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Wang ChungTo Live And Die In L.A. (Music From The Motion Picture)

Label:Geffen Records – GHS 24081
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Allied Pressing
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Stage & Screen
Style:Soundtrack, Synth-pop

Tracklist

A1To Live And Die In L.A.4:52
A2Lullaby4:40
A3Wake Up, Stop Dreaming
Co-producerDavid Motion
4:36
A4Wait4:22
B1City Of The Angels9:16
B2The Red Stare3:10
B3Black-Blue-White2:20
B4Every Big City5:10
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Music From The Original Motion Picture

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  • Barcode: 0 7599-24081-1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 075992408110
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 etched except company logos, stamped): GHS-24081-A-SH-1 [Artisan Sound Recorders logo] [Allied Record Company logo] B-21791(number scratched out)-SH1 SLM ∆10484 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 etched except company logos, stamped): GHS-24081-B-RE1-SH4 [Artisan Sound Recorders logo] [Allied Record Company logo] B-21792-Re1-SH4 SLM ∆10484-X 1-1

Other Versions (5 of 40)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
To Live And Die In L.A. (Ompst) (LP, Album)CBSCS-10.535Venezuela1985
New Submission
To Live And Die In L.A. (Cassette, Album)Geffen RecordsM5G 24081US1985
To Live And Die In L.A. (LP, Album)Geffen RecordsGEF 70271UK1985
To Live And Die In L.A. (Music From The Motion Picture) (LP, Album, Stereo)Geffen Records, Geffen RecordsGEF 70271, 70271Europe1985
New Submission
To Live And Die In L.A. (LP, Album)Geffen RecordsXGHS 24081Canada1985

Reviews

Expansive09's avatar
Expansive09
Quintessential 80' soundtrack. Tech gone into the red here with synthesizers, samplers and drum machines merging with some really great lyrically descriptive vocals. Jack Hues and his musical partner really took that sound they carved out with Points Along the Curve and pushed it further into darker more industrial territory. There's the percussive energy like the heat and motion of a city like LA and then you have that Asian flavor juxtaposition-ed into the mix with the sampled shakuhachi (yes remember Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer!).

This music fit the movie (if you actual remember it) to a t. A real shame that WC never scored another film because on the merits on this score they should have been offered the pic of the litter. I was lucky to have seen the band perform at Disney World at my grad night so Mr. Hues & company will always have real estate in my music library! Now we need a remaster with bonus tracks!
Larrythemule's avatar
Larrythemule
Genesis1967-1997's avatar
a stellar album, underrated soundtrack by far from the duo known for just hits in the 80's. The B-side to this album really shows what they are made of with such tracks as City of the Angels and Every Big City showing their more experimental side they are not that well known as a whole
5/5
doug_weight's avatar
doug_weight
Watch the movie if you haven't, one of the best car chases of all time and amazing 80's aesthetics. Live and Die in LA is one of my favorite songs of all time and this album is one of my favorite spins.
niponjean's avatar
niponjean
ESSENTIAL 80'S SOUNDTRACK, cheesy ? who knows, it's just so powerful when you hear it while watching this crazy good movie -
Random_Tox's avatar
Random_Tox
It's easy to dismiss Wang-Chung for their Eighties cheese that was belched repeatedly on popular radio, but this recording deserves immense credit as a model of all that was good about the decade: Creativity, energy, exploration, passion...

The album is in two parts. First are four vocal tracks (side A on vinyl) which are good, ranging from relaxed to tense. Only 'Wake Up Stop Dreaming' displays a hint of pubescent Eighties drama, but is still a clever, energetic track. 'Wait' is taken from the 'Points On A Curve' album and has a bass-line to be reckoned with.

The instrumental side really shines. 'Red Stare' is a dark, beatless, piano track not completely out of place. 'Black, Blue, White' is a brief, high-energy romp that wants to be five minutes longer. 'City Of Angels' and 'Every Big City' are in my mind a pre-incarnation of what became Trance. Driven, intelligent, intricate, and with a complexity that is refreshing in today's cut/paste/loop music-scape.

Unmistakably Eighties, but timeless. I wish these guys had reemerged in the Nineties with a new bag of tricks the way Underworld did.