July 27, 2012 – 4:28 am

It’s about time another lost album escapes.

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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)
TT 76:40m

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.

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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  1. 12 Responses to “LET MY PEOPLE GO”

  2. Nice. Thank you!

    By Henry See on Jul 27, 2012

  3. THANKS.

    Not on topic with this post, but Larry Hoppen of Orleans, the voice of Dance With Me, Still the One and Love Takes Time, radio HITS of the 1970s died the afternoon of July 24th. A great guy, voice and talent has left us.

    I was looking forward to seeing the band perform again this, their 40th year. Sad day.

    You will be missed Mr. Hoppen. Thanks for the great music.

    By JALtheImpaler on Jul 27, 2012

  4. I saw Tangerine Dream at the Santa Monica Civic in April of 1977 “with laser effects by Laserium.” I don’t remember much of that night. The band was not very exciting to “see” and I couldn’t tell when they were improvising. I did like their soundtrack to the movie Thief.

    By sking on Jul 27, 2012

  5. im a fanatic on td. i have all of the trees and leaves. been a huge collector of theirs since the 70s. seen them only a few times. they dont come here much and since i havent seen anything sice 96 i havent had much chance to see them. they are coming around again on tour to the states tho very soon.. i believe in a few months. i think i currently have over 400 hours of td. im a huge krautrock fan. thanks for posting this. would love to have some more stuff along this direction tho.

    By darth on Jul 27, 2012

  6. Wow - this is a nice surprise! And super-clean soundboard! I actually recorded the movie THE KEEP in the late 80’s off of either the CINEMAX or SHOWTIME movie channel on VHS. And I found a CD Bootleg copy of THE KEEP in a record store in SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA-not bad soundboard, definitely a couple generations down. But nothing of this quality. And the “Label” of the CD was BLUE MOON RECORDS. So to whoever is responsible for this ending up in my library - THANK YOU!!!!!

    Dan Kershner

    By Daniel Kershner on Jul 30, 2012

  7. Thank you for posting this!

    Can’t believe the the movie studio has yet to release this on DVD or Blu-Ray. Especially the full 3 hour version!

    But I guess they’d rather keep (no pun intended) creating really crappy films instead of realizing what they already have. Really stupid judgment on their part.

    I’d love to see a released version of this instead of, let’s say another Brady Bunch Movie… Hollywood — get your shit together.

    By datdemdar on Aug 2, 2012

  8. This is for datdemdar - AIN’T IT THE TRUTH!!!!

    By Daniel Kershner on Aug 3, 2012

  9. I’ve been looking for a decent recording of The Keep since I saw the movie when it was in the theatres. There is the official rerecorded release by TD in 2004 but to be fair: their ‘official’ release is a fan rip-off.

    The official release completely lacks the analog warm richness and atmosphere of the original. Many tracks which are heard on the official release are not in the official release and new unheard tracks appear.

    Of course the original soundtrack is very moody and dark ambient but what do you expect when you have to compose for a gloomy but yet fascinating movie.

    To be short and must I cry it out: the fact that nearly more than 20 years later TD fans are still searching for this gem explains why copyright laws are sometimes complete rubbish.

    Still wating for a soundtrack release of remastered quality of the music like it was heard in the film (so not the ‘official’ release by TD themselves). This Tangerine Tree release is a nice effort but let’s be fair: the sound quality of the real masters would be so much nicer.

    By John Solitude on Jan 18, 2013

  10. can i put this on a cd?

    By blue on Jan 22, 2013

  11. big thanks for this my dad has been after it for around 30 years, brought him the album that got released but its got nothing on this, you just cant beat a good bit of td :)

    By blue on Jan 27, 2013

  12. WOW!! Thanks So Much!! All I’ve ever had was an old “Boot” on Blue Moon CDs from the 90’s!! This is so much better!! I was glad to find the old “boot”…& payed dearly for it as well as I remember, but this is a true gift from Heaven to me!! Absolutely great!! Again, my deepest thanks!!

    Bobby Neal

    By Bobby Neal on Jun 11, 2013

  13. the one und onley musik


    By der orange on Feb 22, 2014

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