Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal


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The title Heavy Metal is somewhat misleading. Sure, this terrific soundtrack from the 1981 animated cult favorite features heavy metal and hard rock numbers. But the title refers to National Lampoon's sci-fi/fantasy magazine on which the film is based. Musically, Heavy Metal offers more than the title suggests, and the songs fit perfectly with their respective film segments. Heavy Metal was originally a double album, but at 62 minutes it fits just fine on one CD. Sixteen songs are contributed by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Don Felder, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, Riggs, and Trust; Cheap Trick, Felder, and Riggs each provide two. Most songs are exclusive to this soundtrack. The best-known song here is Journey's ballad "Open Arms." Blue Oyster Cult's darkly menacing "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" is a haunting gem. Devo's quirky, new wave interpretation of the Allen Toussaint-penned "Working in the Coal Mine" was a minor hit. Black Sabbath's blistering "The Mob Rules" is a fine example of the underrated Ronnie James Dio era. Felder's "Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)" and "All of You" are well-crafted, and they make a good argument that he was the Eagles' secret musical weapon. Fagen's "True Companion" is a delightful jazz-rock song that would have fit nicely on a Steely Dan album. The odd thing is this five-minute tune is practically an instrumental; Fagen doesn't start singing until 3½ minutes in. Nazareth's "Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment)" has a hypnotic rhythm. Stevie Nicks' "Blue Lamp" is clean, upbeat pop
ock. Cheap Trick's "Reach Out" and "I Must Be Dreamin'" rely more on synthesizers than power-pop guitars. Riggs' "Radar Rider" is basic, catchy hard rock.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/1995
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596069120
catalogNumber: 60691
Rank: 21584

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Black Sabbath   Track Performer
Blue Öyster Cult   Track Performer
Cheap Trick   Track Performer
Devo   Track Performer
Donald Fagen   Vocals,Track Performer
Grand Funk Railroad   Track Performer
Sammy Hagar   Vocals,Track Performer
Journey   Track Performer
Nazareth   Track Performer
Stevie Nicks   Vocals,Track Performer
Don Felder   Vocals,Track Performer
Riggs   Vocals,Track Performer
Trust   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Elmer Bernstein   Composer
Black Sabbath   Contributor
Blue Öyster Cult   Contributor
Cheap Trick   Contributor
Devo   Contributor
Lee Dorsey   Composer
Grand Funk Railroad   Contributor
Journey   Contributor
Nazareth   Contributor
Trust   Contributor
Irving Azoff   Executive Producer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
James Peterik   Composer

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