Various Artists - 1986 The Wraith (Soundtrack)

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edited August 2 in year-1986


ARTIST: Soundtracks
ALBUM: The Wraith
LABEL: Scotti Bros
SERIAL: SZ 40429
YEAR: 1986


LINEUP: See Below

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tim Feehan - Where's The Fire * 02 Honeymoon Suite - Those Were The Days * 03 Stan Bush - Heart Vs Head * 04 Lamarca - Hold On Blue Eyes * 05 Jill Michaels - Young Love, Hot Love * 06 Ozzy Osbourrne - Secret Loser * 07 Lion - Never Surrender * 08 James House - Bad Mistake * 09 Ian Hunter - Wake Up Call * 10 Bonnie Tyler - A Matter Of The Heart * 11 Billy Idol - Rebel Yell * 12 Lion - Powerlove * 13 Motley Crue - Smokin' In The Boys Room * 14 Nick Gilder - Scream Of Angels * 15 Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love


It's long been considered a cult classic movie from the 80's.

I'll admit to playing this soundtrack over and over when I first landed it, mainly because it included the then fledgling band Lion and their 'Never Surrender' track; long before I picked up their 'Dangerous Attraction' LP.

Anyway, who remembers the movie? Charlie Sheen and Nick Casavetes as the two protagonists with their characters; Sheen's Jake Kesey/Jamie Hankins (a.k.a The Wraith) and Casavetes' Packard Walsh.

However, the real star of the show was 'that car'!! The black Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor, which appeared out of nowhere to race Packard Walsh and his team of goons, eventually killing off all the bad guys.

Eventually, The Wraith took revenge after the death (or murder) of Sheen's first character Jamie Hankins. You'll need to watch the movie, which has been given a March 2010 reboot on DVD thanks to Lionsgate.

The Songs

However, it's the music which gives it a cult-classic feel, thanks to Scotti Bros and their array of rostered artists, plus a smattering of big name stars added to the list.

Let's get some of those out of the way. Ozzy Osbourne's 'Secret Loser' from 1986's 'Ultimate Sin' is added, so too Motley Crue's 'Smokin' In The Boys Room', Robert Palmer's Addicted To Love' as well as Billy Idol's 'Rebel Yell' which gives the soundtrack some commercial credibility.

There were some songs I hadn't heard previously, such as Honeymoon Suite's 'Those Were The Days' and Nick Gilder's 'Scream Of Angels' which appeared on his 1985 s/t album.

However, it's some of the lesser lights which had an impact on me at the time. Lamarca's 'Hold On Blue Eyes' and the very sexy Jill Michaels 'Young Love, Hot Love' were two songs that got my attention back in the day.

Both Lamarca's and Jill Michaels Scotti Bros albums released in 1985 are very hard to find no matter what format, if it were me, I'd be seeking these out as remastered CD's.

The two Lion songs 'Never Surrender' and 'Power Love' are keepers, and make intrusions during the film at the appropriate times. I remember meeting a bloke called Shane at a party in 1989. We were talking about our favourite bands at the time over a few beers and some (err hmm) stuff which strangely resembled tobacco (lol!) and he mentioned Lion.

He'd only ever heard them via the snippets on 'The Wraith' video which he had. You can imagine his eyes boggled big time and big breaths of incredibility when I produced an official Scotti Bros cassette copy of 'Dangerous Attraction' out of my bag.

I never saw that cassette for 3 months, though I had already acquired the CD. Just imagine if he found out I had the CD? lol!

In Summary

The video is pretty dated, but it's a fun viewing, especially when the Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor is straddled across the road waiting for the chasing car to plough into it! I just need to find a decent copy of the movie.

You can hear all the songs throughout. I read somewhere that the blokes responsible for the music Michael Hoenig and J. Peter Robinson were very capable synth musicians.

To compliment the soundtrack, both guys, plus Rick Hart recorded the music on a NED Synclavier II, but unfortunately, the soundtrack has never been reissued, other than the original LP release.

Still, a worthy soundtrack, and one to seek out on LP, because that's the only medium you'll find it in!

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