Saturday, June 2, 2007

Joe Viglione's Soundtrack Reviews

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This photo is NOT from the boot "Live at Woodstock"; just the great original Joplin In Concert

Janis Joplin Live At Woodstock

Janis Joplin: Original Soundtrack,,938620,00.html

See more information/track listing on this at the bottom of this blog.

Steelyard Blues - featuring songs of Nick Gravenites (Joplin songwriter)

The Endless Summer by The Sandals

The Sandals Wild As The Sea -
The Endless Summer / The Ski Bums

Review by Joe Viglione

Wild as the Sea: Complete Sandals 1964-1969 holds 31 tracks —77 minutes of great surf sounds from the Sandals, a low-key Ventures-like group with the distinction of having created the music for the classic Bruce Brown film, The Endless Summer. This record is an incessant party, starting with a dozen instrumental tracks which saturate the brain but are not as redundant as say, the Ramones, the nuances of the jingling-jangling guitars making for great background to any party. These vignettes mostly clock in around the two-minute mark, the vocals on "All Over Again" are pretty humorous with some very uplifting changes and harmonica. The song "Endless Summer" owes more to the Four Seasons than the Beach Boys, and is not to be confused with the title that opens this package, the instrumental "The Theme From Endless Summer." Read More Here:

Jimi Hendrix - Sound Track Recordings From the Film Jimi Hendrix

Sound Track Recordings From the Film Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix

Experience Hendrix Soundtrack,,284085,00.html

More Experience - Soundtrack Vol. 2

Live At Albert Hall - Soundtrack Vol 3

This is NOT the black and white Bootleg lp cover photo, of course.


The Rose on

Bette On The Boards

THE ROSE with Bette Midler

ISN'T SHE GREAT Soundtrack to a Bette Midler film
without Bette singing on it!

The Glitterhouse (featuring songs from the soundtrack
to the film "Barbarella" )

Peter Noone & Herman's Hermits HOLD ON Soundtrack

Review by Joe Viglione

More than another Herman's Hermits album with two hit songs, "Leaning on the Lamp Post" and "A Must to Avoid," this MGM soundtrack features the original version of "Where Were You When I Needed You," the first of 14 hits for the Grass Roots, which landed in the Top 30 four months after Peter Noone sang it. This version, like everything here, sounds very British Invasion, Mickey Most's production emulating early Beatles. Four of the tunes, including the title track "Hold On" and the hit "A Must to Avoid," were written by the team of Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan, the original pairing which helped launch the Grass Roots. This is the West Coast meeting the U.K. in a very pleasant way, and the combination is impressive. For more review click here:

The Deep John Barry Original Soundtrack


The Sandals
Complete Sandals 1964-1969: Wild as the Sea


[Original Soundtrack]

David Foster St. Elmo's Fire

The instrumental "Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire" by mega producer David Foster from his self-titled album hit the Top 15 in 1985, following the number one success of Foster's production of John Parr, also from the film St. Elmo's Fire. Foster's work overshadowed larger-than-life producers who came before him -- Jimmy Miller, who was signed to a CBS label as a vocalist before his stellar career with Blind Faith
and the Rolling Stones, as well as Bob Crewe, who was produced by Jerry Wexler when he released the Motivation disc.,,87884,00.html

David Bowe --- Ziggy Stardust Motion Picture

Elephant's Memory Songs From Midnight Cowboy

The Legend Of Billy Jack with Coven

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Jefferson Starship: No Protection "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" from the film
"Mannequin" and "Mannequin 2"

Album review here:,,168359,00.html

Song review here:

Composed By
Albert Hammond/Diane Warren

Song Review by Joe Viglione

For those purist fans of the early Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, a song like "We Built This City" took the path the Marty Balin-less group embarked on with "Jane" (a title Balin actually rehearsed with the group prior to his leaving for a solo career) farther into the arena rock wasteland. The four minutes and 29 seconds of "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" were a huge treat on an entirely different level. It's really more a collaboration between producer/arranger Narada Michael Walden and singers Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas than it is a Starship track. Lead guitarist Craig Chaquico is merely a guest star here, for this is a high-tech quagmire of bells, whistles, strings, and Walden's vision, building the melody into a rock-solid stomp, but for Starship, it is its zenith. If the song "Miracles" was Jefferson Starship at its most potent and creative, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" is selling out, in a good way. With this tune the band evolved into the counterculture Archies, but Slick remains the Queen of Cool, and she adds a dimension of integrity, even bringing the very best performance out of Thomas, who was all things a singer for Jefferson Starship should not have been. Slick and Thomas work in unison here, not the tapestry that was her marriage with Balin's voice on "Miracles" but an effortless combination like the guitars of Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, a doubling effect which intensifies the sentiment. The song by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren could not be constructed more perfectly or with such refined precision. Walden has to be commended for merging dance-rock with industrial, and for all the contrived elements, anathema to fans of the institution which once crafted "It's No Secret" and "Plastic Fantastic Lover," this platter is itself a fantastic plastic march of triumph and overcoming all obstacles. It's actually a re-working of Balin's "Miracles" theme, an uplifting accomplishment of love conquering all as the "plastic fantastic lover" in the store window comes to life for the lovelorn hero. Theme to the Twentieth Century Fox motion pictures Mannequin and Mannequin II, it's a song so nice the studio had to play it twice, to paraphrase the late Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller.

