Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (soundtrack)

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Tina Turner
Released August 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop
Length 44:27
Label Capitol
Producer Terry Britten, Mike Chapman, Maurice Jarre
Tina Turner chronology
Private Dancer
(1984)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
(1985)
Break Every Rule
(1986)
Singles from
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  1. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)"
    Released: 1985
  2. "One of the Living"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the movie of the same name, starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner. The album was originally released in 1985 on the Capitol Records label and reissued numerous times on different labels.

Background[edit]

In addition to 26 minutes of the original orchestral score composed by Maurice Jarre and performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the album includes Tina Turner's US #2 and UK #3 single "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)", which played over the end titles of the film. The single was released the year after Turner's comeback with the Private Dancer album and its series of hit singles. "We Don't Need Another Hero" was written and produced by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle (who also wrote "What's Love Got to Do with It") and appears on the album both as an extended vocal version and an extended instrumental, tracks originally released as the A- and B-sides of the 12" single. The vocal 7" mix has since appeared on the hits compilations Simply The Best in 1991 and All the Best in 2004. The alternate 7" instrumental mix remains unreleased on CD. The song received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song in 1986 and a 1986 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.

The second Tina Turner track on the album, "One of the Living" (U.S. #15), was the film's opening titles song, produced by Mike Chapman and composed by Holly Knight - the team behind "Better Be Good To Me" - and also credited to Knight's band Device on both the film's end titles and the original vinyl album. Released as the follow-up single to "We Don't Need Another Hero", "One of the Living" was also remixed for both the 7" and 12" singles. Aside from the 7" Remix appearing on The Platinum Collection 3CD set in 2009, the 7" Dub, 12" Special Remix, 12" Dub and 12" Instrumental versions, co-produced and mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero, all remain unreleased on CD. "One of the Living" won Turner a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)"   Terry Britten, Graham Lyle 6:05
2. "One of the Living"   Holly Knight 5:59
3. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" (Instrumental) Britten, Lyle 6:30
4. "Bartertown†"   Maurice Jarre 8:28
5. "The Children†"   Jarre 2:11
6. "Coming Home†"   Jarre 15:10

† Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

The Complete Motion Picture Score[edit]

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: The Complete Motion Picture Score
Film score by Maurice Jarre and
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Released May 25, 2010
Recorded 1985
Genre Symphonic score
Length 2:02:02
Label Tadlow Music
Producer Maurice Jarre, James Fitzpatrick[disambiguation needed]

In 2010, a deluxe edition of the soundtrack was released and includes Maurice Jarre's complete, intended score with music cues that were ultimately replaced in the final film by Tina Turner's songs.[2] Although Jarre's alternate cues from the original album were included as bonus tracks, Turner's songs were not due to licensing issues.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1

All music composed by Maurice Jarre.

No. Title Length
1. "Original Main Title Music"   2:00
2. "Max's Theme" / "The Desert"   2:41
3. "Bartertown Theme"   1:55
4. "Accents 2 Suspense"   3:48
5. "Tragic Saxophone"   0:40
6. "Heartbeat" / "Pigrock"   3:48
7. "Master Blaster" / "The Manipulator" / "Embargo" / "Entity Humiliated"   2:29
8. "The Discovery"   2:01
9. "Conspiracy"   0:35
10. "Thunderdome"   4:52
11. "Darkness" / "Gulag"   3:48
12. "Master in Underworld" / "Desert Hallucinating"   5:21
13. "Magical"   3:02
14. "Children's Theme"   2:13
15. "Ceremony"   1:12
16. "Confusion"   1:14
17. "The Telling" / "I Ain't Captain Walker"   4:01
18. "Compassion"   3:18
19. "Tyrant"   2:45
20. "The Leaving"   5:05
21. "Underworld Takeover"   2:19
22. "Arrival"   2:59

Disc 2

No. Title Length
1. "Max and Savannah Escape"   3:05
2. "Boarding the Train"   2:22
3. "Bartertown Destruction"   4:03
4. "The Big Chase!"   11:44
5. "Epilogue"   3:18
6. "Bartertown"   8:27
7. "The Children"   2:12
8. "Coming Home"   15:15
9. "Piano Overdubs for "The Big Chase!""   2:37
10. "Organ Effects"   0:39
11. "Plastic Tube Effects"   0:47
12. "Wild Chords"   0:25
13. "I Ain't Captain Walker" (performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra) 5:02

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic - Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - Overview" Allmusic. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  2. ^ "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - 2 CD Original Score by Maurice Jarre" BuySoundtrax.com. Retrieved June 3, 2010.