Legend (Tangerine Dream soundtrack)

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Legend
Soundtrack album by Tangerine Dream
Released 1986 (vinyl)
1995 (CD)
Recorded 1985
Genre Electronic, ambient, new age
Length 40:33
Label MCA, Varese Sarabande
Producer Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream chronology
Pergamon
(1980)
Legend
(1986)
Underwater Sunlight
(1986)
Compact disc version
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Legend is a soundtrack album by the German band Tangerine Dream, released in 1986 for the North American theatrical version of the film Legend, issued a year earlier in Europe.[2] The film was written by William Hjortsberg, produced by Arnon Milchan, directed by Ridley Scott and released domestically by Universal Studios.[3] The album was released on compact disc on 15 August 1995 through Varese Sarabande.

Background[edit]

After a disappointing test screening with Jerry Goldsmith's original orchestral score, Scott decided to make changes to the film. Sidney Sheinberg, president of MCA (the parent company of Universal at the time), felt that the Goldsmith score would not appeal to the youth and pressed Scott for a new score. Tangerine Dream was contracted to complete a new, more contemporary score—-a job they completed in three weeks. Until 2002, only European audiences could see Legend with Goldsmith's score.

Versions[edit]

Several bootleg versions of the album exist, and vary in cover artwork to track listing as well as song length and titles. Many of the bootleg editions feature around twice as many songs as the original soundtrack, including those that were omitted from the original, such as the opening "Prologue".[4]

Tangerine Dream score[edit]

"Loved by the Sun" is a vocal version of "Unicorn Theme" with lyrics written and sung by Jon Anderson of Yes. The vocals were added after Tangerine Dream had composed the instrumental music. It was originally recorded with vocals by Susanne Pawlitzki based on William Blake's poem "The Angel," but was rejected in favor of the Jon Anderson version. "Unicorn Theme" has been played live at several concerts in various versions. "Is Your Love Strong Enough?"—the song played over the end credits—has lyrics written and sung by Bryan Ferry with guitar by David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd fame) and bass by Guy Pratt. It is a former outtake of the recording sessions for Avalon, the eighth and last Roxy Music album. All of the other tracks are Tangerine Dream instrumentals. "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" was also released as a 12" single which included an extended version of the same song as well as an instrumental; neither of these last two versions were included on the Avalon album.

Prologue[edit]

Tangerine Dream had recorded another piece that did not appear on the official soundtrack, but did appear in the film. It has only been found in bootlegs, in MP3 form at some P2P sites, and also on some streaming services, particularly Rdio. Within both mediums, the song was given either the title "Prologue" or "Once Long Ago". This music can be heard in the intro to the American film release and is also heard in one of the early scenes between Jack and Lilly. It is recognized for its distinct and memorable flute melody. Additionally, some of this melody can be heard at the end of the song, "Loved by the Sun," as it fades out. It can be theorized that the band originally intended that outro to be the "epilogue," reprising the opening melody as a means of continuity - to end the story in the place where it began.

The reason for its exclusion from the official soundtrack album is unknown.

DVD isolated score[edit]

Legend: Ultimate Edition was released on DVD in May 2002. One of the DVD options is to play the U.S. version with an isolated Tangerine Dream score. There is no music other than what had already been released on LP and CD, nor is there any dialogue or sound effects. Thus, the DVD plays with long silences in between the music.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, Johannes Schmoelling except as noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Is Your Love Strong Enough?"   Bryan Ferry Bryan Ferry 5:10
2. "Opening"       2:53
3. "Cottage"       3:19
4. "Unicorn Theme"       3:22
5. "Goblins"       3:00
6. "Fairies"       2:57
7. "Loved by the Sun"   Jon Anderson   5:57
8. "Blue Room"       3:24
9. "The Dance"       2:23
10. "Darkness"       3:05
11. "The Kitchen/ The Unicorn Theme Reprise"       4:49

The track order, for the most part, follows the order of appearance in the film, with the exception of two of the songs: "Loved by the Sun," is heard during the film's final scene, and "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" is heard during the film's ending credits.

Tribute[edit]

Legend
Soundtrack album by Brandon K. Verrett
Released 2 June 2012
Recorded 2012
Genre New age
Length 1:14:00
Label BSX
Producer Brandon K. Verrett

On 12 June 2012, composer Brandon K. Verrett released a cover album of the original soundtrack, containing 20 tracks of newly produced and re-recorded versions, including some tracks that were omitted from the original Tangerine Dream soundtrack. Unlike the Tangerine Dream soundtrack, which was made exclusively by electronic means, Verrett utilizes more 'organic' instruments, such as violins, cellos, and flutes, among others. The album was released with a limited pressing of 1,500.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, Johannes Schmoelling except as noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Prologue"       2:30
2. "Opening"       3:43
3. "Cottage"       4:17
4. "Unicorn Theme"       4:50
5. "Goblins"       2:32
6. "Fairies"       3:00
7. "Blue Room"       4:00
8. "The Dance"       2:21
9. "Darkness"       3:12
10. "Kitchen Fight"       3:25
11. "Unicorn Theme Reprise"       1:47
12. "Jack Versus Darkness"       3:31
13. "Unicorn Saga"       3:56
14. "Loved by the Sun"   Katie Campbell   6:29
15. "The Unicorn Song"   Katie Campbell   3:21
16. "Is Your Love Strong Enough?"   Katie Campbell   5:36
17. "Cottage (Alternate)"       3:21
18. "Unicorn Theme (Alternate)"       4:44
19. "Fairies (Alternate)"       2:52
20. "Unicorn Saga (Alternate)"       4:33

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jehnzen, Daevid. Legend (Silva Screen) - Jerry Goldsmith, Tangerine Dream at AllMusic
  2. ^ Berling, Michael (3 August 2014). "Legend". Voices in the Net. 
  3. ^ MacLean, Paul Andrew. "The Music of Legend". Ridley Scott's Legend FAQ. 
  4. ^ "What versions of the Legend score are available on CD, Record, or Cassette?". Ridley Scott's Legend FAQ. 
  5. ^ "Music Review: 'Legend' Arranged By Brandon K. Verrett". SciFiPulse. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012.