Last Action Hero [Original Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Forget the film that inspired it. Even if it's tied to one of the era's biggest Hollywood flops, the Last Action Hero soundtrack has significant lasting value, serving as a wonderful snapshot of the turbulent early-'90s hard rock scene. It pools together previously unreleased songs from enduring hard rock favorites AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Aerosmith as well as mainstream metal thrashers Megadeth, Anthrax, alt-metal fringe dwellers Queensrÿche, Fishbone, new-breed prospects Alice in Chains, Cypress Hill, and the customary Hollywood soundtrack schlock Tesla's over the top title theme and Michael Kamen's album-closing symphonic metal [anti]climax. It's a mixed bag, for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Forget the film that inspired it. Even if it's tied to one of the era's biggest Hollywood flops, the Last Action Hero soundtrack has significant lasting value, serving as a wonderful snapshot of the turbulent early-'90s hard rock scene. It pools together previously unreleased songs from enduring hard rock favorites AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Aerosmith as well as mainstream metal thrashers Megadeth, Anthrax, alt-metal fringe dwellers Queensrÿche, Fishbone, new-breed prospects Alice in Chains, Cypress Hill, and the customary Hollywood soundtrack schlock Tesla's over the top title theme and Michael Kamen's album-closing symphonic metal [anti]climax. It's a mixed bag, for sure, but such was the nature of hard rock during the early '90s as both alt-rock and gangsta rap rocked the boat and ultimately siphoned off much of the fan base. In addition to standing as an interesting microcosm for the greater hard rock scene and all of its turbulence, Last Action Hero thankfully features quite a few above-average inclusions. Most notably, the pair of Alice in Chains songs "What the Hell Have I," "Little Bitter" are on a par with those featured on the band's recent and magnificent Dirt album. Elsewhere, the ageless AC/DC and Def Leppard prove yet again that they are able to continually revive themselves year after year, with a big, loud anthem "Big Gun" and a sappy, singalong acoustic ballad "Two Steps Behind", respectively. Less impressively, former thrash kingpins Megadeth "Angry Again" and Anthrax "Poison My Eyes" make their bids for Metallica-style crossover success by dumbing down their once cutting-edge styles. Then there's the odd yet welcome late-album inclusion of Cypress Hill "Cock the Hammer" and Fishbone "Swim" efforts, clear evidence that Lollapalooza and its alternative-minded patrons had indeed begun to make their mark on the American hard rock scene by summer 1993. Scattershot times warrant scattershot portraits, and Last Action Hero is precisely that: a snapshot of the upheavals, both popular and stylistic, that were besetting hard-edged, guitar-driven American rock during the early '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972451824
  • Catalog Number: 724518
  • Sales rank: 33,271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Gun - AC/DC (4:25)
  2. 2 What the Hell Have I - Alice in Chains (3:59)
  3. 3 Angry Again - Megadeth (3:48)
  4. 4 Real World - Queensrÿche (4:22)
  5. 5 Two Steps Behind - Def Leppard (4:20)
  6. 6 Poison My Eyes - Anthrax (7:05)
  7. 7 Dream On - Aerosmith (5:43)
  8. 8 A Little Bitter - Alice in Chains (3:54)
  9. 9 Cock the Hammer - Cypress Hill (4:12)
  10. 10 Swim - Fishbone (4:14)
  11. 11 Last Action Hero - Tesla (5:45)
  12. 12 Jack and the Ripper - Los Angeles Rock and Roll Ensemble (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cypress Hill Track Performer
AC/DC Track Performer
Aerosmith Track Performer
Alice in Chains Track Performer
Anthrax Track Performer
Def Leppard Track Performer
Fishbone Track Performer
Megadeth Track Performer
Queensrÿche Track Performer
Tesla Track Performer
Michael Kamen Conductor, Keyboards, Oboe, Track Performer
Mike Baird Bass
Buckethead Guitar, Track Performer
Jerry Cantrell Guitar
John Goux Guitar
Rick Nielsen Guitar
Guy Pratt Bass
Scott Rockenfield Drums
Patrick Seymour Keyboards
Frank Simes Guitar
Chris DeGarmo Guitar
Los Angeles All-Stars Orchestra Track Performer
Tom Petersson Bass
John Shanks Guitar
Mike Inez Bass
Los Angeles Rock and Roll Ensemble Track Performer
Technical Credits
Alice in Chains Producer
Anthrax Producer
Queensrÿche Producer
Tesla Producer
Michael Kamen Arranger, Composer, Producer
Christopher S. Brooks Producer
Terry Date Producer
Don Ienner Producer
Dave Jerden Producer
Stephen McLaughlin Producer
Muggs Producer
Max Norman Producer
Rick Rubin Producer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Tony Woodroffe Producer
James Barton Producer
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