Joe Jackson – “Mike’s Murder: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:

Personal Review:
 To be fair, I’ve never heard of this movie. I had originally mistook Debra Winger for JoBeth Williams and decided to buy it, only to discover later it wasn’t JoBeth – anyways, the movie actually looks pretty good.

 So, the album opens with the song “Cosmopolitan” and it just has very, very different musicianship from something I’d ever expect, but the vocals start off and they’re not too bad. The little piano tinklings throughout the song are kinda cool too, I’m actually kind of digging Joe’s voice, it’s not bad at all. The little build-ups are nice too. After that comes the song “1-2-3-Go (This Town’s a Fairground)” and well, this album seems to just continue on with good tracks, nothing really bad going on here. Though, the song kinda passes a little too quickly. After that comes the song “Laundromat Monday” and yes, that is literally the name of the song, and hey he even sings the title in the song. After that the song “Memphis” comes, and the one trend that all these songs have in common is the amazing musicianship, the lyrics are good on some of the songs, like this one for example. The A-Side ends with the song “Moonlight” and well, the piano playing is great, the vocals come around and they’re not too bad either. So far, the album has been relatively good, which is good – right?

 The B-Side opens with the 11 and a half minute track “Zémeo” which is actually just a really big instrumental. I’ll give him that it is a very, very well pieced together instrumental, just instrumentals have never been my thing, and this kind of reminds me as the backing music to a cheesy 80’s porno. It was probably used in a sex scene during the movie. “Breakdown” follows next, and it kind of has a bit of an ambient feel to it before it starts to get into some heavy drumming, which is cool – I like drumming. The whole track just seems to be ambiance and drumming… steady drumming. Oh, and some organ playing. Anyways, the album ends with the “Moonlight Theme” which I’m thinking is most likely the same as the other “Moonlight” track, just no vocals – and hey, what do you know… I was right.

Interesting Facts:

Track Listing:
A1 – Cosmopolitan
A2 – 1-2-3-Go (This Town’s a Fairground)
A3 – Laundromat Monday
A4 – Memphis
A5 – Moonlight

B1 – Zémeo
B2 – Breakdown
B3 – Moonlight Theme

A&M Records

Catalog Number:
SP 4931

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Written, Arranged & Produced by Joe Jackson
Soundtrack Executive Producers – Jeffrey Gold & Becky Shargo
Recorded at A&R Studios, New York
Engineer – Brad Leigh & Phil Jamtaas
Assisted by Larry Franke & David Bianco
Remixed for Soundtrack Album at the Record Plant, Los Angeles
Film Music Editor – John LaSalandra
Vocals, Keyboards, Vibes, Xylophone, Percussion & Alto Sax – Joe Jackson
Bass – Graham Maby
Drums – Larry Tolfree
Congas, Bongos & Percussion – Sue Hadopoulos
Prophet V Synthesizer Programmed by Joy Askew
Photograph of Joe Jackson by Greg Gorman
Front Cover Photo – Peter Sorel
Art Direction – Chuck Beeson
Design – Melanie Nissen

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