Ry Cooder's soundtrack for The Long Riders received a top-notch treatment from Warner Bros. (Japan), who not only did an excellent remastering job, but backed it up with English lyrics to the songs, notes, and a Japanese insert. Cooder was in fine form with this score, using original material, unusual and anachronistic instruments (saz, tamboura, electric guitar), and elements of traditional songs from the Civil War period. As a result, the album can be appreciated as a unique entity, away from the film – and bonded to the film, the music provides grace and power to the onscreen events.
Even though he came from the theater himself, Bob Fosse, when he came to make a film of Harold Prince's musical Cabaret, did what most movie directors do, taking the 15-song score and cutting two-thirds of it to leave five songs – "Wilkommen," "Two Ladies," "Tomorrow Belongs to Me," "If You Could See Her," and "Cabaret." (In addition, "Sitting Pretty" was performed instrumentally and "Married" in German.) He then allowed the show's songwriters, John Kander and Fred Ebb, to add material to emphasize the film's two musical stars, "Mein Herr" and "Maybe This Time" for Liza Minnelli and "Money, Money" for Minnelli and Joel Grey…
Tug of War is the third solo studio album by Paul McCartney, discounting the seven studio albums with Wings, released in April 1982. It was McCartney's first album released after the dissolution of Wings in April 1981. The album was produced by former Beatles producer George Martin and was a number #1 in numerous countries.
is a studio album by , released in August 1981. The album peaked at #4 in the UK album charts upon release and spent a total of 25 weeks on the chart in 1981–82. The album was certified by the BPI and achieved sales over one million globally.
is a studio album by , released in August 1981. The album peaked at #4 in the UK album charts upon release and spent a total of 25 weeks on the chart in 1981–82. The album was certified by the BPI and achieved sales over one million globally. The title track was released as the lead single of the album and was followed up by a cover of 1961 US doo-wop hit, . The singles peaked at #4 and 2 respectively on the UK singles chart. was held off #1 for 4 weeks running by the 's , but earned gold certification from the BPI for sales over half a million. The track was recorded live on 1 May 1981 at the for a rock 'n' roll special to be broadcast later by .