First of all, I want to preface this post by saying that I grew up in a household filled with great music. We listened to The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Van Halen, Vladamir Horowitz and more. My dad made sure I heard many different types of music and, even if I didn’t like them, learn to appreciate them. Of course, being the pre-teen that I was, I was not going to listen to my parents music. No, I was going to listen to my own music. It was much cooler than theirs. That being said, I attempted to go back, musically, to my youth.
Valerie and I have been on a flea marketing kick lately and have been adding to our ever-expanding vinyl collections. Sunday I made the decision to purchase the following double album:
I remember seeing the movie and falling completely in love with the soundtrack. I bought it (a double LP) with my allowance and played it for months. It was full of classic Beatles songs from the Sgt. Pepper’s and Abby Road albums. Never mind we had the actual Beatles versions, I wanted these songs done by the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the movie, here’s a brief synopsis:
Billy Shears, grandson of the famous Sergeant Pepper must save the magical musical instruments of the band from music tycoon B.D. Brockhurst.
The cast was full of stars: The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Billy Preston, Steve Martin, George Burns, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and Earth, Wind and Fire. You’d think with all these great people, it would be a terrific movie with a decent soundtrack. At the time, I thought so. After purchasing it on Sunday, I think differently.
It’s bad, people. Monumentaly bad. The only good songs are Aerosmith’s version of Come Together and Earth, Wind and Fire’s version of Got To Get You Into My Life. That’s it. The worst offenders are Sandy Farina, who apparently fashioned herself as the next Olivia Newton John, and Frankie Howard, who’s so bad I have nothing to say about him. Still, I have spent the morning listening to the entire soundtrack and laughing my butt off. It was worth the money for so much entertainment. I now leave you with one last look at the album that should never have been made: