Director Peter Hyams' 1986 action-comedy Running Scared, starring Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines, is an underrated cop/buddy flick. The Running Scared soundtrack is a hodgepodge of typical mid-'80s sounds. The standout song, "Sweet Freedom" by Doobie Brothers alumnus Michael McDonald, was a Top Ten hit single, and this soundtrack serves up the unedited seven-and-a-half-minute version of this pop/R&B-soaked, horn-heavy winner. Other featured artists include Klymaxx, Ready for the World, Fee Waybill, New Edition, Patti LaBelle, and Kim Wilde. The soundtrack was masterminded by noted producer/songwriter/arranger/keyboardist Rod Temperton. In fact, the best track in addition to "Sweet Freedom" is the densely textured instrumental "El Chase," credited to the Rod Temperton Beat Wagon Featuring Larry Williams; Williams is a keyboardist.
AllMusic Review by Bret Adams