Various ‎– Dune - Original Soundtrack

Polydor ‎– 823 770-2
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1 Toto Prologue 1:47
2 Toto Main Title 1:15
3 Toto Robot Fight 1:18
4 Toto Leto's Theme 1:43
5 Toto The Box 2:37
6 Toto The Floating Fat Man (The Baron) 1:24
7 Toto Trip To Arrakis 2:35
8 Toto First Attack 2:43
9 Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois And Roger Eno Prophecy Theme
Producer – Brian Eno
10 Toto Dune (Desert Theme) 5:30
11 Toto Paul Meets Chani 3:04
12 Toto Prelude (Take My Hand) 0:59
13 Toto Paul Takes The Water Of Life 2:48
14 Toto Big Battle 3:06
15 Toto Paul Kills Feyd 1:51
16 Toto Final Dream 1:25
17 Toto Take My Hand 2:35



Original motion picture soundtrack from "Dune", a David Lynch movie.
Studios: The Villa, Sunset Sound & The Manor.
Mastered by: The Mastering Lab.
Orchestra recorded at: Austrophon Studio, Vienna, Austria.
Toto appears courtesy of Columbia Records.
Brian Eno appears courtesy of EG Records, Ltd. and Opal Ltd.
All selections published by Arrakis Music (ASCAP)
℗ 1984 Dino de Laurentiis Corporation.
© 1984 Dino de Laurentiis Corporation.
© 1983, 1984 Universal City Studios, Inc.
Printed in West Germany.
CD made in West Germany by PolyGram.

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823 770-2 Toto Dune™ Original Soundtrack Recording(CD, Album) Polydor 823 770-2 UK & Europe 1984 Sell This Version
TCP 013 CD Various Dune - Original Soundtrack(CD, Album, RE) The Collector's Pipeline TCP 013 CD US Unknown Sell This Version
TCS 103-2, 513 880-2 Various Dune (Original Soundtrack)(CD, Album) Edel, Edel TCS 103-2, 513 880-2 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
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May 28, 2013
Anybody knows which is the first pressing of this release?


January 26, 2013
When it was first known, the fact that the prog rock act Toto would score "Dune" was perceived as a shock, but years after the movie bombed (just because it was a project too big for David Lynch, or anyone) this is what people remember most fondly about it, along with Francesca Annis hairstyle, the wonderful Carlo Rambaldi effects and some other great Lynch touches lost in a caothic narrative. Now one sees that score decision as logical: Dune, the novel, is a product of its time: grand, complicated, with lots of contracultural touches (drugs mainly), and this fits very well to the world of Toto, also grand. But it's even better than it seems on paper: they composed a lot of themes of subtle beauty that serve as a foundation to the narrative, adding the intrigue and mistery that the rest of the movie lacked. Most of the tracks are instrumental passages with only some rock ones, where the keyboards and guitars attack.

The main theme is wonderful. Fanfare and keyboards, choirs, martial drums and an electric guitar that begs to be longer. The subtle ones are beautiful too: "Leto's Theme" shows the fatherly figure of Leto and then the menace over him that is the planet (recovering the main theme). "Trip to Arrakis" is another recurring theme in the movie, apparently simple in its dissonances, with violins and a choir doing the same note as the Dune theme menaces behind, catching perfectly not only the mood of the movie, but of the entire book. "The Box" is similar, narrating with music the box test, the figure of the Reverend Mother, and the near failure of Paul.

The Brian Eno addition flows very well with the other themes, being even quite similar to "Trip to Arrakis". One melodic theme, one theme in major key that relieves the tension, and resolution in the first theme. Very classic and very ambient.

The other main theme of the soundtrack is the Chani one, which is actually the one that plays when something about the Prophecy is told in the movie. Wine glass carrying the melody, a full orchestra letting some context chords, and then a harp that presents the theme, in that fifth-octave kind of composition that is so unique here. It's the most beautiful moment of the soundtrack, repeated in "Final Dream".

I don't like much the more synth-driven snippets. "Big Battle" and "First Attack" are nice, martial tunes, but the "Desert Tune" really feels out of place as well as "Take my hand". I think both tunes were arranged differently for the movie (check the ending credits of the film and compare to this "Take My Hand": the film version obviously has more instruments), but they are not Dune themes, just Toto b-sides without the vocals. In the case of "Take my hand" it's understandable because it's the ending credits part, but "Desert Theme" is in the middle of the movie, in an epic scene, and is discarded soon.

There are many releases of this soundtrack. Rereleases included more snippets of the full soundtrack (the "Take my hand" theme is still not the orchestral one) but eliminated the Eno addition, and the first of those "complete" releases had serious mastering problems that made it sound out of tune. Anyway, fascinating soundtrack, and one of my favourites for reading, studing, relaxing or thinking.