Footloose [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Footloose [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]


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Footloose was a throwback to '50s rock & roll movies, with a silly plot about a town where it was illegal to dance. It was a major hit, as was its soundtrack, which spent a grand total of ten weeks at number one and sold over seven million copies. It's easy to see why -- the album delivers its mainstream pop, anthemic rock, and light dance-pop with style and an abundance of hooks. Six of the nine tracks became Top 40 hits, and three -- Kenny Loggins' bouncy title song, the excellent power ballad "Almost Paradise" (a duet between Loverboy's Mike Reno and Heart's Ann Wilson), and Deniece Williams' frothy, charming "Let's Hear It for the Boy" -- shot into the Top Ten. The sound and production of Footloose has dated badly -- there is a reliance on synthesizers and drum machines that instantly announces that the record was made in 1984 -- but that isn't necessarily a weakness. Not only does it function as a time capsule of a certain moment in pop music history, but many of the songs are catchy enough to transcend their production. There's nothing of substance on the Footloose soundtrack, but it's a light, entertaining listen. Sometimes, that can be better than something substantial.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/1999
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099749300729
catalogNumber: 1076711


  1. Footloose
  2. Let's Hear It For The Boy
  3. Almost Paradise
  4. Holding Out for A Hero
  5. Dancing in the Sheets
  6. I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man)
  7. Somebody's Eyes
  8. The Girl Gets Around
  9. Never

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deniece Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Karla Bonoff   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Sammy Hagar   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Howard Hewett   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kenny Loggins   Vocals,Track Performer
Shalamar   Vocals,Track Performer
Bonnie Tyler   Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Hiram Bullock   Guitar
George Duke   Synthesizer,Memory Moog,Linn Drum,Mini Moog
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Bill Wolfer   Drums,Multi Instruments,Emulator,Memory Moog,Mini Moog
David Foster   Synthesizer
Marcy Levy   Background Vocals
David Taylor   Bass Trombone
Wendy Waldman   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Michael Boddicker   Percussion,Synthesizer Bass
Bill Church   Bass,Background Vocals
Charlie Cole   Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Bill Cuomo   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Rory Dodd   Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
Micki Free   Guitar
Garry Frost   Guitar
Steve George   Background Vocals
Carmen Grillo   Background Vocals
Jesse Harms   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tris Imboden   Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar
Neil Larsen   Keyboards
David Lauser   Drums
Ian Lees   Bass
Steve Lukather   Guitar
George Merrill   Background Vocals
Keith Olsen   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Alan Pasqua   Synthesizer
Jerry Peterson   Saxophone
Gary Pihl   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Mike Reno   Vocals,Track Performer
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Shannon Rubicam   Background Vocals
Chas Sandford   Electric Guitar
John Philip Shenale   Synthesizer
Holly Sherwood   Background Vocals
Sterling Smith   Synthesizer,Piano,Linn Drum
David Williams   Guitar
Laura Williams   Background Vocals
Ann Wilson   Vocals,Track Performer
Art Wood   Drums,Linn Drum
Alex Smith   Vocals
Matt Hayutin   Background Vocals
Lori Raffa   Background Vocals
Amy Rubinroit   Background Vocals
Eric Thayer   Background Vocals
Richey Washington   Background Vocals
Marilyn Dorman   Background Vocals
Mark Meyer   Drums
Moving Pictures   Vocals,Track Performer
Steve Wood   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michelle Rodino   Background Vocals
Mike Botts   Percussion
Andrew Thompson   Saxophone
Melissa Larson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Karla Bonoff   Contributor
Sammy Hagar   Producer
Kenny Loggins   Producer
Shalamar   Contributor
Bonnie Tyler   Contributor
George Duke   Producer
Tom "Bones" Malone   Horn Arrangements
Bill Wolfer   Producer
David Foster   Producer
Ellen Foley   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Jim Steinman   Producer
John Boylan   Producer
Lee DeCarlo   Producer
Rory Dodd   Arranger
Humberto Gatica   Remixing
Keith Olsen   Producer
Dean Pitchford   Executive Producer
Mike Reno   Contributor
John Philip Shenale   Producer
Holly Sherwood   Arranger
Ann Wilson   Contributor
Art Wood   Contributor,Simmons
Lee DeCarol   Producer
Becky Shargo   Executive Producer
Eric Thayer   Arranger
Moving Pictures   Contributor

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