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Thief [Composed By Tangerine Dream] Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (13 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B0001XAQXW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,331,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Before you buy this album, a word of caution - there are actually two different versions of this soundtrack with two different track listings, and annoyingly the track that seems to be the most sought-after by fans of the movie is only on one of these releases. To make matters worse, it can be somewhat tricky to tell which version of the album is which, particularly when, as here on Amazon, the track list is not displayed.

Chances are, if you're looking at this, you're either a fan of the movie or a follower of Tangerine Dream's work, so I shan't bother to review the actual musicianship on offer here. Instead I'll offer some words of advice regarding the different releases. If, like me, you want the own music from Thief's final scene ("Confrontation" by Craig Safan), then be sure to by the CD marked on the front cover as the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with James Caan's credit at the top. Unfortunately this seems to be harder to come by than the more recent remastered release, credited solely to Tangerine Dream, which does not contain this track; in it's place is a longer version of the track "Beach Theme" called "Beach Scene" (the latter is in fact closer to what is heard in the actual movie). Hopefully this advice will help prevent anyone hoping to hear the guitar-laden conclusion to the film from being disappointed.
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Format: Audio CD
This disc is a re-release of the USA edition of Tangerine Dream's music for Michael Mann's movie, "Thief". It doesn't contain the film's entire soundtrack music by any means: nor, indeed, is all of the music on the CD to be found in the film! The reasons are simple: much of the film's most powerful music (that which accompanies the scenes "He's beeping in good", "Into the Shaft" and "Car Lot Showdown") had already been released on the band's 1979 album "Force Majeure", as parts of the track 'Thru Metamorphic Rocks'. That music is represented on this disc in a shorter (5 minute) remix, 'Igneous', which uses a characteristic cue chord sequence from the film as an intro to the flanged percussion pulse overlaid with a new raw-edged guitar line. (Incidentally, Craig Safan's music for the final scene of the film 'Confrontation' is included in this Wounded Bird edition, at the expense of the original UK edition's extra track, 'Beach Scene'.) Tracks are also presented in an order that makes musical sense, rather than following any sequence relevant to the film. Thus, 'Dr. Destructo' (used for 'Disassembling a life' 110:00-112:45 in the director's cut of the film) is used as a moody introduction to the main track 'Diamond Diary', used for the film's opening ten minutes.

Several dodges have been applied to pad the remaining music out to provide a disc of reasonable length (although it is still quite short). Firstly, the music from the scene 'San Diego Reverie' (92:47-94:50) is included here only as 'Beach Theme', which features some small but clumsy percussion and guitar overdubs and serves as a mood-setting introduction to the disc as a whole.
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Format: Audio CD
... and that's all real fans will need to know about this smart re-issue! What we have here is effectively a CD version of the original USA Elektra LP 12" edition of this excellent soundtrack.
Oddly, the track "Beach Scene" (a longer version of "Beach Theme) is _not_ included on this edition (it _was_ present and correct on the Virgin CD release)
However, personally I'm happy to sacrifice that now that "Confrontation" is present at the end of the CD! Yes, I know - it's NOT actually a track by Tangerine Dream. It's actually by a soundtrack composer by the name of Craig Safan ("Last Starfighter") TD fans might be a little dismayed by it's inclusion, but we have to remember that first and foremost this is a SOUNDTRACK release for the film "Thief" (UK title - Violent Streets) and not a dedicated TD release. That said, it would have been even better if we had been treated to some extra TD tracks from the film, but I guess we can't have it all (which explains the fallen star from the rating)
Get this CD - well worth it for the presence of TD's excellent score and now also for Safan's marvellous "kick-@ss" epic "Confrontation" - Top stuff.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
OK, maybe it jostles for first place with Sorcerer, this is full of great tracks, driving rythyms, and some powerful guitar from Edgar Froese. If you don't own this, you cannot call yourself a TD fan.
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Format: Audio CD
Terrific soundtrack to a mediocre film. A great intro to the works of Tangerine Dream and only bettered by the Cyclone album.
Accessible and atmospheric.
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