Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes
Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
Same here, forgotten abou...
Both albums are really go...
Great band had forgotten ...
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

jefflynnefan
22-01-2018 21:32
Wonderful recent interview with Gary Numan. https://youtu.be/.
..

Explorer
21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

jefflynnefan
21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity! https://www.ebay....fr
esh=true

englandashes
21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

gdazegod
21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

englandashes
20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

englandashes
17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

Explorer
17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1985 Articles » Various Artists - 1985 American Flyers [Soundtrack]
 
Various Artists - 1985 American Flyers [Soundtrack]



ARTIST: Various Artists
ALBUM: American Flyers [Soundtrack]
LABEL: GRP
SERIAL: GRP-A-2001
YEAR: 1985

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lee Ritenour - guitar * Greg Mathieson - synthesizers, keyboards * assorted musicians

TRACK LISTING: 01 American Flyers * 02 Travelling Music * 03 Brand New Day * 04 Gone Ridin' * 05 Bad Moon Rising * 06 Brothers Theme (Part 1) * 07 The 'J' Factor * 08 Theme From American Flyers (Hell Of The West) * 09 The Breakaway * 10 Brothers Theme (Part II) * 11 Treadmill * 12 Epilogue (Third Race)


Background
Seemingly eradicated from the history of time is this soundtrack from an equally forgotten cycling film starring a then fledgling Kevin Costner. With two significant names like Lee Ritenour and Greg Mathieson at the helm and the year being 1985, this lives up to the billing as a melodic rock gem. Split between instrumentals and actual songs, there are names like Glenn Shorrock and a surely then unknown Chris Issak in the mix also, adding another layer of virtuosity to this glorious assembly of AOR delights. Well maybe not Issak in hindsight, but it does little to affect this period piece that could only come from the mid 80's. The uplifting nature of the music is in keeping with the gruelling bike race depicted in the film, with the end result being magnificently captured by the two legendary composers.


The Songs
The music here is thoroughly drenched in a comprehensive sense of victory, evident immediately with the title track, sung by Shorrock, hot on the heels of his AOR exploits with the Little River Band and his fine 1983 album 'Villain Of The Peace.' The sheen to this track is so impossibly smooth and melodic it's almost enough to make you pause for a moment. As far as anthems go it's on another level, the type of material certain to leave you with your fist in the air and a nostalgic lone tear in your eye. It has the air of America at its most patriotic, in a way that doesn't seem to exist now. 'Traveling Music' is a brief jolt of high-tech AOR, with the guitars and synths dueling fiercely, but both catapulted to the forefront. 'Brand New Day' is another faultless anthem, this one sung by Danny Hutton, with the line 'one more night becomes a brand new day, one more fight to find a way, living in the USA.' If that sounds glorious then it has to be heard to be truly appreciated. We all know the 80's specialized in these kinds of tracks, but this surely takes the cake. Everything about it is 1985 in four minutes and it should've be the soundtrack for the United States that year. Things take a somewhat offbeat direction with the rockabilly 'Gone Ridin' courtesy of Issak and while it's not terrible, it certainly doesn't fit in musically. Also casually dismissed is the inclusion of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Bad Moon Rising' which was probably already stale in 1985. Things recover with the synthesized bass domination of 'Theme of American Flyers (Hell of the West)' which is high-tech AOR taken to the extreme. It fits the sporting element of the film and could have been used in any manner of clips for montages of 80's sporting events. The instrumental highlight is easily 'The Breakaway' however, which at seven minutes will have you reaching for unknown superlatives. If you've seen the film then its place during the race makes sense, but the assortment of vintage 80's keyboard moves gives it a flair for the dramatic and is stunning as a result. The last three pieces all run at three minutes and under, the parping synths of 'Treadmill' another highlight as is the guitar work of Ritenour on 'Epilogue (Third Race)'.


In Summary
While soundtracks aren't commonly featured here, this is an accomplishment that would grace anyone's collection and is preferable to what passes itself off as AOR these days in my opinion. It makes you realize what an era of riches the 80's was, both musically and in a cultural sense, when it was common place watching against the odds type films with a suitable soundtrack accompanying it. Anytime music puts you in a specific frame of mind and transports you to what's being presented even without seeing it, then clearly it's succeeded, which is the greatest honor I can bestow on this soundtrack.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
Comments
#1 | jefflynnefan on May 30 2015 17:19:20
I don't have this in my soundtrack collection but I'll have to check it out now after reading your review. Is the Danny Hutton the same as Danny Hutton Hitters who did the song "Wouldn't it be Good" for the Pretty In Pink soundtrack?
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Benson, George - 1983 In Your Eyes, Bad Habit - 1989 After Hours, Hunt, The - 1982 The Thrill Of The Kill, Perry, Steve - 1984 Street Talk, Messenger - 2007 Head For Glory, Baby Blue - 1988 American Boys, Redvette - 1982 Redvette, Nutz - 1974 Nutz, Up All Night - 1995 Up All Night, Jigsaw - 1975 Sky High, Dare - 2004 Beneath The Shining Water, Survivor - 1988 Too Hot To Sleep, Blackhawk - 1994 Blackhawk, Angel - 1975 Angel, Journey - 1976 Look Into The Future
Tags©
Dee Snider Twisted Sister Candy Sweet Mike Batt United Fools Jennifer Batten Marc Scherer Scherer Batten Jim Peterik Survivor Rock Candy Records Cher Virginia Wolf Rock Candy Records Constellation Iron Maiden Revolution Saints Def Leppard Java Abel Ganz Diesel (Holland) Véronique Béliveau Nine Ways To Win Wounded Bird Mass Altaria Kid Gloves It Bites Damsel Fly Winterlong Sabu Aviary Edens Curse Fifth On The Floor Harlow Teresa Straley Rock Candy Records Praying Mantis
All Tags
Search DDG