop. The film was a huge box office hit in the USA, grossing over $6 million on its opening weekend. The soundtrack, originally on Polydor Records, proved equally influential and successful, helping to spread the word about the development of black urban dance throughout the world. The album went on to sell over a million copies, such was its success that a sequel, Breakdance 2 Electric Boogaloo, followed, with another impressive soundtrack.

Back when this movie and soundtrack came out, I was completely involved in the synthpop scene from the UK and heard some electro that had the same sound and feel, and I was kind of interested in the music at least. I never was into the dancing at all, especially since some girls that I was talking to in a park were also being checked out by break dancers and after I got their phone numbers, the breakers came up to me and threatened me with a baseball bat. Not really going to instil any kind of love for breakdancing. Anyways, the music that I heard was “Cut It” by Re-Flex, who I was already a big fan of, and “Breakin’… There’s No Stopping Us” by Ollie and Jerry. I really enjoyed the music and ended up getting the soundtrack and thoroughly enjoying it. Of course, this also is where Ice-T got his start, with the poppy “Reckless” by Chris “The Glove” Taylor and David Storrs with rap By Ice-T. A big difference from where he eventually went with his music. With a lot of great songs, this was something that I really enjoyed and still do, regardless of the changes that happened in music since this was released. Now you know that the second one couldn’t be as good…right? Well, it’s almost as good, so there. My favourite song is “Din Daa Daa” by George Kranz, a fantastic electro track that I searched out the 12″ single for and scored. The songs didn’t get the blood pumping as much as on the first album, but they still sound great and I listen to them as much as the first album. Of course the term ” Part 2, Electric Bugaloo” is what I use whenever a part two is mentioned in conversation. The sound is flawless on this collection and the booklet has a ton of interesting information in it.

If you liked the movies or owned the soundtracks, this is a definite purchase, even if you are just curious, you need to get this set and get some lino or cardboard and start spinning on your head. Another very cool album from my youth that I thought I would never see or own.

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NEVERENDING STORY: Soundtrack

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Re-issued on CD for the first time in the UK, this is the soundtrack album to accompany the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story. An atmospheric electronic soundtrack with tracks composed by leading German jazz composer Klaus Doldinger and electronic disco maestro Giorgio Moroder. This release also includes all the officially released remixes of the title track as sung by Limahl (ex-Kajagoogoo) and the extended version of Giorgio Moroder’s “Ivory Tower” that originally appeared as the b-side on Limahl’s “The NeverEnding Story” single. This single was, itself, an international smash hit reaching No.4 in the UK and Irish Charts, No.2 in Germany, Austria and Italy and No.1 in Sweden and Norway. This limited edition black vinyl effect CD release is packaged in a miniature cardboard LP style sleeve with an exclusive six page colour insert.

I will be honest here…I have never seen this film, mostly because as a teenage boy, this really wasn’t geared to me, but I do love the title song. I remember seeing the video for the title song on one of the video shows that came on after school and being excited that there was a new song out by Limahl. I had no idea what the movie was about and didn’t care…….new Limahl! I went out and got the 12″ single and played the hell out of it, and the b-side of “Ivory Tower” by Giorgio Moroder. I took a job as a DJ at this club and the bartender that was my friend hated the title song, so I had to play it every once in a while on my retro ’80s night . I even went out and found the French version of the song to drive him even more crazy. Well, at long last I now own the soundtrack and of course I love the many versions of title done by Limahl, but the other instrumental songs by both Moroder and Doldinger are really good as well. Full of emotion and highs and lows, the soundtrack takes you on a grand journey that almost makes me want to see the film…almost. The different sounds of the two composers actually work together fairly well, with Moroder being electronic and Doldinger doing more of an orchestral mix. The songs all sound crisp and bright, giving the listener a chance to dig into the richness of the soundtrack and the moods.

With a great booklet, the replica album and the fantastic remastering, this is a soundtrack that I will actually listen to over and over again. I will be putting on the Limahl title song and reminisce about my friend and laugh at the insults he used to hurl at me for playing it. I wish I could play all of the mixes for him, his head would explode.

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