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Miracle Mile: Original Soundtrack From The Hemdale Motion Picture
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Dynamic percussive flamenco
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 1988, Tangerine Dream substantially slowed down with album releases and soundtracks. That trend was to persist in later years as well - and for a few reasons. First of all, the band was now a duo instead of a trio, and the main force behind soundtrack work was missing from the band. Another reason might be that Edgar Froese finally realized that there is an upper limit of compositional burden anyone can take. Previous years showed clearly that even if Tangerine Dream was to become a machine for output creation, it might just as well break, and as any machine, it does have its friction coefficient, and other limitations of physical nature. Whether or not it was in the remaining members' power to continue, is debatable, and best left for the listener.The year 1988 brought us only two releases from Tangerine Dream (which is little only if compared to their output in previous years) - a studio album "Optical Race", and a soundtrack, "Miracle Mile". Released for public consumption a year later, the album provides us with some very good music, almost worth comparison with previous efforts from the band. Almost, but not quite. On the one hand the album contains watered-down themes resembling previous work on "Canyon Dreams", "Near Dark" and "Heartbreakers". A derivative work, but worth listening. Perfect examples might be 'One for the Books', 'Running Out of Time' and 'After the Call'. On the other hand, we have some unique and original tracks, which are consistently in the moody percussive rhythmic mode. A pleasure to listen, undoubtedly, but nothing that would set us on our knees. Good representative tracks that set the mood on this album are 'Teetering Scales' and 'All of a Dither'. Musically, these tracks do not contribute to the musical heritage of the band, but nevertheless represent solid, good soundtrack work. Proceeding further, we once again come back to slightly derivative work in 'Final Statement', 'In Julie's Eyes', and 'People in the News'. Good old times, one might say. However, time and again we scratch our heads with a powerful deja vu. Have we heard it somewhere already? This album would earn solid five stars if not for these mixed emotions. The cheesy ending, 'Museum Walk' leaves us a little too hungry as well.Despite all these mumblings and grumblings, this is a must-have for all those who like solid electronic soundtrack work."
One of Tangerine Dream's finest soundtracks
Steve Benner | Lancaster, UK | 08/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 1988 movie "Miracle Mile" from independent film company Hemdale was a pretty dire production overall - apart from a stunning performance by a very young Anthony Edwards. The Tangerine Dream soundtrack for it, however, is an absolute masterpiece! Edgar Froese and Paul Haslinger certainly pulled out all the stops to produce what is arguably their greatest film score ever and this official TD release (on the Private Music label) delivers some 43 minutes of great music. Arranged in a sequence that makes for better through-listening than would following the order used in the film, the music on this release covers a much wider sonic spectrum than can be found on most of the band's other releases of the time-or, indeed since! It has moments of great calm and beauty, as well as brooding suspense, frantic action and high drama. (Such a shame that the film never managed to deliver any of these!) This album is very much the culmination of Tangerine Dream's own unique hallmark blend of minimalist sequencer pulse, multi-layered percussion runs and massed synthesiser choirs-at times almost more "classical" in its outlook than "pop". It also makes great use of some fabulous percussion sounds - I still get shivers down my spine every time I hear 'In Julie's Eyes'! Since this album, Tangerine Dream's music has been going fairly steadily downhill, but this album manages to recapture some of the magic of their earlier film-score successes, such as "Sorcerer", "Thief", "Risky Business" and "Flashpoint". Ultimately, I think, it delivers rather more than any of the others. Highly recommended."
Tangerine dreams best soundtrack!
Jeremy Boettcher | ca | 09/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this has some of the most haunting and beautiful music ever. my favorites are if its all over and on the spur of the moment. if you have not seen the movie see the movie. but the music is excellant!"