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Thief Import, Soundtrack, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000074CG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beach Theme
2. Dr. Destructo
3. Diamond Diary
4. Burning Bar
5. Beach Scene
6. Scrap Yard
7. Trap Feeling
8. Igneous

Editorial Reviews

This original soundtrack to Michael Mann's crime / action flick of the same name was initially released in 1981 on Virgin Records. Remastered & rereleased in 1995 (also by Virgin), this version contains an informative retrospective essay on the Dream's career. Features the tracks 'Beach Theme', 'Dr. Destructo' & six more.

Customer Reviews

This is Tangerine Dreams's best work.
Gadget Mon
It's a little better than TD albums from similar time like "Exit", and though there's some fluffy parts, there's some solid TD stuff too.
M. Detko
Since the advent of the compact disc I have searched for the same title in CD and was unable to find it until now!
Daniel J. Prinzing

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner VINE VOICE on May 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This disc is a re-release of the 1981 Virgin edition of Tangerine Dream's music for the movie "Thief", Michael Mann's film adaptation of Frank Hohimer's book, "The Home Invaders". It doesn't contain the film's entire soundtrack music by any means: nor, indeed, is all of the music on the CD to be found in the film! The reasons are simple: much of the film's most powerful music-that which accompanies the scenes "He's beeping in good", "Into the Shaft" and "Car Lot Showdown"-had already been released on the band's 1979 album "Force Majeure", as parts of the track `Thru Metamorphic Rocks'. Consequently, almost 15 minutes of soundtrack is represented on this disc in a shorter (5 minute) remix, `Igneous', which uses a characteristic cue chord sequence from the film as an intro to the flanged percussion pulse overlaid with a new raw-edged guitar line. The movie's closing music is also absent from the CD: this is the track `Confrontation' by Craig Safan. Although originally present on the Elektra soundtrack release of the movie, Virgin did not bother obtaining the license for its inclusion here, as this was intended as a pure Tangerine Dream disc, not as a soundtrack album. Several dodges have been applied to pad the disc out to a reasonable length (although it is still quite short). Firstly, the "San Diego Reverie" scene's music is included twice (originally starting each side of the vinyl disc, it appears as tracks 1 and 5 here) in only slightly differing guises (`Beach Theme' & `Beach Scene').Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you haven't heard the movie...do it. Listen to the closing tune. Excellent!
Beach Scene theme is really good. I miss Confrontation.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2000
The term "soundtrack" is at times used loosely, and this is the case here. While Tangerine Dream's music of course appears in the movie (which happens to be a little gem itself), the album is reworked quite a bit, and stands very much on it own. In spite of this, or perhaps as an uninteded result, the 1981 "Thief" album is the best soundtrack TD ever made.
Things start off strong with "Beach Theme", a moody piece that sets the tone. (A longer version of this track reappears as "Beach Scene".) "Dr. Destructo" finds Edgar Froese in one of his guitar-whaling moods, but somehow it works. The next track is "Diamond Diary", the best of the album (the movie actually starts with excerpts from this). The 10 min. track starts tentatively, then builds up to a dizzying array of synths, and takes its times to play out the various layers of sounds. Just terrific! The remainder tracks are of a somewhat lesser quality, but still quite good, in particular "Trap Feeling".
"Thief" is an important album for Tangerine Dream. Their second soundtrack (following "Sorcerer") cemented TD's status as one of the premier soundtrack providers for Hollywood. While the quality of the soundtracks would vary greatly, none would ever equal the sound and vision found on "Thief" again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner VINE VOICE on May 23, 2000
This disc is a re-release of the 1981 Virgin edition of Tangerine Dream's music for the movie "Thief", Michael Mann's film adaptation of Frank Hohimer's book, "The Home Invaders". It doesn't contain the film's entire soundtrack music by any means: nor, indeed, is all of the music on the CD to be found in the film! The reasons are simple: much of the film's most powerful music-that which accompanies the scenes "He's beeping in good", "Into the Shaft" and "Car Lot Showdown"-had already been released on the band's 1979 album "Force Majeure", as parts of the track `Thru Metamorphic Rocks'. Consequently, almost 15 minutes of soundtrack is represented on this disc in a shorter (5 minute) remix, `Igneous', which uses a characteristic cue chord sequence from the film as an intro to the flanged percussion pulse overlaid with a new raw-edged guitar line. The movie's closing music is also absent from the CD: this is the track `Confrontation' by Craig Safan. Although originally present on the Elektra soundtrack release of the movie, Virgin did not bother obtaining the license for its inclusion here, as this was intended as a pure Tangerine Dream disc, not as a soundtrack album. Several dodges have been applied to pad the disc out to a reasonable length (although it is still quite short). Firstly, the "San Diego Reverie" scene's music is included twice (originally starting each side of the vinyl disc, it appears as tracks 1 and 5 here) in only slightly differing guises (`Beach Theme' & `Beach Scene').Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The reason this track was left off of the CD is because the song was not performed by Tangerine Dream. "Confrontation" was written by Craig Safan (I believe the same guy wrote the "Cheers" theme, if you can believe it) and performed by unknown musicians. Certainly Tangerine Dream did not contain a guitarist capable of performing on "Confrontation."
An interesting note: The UK edition of the original LP did not contain "Confrontation," but rather included "Beach Scene" from the soundtrack. The US LP excluded "Beach Scene" in favor of "Confrontation." The current version of the CD restores the release to its originally intended form.
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