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Purchased at: Books and Melodies, Syracuse NY
Watching every motion in my foolish lover’s game
On this endless ocean finally lovers know no shame
‘Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from “Top Gun”)’ or as it’s more commonly known ‘Take My Breath Away’ appears on the band’s fourth album ‘Count 3 & Pray’ (1986) and- not too surprisingly- on the ‘Top Gun’ soundtrack.
It went all the way to number one in the US, UK, and Belgium (#2 in Canada and the Netherlands, #4 in New Zealand) and is by far the band’s highest-charting single; its nearest competitor was ‘No More Words’ which went to #23 in the US in 1984 and ‘The Metro’ at #58 in 1981.
The song was written by Giovanni Giorgio Moroder (with Tom Whitlock), a musical artist with a long an impressive history. Some of the notches in his belt include co-writing credits on Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’, worked with the Human League to compose ‘Forever in Electric Dreams’ for the film ‘Electric Dreams, and more recently contributed to Daft Punk’s 2013 album ‘Random Access Memories.’ The B-side of this single is his composition ‘Radar Radio’ (featuring Joe Pizzulo.) Mr. Pizzulo also makes appearances on the soundtracks to ‘Scarface’ (1983), ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (1986), and ‘Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders’ (2000.)
‘Take My Breath Away’ won the 1986 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It’s been covered many times by everyone from Diana Ross to Jessica Simpson.
Typical of US 7″ sleeves of the period (and soundtrack singles in particular) the artwork is serviceable, but unremarkable. At least the band makes an appearance on the cover, so that’s something I guess.