Capitol/UMe will release the 40th anniversary edition of the classic, record-breaking Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in expanded commemorative configurations on 17 November. They include a super deluxe box set that features the remastered album and remixes along with the 4K-restored 40th anniversary director’s cut of the film.
The box set edition features two CDs with the remastered original album and four Serban Ghenea remixes; the remastered album on heavyweight 180-gram 2-LP vinyl in a gatefold jacket, with original album art; and a Blu-ray disc with the director’s cut and theatrical versions of the movie, plus bonus features.
It also has a 23-page book with newly-written essays by Barry Gibb, the film’s music supervisor and soundtrack producer Bill Oakes, director John Badham and the film’s score composer and musician David Shire. There are photos of the Bee Gees, stills from the film, an exclusive turntable slipmat, a set of five art prints and a reproduction of the original Saturday Night Fever movie poster.
The Grammy-winning soundtrack, featuring many timeless compositions by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, including the Bee Gees’ own ‘Stayin’ Alive,’ ‘How Deep Is Your Love,’ ‘Night Fever’ and ‘You Should Be Dancing’ and their hits for Yvonne Elliman (‘If I Can’t Have You’) and Tavares (‘More Than A Woman,’ which the brothers also recorded for the album.
The LP included other such hits as the Trammps ‘Disco Inferno,’ KC and the Sunshine Band’s ‘Boogie Shoes’ and ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’ by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band. The album itself, which topped the US charts for 24 consecutive weeks, has now sold over 40 million copies around the world.
“Forty years ago, Saturday Night Fever was released and the impact that came from it, even today, is inexplicable,” writes Gibb in his essay. “It was inexplicable even then.”
Order the Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) 40th Anniversary Edition.