- Audio CD (6 Dec. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Soundtrack, Special Edition, Enhanced
- Label: Walt Disney Records
- ASIN: B00467EKK4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Tron Legacy: Special Edition Soundtrack, Special Edition, Enhanced
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The futuristic and mysterious dance masters Daft Punk appear to be the perfect group to compose the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy. The original film is fondly remembered by many despite its failure at the box office. Its musical score was composed by legendary composer Wendy Carlos, responsible for synthesizer classics such as Switched-On Bach and the soundtracks to A Clockwork Orange and The Shining. With Tron: Legacy Daft Punk have updated Carlos' original musical vision by delivering a sophisticated integration of acoustic and electronic instrumentation.
The opening Overture is a majestic orchestral affair that builds to a finale of crashing cymbals and thunderous timpani before fading gradually into silence. The Grid features Jeff Bridges setting the narrative scene in characteristically rich, solemn tones. The music pleasingly matches that quality with saturnine orchestration and a muscular rhythm.
For the first 11 tracks Tron: Legacy is every inch the film soundtrack, musical episodes painting dark and sombre soundscapes. Then the stately-paced End of Line delivers a catchy synth-riff that repeatedly punches like a silicon fist in a latex glove. Derezzed ups the ante in rousing fashion before Solar Sailer glides gracefully in on sighing strings and gently arpeggiating synths. These tracks form the apex of the album, and the music that follows restates and consolidates themes.
The sonic might of the 100-member symphony orchestra assembled by Daft Punk is wielded to powerful effect. The penultimate track Tron Legacy (End Titles) thrillingly expounds the main theme with a tidal wave of a string section accompanied by tweaked synths. Finale recalls the majesty of Philip Glass' main theme for the film Koyaanisqatsi. It's a shame that the film's audience will most likely miss this music, having left the theatre during the credits, as it's a lovely final composition. Although not musically revolutionary, Tron: Legacy suggests the adrenaline rush of a black panther roaming nearby in the darkness, heard but not yet seen.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have to strongly recommend this album for people of all ages. This is art at its zenith. As film sound tracks go, this is easily up there with Akira, but it's much more accessible to our little Western ears. I want to go and see the film.
A short review but an enthusiastic one. Having heard this on a free streaming site (spot***), I'm buying this cd today.
I should have had more faith. It's certainly not the usual Daft Punk style by any means and I mean this in a very, very positive way. The film is fantastic and the soundtrack really shines through. It's full of pounding, harsh synth tones and soft yet very powerful orchestral notes which fit perfectly with the film's unique and graphically stunning art direction.
It really shows Daft Punk in a new light and proves to me that they are capable of much more than the usual house music they're known for. They have created some exceptional pieces of music that are capable of provoking some pretty strong emotion. In short I love the film, and love this soundtrack equally as much. The only criticism I have is that I wish some of the tracks were longer.
I got around this technicality, but in retrospect, I should have used one of the competitors.
When you think about it Daft Punk were an obvious choice for this soundtrack, not in a lazy 'oh yeah, they do electronic sounding music' kind of way but in the way their music has such texture and feels simultaneously rooted in the past but bang up to date - perfect for an update of such a classic film . Of course the original Tron is rooted way back in 1982 and Daft Punk's retro vibes do tip their hat to that very different era whilst delivering something completely modern at the same time - not an easy task but it's done with a very sure hand here.
The pallete Daft Punk have drawn from is wonderfully varied and most tracks have a beautifully realised electronic motif interwoven with more traditional orchestral arrangement to stunning effect.
Listening to the soundtrack in isolation I find my mind filled with imagery from the film - no bad thing as both the music and visuals from the film are things of complete beauty. If a sountrack can ever be said to be 'good' based on how well it fits with the visuals then this soundtrack is surely one of the best. I find it rare these days to be as conscious of the music in films, to me this soundtrack was an equal to what I was seeing onscreen but the combined effect of the amazing visuals and sound add up to something far more than the sum of their parts.
I've seen in other reviews that the repetitiveness of the music has put some people off a little. I can't deny there is repetition here but that's what Daft Punk do... Around the World was just the same vamp over and over to almost hypnotic but stunning effect (and with that video it's just even better...Read more ›
No longer confined by instrumentation, the soundtrack as a genre can, in my mind, be more clearly defined as music that evokes feeling. Many modern soundtracks evoke disgust in me. I don't think anyone cares or wants to remember that Nickelback soundtracked a Spiderman movie. Would anyone have minded if modern movies don't contain a carelessly shoehorned in rock or bad rap song? Nothing dates faster than the date itself.
The Golden Age of the Movie Soundtrack started, in earnest, with the names Bernard Hermann. Jerry Goldsmith. John Williams. Their work has become both unextractable from the films, and separate, eternal pieces of music. Who can listen to "Also Sprach Zarathustra" without thinking of the rotating space station? Who hasn't at some point, pulled off some personal coup and thought about the rising, rousing Indiana Jones theme as they walked down the street after? Maybe it's just me.
Add another name to the list : Daft Punk. Taking a cue from the groundbreaking work of Clint Mansell - in a former life, vocalist for Pop Will Eat Itself - "Tron : Legacy" is easily Daft Punk best work so far, and one of the finest contemporary soundtracks of the past decade.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best soundtrack I have heard for a long time. Will buy the other Daft Punk albums now.Published 1 month ago by Simon D. Elsworth
good price and fast delivery excellent condition etc. Thanks very muchPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I have been a fan of the soundtrack from the initial release. Daft Punk have done a superb job. But I yearned for a CD copy and I discovered this special edition. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Five Foot Three Amazonian
Great album, bought for my 15 year old son, no dodgy words either!Published 3 months ago by Heather Allan