Perseverance Records is proud to announce the reissue of the soundtrack to the Michael Mann thriller, Thief.
Thief was Michael Mann’s directorial debut. The film featured James Caan as a professional safecracker who agrees to do a job for the mafia. Many consider this film to be James Caan’s best role to date. Also starring Tuesday Weld, James Belushi, Willie Nelson, Dennis Farina and a number of professional thieves as well as police in supporting roles, the film is now a classic of the 1980s.
Scored by Tangerine Dream, it has become one of their signature film scores. Multiple versions of the score have been released over the years. Our release contains both Confrontation and Beach Scene, depending on what previous version of the LP or CD was sold, either of which were left off of previous reissues. In our opinion, this is one of the best electronic scores of the 1980s, and we are happy to bring it back with a limited edition run of 4,000 units. Many missed out on the last reissue, so we are happy to be offering this with the proper track list.
Posted by JMB on 13th Mar 2014
Thief is not only one of the best film scores of the early 80s but also one of the most influential. Just listen to "Diamond Diaries" and you can hear its heavy influence on things like Zimmer's The Dark Knight score.
And for a very long time, the final cue from the film (Confrontation) was missing from most releases. Perseverance Records has fixed that, making it available to a greater mass-market for the first time (the Wounded Bird release disappeared without fanfare).
And for a 33 year old score, the remastering on this is quite good. There are some quibbles but considering the master tapes age and the fact its an analogue recording of mostly synth instruments, it sounds terrific and much better than the other edition I have. All around, I enjoyed the disc enough to stick it on my Iphone and I'm listening to it as I'm writing this. For me, this was money well spent.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Mar 2014
i really do enjoy this soundtrack by Tangerine Dream to me Beach Theme
burning Bar Beach Scene Scrap yard are some of the best music for movie during the 80's
Posted by Unknown on 26th Jan 2014
While early adopters of the DVD format loved seeing Michael Mann's Thief as an early release. Problem was as display technology took us to ever larger (and unforgiving sizes) this early release looked dreadful. Criterion and Mann himself have well made up for that...finally ! Looks and sounds fantastic on my 70" LED. My only regret is that in all the ways Mann and Thief had influence in cinema, there is no mention of the recent film Drive, a film that owes much to Mann's aesthetic and characterization locked down as truly his own by Thief.
Posted by Cyril on 19th Jan 2014
Pristine sound! Craig Safan track! And of course the legendary urban electro mood by Tangerine Dream for the first Michael Mann movie!
Now waiting for the same treatment for "The Keep"!