Checkers in Tan Tan Tanuki - Checkers Soundtrack
International Title
 Checkers in Tan Tan Tanuki
Music By: Hiroaki Serizawa
Record Label: Pony Canyon
Running Time: 54:22 Discs: 1
Release: June 1985 CD Number: D32A-0089
Anthony Romero
A fairly early soundtrack, this disc features the music from the 1985 vehicle for the music group the Checkers. It's a fairly diverse mix of music, containing cover versions of several American classics such as "Oh Carol" and "Hound Dog", original songs and themes. Overall, the selection present is interesting, although nothing particularly stands out. The cover songs are probably the most noteworthy aspect of this release, which pale compared to the original but are still nice renderings none the same. Sadly, the biggest sin of this release is simply the lack of reservation in including dialogue and sound effect clips from the movie. This is particularly fatal to the "non-vocal" music, denoted as B.G.M. on this release. Often times dialogue will play over the music, or there will be long gaps of silence as moments from the movie are sampled with it. Consequently, it seems like someone involved in the production level of this disc felt that the non-lyrical tracks weren't strong enough on their own. To be fair, none of them are particularly memorable, save perhaps part of "To Tokyo", but running the dialogue over the music just seems to defeat part of the reason why people purchase soundtracks in the first place. Bottom line, unless one really enjoys pop music from the 1980's, this disc is a really tough sell.

On a side note, it's worth mentioning that this soundtrack was later re-released by Pony Canyon (CD Number: PCCA.02005) in 2004. Both discs have the same track selection, although I can't comment if one might have superior audio quality compared to the other.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. B.G.M.1 (Overture)
  2. Oh Carol
    Lyrics/Composer: Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield, Arrangement: Hiroaki Serizawa
  3. You Don't Know
    Lyrics/Composer: John Schroeder/Mike Hawker, Arrangement: Hiroaki Serizawa
  4. Hound Dog
    Lyrics/Composer: Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller, Arrangement: Hiroaki Serizawa
  5. Twist and Shout
    Lyrics/Composer: Phil Medley/Bert Russell, Arrangement: Hiroaki Serizawa
  6. B.G.M.2 (To Tokyo)
  7. Tearful Request
  8. B.G.M.3 (Debut Recollection)
  9. B.G.M.4 (Moonlight · Pop Theme)
  10. Moonlight Review 50's
  11. B.G.M.5 (Holiday Morning)
  12. B.G.M.6 (Love Theme)
  13. B.G.M.7 (Hawaii Theme)
  14. B.G.M.8 (Rescue Operation)
  15. Dangerous Love Motion (1)
  16. B.G.M.9 (Rescue)
  17. Dangerous Love Motion (2)
  18. B.G.M.10 (Sands of Dawn)
  19. B.G.M.11 (Reunion)
  20. Stardust Stage
  21. B.G.M.12 (Homecoming)
  22. The Daughter and the Scandal