14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2003
This is an amazing album from start to finish. The two best songs on the CD are "Nowhere Fast" and "Tonight is What it Means to be Young". I brought the CD after watching the film on VHS many years ago, later I got the DVD and watch it over and over again. This album (and the film) will be cult classics for years to come. Do yourself a favour and buy one of them now.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2004
This is a brilliant album and every rock and roll fan should own it! I agree with other people in that "Nowhere Fast" and "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young" are the best tracks but "Socerer" and "One Bad Stud" are pretty cool too. "Socerer" is quite a melancholy song and the perfect come-down from the energy of the first track. There are a couple of lesser songs that feel a little like filler (such as the third) but none of them are truly bad and are more than compensated for by the rest of the songs. As a whole the album is great piece of 80's nostalgia, characterised by the over-the-top, highly theatrical songs. It is also worth a listen to hear some of the lesser-known work of Jim Steinman. If you're not into this kind of music then you would probably think the entire thing is absurd but if you are anyway inclined towards it the best thing that you can do is buy it and play it real loud, preferably whilst driving down a long, empty stretch of road!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2000
From start to finish the album contains one massive hit after another. Just put the CD into the player , close your eyes and relax as you travel back in time to an era that had no bounds and just let music be music and mature into ROCK AND ROLL. Enjoy!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2004
WHAT an album! I bought the vinyl, ooooh, years ago, now I've the CD, I can hear things my system NEVER could bring out. All the tracks are good to superb. "Nowhere Fast" is just sublime, who came up with that idea for a song? For sure, Steinman really does it justice, all the way from that thundering bass/snare intro, to the final and climactic crescendo at the end. If this track doesn't get the old tooties tapping... Then you're dead!
Steinman's dirty great hoofprints are all OVER this CD, but that, for once, makes it."Sorcerer" is a wonderfully over the top track, loads of "Dungeons And Dragons", lost loves, muscular heroes, swords everwhere... wonderful stuff! Then you get Ry Cooder bluegrassin' about "Hold That Snake", and as for the Blasters, oh boy, pure and unadulerated Rock 'n' Roll in it's purest form, they don't half "blast" it out, more's he pity they have had so much trouble with their lead guitarist and song writer Dave Alvin who fought with his brother, so much so, he quit and left the band all the poorer. Listen to "One Bad Stud" and "Blue Shadows" and cut yourself some rug, daddio!
For the Soul orientated amongst you, "Countdwn To Love" and "I Can Dream About You" are not to be missed, espescialy the latter, this is a Soul classic, one to take your "best beloved" to the table with a stunning meal lovingly prepared by yourself... Don't bother with a sweet, it won't be needed.....!!!
I love this CD, and when I can, the controls are turned up to 13 and the speakers are ROCKED off their stands. Ooooh my ears, but... No pain, no gain, so get gaining!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2002
Only two songs on this CD are worth listening, but one of those two songs is one of the most incredible songs ever, so it's definitely worth buying it!
The song is titled "Tonight Is What it Means To Be Young" and it's performed by "Fire Inc.". "Fire Inc." is no one, it's just a fake name for (in this song) Holly Sherwood and Rory Dodd. Holly Sherwood's performance is amazing, her voice during the intro is the most beautiful voice I've ever heard, and the whole song is really very powerful. It's a pity that it remains confined into this mostly unknown CD. The other good song is "Nowhere Fast", better known for a later Meat Loaf's cover. Both songs are written by rock genius Jim Steinman, and his style definitely shows, providing what's probably his best work together with Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" (also written by Steinman).
on 5 April 2013
Jim Steinman at his best! Jim calls this Wagnerian Rock n' Roll and I agree. It is a Rock Opera with Broadway Musical undertones. Piano Pounding, Drum Beating, Guitar Strumming, greatness. You can pick out as many as three different back-up melodies blended into the songs.
The Blaster's One Bad Stud, and Blue Shadows arn't bad either!
The staging of the film set records for the Hollywood Back Lot. Dark and violent, like the movie itself.
Michael Pare revives his Eddie and the Cruisers II - Eddie Lives - to perfection.
Diane Lane is beautiful as always, and really lip-sinks the hell out of her numbers.