Recorded and mixed in Vienna and Berlin in 1989.|
- Teetering Scales [3:39]
- One For The Books [3:04]
- After The Call [5:11]
- On The Spur Of The Moment [3:00]
- All Of A Dither [3:24]
- Final Statement [3:14]
- In Julie's Eyes [3:15]
- Runnning Out Of Time [3:30]
- If It's All Over [4:34]
- People In The News [5:10]
- Museum Walk [3:12]
All songs written and performed by Edgar Froese and Paul Haslinger.
Original Soundtrack from the Hemdal Motion Picture Miracle Mile
I'm in the lucky situation, I have both the video and the soundtrack to Miracle Mile. I don't feel up to watching the film again, to make a review of the soundtrack. However, the music creates inner pictures, so at least there is something I can remember. That is why even the bad tracks makes sense, when you hear them, along with the pictures.
"Harry (Anthony Edwards) is on his way home, when his car breaks down. He walks into a telephone booth to call for help. A desperate voice comes with a fatal answer. "The red buttons are down. In 70 minutes the atom rockets will hit Los Angeles..."
The panic spreads like a wild fire. Everybody tries to get away from the city. In a matter of minutes the main street - and the entire city - has turned into a giant scrap yard of cars and insane people"
This description from the video cassette inlay, should say everything about the low quality of the film, which testifies the fact that Tangerine Dream took soundtrack jobs, to pay the rent. After all, It should be said that music fits fine to the intense plot, and you feel in a fine way throughout the music, the race against time, the film is based on. That in particular is heard in the outstanding tracks, After The Call, In Julie's Eyes (with ticking sounds as an association to clocks) and People In The News (with hefty sequencer).
The sequencer is back on a large scale (sic), in the first track, called Teetering Scale, and that is something I have missed on the previous albums.
An arpeggio on piano, makes the foundations in the next track, One for the Books. Gradually more and more is added, so the intro to Tubular Bells, could a reference. As a little curiosity, the synth melody and sound is somewhat reminiscent to Cherokee Lane from Encore!
As far as I remember, On the Spur of the Moment is background music to something romantic in the film, and maybe that's why I ain't crazy about it?
All of a Dither is stylistically related to 21st Century Common Man. In the film it is background music to some people going in for aerobics. The main character has procured a helicopter, to get away from L.A. So he raids a fitness center to find a potential pilot. Incredibly enough, he succeeds with his project!
I guess All of a Dither is suitable for aerobics, because it is so up tempo. That is why this cheesy track has its meaningful place in the film. But for those who haven't seen it, there is nothing to pick up upon.
Running Out of Time is a re-arrangement of Love On A Real Train (Risky Business), which fits well into the pressure of the film, although it isn't fast.
The first music heard in the film, is for some reason, placed as the last track on the soundtrack. It is called Museum Walk, and is pretty dull background music, for a scene, where our main character lurks upon this Julie, of whom later becomes his girlfriend.
Especially because of the fast going tracks, and the return of the sequencer, I enjoy listening to Miracle Mile, and see it as a good album, from perhaps the least exciting period, in the career of Tangerine Dream.
2006. Jacob Pertou / Denmark
This was the last of the ten or so movie soundtracks that Tangerine Dream produced in the 1980s. The film Miracle Mile is something of a cult classic borne out of the US vs. Soviets face-off of the Reagan era, wherein a pre-E.R. Anthony Edwards accidentally intercepts information of imminent nuclear war. At this point, Tangerine Dream were a duo: Edgar Froese and Paul Haslinger, who had joined the band several years earlier with Underwater Sunlight. This was released during their stint on former TD alumnus Peter Baumann's Private Music label.
As you might expect from the Private label and this phase in the band's career, the music is pretty monotonic.
Squeaky clean synths play almost exclusively in minor keys, exhibiting a sense of urgency throughout meant to convey time running down in the movie. One might see this reasonably as a digital updating of the analog repetition embodied on 70s albums like Ricochet or Encore, but replacing those works' spacey, expansive qualities inherent in the makeup of those analog synths with a mechanistic precision. There are two moments of adjournment from all the tension: "On the Spur of the Moment" and "If It's All Over"... eh, nothing special there.
In its favor, I would say Miracle Mile sounds less incontrovertibly dated than some of their albums of just a few years earlier. Perhaps this is due to a lesser encroachment of drum programming overall, and better, less intrusive percussive sounds when these are employed. The music, though, just doesn't sound very fresh or compelling. Save for completists, definitely not a pressing acquisition.
2006. Joe McGlinchey