Sunday, March 27, 2011

Thief (1981) Soundtrack - Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream at its Vintage Best + OST/Movie Links

Apologies for the long hiatus. It’s all been work, more work and even more work – not that I am getting any richer, just that making money is getting more arduous these days but that’s an entirely different story so let’s focus on the more pleasant things in life.

So what better way to break my blogging jinx than listening to an incredible soundtrack of an equally brilliant film? I am referring to Michael Mann’s Cannes’ (Golden Palm nominated) mainstream debut – the 1981’s noirish crime thriller “Thief”. An intense look at a world few have ever known -- where lives are in an almost constant state of jeopardy, a dark world in which James Caan plays an ex-con who's desperately trying to pull his jumbled life back together. And who should know about those perilous shady worlds better than Miami Vice/Silence of the Lambs creator Mann? Co-starring Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson besides James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Dennis Farina and William Peterson (in their film debut)

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on the bestselling novel “The Home Invaders” by real-life jewel thief – John Seybold who wrote it under the pseudonym "Frank Hohimer", this movie (initially called Violent Streets) features splendid performances from all its leading stars particularly Caan and Prosky, breathtaking night cinematography, an intricate attention to detail (both typical Mann trademarks) and an impressive hit soundtrack by the German electronic trio of Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmoelling, more popularly known as Tangerine Dream.

For some strange reasons (believe it or not), Thief’s soundtrack was nominated for 1982’s Razzie Award for the Worst Musical Score but that should not deter you from listening to it. It’s a rare, hard to find filmscore featuring Tangerine Dream at its vintage best - with twanging guitars, buzzed up synthesizers, thumping percussion and a whole medley of other electronic sound gear that all beautifully meld with the movie’s storyline.

Released in 2 different versions - one originally featuring Tangerine Dream alone and the other featuring additional compositions by Craig Safan, both these soundtracks are considered rarities now. Present below are download links to both the versions that I have segregated for your listening pleasure. It isn’t 100% accurate though but I hope I have done justice to the original listings. And if you have never seen this outstanding movie yet, I have also added DVDrip video download/streaming links. Enjoy!

Thief OST - Original Version
8 tracks in playlist, average track length: 4:46
Playlist length: 38 minutes 8 seconds

1. Tangerine Dream - 01 Beach Theme (San Diego Beach Love Scene) (3:44)
2. Tangerine Dream - 02 Dr. Destructo (3:17)
3. Tangerine Dream - 03 Diamond Diary (Tailed/The Break-In) (9:58)
4. Tangerine Dream - 04 Burning Bar (Sam's Forge) (3:10)
5. Tangerine Dream - 05 Scrap Yard (Chicago Courtroom) (4:38)
6. Tangerine Dream - 06 Trap Feeling (2:57)
7. Tangerine Dream - 07 Igneous (Metascore) (4:48)
8. Craig Safan/Tangerine Dream - 08 Confrontation (5:36)

Thief OST - Alternate Version/Extras
12 tracks in playlist, average track length: 5:51
Playlist length: 1 hour 10 minutes 20 seconds

1. Tangerine Dream - Main Titles/The Heist (10:47)
2. Tangerine Dream - Frank Is Set Up (4:30)
3. Tangerine Dream - Chicago Courtroom (5:18)
4. Tangerine Dream - Tailed / The Break-In (4:46)
5. Tangerine Dream - Beach Theme [Alternate 1] (6:11)
6. Tangerine Dream - Beach Theme [Alternate 2] (6:47)
7. Tangerine Dream - Destruction (4:12)
8. Craig Safan/Tangerine Dream - Confrontation (4:12)
9. Tangerine Dream - Diamonds & Dust (9:06)
10. Tangerine Dream - Diamonds & Dust (Berlin Encore 81) (6:12)
11. Tangerine Dream - Diamond Diary (Live Warsaw 97) (3:01)
12. Tangerine Dream - Labeo (5:18)

Free MP3 Download – Zipped Folders

1. Original Version - 56.06 MB – Megaupload link
2. Alternate Version - 98.68 MB - Megaupload link


You can buy original CDS/DVDs and Mp3s of Tangerine Dream at their website or emusic, amazon, itunes, other online stores or your nearest music and movie retailer

Movie DVDRIP Download/Streaming Weblinks - Megaupload, Stagevu or VeeHD


  1. awesome movie and soundtrack. thanks. great blog too.

  2. Do you know the band (and song) that's playing in the scene where Jessie is waiting on Frank in the bar before their first date? The band is playing in the bar while Jessie waits. This is just before they get coffee and Frank gives the monologue about how you gotta get to where nothing matters. Thanks. - Ben

  3. @Ben - Need to refresh my memory. Will check it out and post it here soon! So, check back later!


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