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SORCERER

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.26 | 136 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars For my next trick, I shall make all interest in the film vanish

The film "The sorcerer" was released in 1977 as a sort of follow up to "The exorcist". It is based on a French film called "Le Salaire de la Peur" ("The Wages of Fear"), the title being changed as much as anything in an effort to align the film more obviously with "The exorcist". While there was a huge amount of public interest in the film up to the point of its release, that interest waned rapidly after the premiere, and the film was a commercial disaster.

Director William Franklin says in his sleeve notes for this album that, had he heard Tangerine Dream sooner, he would have asked them to score "The exorcist". As it is, the score they wrote for "Sorcerer" was composed without the band having seen a second of the movie it was commissioned for. Franklin seems to have been impressed with what was delivered though, saying that it "captures and enhances every nuance of each moment (of the film)". The reality is though that for their first venture into soundtrack recording, Tangerine Dream simply did what they already did well.

The music here may be nominally broken down into bite sized pieces (tracks), but the album has all the trademarks of a Virgin era Tangs recording. At times, the music become so familiar that I am convinced some of it has actually appeared on TD studio albums. There is perhaps rather more in the way of atmospheric, scene setting type sounds, and less of the more heavily rhythmic synthesiser runs, but the difference is very much in the equilibrium of the album, the overall feel is the same.

Those who enjoy the music of Tangerine Dream from around this time should not avoid this album simply because it was written for a film. From the band's point of view, it seems that the intended use was incidental, and they just set about recording in the same way as usual.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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