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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome [Soundtrack]

Tina Turner, Maurice JarreAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: July 10, 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000TAZ9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) - Tina Turner
2. One Of The Living - Tina Turner
3. We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) - Maurice Jarre
4. Bartertown - Maurice Jarre
5. The Children - Maurice Jarre
6. Coming Home - Maurice Jarre

Editorial Reviews

Australian director George Miller's Mad Max was a modestly budgeted, post-apocalypse sci-fi exploitation masterpiece that turned both he and star Mel Gibson into hot Hollywood commodities. The Road Warrior delivered on that promise in spades, its success insuring that the Max films would become a full trilogy. The bloated Hollywood effects and set budgets may have overwhelmed Thunderdome's visual potential (has the post-apocalypse ever looked so busy?), but the addition of veteran composer Maurice Jarre now seems one of the production's shrewdest moves. Anchored by a pair of Tina Turner pop songs (the bittersweet hit "We Don't Need Another Hero" and the 80's tech-inflected "One of the Living") and a disposable instrumental version of "Hero," Jarre follows with cues unusually sequenced into three sweeping orchestral suites. "Bartertown"'s primitive, metallic rhythmic flourishes, seasoned by jazzy sax and dark strings, give the film its sense of time and place, while the bright, semi-exotic pastoralism of "The Children" and "Coming Home"'s more traditional heroics give the film its distinctive, Lawrence of Arabia-Lite dramatic sweep. --Jerry McCulley

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At long last! March 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Finally, "One of the Living" is available again. I liked it even better than "We Don't Need Another Hero". It's certainly worth the price of this CD.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic soundtrack. April 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's incredible that we had to wait almost 20 years to buy this soundtrack on CD and it's also amazing that "One of the living" never appeared in any Tina Turner production.
The 2 songs that Tina recorded for this soundtrack were big, big hits in 1985 causing a war in the charts and award ceremonies between them.
"We don't need another hero" was written and produced by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle who also wrote Tina's #1 hit "What's love got to do with it". The single reached #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy award in 1986.
"One of the living" was produced by Mike Knight and Humberto Gatica. Knight was the producer of Tina's Grammy award winner, Top 5 hit "Better be good to me". The single won a Grammy award in 1986 for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot 100.
The three other songs were performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and were conduced and composed by Maurice Jarre.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 GREAT TINA SONGS November 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I agree with everyone so far...that One Of The Living is probably the defining moment of the real Rock-n-Roll Tina !! I had the privilege of seeing her perform it in concert in 1987 and it was "Simply The Best" =) The video is awesome too(still gotta watch it regularly)...with the original Tina Band members and Tina at her rawest ! This album only has two original Tina songs on it, but these two are good enough to buy the album alone. Beyond Thunderdome hit # 2 on Billboard and One of the Living hit # 15 (should have been higher)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the 'Living' November 20, 2004
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the reviews here that 'One of the Living' is one of Tina's best songs. It's probably my favorite from her 80s output, even more so than anything from 'Private Dancer'. It just has the perfect mix of rock, pop and a little techno, and Tina's vocals are top-notch. It has aged very well, yet none of Tina's compilations feature it so thankfully this soundtrack has brought it to CD. I did find the 12-inch version on vinyl and it's fantastic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Look what's back in PRINT! July 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I can't give this 5 stars for 1 reason. Only 6 tracks after being shorted on the Road Warrior score too. I too think that ONE OF THE LIVING is a great song; one of my all time favorites. If you recall the video on MTV, Tina "played" the electric guitar. The song is nearly an anthem. It's also very sexy. Glad to see they brought this one back.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE LIVING SINGLE June 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this album specifically for the song "One of the Living". After listening to the track I found that this song on the album differs from the one played in the movie. I was extremely disappointed. The song was flat and slower than the movie version and Tina dosn't hit the high notes as she does in the movie version song. Anyone looking to buy this album just for the track "One of the Living" (her greatest recording in my opinion), should not bother if you are looking for the movie version.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only two Tina Turner songs I really like! April 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am not a big Tina Turner, or even a Movie Soundtrack fan. But HEY, that's just me! However, the two songs by Tina that I DO enjoy are found on this CD.

"We Don't Need Another Hero" and "One Of The Living" definitely put Tina smack into the middle of the "Rock & Roll" genre! She puts so much sultry sexiness into each of these tunes, that you just can't help but play them over and over again.

The BONUS track on the CD? The instrumental version of "We Don't Need Another Hero." This is practically a "karaoke" version. I often play this track in the car, and sing the song to myself. However, I don't make a good Tina Turner ... she's MUCH sexier ... and sounds better!

Here is a tip for the reviewer who thought that the versions on this CD were slower than the movie versions:

Use your computer to "rip" the tunes from your CD. Then, take a music editing software program (Windows Media v10 ... for example) and adjust the speed/tempo of the tracks to fit your expectations. You can then save the edited tracks into any format you wish. There are many other FREE editing programs that can be found on the Internet.

Easy, Peezy, Lemon Squeezy!
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