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Miracle Mile: Original Soundtrack From The Hemdale Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Teetering Scales
  2. One For The Books
  3. After The Call
  4. On The Spur Of The Moment
  5. All Of A Dither
  6. Final Statement
  7. In Julie's Eyes
  8. Running Out Of Time
  9. If It's All Over
  10. People In The News
  11. Museum Walk

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: May 19, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Private Music
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000000J5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In 1988, Tangerine Dream substantially slowed down with album releases and soundtracks. That trend was to persist in later years as well - and for a few reasons. First of all, the band was now a duo instead of a trio, and the main force behind soundtrack work was missing from the band. Another reason might be that Edgar Froese finally realized that there is an upper limit of compositional burden anyone can take. Previous years showed clearly that even if Tangerine Dream was to become a machine for output creation, it might just as well break, and as any machine, it does have its friction coefficient, and other limitations of physical nature. Whether or not it was in the remaining members' power to continue, is debatable, and best left for the listener.
The year 1988 brought us only two releases from Tangerine Dream (which is little only if compared to their output in previous years) - a studio album "Optical Race", and a soundtrack, "Miracle Mile". Released for public consumption a year later, the album provides us with some very good music, almost worth comparison with previous efforts from the band. Almost, but not quite. On the one hand the album contains watered-down themes resembling previous work on "Canyon Dreams", "Near Dark" and "Heartbreakers". A derivative work, but worth listening. Perfect examples might be 'One for the Books', 'Running Out of Time' and 'After the Call'. On the other hand, we have some unique and original tracks, which are consistently in the moody percussive rhythmic mode. A pleasure to listen, undoubtedly, but nothing that would set us on our knees. Good representative tracks that set the mood on this album are 'Teetering Scales' and 'All of a Dither'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arne W Flones on December 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
One wouldn't expect a low-budget apocalyptic movie to feature a sound track of this caliber. No worries. This is not just any apocalyptic movie, this is "Miracle Mile", an outstanding exemplar of the genre. Done on a shoe string and filmed within a mile (or two) of LA's Miracle Mile (Wilshire Blvd near the tarpits, the museums, etc.). Never in either director Steve De Jarnatt's or the viewer's eyes, are things that simple. (No spoilers here.) Suffice it to say that this is one flick which needs more exposure for De Jarnatt's and Tangerine Dream's creativity in using their respective minimalistic canvasses to flesh out such a rich story.

Tangerine Dream is one of the big reasons why this film succeeds as well as it does. The last hour of the film runs roughly in real time, with events reaching the inevitable hair-raising climax. Tangerine Dream's music sets the pedal point for both the metaphorical and the very real deadline clock portrayed in the plot. At points the movie is all Tangerine Dream, with the action taking place in the background. But the story inevitably carries through and in the devastating end, there is a melding of the two.

Two quibbles, although one has been addressed by previous reviewers. First, the cuts on the album all fade out at the end. This is an unfortunately side effect of squeezing a 90 minute movie into a somewhat shorter audio CD. Still, having seen the movie multiple times, one misses the bridge music.

The other is a more serious flaw, but is easily fixed. That's the disorder between the cuts. This is explained to make the album sound more musically reasonable when listened to. Unfortunately, the producers neglected to consider who might want to purchase this CD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner VINE VOICE on August 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The 1988 movie "Miracle Mile" from independent film company Hemdale was a pretty dire production overall - apart from a stunning performance by a very young Anthony Edwards. The Tangerine Dream soundtrack for it, however, is an absolute masterpiece! Edgar Froese and Paul Haslinger certainly pulled out all the stops to produce what is arguably their greatest film score ever and this official TD release (on the Private Music label) delivers some 43 minutes of great music.
Arranged in a sequence that makes for better through-listening than would following the order used in the film, the music on this release covers a much wider sonic spectrum than can be found on most of the band's other releases of the time-or, indeed since! It has moments of great calm and beauty, as well as brooding suspense, frantic action and high drama. (Such a shame that the film never managed to deliver any of these!)
This album is very much the culmination of Tangerine Dream's own unique hallmark blend of minimalist sequencer pulse, multi-layered percussion runs and massed synthesiser choirs-at times almost more "classical" in its outlook than "pop". It also makes great use of some fabulous percussion sounds - I still get shivers down my spine every time I hear 'In Julie's Eyes'!
Since this album, Tangerine Dream's music has been going fairly steadily downhill, but this album manages to recapture some of the magic of their earlier film-score successes, such as "Sorcerer", "Thief", "Risky Business" and "Flashpoint". Ultimately, I think, it delivers rather more than any of the others. Highly recommended.
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