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Meatballs Review

by Bret Adams

The original soundtrack for Bill Murray's 1979 summer-camp comedy Meatballs, directed by Ivan Reitman, is a very mixed bag indeed. It's a hodgepodge of everything -- feel-good disco, novelty songs, middle of the road ballads and lush instrumentals. Snippets of Murray's funny dialogue from the alternately zany and touching flick are included too. The highlight is the exuberant disco-pop of "Makin' It" by David Naughton, a singer, dancer and actor known for his Dr Pepper television commercials and starring in the 1981 horror film An American Werewolf in London. Meatballs is long out of print -- it barely scraped Billboard's Top 200 album chart -- but it is valuable for the full seven-minute version of "Makin' It" since the edited single hit number five and went gold. Mary MacGregor ("Torn Between Two Lovers") dented the Top 40 with "Good Friend," a warm and fuzzy piece of MOR pop. Disc jockey Rick Dees contributes the wacky novelty tune "Meatballs," which wasn't much of a stretch since he had a number one smash with "Disco Duck (Part 1)" in 1976. Terry Black's throaty ballad "Moondust" accompanies the movie's love scenes. "Are You Ready for the Summer" by the Camp North Star Kids Chorus is Meatballs' rowdy, shout-along theme song. Along that same vein, the original cast's "C.I.T. Song" is silly fun.

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