Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack)

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Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
Soundtrack album by Bee Gees & Various Artists
ReleasedNovember 15, 1977 (1977-11-15)
Recorded1975–1977
GenreDisco
Length1:15:54
LabelRSO
Polydor
Reprise
ProducerBill Oakes (Music Supervisor)
Bee Gees chronology
Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live
(1977)
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
(1977)
Spirits Having Flown
(1978)
Singles from Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
  1. "How Deep Is Your Love"
    Released: September 1977
  2. "More Than a Woman"
    Released: 15 November 1977
  3. "Stayin' Alive"
    Released: 13 December 1977 (US), January 1978 (UK)
  4. "Night Fever"
    Released: 7 February 1978
  5. "If I Can't Have You"
    Released: 1978
 
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Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
Soundtrack album by Bee Gees & Various Artists
ReleasedNovember 15, 1977 (1977-11-15)
Recorded1975–1977
GenreDisco
Length1:15:54
LabelRSO
Polydor
Reprise
ProducerBill Oakes (Music Supervisor)
Bee Gees chronology
Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live
(1977)
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
(1977)
Spirits Having Flown
(1978)
Singles from Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
  1. "How Deep Is Your Love"
    Released: September 1977
  2. "More Than a Woman"
    Released: 15 November 1977
  3. "Stayin' Alive"
    Released: 13 December 1977 (US), January 1978 (UK)
  4. "Night Fever"
    Released: 7 February 1978
  5. "If I Can't Have You"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(B+)[2]
Pitchfork Media(8.7/10.0)[3]

Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track is the soundtrack album from the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta. In the United States, the album was certified 15x Platinum for shipments of over 15 million copies.[4] The album stayed atop the album charts for 24 straight weeks from January to July 1978 and stayed on Billboard's album charts for 120 weeks until March 1980. In the UK, the album spent 18 consecutive weeks at No. 1. The album epitomized the disco phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic and was an international sensation.[5] The album has been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress.[6]

Background[edit]

After the Bee Gees completed mixing their live album Here at Last...Bee Gees...Live at Le Château, they began recording songs for their next album. "If I Can't Have You" was the first song they recorded, but it was not used on the film. The Bee Gees' songs began in Le Chateau, France and finished in Criteria and Cherokee Studios. Barry was the lead vocalist on all of the songs as it was pretty much established on Children of the World that his voice was now the voice of the Bee Gees. With mostly falsetto and an occasional breathy natural voice, Barry performed much of the backing and harmony vocals with Robin and Maurice. On the recording of the songs, Maurice was sometimes notable for bass guitar parts and Blue Weaver on keyboards and synthesizer.[7]

The original issue of the album included the original studio version of "Jive Talkin'"; later LP pressings included a version culled from Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live. All CD releases have included the original "Jive Talkin'". "Jive Talkin'" was to have been used in a deleted scene taking place the day after Tony Manero's first Saturday night at the disco, but as the sequence was cut for the final film, the song was cut as well.

In addition to the Bee Gees songs, additional incidental music was composed and adapted by David Shire. Three of Shire's cues — "Manhattan Skyline", "Night on Disco Mountain" (based on the classical piece "Night on Bald Mountain") and "Salsation" — are included on the soundtrack album as well. Five additional cues — "Tony and Stephanie", "Near the Verrazano Bridge" (both adapted from the Bee Gees' song "How Deep Is Your Love"), "Barracuda Hangout", "Death on the Bridge" and "All Night Train" — while heard in the film, remain unreleased on CD.

In 1994, the soundtrack was re-released on CD through Polydor Records. In 2006, the album was re-released on Reprise Records as part of the Bee Gees' regaining control of their master tapes.

