Miami Vice II

Miami Vice II


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As a cultural movement, Miami Vice defined many of the visual aspects of popular entertainment. Michael Mann's classy cop show also put music front and center; in particular, songs which dictated plot, mood, and action. Like most sequels, Miami Vice II doesn't touch the first soundtrack, but still includes the excellent Jan Hammer opening and two other stalwart instruments mixed in with some real oddities. Frustratingly limited liner notes distance the material even more, although Roxy Music's rare "Lover" and the Damned's "In Dulce Decorum" are high points. "The Last Unbroken Heart" is one of those put-us-out-of-our-misery duets that hopefully passed with '80s movies. The sterile commercialism of the period also hurts Gladys Knight and Steve Jones. Jackson Browne as well, seems out-of-place with his socio-"Lives in the Balance." Hard to imagine Browne fans wanting to hear this song out of the context of Browne's own self-contained album. The same applies to the then-ubiquitous Phil Collins, but his mega-hit certainly doesn't hurt this LP. Andy Taylor at least tries to rock out with "When the Rain Comes Down," but ultimately, like so much of '80s music, Miami Vice II comes off hollow and cold. Watching style is one thing, but listening to is it quite another.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Mca
UPC: 0076732619223
catalogNumber: 6192
Rank: 39312


  1. Mercy
  2. Send It to Me
  3. Take Me Home
  4. The Last Unbroken Heart
  5. Crockett's Theme
  6. When The Rain Comes Down
  7. Lover
  8. Lives In The Balance
  9. In Dulce Decorum
  10. Miami Vice: New York Theme
  11. The Original Miami Vice Theme

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackson Browne   Track Performer
Phil Collins   Track Performer
Damned   Track Performer
Steve Jones   Track Performer
Gladys Knight   Track Performer
Patti LaBelle   Track Performer
Jan Hammer   Track Performer
Bill Champlin   Track Performer
Pips   Track Performer
Andy Taylor   Track Performer
Roxy Music   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Producer
Phil Collins   Producer
Damned   Contributor
Steve Jones   Contributor
Gladys Knight   Contributor
Patti LaBelle   Contributor
Jan Hammer   Composer,Producer
Andy Taylor   Producer
Irving Azoff   Creative Consultant
Stephen Bray   Producer
Rhett Davies   Producer
James Geddes   Engineer
Danny Goldberg   Creative Consultant
Jay Graydon   Producer,Engineer
Jon Kelly   Contributor
Michael Mann   Executive Producer
Roxy Music   Producer
Hugh Padgham   Producer
Howie Rice   Producer
Bob Rose   Producer
Rat Scabies   Composer
Dave Vanian   Composer
Michael Verdick   Producer
Roman Jugg   Composer
Bryn Merrick   Composer
Kathy Nelson   Creative Consultant

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