1987 Soundtrack – Over The Top

Over the Top is a 1987 American sport drama film starring Sylvester Stallone. It was produced and directed by Menahem Golan, and its screenplay was written by Stirling Silliphant and Stallone. The original music score was composed by Giorgio Moroder. The main character, played by Stallone, is a long-haul truck driver who tries to win back his alienated son while becoming a champion arm wrestler.

The soundtrack album was released in 1987 to coincide with the release of the movie. It contains music from Frank Stallone, Kenny Loggins (who performs the film’s central theme, “Meet Me Half Way”), Eddie Money, and Sammy Hagar. John Wetton, lead singer of the rock group Asia, sang “Winner Takes It All” for the movie, but after performing the song, it was felt that his voice wasn’t “mean” enough, so the song was offered to Hagar, whose version, featuring a bass guitar solo from Hagar’s then-bandmate Edward Van Halen, ended up being the one on the soundtrack. Asia is credited for the track “Gypsy Soul”, but Wetton is the only Asia member who actually contributed to the song.

Tracks

1Winner Takes It All (Tom Whitlock, Giorgio Moroder)4:00
2In This Country (Tom Whitlock, Giorgio Moroder)4:23
3Take It Higher (Tom Whitlock, Giorgio Moroder)3:54
4All I Need Is You (Tom Whitlock, Giorgio Moroder)3:58
5Bad Nite (Peter Schless, Frank Stallone)3:06
6Meet Me Half Way (Tom Whitlock, Giorgio Moroder)3:41
7Gypsy Soul (Tom Whitlock, Giorgio Moroder)3:32
8The Fight (Instrumental) (Giorgio Moroder)3:57
9Mind Over Matter (Tom Whitlock, Giorgio Moroder)3:12
10I Will Be Strong (Tom Whitlock, Giorgio Moroder)3:18

Media

Musicians

GuitarDann Huff
GuitarRichie Zito
GuitarDavid Darling
GuitarTerry Wilson
SaxDavid Woodford
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerAnthony Marinelli
SynthesizerBrian Banks
SynthesizerGiorgio Moroder
SynthesizerPeter Schless
SynthesizerStu Goldberg
SynthesizerTerry Wilson
Background VocalsBobbie Eakes
Background VocalsGary Falcone
Background VocalsJoe Pizzulo

Other Musicians

1 Winner Takes It All

BassEddie van Halen
DrumsDenny Carmassi
GuitarEddie van Halen
GuitarSammy Hagar
VocalsSammy Hagar


2 In This Country

VocalsRobin Zander


3 Take It Higher

VocalsLarry Greene


4 All I Need Is You

MusicianBig Trouble


5 Bad Nite

SaxEdgar Winter
Background VocalsEdgar Winter
Background VocalsMargie Nelson
VocalsFrank Stallone


6 Meet Me Half Way

VocalsKenny Loggins


7 Gypsy Soul

MusicianAsia


8 The Fight (Instrumental)

SynthesizerGiorgio Moroder


9 Mind Over Matter

VocalsLarry Greene


10 I Will Be Strong

VocalsEddie Money

Liner Notes

Producer – Giorgio Moroder
Producer – Eddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar (Track 1)
Producer – Frank Stallone, Peter Schless (Track 5)
Producer – Richie Zito (Track 10)
Executive-Producer (Soundtrack Album) – Michael Dilbeck
Coordinator (Music Coordinator) – Robin Garb
Coordinator (Musical Legal Coordinator) – Robert Tauro
Engineer – Brian Reeves, Scott Litt
Engineer (Additional) – Chris Brosius, Phil Kaffel, Ross Hogarth
Engineer (Assistant) – David Eaton, Lori Fumar
Engineer (Assistant), Guitar, Synthesizer – Terry Wilson
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Mixed By – Brian Reeves
Supervised By (Music Supervisor) – Paula Erickson