Getting Together Ferrante & Teicher

Badfinger on The Magic Christian Soundtrack: Carry On
Till Tomorrow (flip of Come & Get It)

Strawberry Statement - Soundtrack Review

Candy Soundtrack - The Byrds

Candy Soundtrack on Z-95

Zacharia Soundtrack 1971

Riot On Sunset Strip,,42394,00.html

Dogs In Space Original Soundtrack;_ylt=A0Je5X22FVJGfWABgpCDBqMX;_ylu=X3oDMTBwMjNqdWVsBHBndANhdHdfd2ViX3Jlc3VsdARzZWMDc3I-

The Savage Seven Soundtrack

The film "Jackpot"

Where the lead character's name is "Sunny" and the Bobby Hebb song "Sunny" is in the soundtrack.

Jackpot Soundtrack featuring Bobby Hebb's SUNNY

A Kevin Costner/Elijah Wood film with Bobby Hebb's

please note that the tracking on AMG currently doesn't
match this soundtrack to THE WAR - we're working to
fix that!

Alice Cooper soundtrack:

Carnivore - Original Soundtrack with L.A. Guns

Movin' With Nancy TV soundtrack


Soundtrack to the film SPEEDZONE (a.k.a. Spring Break III) featuring the
Boston area band SPLASH/The Evangelista Brothers

Marvin Gaye - Behind the Legend


Johnny Mathis sings Movie Themes, reviewed by Joe Viglione

The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)
Artist: Johnny Mathis
Genre: Vocal-Easy Listening

Jerry Fuller's production of The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) for Johnny Mathis is a pleasant and much-needed change in sound, as his same formula continues -- songs of the day mixed in with movie themes. Unfortunately, this change in sound was not
utilized to its full potential. Al Capps...

Jerry Fuller's production of The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) for Johnny Mathis is a pleasant and much-needed change in sound, as his same formula continues -- songs of the day mixed in with movie themes. Unfortunately, this change in sound was not
utilized to its full potential. Al Capps arranges five of the 12 tunes, including the title track and "Love Theme From 'The Godfather' (Speak Softly Love)." There
are exquisite shades and added depth to the production, though the song order is a little questionable. "Theme From 'Summer of '42' (The Summer Knows)" keeps everything mired (Read more here:

Joe Viglione

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Woburn, MA 01888

Critic - North Shore Sunday /

'Spider-Man 3’ snares North Shore audiences
By Joe Viglione GateHouse News Service
Fri May 11, 2007, 01:00 PM EDT

The Wonder Stuff /


IDMB The Matrix

Movie Review Query Engine / A Civil Action Terminator 3, X-2

Film Reviews on the Blacklisted Journal

Charlies Angels/Blacklisted Journal

CQ in The Blacklisted Journal

Star Trek Nemesis

Signs vs. Minority Report plus K-19, Full Frontal, Unfaithful Charlie's Angels's-Angels-(movie)

A Civil Action / The Matrix on

Reviews of Alien vs. Predator, Suspect Zero here:



