Title - 'Cruising' (SACD)
Artist - Various
The fact that this soundtrack to Cruising has always been such a extremely rare, hard to find musical album, that has now been given the Hybrid SACD treatment speaks volumes for how the industry still feels about the technical genius of the movie itself. For, in a film that feverishly flourishes as a disco epic, combining a stereotypical gay musical taste, this 1980 classic not only became an immediate underground cult legend, but had an accompanying soundtrack that pulstaing along just as hard.
Remember, this film was also pushed to the side, by certain sections of both critics and industry executives alike for a variety of reasons. Just as important, it is considered a time capsule / snapshot of urban, gay life pre-AIDS. As for all that, being that it is such an indepth discussion to be heard, I'll let, the reader, do your own research.
So, yeah, see the film, and at the same time you will be amazed by the quality, the sequencing of the soundtrack backing it at its every turn. For there is some serious dancefloor stomping going on here, where mostly notable is Mutiny and their left field Disco not Disco opus "Lump" cane be found (closing the Side A of the original vinyl LP. Mutiny was a disgruntled splinter of the George Clinton / Parliament camp, for those not in the know. Also included are several cuts from Willy DeVill, and a raw and dirty cut by proto punks The Germs:
1. Willy DeVille - "Heat Of The Moment"
2. The Cripples - "Loneliness"
3. John Hiatt - "Spy Boy"
4. Madelynn Von Ritz - "When I Close My Eyes I See Blood"
5. Mutiny - "Lump"
6. Rough Trade - "Shakedown"
7. Willy DeVille - "Pullin' My String"
8. Germs - "Lions Share"
9. The Cripples - "Hypnotize"
10. Willy DeVille - "It's So Easy"
Most of these tracks mix disco, rock and glam. It's music you can dance to, but it is far from the disco, Hi-NRG and house sounds of today. It's got much more character, they are much more violent, full of an anxious energy. They complement the action and the SM bars setting extremely well and give, for people born after disco, a glimpse of an un-idealized 70's scene. Sure the music here is dark, dirty and seedy, but that sums up the movie also. Check them both out today.
Super Audio CD (SACD) is a read-only optical disc for audio storage, introduced in 1999. It was developed jointly by Sony and Philips Electronics, and intended to be the successor to their Compact disc format. Indeed, this SACD format can offer more channels (ie: surround sound), and a longer playing time than regular CDs.
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