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Underwhelming as a special edition but includes Jellybean remix of Shalamar
on 2 February 2016
This 15th Anniversary Collectors' Edition released in 1998 includes all nine songs from the original soundtrack album, along with four bonus tracks.
Back in the 80s, there were some great soundtracks and this is one of them. It's filled with foot-tapping numbers and spawned no fewer than five singles. Most of the songs are 80s pop-rock, with Shalamar and Deniece Williams being more R&B/dance-oriented.
The four bonus tracks are: Quiet Riot 'Metal Health (Bang Your Head)', John Cougar Mellencamp 'Hurts So Good', Foreigner 'Waiting for a Girl Like You' and Shalamar 'Dancing In The Sheets' (Extended 12" Remix by Jellybean).
I'm all for bonus tracks but this reissue clocks in at just 55 minutes 4 seconds, leaving almost 25 minutes of unused space on the CD. Adding Jellybean's 12" mixes of Deniece Williams and Bonnie Tyler would have absorbed some of that space and made this feel far more complete. Amazingly (considering this was the remix-laden world of the 80s) there wasn't a 12" mix of Kenny Loggins' title track Footloose (at least not one that we know about) - the US 12" promo contained the album version and, on the B-side, a 'Single Version' that was four seconds shorter!
It's very good value (at just £3.99 when I bought mine) and there was less emphasis on filling CDs to the brim with bonus material back in 1999 when this came out. But it doesn't really feel complete with so much unused space on it and so many absent 12" versions. However, at least we get the Jellybean remix of Shalamar in digital quality and that's something to be grateful for.