Blue Wild Angel

BLUE WILD ANGEL: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at The Isle Of Wight is a 102 minute documentary by Academy Award winner Murray Lerner which features a crystal clear updated sound mix by engineer/record producer Eddie Kramer and other goodies separating this version from the 56 minute 1970 release. Videotaped documentary footage recorded three decades after the original film was shot adds insight. There are interviews with Kramer, bassist {$Billy Cox}, drummer Mitch Mitchell, Jim Marron - president of Electric Lady Studios, Hendrix tour manager Gerry Stickles, along with director Lerner himself and full length versions of the included songs from the legendary festival. As audio fragments of this concert became commercially available through the years including three tracks on Columbia Records The First Great Rock Festivals Of The Seventies and four other titles on Polydor's Jimi Hendrix / Isle Of Wight lp, different perceptions of one of Jimi's final concerts reached the public consciousness. At nearly double the 54 minute length of the Rhino Home Video} from 1970 entitled Jimi Hendrix: Live At The Isle of Wight, the result is simply breathtaking with Jimi Hendrix - the rock star performing in all his glory as his sun was about to set. Lerner calls this "a labor of love which took a long time to finish" and he credits the Experience Hendrix company with helping obtain the backing to complete the project. Filmed between approximately 2 AM and 4 AM on August 31, 1970, it is so dark that the 600,000 or so people in the audience hardly affect what you see on the screen. The director said the film is "deliberately claustrophobic" realizing that "Jimi was the key thing to photograph" stating that they stuck to Hendrix "very intensely". Billy Cox's brilliant bass work can be heard cleanly as both he and drummer Mitch Mitchell creat a platform on which genius unfolds. Jimi's versatility is in evidence, he clearly separated making a record from performing on stage. Purple Haze explodes in a way that would never have captured AM radio airplay, and is a stark contrast to the blues of "Red House" which, on film, has lots of interesting shots of Jimi's hand playing against the light while his facial expression is of a man lost in thought while in the throes of a wild solo. The guitarist here is a master technician, as is Murray Lerner who captures this modern day Beethoven with equal brilliance. The contrast of "Red House's" subtleties to Hendrix turning up his Marshall stacks and giving the people what they want -he psychedelic blasts of "Foxy Lady" - is more proof of how the singer/performer utilized all aspects of the stage - combining the volume and feedback with his clothing, hair, body movements, foot on the wah wah pedal, over amplification, all tools of this part of his trade. The build up with photography of the landscape before the main event and daytime glimpes of the crowd (along with Billy Cox's memories of how loud they were) combine to make this a respectful and precise look at a special moment in music history. Murray Lerner feels the 20 minute version of "Machine Gun" here "makes a big difference. It's much more powerful" (than the previous seven minute edit they had in release). The DVD has different camera angles for some of the songs included in the theatrical version, and will also include a bonus rare live performance of "Dolly Dagger". Review by Joe Viglione


Interesting Hendrix page

Here's a wonderful array of album covers of Jimi on eBay

RE: Janis Joplin Soundtrack

A blog has re-printed my review and a comment adds the tracking and where it all came from.

Side 1:
1. Mercedes Benz (1:36) On LP Pearl Spoken intro missing
2. Ball and Chain (5:15) Frankfurt 12 April 1969
3. Rap on Try (1:36) Toronto 28 June 1970
4. Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) (4:29) Toronto 28 June 1970
5. Summertime (4:45) Frankfurt 12 April 1969
6. Albert Hall Interview (1969) (1:18) London 21 April 1969
7. Cry Baby (3:56) On LP Pearl

Side 2:
1. Move Over (4:18) Dick Cavett TV Show 25 June 1970
2. Dick Cavett TV Interview (4:17) Dick Cavett TV Show 25 June 1970
3. Piece of My Heart (4:09) On LP Cheap Thrills
4. Port Arthur High School Reunion (1:44) KJAC TV, Port Arthur, Texas 13 August 1970
5. Maybe (4:08) Frankfurt 12 April 1969
6. Me & Bobby McGee (4:29) On LP Pearl

Side 3:
1. Trouble in Mind (1:36)
2. What Good Can Drinkin' Do (2:41)
3. Silver Threads and Golden Needles (2:26)
4. Mississippi River (2:29)
5. Stealin' Stealin' (1:50)
6. No Reason for Livin' (1:59)
7. Black Mountain Blues (4:27)
8. Walk Right in (2:03)

Side 4:
1. River Jordan (3:50)
2. Mary Jane (2:10)
3. Kansas City Blues (1:47)
4. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (2:56)
5. See See Rider (2:08)
6. San Francisco Bay Blues (1:49)
7. Winin' Boy (1:54)
8. Careless Love (3:06)
9. I'll Drown in My Own Tears (1:49)

