American Flyers [Vinyl]

American Flyers [Vinyl]

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  1. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Dated, but fit the movie perfectly, June 11, 2008
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    snowleopard (New England) –

    This review is from: American Flyers [Vinyl] (Vinyl)
    This soundtrack is impossible to find, as it was originally released on the GNP label in Vinyl only. It contains mostly up-tempo score by Greg Mathieson and Lee Ritenour, with some rock songs as well. In recent years a high-quality CD-R has appeared in underground circles, but if you can find it in either iteration, it’s worth a listen for fans of the movie, or up-tempo instrumental rock music from the 1980’s, interspersed with some good heartland-rock music from that era that doesn’t match-up with the score at all, but none the less fit the movie well. Here are the tracks by listing:

    1. American Flyers – A vocal cut by Glenn Shorrock that fits a rock/country feel and sets up the songs on the album well.
    2. Traveling Music – A Mathieson/Ritenour tune with guitar and brass
    3. Brand New Day – Really nice uplifting vocal song by Danny Hutton. Of all the (new) songs on the album, I like this one most. It makes me want to get out on my bike and just go!
    4. Gone Ridin’ – Good vocal track from a young Chris Issak. Fans of Chris may not be too familiar with this early song of his.
    5. Bad Moon Rising – Classic CCR tune, I’m sure you know it well.
    6. Brothers’ Theme, Pt. 1 – Nice quiet instrumental with Ritenaur guitar.
    7. ‘j’ Factor – Very short (1 min) synth cut build-up.
    8. Theme from American Flyers (Hell of the West) – Much like an opening title theme, contains the theme by Mathieson & Ritenour
    8b. Breakaway – Missing from Amazon’s listing is the epic by Mathieson & Ritenour which is some active and changing rock music that really fit well on screen, and offers a great listen.
    9. Brothers’ Theme, Pt. 2 – Reprisal of the first theme, only a little more electric.
    10. Treadmill – The most dated and peculiar cut, with sampled voices breathing, with the brassy theme played on top of heavy sampled drums.
    11. Epilogue (Third Race) – A lot like end titles, it mixes the brassy theme with Ritenour’s guitar into one complete piece.

    All in all, while this album is somewhat dated, I think to this date I haven’t really heard anything quite like it. The uptempo instrumental cuts are quite good and make for good workout music – it’s kind of a shame that Ritenour and Mathieson didn’t work together much again, and scored no more films. Add to that, the songs are good too.

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A correction to the prior review, November 29, 2009
    By 
    Jay Benzon (new york, ny USA) –
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    This review is from: American Flyers [Vinyl] (Vinyl)
    Not quite correct…this soundtrack was also released on cassette. Although I don’t have it at hand, it had fewer tracks, but seemed to cover many of the same songs.

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