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3.08 | 60 ratings | 3 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Crystal Voice (3:07)
2. The Run (4:50)
3. Testlab (4:00)
4. Charly The Kid (3:51)
5. Escaping Point (5:10)
6. Rainbirds Move (2:31)
7. Burning Force (4:17)
8. Between Realities (2:53)
9. Shop Territory (3:15)
10. Flash Final (5:15)
11. Out Of The Heat (2:30)

Total time: 41:39

Line-up / Musicians

- Edgar Froese / ?
- Christoph Franke/ ?
- Johannes Schmoelling / ?

Note: The actual instrumentation is not available at this moment

Releases information

Music from the original motion picture soundtrack "Firestarter", directed by Mark L. Lester.

LP MCA Records ‎- MCF 3233 (1984, UK)

CD MCA Records ‎- MCLD 19154 (1990, UK)

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TANGERINE DREAM Firestarter (OST) ratings distribution

(60 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(18%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (20%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

TANGERINE DREAM Firestarter (OST) reviews

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Review by greenback
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3 stars This is another movie soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. It is a soundtrack of a movie about a young girl who has the supernatural power to start fire, so do expect some weird, nervous & worrying streams of keyboards. It sounds like albums like Hyperborea and even Poland, if one considers the many percussive & brief keyboards notes. There are a couples of very good, floating, smooth, charming and relaxing songs: "Crystal voice" and "Charlie the kid": those 2 songs are the main reason to get this record: they sound a bit like the "Hyperborea" track! Globally, the tracks are rather suited for this kind of movie. This album is among the good Tangerine Dream's soundtracks, because it can easily be listened and enjoyed without watching the movie, and because it has a studio album flavor.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review by Chris S
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3 stars Pretty much a mainstream soundtrack album, sound and all. Tangerine Dream have always made commercial in roads with numerous soundtrack album, especially in the 1980's where it was almost two albums a year, such was the demand for their music scores. That in itself is a high accolade and Firestarter if you had to just take the musical perspective, is a decent album. Funny how the music does not date, yet the film showboating a very young Drew Barrymore certainly has. Quite entertaining. In terms of song compositions I would recommend " Crystal Voice", " Burning Force" and " Flash Final" where Barrymore ends up burning everyone to a cinder. Good run of the mill TD fare.
Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
3 stars Another soundtrack for a movie that I haven't seen. The 80s have seen TD involved with movies more than with music, even though this soundtrack is really better than Risky Business or than Wavelength.

The main reason is that the tracks are "complete". This album is not just a sequence of short comments to images, disconnected and sometimes faded out. Firestarter sounds more like a true album. Of course less that 20 minutes for a Tangerine Dream track means compressing the things and loosing the slow variations on a repetitive theme that are typical of the band since the beginnings.

At the end Firestarter sounds quite newage, even if maybe a bit too dark for that genre, but the music is very relaxing and can be enjoyed also by whom like me doesn't know anything about the movie.

It sometimes reminds me to Vangelis, specially the thin string sounds on "Testlab", that's my favorite track here, or the intro of "Burning Force" but the whole album is on this kind of sounds, like Edgar Froese has temporarily put aside the usual squared waves. there's also something of Heaven and Hell in "Between Realities".

A very interesting ambient album, good for meditation. Is it a soundtrack, too?

3.5 stars. Rounded down because this band doesn't need my stars to be appreciated.

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