5E-521 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Thief"
Produced by Michael Mann and Tangerine Dream
Released on March 1981
UK CHART POSITION #43 . . . US CHART POSITION #115
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5E-521 cover
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A s a rule of thumb, mine’s decidedly pointed down on the TD soundtracks. Their music is a natural for film, especially in concert with a stylish director like Michael Mann, but a band that makes brilliant tone poems shouldn’t be broken in pieces. In the case of “Igneous,” that’s exactly what happens: the second half of Force Majeure’s “Thru Metamorphic Rocks” is pressed into service again. Which isn’t to say that TD’s fans won’t want to catch Thief. Anyone who toiled through Brian Eno’s Music For Films, for example, will find tracks like “Trap Feeling” more hospitable. And electronic music fans are a curious lot by nature, apt to find morsels of mind candy in even the most arid compositions. If, in my cynical mindset, “Beach Theme” sounds like an electronic version of “Freebird,” to your open mind it might sound like an heroic overture. And should you hear in the digital blips and buzzes of “Burning Bar” a new lexicon of electronica, far be it from me to speak against it. However, there are dozens of proper TD albums where richer discoveries await you and several soundtracks besides (Sorcerer, The Keep) that are better. Of minor interest to those of us who have nothing better to do than pore over the poor relations in TD’s discography, the US and UK versions of this soundtrack differ slightly. In the UK, a remixed version of “Beach Theme” (entitled “Beach Scene”) appears, while the closing “Confrontation” (written and performed by Craig Safan) does not. Safan, incidentally, does a pretty good David Gilmour impersonation, which initially had me thinking that Froese had caught fire. There’s also an earlier review of this at All Music Guide.

5E-521 back cover
5E-521 back cover

TRACK LISTING

    UK track listing
  1. BEACH THEME
  2. DR. DESTRUCTO
  3. DIAMOND DIARY
  4. BURNING BAR
  5. SCRAP YARD
  6. TRAP FEELING
  7. IGNEOUS
  8. BEACH SCENE

    US track listing
  9. BEACH THEME    3:44
  10. DR. DESTRUCTO    3:18
  11. DIAMOND DIARY    10:48
  12. BURNING BAR    3:11
  13. SCRAP YARD    4:40
  14. TRAP FEELING    2:57
  15. IGNEOUS    4:45
  16. CONFRONTATION    (Craig Safan)    5:44

    2004 CD reissue track listing
  17. BEACH THEME
  18. DR. DESTRUCTO
  19. DIAMOND DIARY
  20. BURNING BAR
  21. SCRAP YARD
  22. TRAP FEELING
  23. IGNEOUS
  24. BEACH SCENE
  25. CONFRONTATION

    All compositions by Edgar Froese/Chris Franke/Johannes Schmoelling unless noted

CREDITS

CHRIS FRANKE -- synthesizers, electronic equipment, electronic percussion
EDGAR FROESE -- keyboards, electronic equipment and guitar
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING -- keyboards and electronic equipment

return to TANGERINE DREAM discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER 1981 Virgin LP 203.472.320  
UK March 1981 Virgin LP V 2198  
US March 1981 Elektra LP/CS 5E/5CS-521  
CAN 1981 Virgin LP/CS VL/VL4-2213  
ITA 1981 Virgin LP VIL-12198  
JPN 1981 Virgin LP VIP-6974  
UK 1985 Virgin LP OVED-72  
UK June 1988 Virgin CD CDV-2198  
UK August 30, 1995 Virgin CD TAND12  
US April 13, 2004 Wounded Bird CDX 521 w. bonus track


SUGGESTED VIEWING

You can probably find the video for Thief at a steal on GEMM. I saw it years ago and enjoyed the cinematography, though I don't remember the story so well anymore.

 

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