Endless Love (soundtrack)

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Endless Love
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released 1981
Recorded 1979-81
Genre Pop
Length 41:45
Label Mercury/PolyGram

Endless Love is the name of a soundtrack album to the movie of the same name. The album was released worldwide by Mercury Records in 1981.

While the Endless Love movie itself didn't make history, the film's soundtrack and its theme song by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, also called "Endless Love", certainly did. The song became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and nearly 30 years after its release still remains the best-selling single of Ross' career. The single stayed at #1 for no less than nine weeks from August 9 to October 10, 1981, making it the biggest-selling single of the year in the US. It also topped the Billboard R&B chart and the Adult Contemporary chart as well as becoming a Top ten hit single in the UK, peaking at #7 and indeed a Top ten hit in most parts of the world. The duet single was released by Motown Records worldwide since both artists were still signed to that label at the time, and in effect became the most successful single in Motown history. It however became Ross' final hit single for the label, shortly thereafter she signed a then recordbreaking $20 million deal with RCA Records. Her first album for her new label, the self-produced Why Do Fools Fall in Love, released the same year, included a solo version of "Endless Love". The Endless Love soundtrack also included a second duet with Ross and Richie, "Dreaming of You", and both songs were also included as orchestral versions alongside Jonathan Tunick's original score.

While Ross' appearance on the Endless Love soundtrack marked the end of an era as she left Motown after twenty years on the label, Lionel Richie's work for the album instead became a new beginning in his career both as a composer, producer and an artist in his own right. The "Endless Love" single was released while he still officially was a member of the Commodores. The success of the duet encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career, releasing his debut album Lionel Richie in 1982 which produced another chart-topping single, "Truly", continuing the style of his ballads with the Commodores, like "Easy", "Three Times a Lady" and "Still", "Lady" composed and produced for Kenny Rogers which hit #1 in 1980, and also the two duets with Ross on the Endless Love soundtrack.

The soundtrack album also featured two tracks that were not originally recorded for the actual movie: KISS' "I Was Made for Lovin' You", first released on their album Dynasty, a #11 hit on Billboard's singles chart in 1979, as well as Cliff Richard's "Dreamin'", written by singer Leo Sayer and producer Alan Tarney, originally included on Richard's album I'm No Hero and also a Top ten hit single in the UK in 1980. Blondie's 1979 US and UK #1 hit "Heart of Glass" which also briefly appeared in the movie was not included on the soundtrack album.

The Endless Love soundtrack was re-released on CD by PolyGram in 1998.

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Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Endless Love" (Lionel Richie) - 4:26
  2. "Dreaming of You" (Thomas McClary, Richie) - 4:31
    • Performed by Ross and Richie
  3. "I Was Made for Lovin' You" (Paul Stanley, Desmond Child, Vini Poncia) - 3:59
  4. "Dreamin'" (Leo Sayer, Alan Tarney) - 3:37
  5. "Endless Love" (Theme) (Richie) - 2:45
    • Instrumental

Side B[edit]

  1. "Dreaming of You" (Theme) (Richie) - 4:44
    • Instrumental
  2. "Heart Song" (Jonathan Tunick) - 1:42
    • Instrumental
  3. "David Goes to Jade's House" (Tunick) - 3:35
    • Instrumental
  4. "Ann Sees David and Jade Making Love" (Tunick) - 3:32
    • Instrumental
  5. "David at the Institution" (Dialogue) (Tunick) - 4:28
    • Instrumental
  6. "Endless Love" (Reprise) (Richie) - 4:27
    • Performed by Ross and Richie

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Lionel Richie - producer ("Endless Love" and "Dreaming of You")
  • Vini Poncia - producer ("I Was Made for Lovin' You")
  • Alan Tarney - producer ("Dreamin'")
  • Peter Guber - record and soundtrack producer
  • Jon Peters - record and soundtrack producer
  • Charles Koppelman - executive producer
  • Adam Fields - executive producer
  • Brenda Richie - production assistant
  • Jonathan Tunick - arranger, conductor
  • Gene Page - horn arrangements, string arrangements, rhythm arrangements
  • Harry Bluestone - concert master
  • Reginald Dozier - sound engineer, mixing engineer
  • Michael Mancini - sound engineer, mixing engineer
  • Jeff Lancaster - package design

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