Various - Fast Times At Ridgemont High: Music From The Motion Picture
Label: Full Moon, Asylum Records
Catalog#: 96 01581, 96 01581
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Inner sleeve: VG++
Cover: Gatefold, ringwear, two inch mark top right, VG+ VG++
Genre:Rock, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, New Wave, Pop Rock, Arena Rock
A1 Jackson Browne - Somebody's Baby 4:05
A2 Joe Walsh - Waffle Stomp 3:40
A3 Don Henley - Love Rules 4:05
A4 Louise Goffin - Uptown Boys 2:45
A5 Timothy B. Schmit - So Much In Love 2:25
B1 Ravyns - Raised On The Radio 3:43
B2 Gerard McMahon - The Look In Your Eyes 4:00
B3 The Go-Go's - Speeding 2:11
B4 Quarterflash - Don't Be Lonely 3:18
B5 Don Felder - Never Surrender 4:15
C1 Billy Squier - Fast Times (The Best Years Of Our Lives) 3:41
C2 Sammy Hagar - Fast Times At Ridgemont High 3:36
C3 Jimmy Buffett - I Don't Know (Spicoli's Theme) 3:00
C4 Graham Nash - Love Is The Reason 3:31
C5 Poco - I'll Leave It Up To You 2:55
D1 Donna Summer - Highway Runner 3:18
D2 Stevie Nicks - Sleeping Angel 3:55
D3 Palmer / Jost - She's My Baby (And She's Outta Control) 2:53
D4 Oingo Boingo - Goodbye, Goodbye 4:34
Art Direction [Album Art Director] - Jeff Adamoff
Compiled By [Album Assembled For Mastering By] - Bob Destocki , Ed Cherney , Jim Pace
Compiled By [Album] - Bob Destocki , Howard Kaufman , Irving Azoff
Coordinator [Album Creative Services] - Larry Solters
Coordinator [Radio Promotion] - Jim Cahill
Design [Logo] - Rod Dyer
Executive Producer [Album] - Irving Azoff
Mastered By [Album] - Wally Traugott
Photography - Jim Shea
Producer [Production Assistant] - Annette Welch , Bobi Adelman , Cori Glazer , Krissy Weaver , Laurie Gorman , Mary Widmer , Nina Avramides , Patti Roberts , Susan Markheim
Rear cover contains some film credits.
Both records come in a printed inner sleeve.
© 1982 Universal City Studios, Inc. ℗ 1982 Elektra/Asylum Records for the United States and WEA International Inc. for Canada. Manufactured and distributed by-WEA Music of Canada, Ltd., a division of Warner Communications Inc.
Stereo. Album mastered at Capitol Recording Studios. Front cover shoes courtesy of Vans.
The music here is a mixture of late 70's California rock, as personified by ex-Eagles flying solo, and new age popsters. The two sounds are disparate but they make for a superb compilation. Here are the highlights.
The main theme song is the rhythmic but semi-melancholy "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson Browne. "going walk up to her, I'm going to talk to her" reflects Mark Ratner's feelings towards Stacey.
With "Waffle Stomp", ex-Eagle Joe Walsh has one of his goofy songs with a stomping beat. "You can punch out your boss/get fired from your job/collect unemployment/for your enjoyment/take out he trash/come down with a rash" and so on. One of the funnier songs here.
Fellow ex-Eagle Don Henley comes next with the tender guitar and piano "Love Rules." Standout lyric: "I wish I didn't have so much to feel/it's much too scary and it's all too real"
Louise Goffin's poppy "Uptown Boys" has a bit of 60's girl-group stylings in the chorus and backing singers, but the pre-chorus bits have that California sound a la Ronstadt or Karla Bonoff. Timothy B. Schmit's fingersnapping "So Much In Love" is a nice bit of doowop, with only a bass and drums coming in. The Ravyns' rocking "Raised On The Radio" is heard at least twice, once when Brad is washing his car.
The Go-Go's' "Speeding" has a jamming beat reminiscent of "We Got The Beat", which wasn't included here despite playing during the first scene, but has a sound close to their Vacation era. One of the best songs by them and on this album. "Driving faster, driving faster..."
"Don't Be Lonely" by Quarterflash fits more on their debut album than Take Another Picture, and it's a good-enough song. And yes, there is a brief Rindy Ross sax solo.
Like Heavy Metal, Fast Times sports two title songs, and they fit in the rock mode. The first is Billy Squier's "Fast Times (The Best Years Of Our Lives)" and the second is Sammy Hagar's hard-driving, with a grinding guitar and tempo like "I Love It Loud" or "We Will Rock You."
Jimmy Buffett's goofy "I Don't Know (Spicoli's Theme)" perfectly fits the character, incorporating lines and loves of Spicoli: "too gnarly a day for a classroom" and "cruising is what I dig the most."
Graham Nash's "Love Is The Reason" has a melody and sound like the Eagles' "Take It To The Limit", while Poco's well-paced "I'll Leave It Up To You" with its new wave synths makes it far from the country-rock band that emerged from the ashes of Buffalo Springfield. Donna Summer's "Highway Runner" sports some Eagles-ish guitar and sitar, and is a far cry from her usual disco stuff. It's not bad, just weird for her.
Stevie Nicks' "Sleeping Angel" can also be found on the Enchanted box set; when I first heard it from there, I chalked another all-time great melancholy ballad for the Welsh Witch. This is played while Mike Damone is calling people who owe him money, to no avail.
Palmer/Jost's "She's My Baby (And She's Outta Control)" is pure 80's new wave a la Devo or Cars. Oingo Boingo's raucous "Goodbye, Goodbye" is more like Stray Cats-like rockabilly, with a call and repeat bridge section.
One of the best 80's soundtrack compilations, with the legacy of the Eagles included in various spots.
Jackson Browne - Somebody's Baby (1982)
Go-Gos - Speeding
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Don Henley - Love Rules
Sammy Hagar - Fast Times at Ridgemont High