Scarface [Original Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Giorgio Moroder did a lot of soundtrack work during the early '80s, and one of his most well-known soundtracks is that of Scarface, the iconic Al Pacino film from 1983. Of all the films Moroder scored, from American Gigolo 1980 and Flashdance 1983 to Electric Dreams 1984 and The Never Ending Story 1984, Scarface is undoubtedly the one that withstood the test of time most impressively, growing in popularity as the years passed culminating in a well-received DVD reissue in 2003 that probably did more business than the film itself did its first go round. The same cannot be said about the film's soundtrack, however. While each of Moroder's aforementioned soundtracks spun ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Giorgio Moroder did a lot of soundtrack work during the early '80s, and one of his most well-known soundtracks is that of Scarface, the iconic Al Pacino film from 1983. Of all the films Moroder scored, from American Gigolo 1980 and Flashdance 1983 to Electric Dreams 1984 and The Never Ending Story 1984, Scarface is undoubtedly the one that withstood the test of time most impressively, growing in popularity as the years passed culminating in a well-received DVD reissue in 2003 that probably did more business than the film itself did its first go round. The same cannot be said about the film's soundtrack, however. While each of Moroder's aforementioned soundtracks spun off huge hits -- "Call Me," "Flashdance," "Together in Electric Dreams," and "Never Ending Story" -- Scarface fell more in line with another not-exactly-successful Moroder soundtrack, Metropolis 1984, one that is better known for its dubious taste than its actual music. Regardless, the Scarface soundtrack is indeed well known, even if only because of the film's cult following. But yeah, the music is of dubious taste -- party hardy post-disco synth rock sung by Everywoman divas like Deborah Harry most notably, Amy Holland remember her?, and Elizabeth Daily Valley Girl, anyone? -- which is precisely what makes Scarface so much sheer fun. Like the film itself, it's just so over the top, so overstylish, so unmistakably 1983 that you can't help but savor the outright absurdity of it all. What an age it was! And few songs embody it as perfectly as Harry's "Rush Rush," a bubbly post-disco ode to yayo aka llello that just screams out "early '80s" in fine polyester leisure-suit fashion. Elsewhere, the pair of Daily songs, "Shake It Up" and "I'm Hot Tonight," could be taken seriously, in a Pat Benatar or Patty Smyth kind of way, but they're definitely more enjoyably taken as camp. There's also Moroder's moody side-closing instrumentals, which are actually quite moving -- but still beautifully kitschy. The overall effect is awfully amusing, even if it's one of those novelty CDs you pull out now and then strictly to humor friends and yourself, somewhat guiltily. Then again, Moroder's craft, as always, is notably distinct for its stylishness, if not for its tastefulness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498613634
  • Catalog Number: 000170602
  • Sales rank: 27,739

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scarface (Push It to the Limit) - Paul Engemann (3:02)
  2. 2 Rush Rush - Giorgio Moroder (3:37)
  3. 3 Turn Out the Light - Pete Bellotte (3:30)
  4. 4 Vamos a Bailar - Giorgio Moroder (3:41)
  5. 5 Tony's Theme - Giorgio Moroder (3:10)
  6. 6 She's on Fire - Pete Bellotte (3:43)
  7. 7 Shake It Up - Arthur Barrow (3:44)
  8. 8 Dance, Dance, Dance - Arthur Barrow (2:34)
  9. 9 I'm Hot Tonight - Arthur Barrow (3:13)
  10. 10 Gina's and Elvira's Theme - Giorgio Moroder (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Debbie Harry Track Performer
Giorgio Moroder Background Vocals, Track Performer, Musician
Beth Andersen Background Vocals
Arthur Barrow Track Performer, Musician
Pete Bellotte Track Performer
Gary Falcone Background Vocals
Silvester Levay Musician
Joe Pizzulo Background Vocals
James Waters Jr. Background Vocals
Richie Zito Musician
Thomas Schobel Musician
Dan Walker Musician
Marie Waters Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Debbie Harry Composer
Giorgio Moroder Arranger, Composer, Producer, Remastering
Arthur Barrow Arranger, Composer
Pete Bellotte Composer
Dave Concors Engineer
Hodges Engineer
Silvester Levay Arranger
David Rideau Engineer
Steve Shepherd Engineer
Richie Zito Arranger
George Osaki Art Direction
Tom Arnholt Graphic Design
Tim Whitlock Engineer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Scarface Unoriginal Soundtrack

    The original 1983 version of this soundtrack is excellent however I can't say the same for the 2003 remixed & remastered version. The newly added beats on this version of the soundtrack were done very poorly and do not match with the vocals but simply takes away from the original recordings. It sounds as though Giorgio Moroder was trying give a modern edge to old songs and undeniably failed. So, to anyone who already owns a copy of the original version of this soundtrack don't bother wasting your money trying to get it on CD unless you can find the 1990 CD edition which has not been remixed.

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