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Thank God It's Friday: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
Sure, Thank God It's Friday is widely acknowledged to be a turkey. And, sure, we're getting close to the bottom of the disco barrel. But this soundtrack isn't as atrocious as you might expect, especially if you have a high... more »
Sure, Thank God It's Friday is widely acknowledged to be a turkey. And, sure, we're getting close to the bottom of the disco barrel. But this soundtrack isn't as atrocious as you might expect, especially if you have a high tolerance for disco's Euro strain. Unlike Can't Stop the Music and its exclusive Village People focus, there are many artists represented here, ensuring a fair amount of nuggets next to abominations like Santa Esmeralda. The tracks produced by Giorgio Moroder and his acolyte Pete Bellotte are particularly lush in a robotic kind of way. Donna Summer's contributions include the classic "Last Dance" and a pretty fabulous version of Serge Gainsbourg's "Je t'Aime Moi Non Plus"--a good 20 years before it was hip to cover him, we might add. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Be warned; there are 2 versions of this album on CD
Eric | Somerville, MA United States | 08/05/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is the abbreviated 1996 release from "Rebound Records" aka "great music, the second time around." It leaves off several tracks from the original release, including the deservedly touted "Je t'aime" (Donna's Francophile follow-up to "Love to Love You Baby" for all intents and purposes) and Thelma Houston's quite strong "Love Masterpeice." Also missing is Paul Jabara's (author of "Last Dance") intentionally hilarious "Trapped in a Stairway [locked out of your love]" (which hinged on a plot-point in the movie*) leaving only the extended and undeniably wonderful Pattie Brooks classic "After Dark" as a true swirl of deep-club dance paradise. Best use of a cowbell EVER! More pop/funk turns by the Commodores, Cameo and Diana Ross are quite welcome, but the full album (indicated by better packaging, ie a full-color cover) is preferable for dedicated disco fans.
*as disco movies go, TGIF isn't great, but it's also less laughable than, say, Roller Boogie or Can't Stop the Music. And it features the queen Donna Summer herself, as well as Teri Nunn, Jeff Goldblum and Debra Winger in early roles.
Forget, Saturday Night Fever, TGIF is THE Disco Soundtrack
KRA | East End of LI | 05/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First, I happen to like the movie TGIF, and as someone who came of age in the Disco era, I can relate to this movie better than
that Travolta flick. The Sountrack discussed here is a great snapshot of Disco during it's peak year (1978). Motown wisely signed on to this project and although Casabalanca could have easily pulled it off on it's own, some of the tracks provided by Motown artists are true gems. "Too Hot To Trot" by the Commodores, with it's early Disco-Funk fusion balances the more Euro-Disco sound from the Casablanca artists, and "Love Masterpiece" is to me Thelma Houston's greatest song, and is far too overlooked. Had "Lovin, Livin and, Givin" had a better producer, it could have been a Disco Peak for Diana Ross. Other tracks not to miss include "After Dark" by Patti Brooks, "Find My Way" by Cameo, and "I Wanna dance" by Marathon.
Donna Summer's tracks include "With Your Love", "Je T'Aime" (the song that "Love To Love You Baby" was based on) and of course her triumph "Last Dance", a song that remains fresh and vibrant to this day. Donna also co-wrote and sings background on the funky song "Take It To The Zoo" recroded by her real life sister's group "Sunshine". To this day one of Donna's sisters Mary-Ellen sings backup vocals in Donna's live shows, and when you listen to this track you can easily hear Mary Ellen singing lead on the bridge to this song.
This movie and this soundtrack are not about social commentary and many of the other elements that Saturday Night Fever included in it's script, TGIF is about having a good time, and there is nothing wrong with that.
A night at The Zoo
Nse Ette | Lagos, Nigeria | 09/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dim all the lights, hang up the glitter ball, put on your disco duds and this CD and get ready for a fabulous night at the disco.
`Thank God it's Friday' is the soundtrack to the fun filled disco movie of the same name, starring Jeff Goldblum, Ray Vitte, and featuring The Commodores and disco queen Donna Summer. It featured a very noisy night at a disco called The Zoo.
The album made it to #10 in the US and was certified platinum. It featured disco tracks from acts like The Commodores, Cameo, Thelma Houston, Patti Brooks, and Donna Summer.
There were the brilliant, flamenco tinged instrumentals; `Sevilla nights' (great horns and guitars) by Santa Esmeralda and `I wanna dance' by Marathon, the funky horn filled `Too hot to trot' by The Commodores, the bouncy `Find my way' by Cameo, the synthesizer driven jittery `Lovin', livin' & givin'' by Diana Ross (obviously inspired by Donna Summer's `I feel love') and the hi energy `Love masterpiece' by Thelma Houston.
Other standouts include the Motown pastiche of Paul Jabara's `Trapped in a stairway' (he played the part of a guy who got, you guessed it, trapped in a stairway), Patti Brook's smooth and mellow `After dark', the slowed down steamy `Do you want the real thing' by DC Larue, and `Take it to the zoo' by Sunshine, a group comprising Donna Summer's sisters singing a song penned by Summer.
Then comes the highlight. Donna Summer!!! First up is the airy space disco of `With your love'. There is an extended version available on Donna Summer's `Dance collection' CD (along with extended versions of songs like `Hot stuff', `I feel love', and `Dim all the lights' to name a few).
Next is the 8 minute long `Last dance', the first of Summer's trademark ballad intro building into a disco smash, and back to ballad, and fast again. A dramatic piece, this was the highlight of the album and the movie. It won an Oscar, sold a million to earn a gold disc, hit #3 in the US, and won 2 Grammys, one for Donna for best R&B female performance, and 1 for Paul Jabara (songwriter).
Finally, Donna's remake of Serge Gainsbourg's `Je t'Aime Moi Non Plus', a midtempo, 17 minute long moan fest, similar to Summer's `Love to love you baby'.
A trip back in time to when people were carefree and disco ruled...