1985 Soundtrack – American Flyers

American Flyers is a 1985 American sports drama film about bicycle racing directed by John Badham and starring Kevin Costner, David Grant, Rae Dawn Chong, Alexandra Paul, Luca Bercovici and Janice Rule.

A soundtrack of the film was released in 1985. The main theme “Hell Of The West” was played as the introduction music of the title sequence when ABC Sports in the United States broadcast the International Race of Champions from 1987 to 1997 on tape-delay. Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac was approached to record a song for the soundtrack. “Slow Down” was recorded but ultimately not used. The song appears on an upcoming solo compilation of McVie’s called “Songbird – A Solo Collection.”


1  American Flyers (John Peede; Marc Tanner) 03:54
2  Traveling Music (Greg Mathieson; Lee Ritenour) 02:08
3  Brand New Day (Greg Mathieson; Lee Ritenour; Trevor Veitch) 03:45
4  Gone Ridin’ (Chris Isaac) 02:45
5  Bad Moon Rising (John Fogerty) 02:28
6  Brothers’ Theme (Part I) (Greg Mathieson; Lee Ritenour) 01:42
7  The ‘J’ Factor (Greg Mathieson; Lee Ritenour) 01:03
8  Theme From American Flyers (Hell Of The West) (Greg Mathieson; Lee Ritenour) 04:17
9  The Breakaway (Greg Mathieson; Lee Ritenour) 07:09
10  Brothers’ Theme (Part II) (Greg Mathieson; Lee Ritenour) 02:47
11  Treadmill (Greg Mathieson; Lee Ritenour) 02:50
12  Epilogue (Third Race) (Greg Mathieson; Lee Ritenour) 02:57


GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerLee Ritenour

Other Musicians

1 American Flyers

VocalsGlenn Shorrock

3 Brand New Day

VocalsDanny Hutton

4 Gone Ridin’

GuitarChris Isaac
VocalsChris Isaac

5 Bad Moon Rising

BassStu Cook
DrumsDoug Clifford
GuitarTom Fogerty
Acoustic GuitarJohn Fogerty
VocalsJohn Fogerty

Liner Notes

Producer – John Boylan (Track 1)
Producer (Executive) – Becky Mancuso, Dave Grusin, Joe Sill, Larry Rosen
Producer – Greg Mathieson, Lee Ritenour (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Producer – John Fogerty (Track 5)
Arranged By – Greg Mathieson, Lee Ritenour
Engineer – David Leonard, Don Murray
Mixed By – David Leonard, Don Murray
Orchestrated By – Greg Mathieson, Lee Ritenour
Recorded By – David Leonard, Don Murray

Artwork – David Grove
Design – Andy Baltimore, Dan Serrano, David Gibb

Mixed At Starlight Studios
Mixed At Sunset Sound
Recorded At Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At Starlight Studios
Recorded At Sunset Sound
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