Thief (soundtrack)

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Thief (Tangerine Dream album) cover.png
LP cover USA
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMarch 1981
RecordedFebruary - November, 1980
GenreElectronic music
Length39:07 or 40:11
Tangerine Dream chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Thief (1981) is the second soundtrack album by the German band Tangerine Dream and their fifteenth album overall. It is the soundtrack for the film Thief, directed by Michael Mann.[2] It reached No. 43 on the UK Albums Chart in a 3-week run.

"Beach Theme" and "Beach Scene" are two different mixes of the same piece. The album version of "Dr. Destructo" is quite different from the film version.[3] An extended version of "Dr. Destructo" was available only on a promo single. "Igneous" is a remix of "Thru Metamorphic Rocks" from the 1979 album Force Majeure. Neither "Beach Theme" nor "Trap Feeling" appear in the film.

After Tangerine Dream completed the soundtrack, Mann needed another sequence. As Tangerine Dream was on tour, Craig Safan composed and performed "Confrontation". The original 1981 Elektra LP released in the U.S. featured "Confrontation", but subsequent releases featured "Beach Scene" instead.[citation needed]

During the 1980s, Toronto television station CITY-TV used "Scrap Yard" as their background music when inserting technical difficulties slide cards.

The soundtrack was also nominated for Worst Musical Score at the 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards.


There are currently two versions of the soundtrack available with different track listings and album covers. Version A has "Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" above the title followed by "James Caan" just below. "Composed and Performed by Tangerine Dream" appears at the bottom. Version B just has "Tangerine Dream" above the title.[4][5]

In 2004, Wounded Bird Records re-released version B with "Confrontation"; there were however two mispressings, one with the version A track list, and one with "Igneous" removed instead of "Beach Scene" All had the listing for version B on the CD and cover.[citation needed]

In 2014, Perseverance Records released a re-mastered, 9 track version that included both Beach Scene and Confrontation, thus correcting the errors on previous releases where both tracks were never on the same disc.

Track listings[edit]

1."Beach Theme"3:44
2."Dr. Destructo"3:18
3."Diamond Diary"10:48
4."Burning Bar"3:11
5."Beach Scene" (Version B only)6:48
6."Scrap Yard"4:40
7."Trap Feeling"2:57
9."Confrontation" (Version A only)5:37



  1. ^ Connolly, Dave. Thief (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Tangerine Dream at AllMusic
  2. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Thief". Voices in the Net.
  3. ^ "Thief (1981)". What Dreams Are Made Of. Retrieved 4 September 2006.
  4. ^ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Thief (Compact Disc). Wounded Bird Records. 2004 [1981].
  5. ^ Tangerine Dream Thief (Definitive Edition) (Compact Disc). Virgin Records. 1995 [1981].