The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack, Import
Another installment of the Cult Show That Will Not Die, the 25th anniversary edition of the Rocky Horror soundtrack has, of course, the kinds of things one would expect of an anniversarial edition. These include previously unreleased tracks and a CD booklet that attempts to explain the inexplicable: how character actor Richard O'Brien's little slice of weirdness became such a hit that, a quarter of a century later, it's a Broadway production once again. Even today, there are people out there being, well, exposed to the phenomenon that is Rocky Horror for the first time, and the reaction is always the same: either utter enchantment or utter mystification. There's no denying that the show has a certain appeal. Creator O'Brien has called it "something any 10-year-old can enjoy," and maybe that's the secret: something about Rocky Horror's barely controlled insanity connects with our inner children. Maybe it's Tim Curry's magnetic performance. Maybe it's the music. Maybe it's '70s nostalgia. Whatever the reason, Rocky Horror has proved that one need not be mainstream to become an icon of popular culture. While the images and ideas contained therein might hardly turn a head today, there's nothing else like it that's quite as much fun. --Genevieve Williams
I LOVE finally having studio versions of Planet Schmanet Janet and Planet Hot Dog, but the Sword of Damocles featured here is not the one used in the film; it barely sounds like Peter Hinwood (if it even is him?), so that was slightly disappointing.
Aside from that, definitely a great album to pick up! The Time Warp is essential to any Halloween party! :-)
#1: It's been commented on (multiple times) that the "Hot Dog" song was missing from the soundtrack and that that was a big let-down. I agree that it was a bit of a disappointment and if you like that song, don't expect it on the CD.
#2: It's also been commented on that there is dialogue in the songs (preceeding and following). I don't mind hearing the characters talk, but the narrator is rather annoying. His voice is boring and monotonous and it goes on for, like, a full minute every now and then before the songs actually start.
Aside from that, this CD is amazing. I love it. I highly recommend it.
I don't regret buying it, because my copy of the soundtrack was the older release on tape.
I'm very happy to have the otherwise unreleased songs on this album. The sound quality is good, but not especially noteworthy.
But the dialogue clips are insufferable. A soundtrack album is supposed to be the music, not an "album of the movie." These clips drastically decrease the likability of this recording - that and the missing end of Planet Shmanet.
There's also the plus that those silly remixes of the Time Warp are absent. And splitting up the Floor Show music sequence is a real plus.