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NOT the Soundtrack
on June 14, 2004
Apparently I am the only person who has noticed this, but a great majority of the music on this CD is NOT the actual music that plays during the film. I love this film, and have always loved the music in it. I decided to purchase this cd particularly for the song "Ivory Tower". The music accompanying the arrival at the Ivory Tower always enchanted me and I was eager to have it on a CD for regular listening. However, the Ivory Tower song on this soundtrack CD, is not the stirring orchestration from the film, it is a trumped up synthesizer-ridden dance-mix version of the original Ivory Tower song which pales in comparison to the original. Several of the songs on this album have received the same treatment, and have synthesizer beats and electric guitars added to them, which completely alters the mood of the songs. Why these songs were redone for the soundtrack is beyond me, but prepare to be disappointed if you are looking to hear the score as it is in the actual film. Some songs are left unchanged from the film, but to me, the synthesizing of the others spoils the overall mood of the album.
I recently purchased the German version of this soundtrack, (Die Unendliche Geschichte) off of iTunes, and I must say that I am MUCH happier with this version of the soundtrack. The lovely "Ivory Tower" song is still missing, but this version of the soundtrack is entirely orchestral, and does not have the horrible souped up synthesized songs of the American version. If you're very fond of the Limahl title song, and can't imagine a soundtrack to The Neverending Story without it, than the American version is right for you, but if you're looking to have a nice copy of the beautiful score of the film, purchasing the German version is definitely the right way to go.