V/A, Tour Of Duty [OST] (1988)
I did watch the TV series but really it was all about this album – a gateway: my mum bought the album on tape and it was something the whole family shared and enjoyed. My introduction to some great songs – like Time Of The Season by The Zombies – and a chance to bond with the folks over some great music. This album – and in fact the series of soundtracks that followed – became my favourites. I collected the first four and loved them all but this was always the favourite. I rediscovered it a few years back – finding, of all things, a dubbed tape. Then I snapped up the LP. At 4am one morning, after a few drinks, a mate and I argued over whether side one was better or whether in fact it was side two that did the business. I was probably a side one advocate in the earliest days of hearing this. And if anything it’s probably side two that does more for me now. But what a great compilation – this and The Big Chill soundtrack and a couple of other key compilations served me well, got me excited about a range of 1960s/1970s bands – and sent me off to collect up albums from a range of pop, folk, metal and rock acts.
Sample Track: Time Has Come Today (Chambers Brothers)
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