|Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Thief"|
|Produced by Michael Mann and Tangerine Dream|
|Released on March 1981|
|UK CHART POSITION #43 . . . US CHART POSITION #115|
|Find it at GEMM|
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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|
CHRIS FRANKE -- synthesizers, electronic equipment, electronic percussion
EDGAR FROESE -- keyboards, electronic equipment and guitar
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING -- keyboards and electronic equipment
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||March 1981||Virgin||LP||V 2198|
|UK||August 30, 1995||Virgin||CD||TAND12|
|US||April 13, 2004||Wounded Bird||CDX||521||w. bonus track|
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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