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Official Soundtrack - 1984 Dune

ARTIST: Official Soundtrack
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 823-770-1
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1994, Polydor, 823 770-2 * 1997, P.E.G, PEG015


LINEUP: Toto, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Roger Eno

TRACK LISTING: 01 Prologue * 02 Main Title * 03 Robot Fight * 04 Leto's Theme * 05 The Box * 06 The Floating Fat Man (The Baron) * 07 Trip To Arrakis * 08 First Attack * 09 Prophecy Theme * 10 Dune (Desert Theme) * 11 Paul Meets Chani * 12 Prelude (Take My Hand) * 13 Paul Takes The Water Of Life * 14 Big Battle * 15 Paul Kills Feyd * 16 Final Dream * 17 Take My Hand

Like 'The Lord of The Rings', Frank Herbert's 'Dune' was a popular book in High School and one I never read. School was a drag and I've always had a problem with fiction; I become bored, can't focus and much prefer devoting my time to books on music and historical subject matter although this was never the case with film. When the David Lynch version of 'Dune' hit the big screen in 1984, I knew I had to see what the fuss was all about and bonus - the soundtrack was written by Toto. I suppose this raised a few eyebrows in Hollyweird as critics hated the band although it appears from reviews; they despised 'Dune' even more, spewing venomous disapproval for its confusing plot and costume design to alleged homophobia.

The Songs
I liked it although yes, having not read the book the story was a bit complicated but visually the film was stunning with a lot of bald women, Gothic sets and of course Sting whose spiky mug seemed to be everywhere back then. What I didn't expect was how very un-Toto the majority of the soundtrack was. Released the same year as 'Isolation', there are voice snippets from the movie scattered throughout (think Queen's 'Flash Gordon' soundtrack) but there's no 'hit' pop tune attached to what is essentially a very subdued ambient/ classical work. 'Dune (Desert Theme)' is only one of two tracks resembling anything close to prime-time Toto. A dynamic instrumental with classic Steve Porcaro piano runs and tasty Lukather soloing, it was released as a single but disappeared without a trace. Brian Eno's 'Prophecy Theme' is the only cut without the band's involvement but it really doesn't do much for me as I've never been a fan of his highly praised ambient work which this is. Sleep inducing really and much better is the pastoral 'Take My Hand' that closes the album on a high note and again very Toto sounding, just no vocals although Fergie Frederiksen does appear in the band photo and I have to wonder what, if anything he contributed to the score.

In Summary
It wasn't the greatest science fiction movie of all time, I leave that title to the likes of 'Alien', the original 'Solaris' and maybe 'Metropolis', but it's worth a visit now and then for nostalgia's sake and those with adventurous tastes or have a hankering for crossover prog will find the album attractive while those expecting a Toto connected AOR fix will be sorely disappointed.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 03 2013 05:27:43
I'd agree it wasn't the greatest movie ever, but I enjoyed it for what it was. I still play it on occasion. I've just recently watched the 3 part 'Children Of Dune', which was nowhere near as good as the movie. I never read any of the books either..
#2 | AOR Lee on June 03 2013 05:40:11
Agree, a very different Toto here. Nice enough for a change of pace, but as you point out Eric, AOR addicts should look elsewhere for their fix. The movie is etched into my childhood memories, wasn't Kyle McLachlan involved, he of Twin Peaks fame (Special Agent Dale Cooper) ??
#3 | gdazegod on June 03 2013 06:43:46
Yep, so too Patrick Stewart, who two years later was the new Star Trek Enterprise captain.. Jean Luc Picard.
#4 | Eric on June 03 2013 11:16:07
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