Back To The Future – Various Artists (1985)
Day Four: Back to the Future
I have absolutely no perspective on this movie. It’s far too sacred.
For the soundtrack however, I think I’ve managed to muster at least a smidgen of objectivity.
It’s funny when star power does not dazzle like it could/should.
On side A, Lindsey Buckingham and Eric Clapton each make song contributions.
Bonus marks if you can remember the song titles.
Did you say Time Bomb Town and Heaven is One Step Away?
While neither track is inherently offensive, neither is terribly memorable either.
To be fair, I can’t remember either track being featured prominently in the film.
But still, given their respective talent levels…
That being said, the remaining 8 tracks are sensational.
Huey Lewis & The News bookended side A with a pair of timeless gems, The Power of Love and Back in Time.
The Outtatime Orchestra plays a pair of variations on the brilliant Back to the Future theme.
And then the four-pack to end side B is one for the ages:
a. The Wallflower (Dance with me Henry), or the song that’s playing in the 50s cafe
b. Night Train, the tune heard while George is waiting at the dance
c. Earth Angel, the ballad Marty accompanies, subbing in for the injured Marvin Berry
d. The blues riff in B, the source material for most of my attempted blues/rock soloing, Johnny B. Goode.
So that’s 8 awesome tunes, 2 adequate tracks.
The super more than makes up for the satisfactory here though, giving the album a final score of:
(out of 100)