For Clapton, it was his first experience writing for film; shortly after attending Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil with his friend Kamen, who had scored the film, he received a call from the BBC asking him to do the music for Edge of Darkness, and he subsequently asked Kamen for assistance.
Like the television series, the soundtrack was praised widely: The Age called it outstanding;The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said it was "particularly noteworthy." The single reached No. 65 on the British charts, on which it spent three weeks in January 1986.
Originally sold as a 45 rpm 12" record and as a cassette, it was re-released in February 1989 as a 3" CD single (with a cover changed from the record's mainly black and red cover). A live version on the main theme was issued on a single together with a live version of "Wonderful Tonight" in 1991, and on the 1991 live album 24 Nights.