5:54 PM

Steelyard Blues
A tremendous soundtrack album to director Alan Myerson's film Steelyard Blues, which starred Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, and Peter Boyle, this collection feels like a side project collaboration between the Electric Flag and Paul Butterfield Blues Band with added performances by Maria Muldaur and Merl Saunders. The majority of the material is written and performed by the great Nick Gravenites and Mike Bloomfield, the 14 songs really standing up on their own as a work not dependent on the film and not feeling like they are mere chess pieces to supplement a Hollywood flick. Gravenites does a masterful job of producing, with "Common Ground" resembling a great lost Electric Flag song -- Annie Sampson trading off on the vocals with Gravenites as Janis Joplin did with him on In Concert. Muldaur co-wrote "Georgia Blues" with Bloomfield and Gravenites, while they gave Muldaur and Saunders the opportunity to contribute a tune by including their "Do I Care." "My Bag (The Oysters)" adds some pop/doo wop to the affair, a nice twist, and it borders on parody. Gravenites is always able to juggle his serious side with a tongue-in-cheek wink, and this interesting and enjoyable effort deserved much wider play. ~ Joe Viglione, All Music Guide.,,168639,00.html

More CANDY! Candy

All This And World War II by Joe Viglione

Record executive Russ Regan, instrumental for his behind-the-scenes work with Harriet Schock, Genya Ravan, and producer Jimmy Miller, was involved in the creation of this soundtrack to the 20th Century Fox documentary film All This and World War II. Produced by Lou Reizner, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, arranged by Wil Malone and conducted by Harry Rabinowitz, back up an amazing array of stars on Beatles covers. What this is, truly, is one of the first Beatles tribute albums, and it is extraordinary. Peter Gabriel performing "Strawberry Fields Forever should be a staple on classic hits radio stations. It's a natural, but how about David Essex doing "Yesterday," Leo Sayer on "Let It Be," or the Four Seasons interpreting "We Can Work It Out"? Where the dismal soundtrack to the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band had hits and misses, this is a very cohesive and impressive work of art. The Brothers Johnson re-create Hey Jude, and its soulful reading is not what Earth, Wind and Fire did to "Got To Get You Into My Life" -- their Top Ten 1978 hit from the Sgt. Pepper soundtrack -- but it is just as cool. In 1994 BMG released Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones, which had Marianne Faithful sounding like Melanie Safka on "Ruby Tuesday" (or is it the other way around) and Mick Jagger re-creating "Angie," but that was 18 years after this, and doesn't have the marquee value of this double-vinyl LP chock full of stars. This is four sides of orchestrated Beatles, with the Status Quo, Ambrosia, and Bryan Ferry on a version of "She's Leaving Home" that was meant exclusively for him, as is Helen Reddy's take on "Fool on the Hill." Leo Sayer gets to do "The Long and Winding Road" as well as "I Am the Walrus," while Frankie Valli does "A Day in the Life" to augment his Four Seasons track. It is nice to see Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood on the same album again, Wood with "Polythene Pam"and "Lovely Rita," future Beatles co-producer Jeff Lynne cutting his teeth on about seven minutes of "With a Little Help From My Friends"/"Nowhere Man." Tina Turner reprises her classic "Come Together," Elton John, of course, has to weigh in with "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," while the Bee Gees are spread out over the record doing bits and pieces of the Abbey Road medley, "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" on side one, less than two minutes of "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" on side two, and two minutes of "Sun King" on side three. Frankie Laine, Status Quo, and a delirious Keith Moon add to the festivities, but it is the Peter Gabriel track which gets the nod as the over-the-top performance here; Moon's rant is so out-there and off-key it disturbs the momentum. We have to give him a pass, though. It's Keith Moon, and he never made it to 64! Keep in mind that, two years later, the Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, Frankie Valli, and Tina Turner would show up in the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band soundtrack and film as well, so maybe this is where the idea for that came to be. Utilizing the Elton John number-one hit from two years earlier, "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," insures that a Beatle is involved in this project, as John Lennon performed on that single under the name Dr. Winston O'Boogie, though it might have been interesting had they added the Royal Philharmonicto the original tape. Well, on second thought, maybe not. Still, it is a classic, classic album that deserves a better place in rock history, certainly more so than the aforementioned Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack. Definitely worth seeking out.« Less
Posted by Joe Viglione Jun 18, 2004

More Peter Noone

Peter Noone performed on the soundtrack to the film "Diamonds"


As stated, his career is multi-dimensional, with critically acclaimed stage performances in two Broadway shows during the 1980s, including The Pirates of Penzance, to his roles on the silver screen. He appeared as Herman in two films, 1966's Hold On and 1968's Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter; was one of the few bright spots in 1978's Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; and performed in 1982's Rockin' the Night Away: Life From Palm Springs, 1996's Hullabaloo, Vol. 8, and 2000's The British Invasion Returns. In 1999, he sang the end theme to the Kirk Douglas film Diamonds.