Moonlighting

Moonlighting

     
 
Looking back through rose-tinted glasses, Moonlighting feels like the apex of the Reagan era, brandishing its self-congratulatory glamour, easygoing charm, self-satisfied humor and flowing wealth of style. Admittedly, the soundtrack can't capture all of the glory of the television show, which, after all, was blessed with sumptuous visuals, but it is filled with

Overview

Looking back through rose-tinted glasses, Moonlighting feels like the apex of the Reagan era, brandishing its self-congratulatory glamour, easygoing charm, self-satisfied humor and flowing wealth of style. Admittedly, the soundtrack can't capture all of the glory of the television show, which, after all, was blessed with sumptuous visuals, but it is filled with the hubris of the show -- there's no other explanation for the inclusion of two songs sung by Cybill Shepherd and one by Bruce Willis. These songs offer a fitting counterpart, capturing the stars' characters -- she's a classic glamour-puss, obsessed with pop standards, and he's a carefree rogue with a five-o'clock shadow and a love for R&B. Appropriately, those two styles -- and smooth jazz, the genre that acts as a bridge between the idioms -- are at the heart of the Moonlighting soundtrack. And in this context, Percy Sledge, the Isley Brothers, Billie Holiday and even Chubby Checker are smoothed out and plugged into a context where they add "soul" to a world that is not only devoid of "soul," but is only concerned with conspicuous consumption and never-ending good times. In other words, a definitive Reagan artifact.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/1995
Label:
Mca Special Products
UPC:
0076732621424
catalogNumber:
6214

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jarreau   Track Performer
Chubby Checker   Track Performer
Isley Brothers   Track Performer
Linda Ronstadt   Track Performer
Percy Sledge   Track Performer
Bruce Willis   Track Performer
Bob James   Track Performer
David Sanborn   Track Performer
Cybill Shepherd   Track Performer
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Hilary James   Track Performer
Nelson Riddle   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Producer
Bob James   Producer
David Sanborn   Producer
Billy Strange   Composer
Peter Asher   Producer
Norman Granz   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Andrew Wright   Composer
Quin Ivy   Producer
Alf Clausen   Producer
Martin Greene   Producer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Calvin Lewis   Composer
Jon Sheldon   Composer

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