The 1988 movie "Miracle Mile" from independent film company Hemdale was a pretty dire production overall-apart from a stunning performance by a very young Anthony Edwards. The Tangerine Dream soundtrack for it, however, is an absolute masterpiece! Edgar Froese and Paul Haslinger certainly pulled out all the stops to produce what is arguably their greatest film score ever and this official TD release (on the Private Music label) delivers some 43 minutes of great music.
Arranged in a sequence that makes for better through-listening than would following the order used in the film, the music on this release covers a much wider sonic spectrum than can be found on most of the band's other releases of the time-or, indeed since! It has moments of great calm and beauty, as well as brooding suspense, frantic action and high drama. (Such a shame that the film never managed to deliver any of these!)
This album is very much the culmination of Tangerine Dream's own unique hallmark blend of minimalist sequencer pulse, multi-layered percussion runs and massed synthesiser choirs-at times almost more "classical" in its outlook than "pop". It also makes great use of some fabulous percussion sounds-I still get shivers down my spine every time I hear 'In Julie's Eyes'!
Since this album, Tangerine Dream's music has been going fairly steadily downhill, but this album manages to recapture some of the magic of their earlier film-score successes, such as "Sorcerer", "Thief", "Risky Business" and "Flashpoint". Ultimately, I think, it delivers rather more than any of the others. Highly recommended.