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"Wavelength" Soundtrack Review Music By Tangerine Dream

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"Wavelength" Soundtrack Review Music By Tangerine Dream



Soundtrack Review

Music By Tangerine Dream

La-La Land Records

16 Tracks/Disc Time: 39:21

Grade: B

The film "Wavelength" won't spark any memory to anyone except those who saw the film in 1983 and subsequently on HBO. The film revolves around two young people named Bobby (Robert Carradine, "Revenge Of The Nerds") and Iris (Cherrie Currie, "Foxies") who learn that a small group of child-like space aliens are marooned on Earth and are being held prisoner at a top secret military facility. The couple then decide to liberate the extraterrestrial castaways and help them make a rendezvous with a rescue ship sent from the alien home planet. The film was directed by documentary auteur Mike Gray, who also co-wrote the unforgettable thriller "The China Syndrome" in 1979 with writer/director James Bridges which starred Oscar Winners Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas and Jack Lemmon.

Scoring the film was the renowned group, Tangerine Dream who was really riding high with their wonderful and ingenious new age sounds that made their scores that include "Thief", "Sorcerer", "The Keep" and the blockbuster hit, "Risky Business" very memorable. "Wavelength" would be the closest to being at the top of their greatest scores they've written. Their music is very seminal and almost tranquil at times which is very evident in the new agey
Wavelength Main Title" which features TD's trademark experimental sound followed up by the meditative "Desert Drive" which features rather peaceful sounding musical textures that makes for wonderful driving music along with the excellent "Mojave End Title" and "Mojave End Title Reprise" which is pure TD awesome fusion that was the trademark of the group during this period also showcased in the tracks "Breakout" and "Spaceship". Surprisingly, "Sunset Drive" has a few of the electronic textures that make up the main theme from "Risky Business" which actually worked out quite well for that film and this one as well. "Alien Goodbyes" is a wonderful track consisting of a acoustic guitar solo backed with TD's tranquil synthesizers which are also featured in the pensive, "Alley Walk", that also features some interesting electronic textures that just build upon the score's primary material.

Originally released by the fledging Varese Sarabande label when the film was released on LP and eventually on CD at the very beginning of the format's introduction, the score is one of the more popular ones that Tangerine Dream every produced not only for the label, but definitely up there with their best film scores without question. The album went out of print sometime in the late 1990's and has been a highly sought after CD due to the quality of the music (despite the film being totally forgotten by that point in time) and the popularity of the group despite their break up in the late 1980's. La-La Land Records' reissue of the original album is a genuine surprise for fans of the score in the fact that it's gotten a well deserved second go around after being out of print for more then a decade. "Wavelength" is definitely one of their strongest albums and proves how their music has really influenced many other composers including Hans Zimmer to the point of their popularity. A must own for fans of TD and for soundtrack collectors, a great look back at a solid work that deserves much deserved attention once again. Thumbs up.