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 Posted:   Oct 30, 2005 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   LaBoiteDE   (Member)

Hi everybody! smile

"Star 80" Soundtrack by Ralph Burns

I have been looking forever for this rare and beautiful soundtrack from this dark yet wonderful film by the same name. I would guess FilmScoreMonthly would be the best place to ask "people who know" for information about ULTRA rare soundtrack pressings.

My search for this soundtrack has gotten me nowhere. But I will not retire as this soundtrack is too good to simply "give up on".

Ralph Burns needs a compilation. Wonder why every other great film composer get's compilations, while this two-time academy award winner always gets left out. ? frown

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 1:45 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

It took me 30 years, but I finally saw STAR 80. Although the soundtrack includes a number of then-contemporary pop tunes (including Billy Joel's "Big Shot" and Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"), Ralph Burns also wrote four songs for the film and provided additional background music, none of which has ever been released. Here's a brief bit of the score in this montage scene:



 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

I hate to 'cry wolf', and unfortunately have nothing to even offer up, but....

I swear I saw this on LP way back when, just a score cue or two on it maybe.
I'd be curious if anyone could confirm.

Such a tragic story, pretty good film as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Yes there was a lp of STAR 80 back in the 80's . Got it at Footlights and sold it to a tourist in New York from Germany for about $20,00. I know, there was not a lot of copies of it going around.Was sought of rare.Thanks for bringing that nice memory back.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Any STAR 80 LP must have been an unmentionable, or some test pressing that "escaped," because I've found no source that confirms any official release. Maybe if someone went looking in the Warner vaults, some previously prepared but unused album master might be found.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 7:38 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

It probably was a bootleg , as we know there were plenty of those. During those years I picked up any soundtrack I could get my hand on.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2014 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

It took me 30 years, but I finally saw STAR 80. Although the soundtrack includes a number of then-contemporary pop tunes (including Billy Joel's "Big Shot" and Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"), Ralph Burns also wrote four songs for the film and provided additional background music, none of which has ever been released. Here's a brief bit of the score in this montage scene

Haven't watched this in years and forgot how spot on Burns' original tracks were. Great scene. Great performance by Roberts. If you can take this little montage out of its original context, it actually becomes endearing and funny--in a good way. Burns does seem to be channeling / referencing Joel here and maybe a little bit of "Call Me," which would be appropriate since Roberts is almost spoofing Gere and AMERICAN GIGOLO in this scene.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2014 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

Any STAR 80 LP must have been an unmentionable, or some test pressing that "escaped," because I've found no source that confirms any official release. Maybe if someone went looking in the Warner vaults, some previously prepared but unused album master might be found.

The latter wouldn't be surprising. I'd love to have these tracks outside of the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2014 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

Superb disco instrumental. I'm pretty sure its more of the fine work of Ralph Burns rather than a source cue.



Man, did Roberts own this role...so much so that it probably affected his career detrimentally because of what a p.o.s. his character was on film and in real life.

 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2014 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   Jerry Horne   (Member)

It might be short, but I'd love for someone to release this.

 
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