Moonlighting: Original Television Soundtrack

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
None.

Personal Review:
 Numerous times I’ve passed this record up at two Salvation Army’s and one Value Village – usually it was either because I was over my limit on what I could purchase, or just had a lot more interesting albums – or that one time where I told my mom I wouldn’t buy anything that day, and ended up finding this record and was really disappointed when I couldn’t buy it. Nevertheless, I had went to the actual record store, and lo and behold, there it was in all it’s glory – and I let out the happiest noise I could make and shouted ‘BRUCE WILLIS!’ – true story.

 So, naturally, the album opens with the “Moonlighting Theme” sung by Al Jarreau, and well, it’s an okay track. It’s clearly an 80’s television theme, you can tell just by the musicianship. So, we’re not off to the best start. After that we go onto a classic by Chubby Checker with “Limbo Rock” which is a good song, solely for the fact it’s a classic rock n’ roll track, sung by one of the greatest singers of rock n’ roll history. Then comes another personal favorite of mine with The Isley Brothers’ solid hit, “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” this is the type of song I would love to take the person that I love and dance around with them, and sing along to, and just make everyone feel really great. You know what I mean? Then we go into the section of the album that I’d like to call the ‘golden throat’ section, which opens with Cybill Shepherd doing a cover of “Blue Moon” and you know, it’s slow, but Cybill is a pretty decent singer. Though, I definitely prefer her acting and her looks, she’s a gorgeous woman. Anyways, the A-Side ends with the song “I Told Ya I Love Ya. Now Get Out!” and well, it’s okay, not my type of song or music. So it kind of kills the mood.

 The B-Side opens with Bruce Willis (you know, just the greatest actor and action hero ever) singing (once again) – this time, the track is “Good Lovin’” and you know, it rocks. Bruce can sing. I love Bruce Willis, a lot. He’s so great in everything he does. I want more Bruce Willis in my life. Of course we go from the good music to that typical 80’s pop ballad, “Since I Fell for You” by Bob James, David Sanborn & Al Jarreau comes next, and to be fair, David and Bob do the music and Al sings, but it’s just a very boring and blah track. Then we depart from that section of the album to go into Percy Sledge’s classic song “When a Man Loves a Woman” and what a terrific piece of music this song is, it’s absolutely beautiful. Percy’s vocals are powerful, and the musicianship rocks. Whoever decided to piece this album together and produce it, is definitely a genius. Great work to that person. After that we go onto Linda Ronstadt & Nelson Riddle (providing the musicianship) with “Someone to Watch Over Me” and well, it’s not Linda’s best song, and the musicianship is very minimal, which is rather disappointing. Such a shame, the album is not ending on a good note. The album ends with Billie Holiday’s “Stormy Weather” and you know, this album was like half classic rock n’ roll and half jazz, so it’s a relatively good mix, the only downside of the album is the two Al Jarreau tracks, and the Linda Ronstadt track. All in all. Pretty decent.

Interesting Facts:
None.

Track Listing:
A1 – Al Jarreau – Moonlighting Theme
A2 – Chubby Checker – Limbo Rock
A3 – The Isley Brothers – This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)
A4 – Cybill Shepherd – Blue Moon
A5 – Cybill Shepherd – I Told Ya I Love Ya. Now Get Out!

B1 – Bruce Willis – Good Lovin’
B2 – Bob James, David Sanborn & Al Jarreau – Since I Fell for You
B3 – Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman
B4 – Linda Ronstadt & Nelson Riddle – Someone to Watch Over Me
B5 – Billie Holiday – Stormy Weather

Label:
MCA Records

Catalog Number:
MCA – 6214

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Art Direction – J.A.
Design – Georgepoulos/Imada

Released:
1987

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