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Buster is a 1988 British romantic comedy based on the real-life events of the "Great Train Robbery".

He is portrayed by Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Larry Lamb and Sheila Hancock.

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Buster Edwards (Phil Collins) is a 1963 London East End petty criminal. His patient wife June (Julie Walters) considers him a lovable scoundrel.

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"Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" is the soundtrack of the film. Contains two Collins singles that topped the singles chart of the Billboard Hot 100.

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The album is essentially a collection of old songs, with two songs by Phil Collins that were recorded specifically for the film.

"Two Hearts" won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Movie or Television in 1989, un Golden Globe for best original song (paired with "Let the River Run" from Carly Simon's Working Girl) as well as one nomination to the Oscar for the best original song.

"A Groovy Kind of Love" and with a nomination ai Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance is the remake of a song raised to # 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1965 by The Mindbenders.

Both came out as singles and made it to the top of the rankings Billboard Hot 100, with "A Groovy Kind of Love" which also reached No.XNUMX in the UK.

Other songs include Collins '"Big Noise" and Four Tops' "Loco in Acapulco", co-written by Collins. At the 1989 Brit Awards he won for Soundtrack / Cast Recording, while Collins received the award British Male Artist for the soundtrack.

"Two Hearts" and "A Groovy Kind of Love" were not released on a Phil Collins solo album until "... Hits" in 1998. 

Live versions appeared on the album "Serious Hits ... Live!" of 1990.

Remember Phil Collins in his autobiography:

... that the soundtrack, like the whole film, sails in troubled waters. The producers want the full actor / singer / songwriter package, but Phil isn't willing to give up. They will only have the actor.

"Two Hearts" is inserted in the credits and then Phil agrees to sing it. 

In "A Groovy Kind of Love" Phil's voice was supposed to be only in a demo, which, however, when inserted into a scene of the film as a test, works so well that Collins has to give in.

"I just had to blow up those damn doors and instead I find myself with yet another single at number one in England and America, plus a lot of criticism for having recorded another cover of light music from the 60s, however much it was. just a cinematic project ", Phil remembers.

Track list:

LP

Side A

"Two Hearts" - Phil Collins
["Gardening by the Book"] † / "Just One Look" - The Hollies
["... And I Love Her"] † / "Big Noise" - Phil Collins
"The Robbery" - Anne Dudley
"I Got You Babe" - Sonny & Cher

Side B

"Keep On Running" - The Spencer Davis Group
["Alone in Acapulco"] † / "Loco in Acapulco" - Four Tops
"How Do You Do It?" - Gerry and The Pacemakers
["Thoughts of Home"] † / "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" - Dusty Springfield
["The Good Life"] † / "Sweets for My Sweet" - The Searchers
"Will You Still Be Waiting" - Anne Dudley
"A Groovy Kind of Love" - ​​Phil Collins

The album actually consists of 17 tracks. † Five pieces are preceded by incidental music performed by the London Film Orchestra and written by Anne Dudley.

CD

"Two Hearts" - Phil Collins
["Gardening by the Book"] † / "Just One Look" - The Hollies
["... And I Love Her"] † / "Big Noise" - Phil Collins
"The Robbery" - Anne Dudley
"I Got You Babe" - Sonny & Cher
["Alone in Acapulco"] † / "Loco in Acapulco" - Four Tops
"How Do You Do It?" - Gerry and The Pacemakers
["Thoughts of Home"] † / "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" - Dusty Springfield
["The Good Life"] † / "Sweets for My Sweet" - The Searchers
"Will You Still Be Waiting?" - Anne Dudley
"A Groovy Kind of Love" - ​​Phil Collins

"Keep on Running" does not appear in the compact disc version (excluding those in the US and Canada) for legal reasons.

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The reception of the film was not unanimous.

The protagonists' performances were appreciated but the tone of the film was criticized.

In particular, the romanticization of crime was not accepted and the film was branded as amoral, a fun but fairytale-like view of breaking the law.

For this reason, Prince Charles and Princess Diana canceled their presence at the film's premiere on September 15, 1988, on the advice of Phil Collins. Collins said he wanted to avoid causing them embarrassment.

A stage version of Buster was staged between 2000 and 2004 in various locations across the UK with (among others) Ray Quinn in the main cast.

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