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The Keep: An Alternative View [Tangerine Tree Vol 54, 1CD]
The soundtrack to the 1982 movie from a first generation copy of the master tape. Ex SBD stereo.
Michael Mann’s movie, The Keep, was released in a severely truncated form. Almost half the film was cut, yet the released movie fast became a cult favorite. Nazis team up with an SS unit to fight an evil force. What more could you want?
It was only ever released as a commercial video tape decades ago. The soundtrack by Tangerine Dream suffered a worst fate. It wasn’t until 2004, that a suitable fan-assembled version made its rounds first as a “tree” shared by snail mail, then as a torrent. This version was made by fans at the tadream discussion group.
“Tangerine Tree Volume 54: The Keep does not present a live concert like most of the other volumes of this series but unreleased soundtrack material from the 1983 movie The Keep in an as yet unheard sound quality, taken from a first generation copy of the studio master tape. The original soundtrack has never been officially released in its original form, though there are several bootlegs (including The Keep) featuring original material. The officially (though extremly rare) TDI release of The Keep (1997) contains mostly re-recorded and tangentized music material different from the music originally used for the movie.”
The music Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Johannes Schmoelling assembled was less horror than a brooding meditation using synths (or organ-related sounds) that sounded depressing rather than terrifying. Highlights include the vocalizings on Gloria, the only guitar and drums rock out in Betrayal and what sounds like wordless vocalizings of a choir on Talisman. The Evil Within has a monotonous beat imitating the endless pacing of a jailbird trapped in his tiny square of a cell.
Legal issues have been given as the reason no proper release exists. More likely, the music’s lack of commercial potential kept investors away. Thank god then for fans and the power of the internet.
Compiled, remastered and the final mix by Side Effects at Studio Positiveland. Artwork was by Maff and Chris Owen. Info taken from voices-in-the-net.de website which belongs to Michael Berling. A thank you to all involved.
- Professor Red
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Track 01. Stormbringer (Main Titles) 7:07 (11.4MB)
Track 02. Dinu Pass 4:46 (7.6MB)
Track 03. Release 8:12 (13.1MB)
Track 04. Awakening 3:36 (5.7MB)
Track 05. Black Soldiers 5:14 (8.3MB)
Track 06. Reunion (Cuza’s Theme) 4:13 (6.7MB)
Track 07. Gloria 3:15 (5.2MB)
Track 08. Incarnation (Molasar’s Theme) 5:54 (9.4MB)
Track 09. Betrayal 3:51 (6.1MB)
Track 10. Glaeken’s Death 6:31 (10.4MB)
Track 11. Talisman 3:24 (5.4MB)
Track 12. The Final Conflict 4:47 (7.6MB)
Track 13. The Evil Within 8:52 (14.2MB)
Track 14. Fisherman’s Morning 3:23 (5.4MB)
Track 15. Walking In The Air (End Titles) 3:35 (5.7MB)
Recording date 1982
Composer(s) Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
Musician(s) Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
Although an official version exists, no more than 450 copies circulated. Wikipedia explains that the ubiquitous “legal issues” stopped the soundtrack from a wider release. We quote:
“The Keep (1997) is the soundtrack to the movie The Keep (1983) by the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream. A limited run of 150 CDs were sold at a concert by the group in the UK in 1997. Virgin soon announced that the album would be available for general release in early 1998, but legal issues with the film studio stopped the release. In 1999, Tangerine Dream’s own record label sold 300 copies of the Millennium Booster album set that included The Keep with a different cover.”
While that 1999 release is long out-of-print, 10 years later Tangerine Dream set out to release Booster, a 2CD set that touches on the group’s early sound. You can still buy Booster here.
TRIPLE DISC BOOTLEG VERSION OF THE KEEP
In 2001, Buster Cat Productions, took three different bootlegs of The Keep soundtrack and released them together as a triple CD set. None of these sets is the same as the 2004 release. The flac version of this bootleg is still up at the ever-resilient Pirate Bay site (click here).
THE KEEP (The Movie)
Made in 1983, the movie was only ever released on VHS videotape in a cut version. It’s three-hour run time trimmed to 92 mins. It is currently out-of-print but second hand copies can still be gotten at collector’s prices. Check here.
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