Back in Time...1985 At the Movies
Music and Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Varèse Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Attention all you '80s fans! You know who you are - you remember the big hair, the funky clothes, the great movies and the great music that went along with them. Well, '80s fans, rejoice! On July 2, 2015, Varèse Sarabande Records will release a six-CD box set called Back in Time...1985 At the Movies. You remember 1985 and all of the great movies that were in the theaters then, don't you? Of course you do!
Back in Time...1985 At the Movies features over six and a half hours of music from some of the most amazing movies of the time...movies like Back to the Future, St. Elmo's Fire, The Goonies, The Color Purple, Out of Africa, Witness and more. We're talking about music from such brilliant composers as John Williams, Alan Silvestri, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry, Danny Elfman, John Debney and more. And the songs! Songs by Survivor, Debarge, Oingo Boingo, Billy Ocean, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner and more!
The first CD features recognizable scores from some of the top films of the period performed by the Varèse Sarabande Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Newman. The second CD is a collection of songs performed by the original artists. The third CD features music from some of the lesser grossing, but still decent films of 1985 like Pee Wee's Big Adventure, The Bride, Spies Like Us, The Black Cauldron and more. The fourth CD features music from the Back to the Future Trilogy. The fifth CD features music from Out of Africa and the sixth CD features music from The Goonies.
I was offered the opportunity to sample this set, receiving the entire first and second CDs in the set for review. Much as I enjoyed listening to the score, it was the song compilation CD that I found most fun. I loved singing along to songs I loved from the '80s like St. Elmo's Fire, Burning Heart, Rhythm of the Night, Say You Say Me and We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome). To me, this was the best part of the album set, containing songs that I not only heard in the movies, but sand along with repeatedly while listening to the radio in the '80s.
Back in Time...1985 At the Movies comes in a LP package design with artwork created by Nightmare on Elm Street artist Matthew Joseph Peak. The set also contains a 24-page booklet with liner notes from album producer Robert Townson and exclusive photos from the album recording sessions. Those of us who grew up watching movies from this era and fans of the music of the era will love getting their hands on this CD set. I would really love to see Varèse Sarabande create an entire Back in Time series featuring more music from the top years in movie history over the past few decades, hitting the greats from every movie-going generation.