Along with the success of the movie, the soundtrack, composed and performed primarily by the Bee Gees, was the best-selling soundtrack album (it was later surpassed by Whitney Houston's soundtrack to The Bodyguard).[8] Saturday Night Fever had a large cultural impact in the United States. The Bee Gees had originally written and recorded the five of the songs used in the film, "Stayin' Alive", "Night Fever", "How Deep Is Your Love", "More Than a Woman" (performed in the film in two different versions—one version by Tavares, and another by the Bee Gees) and "If I Can't Have You" (performed in the movie by Yvonne Elliman) as part of a regular album. They had no idea at the time they would be making a soundtrack and said that they basically lost an album in the process.[citation needed] Two previously released Bee Gees songs—"Jive Talkin'" and "You Should Be Dancing"—are also included on the soundtrack. Other previously released songs from the disco era round out the music in the movie.

The soundtrack also won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.[9] It is the only disco album to do so, and one of only two soundtrack albums so honored. In 2012, the album was ranked No. 132 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The soundtrack hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard Music Chart's Pop Album and Soul Album charts. In 2003 the TV network VH1 named it the 57th greatest album of all time, and it was ranked 80th in a 2005 survey held by British television's Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time.[citation needed] Pitchfork Media listed Saturday Night Fever as the 34th best album of the 1970s.

The album has been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress on March 21, 2013 for long-term preservation.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Stayin' Alive" (Bee Gees)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice GibbBee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson4:45
2."How Deep Is Your Love" (Bee Gees)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice GibbBee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson4:05
3."Night Fever" (Bee Gees)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice GibbBee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson3:33
4."More Than a Woman" (Bee Gees)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice GibbBee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson3:18
5."If I Can't Have You" (Yvonne Elliman)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice GibbFreddie Perren3:00
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
6."A Fifth of Beethoven" (Walter Murphy)Murphy (based on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony)Thomas J. Valentino3:03
7."More Than a Woman" (Tavares)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice GibbPerren3:17
8."Manhattan Skyline" (David Shire)ShireShire & Bill Oakes4:45
9."Calypso Breakdown" (Ralph MacDonald)William Eaton 7:51
Side C
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
10."Night on Disco Mountain" (David Shire)Modest Mussorgsky (arranged by Shire)Shire & Oakes5:13
11."Open Sesame" (Kool & the Gang)Robert BellKool & the Gang4:01
12."Jive Talkin'" (Bee Gees)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice GibbArif Mardin3:44
13."You Should Be Dancing" (Bee Gees)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice GibbBee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson4:14
14."Boogie Shoes" (KC and the Sunshine Band)Harry Wayne Casey & Richard FinchCasey & Richard Finch2:17
Side D
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
15."Salsation" (David Shire)ShireShire & Oakes3:51
16."K-Jee" (MFSB)Charlie Hearndon & Harvey FuquaBobby Martin & Broadway Eddie4:13
17."Disco Inferno" (The Trammps)Leroy Green & Ron KerseyKersey10:51
Total length:
1:15:54

Additional songs recorded for the film but not used[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

American Music Awards[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChartPosition
1976"A Fifth of Beethoven"Pop Singles1
1977"How Deep Is Your Love"Adult Contemporary1
Pop Singles1
1978"Night Fever"R&B Singles8
Pop Singles1
"If I Can't Have You"Pop Singles1
"Stayin' Alive/Night Fever/More Than A Woman"Club Play Singles3
"Stayin' Alive"Pop Singles1
R&B Singles4
"Boogie Shoes"Pop Singles35

Charts[edit]

Decade-end charts[edit]

Chart (1970–79)Position
Japanese Albums Chart[17]9
UK Albums Chart[29]8

Certification/Sales[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[33]Diamond1,000,000^
France (SNEP)[34]Gold2,157,600[35]
Germany (BVMI)[36]6× Golddouble-dagger1,500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[37]Platinum15,000*
Japan (Oricon Charts)693,000[17]
United Kingdom (BPI)[38]Platinum2,000,000[39]
United States (RIAA)[40]15× Platinum15,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

double-dagger Usually the BVMI does not give a 6× Gold certification, but a 3× Platinum instead.[41] The reason for this singular certification is unclear.

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References[edit]

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