The Keep Score by Tangerine Dream
Strange Obsessions for the Music from an Obscure 1983 Supernatural Horror Film
Written by Kit Rae (and friends). Last update December 2013.
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2001 - THE KEEP MOTION PICTURE SCORE from Orange Records (CD). This was a bootleg of the official TDI limited edition CD of The Keep from 1997. Also includes four previously released tracks from other bootlegs.
1. Gloria Theme
* These tracks do not appear on the original 1997 TDI release of The Keep Soundtrack
2000 – THE KEEP ULTIMATE EDITION from Buster Cat Productions (three CD’s) – This collects most tracks from the previous bootlegs, including the First Mix, Blue Moon, and Event Horizon bootlegs. As such it is somewhat repetitive, but up to this point was the most complete bootleg of the TD soundtrack music and non soundtrack music associated with the film. Cover art was changed in 2001 using the same cross as the 1997 TDI cover art.
1999 - THE KEEP on Netflix – The widescreen version of the film (probably from the Laser Disk master) streamed on Netflix for a short period of time. It streamed again in late November 2010, and again briefly in 2013.
1999 - THE KEEP from Event Horizon (double CD) – This bootleg includes three newly heard Tangerine Dream tracks from New York Radio that contain music and sounds very similar to the material used in The Keep, although non of these actual tracks appear in the film. It also includes previously released tracks from the German radio broadcast, the 70/90 bootleg, tracks from the Blue Moon bootleg, sections recorded from the Laser Disk of the film, and a few tracks from the Fantasy Merchants CD (a cover band, not Tangerine Dream).
Total Time: 128:07
* taken from the 1994 BLUE MOON bootleg and the German radio broadcasts
1998 – THE KEEP ORIGINAL SOUDTRACK (cancelled) – Virgin Records. Like the unfulfilled Virgin records announcement in 1984 of a soundtrack release, Virgin records also once again announced there would be a release in January of 1998, later bumped to an August release. August passed and the release was again cancelled as licensing and contractual problems continued. Had the actual sountrack been released on Virgin records in 1984 as originally planned, it would most certainly have included around 40 minutes of the 60 minutes of material on the TDI release (35-45 min was an average running time of an LP record).
1997 - THE KEEP ORIGINAL SOUDTRACK –TDI/Virgin (official TDI release) - At long last the official soundtrack of music from the film got a release - well, not exactly. Tangerine Dream released this rare 150 piece limited edition CD of their 'official' soundtrack, which sold at concerts in 1997. In 1999 another limited run of 300 was made with different cover art, sold through the Tangerine Dream International (TDI) website. Edgar Froese stated in 1997 that he had spent more than six weeks working to bring the original score material into a CD format. He said the CD would include most of the material known from the picture plus some of the tracks which have not been used within the movie due to director's decision. The sleeve notes state this is the only authorized soundtrack of the complete music material originally composed for the movie which was recorded in February 1983. This may be some of the complete music TD recorded for the movie, but only portions of 5 of the 16 tracks were actually used in the film, and despite the claim that this would "include most of the material known from the picture", it simply does not. None of the key tracks from the film are here.
Expectations were very high when this soundtrack was announced, then when people were actually able to listen to it there was extreme disappointment and even anger among the TD fan base. In no way should this be confused for the actual soundtrack to The Keep. Other than just a few of the sixteen tracks, it is stylistically and musically very different to anything in the film. This should be considered a 'lost' TD soundtrack or what ‘might have been’, but those expecting music from the film will be very disappointed. That said, this is a very good album of original Tangerine Dream material, with several excellent compositions. Had this music been used, it would have made The Keep a very different film, and probably made it feel more dated today, since this unused music includes a lot of sounds specific to the mid 1980's period. It also seems to have been updated with modern additional sounds, or "tangentized" to use Edgar Froese's term, and some tracks sound like they were recorded several years after The Keep based on the instrumentation used. That is probably what Edgar Froese was doing for those six weeks he worked to bring the music to CD format. It is a hard-to-find CD and expensive on the trading market. A few of these tracks (or similar versions) had already been played on German radio in 1987 and 1989, already appeared on the First Mix and Blue Moon bootlegs of The Keep, and the live 1982 concert bootleg Logostype/Logotype.
Interestingly the CD sleeve is printed with the copyrights ©TDI Music and the circle P symbol, Virgin. Circle P indicates a phono record copyright (cassette tapes, CDs, LPs, 45 rpm disks, as well as other formats), so the fact that Virgin is credited is an indication that they have rights to this original material composed by TD, but TDI is also credited. Perhaps the additional material recorded and added to the old tracks in 1997 for this release was to allow TD to claim copyright.
The only tracks to feature music from the film are The Night in Romania (first played in the live 1982 concerts), some of the underlying music in middle section of Canzone, and the first few minutes of Supernatural Accomplice. A small portion of Truth and Fiction is reminiscent of some of the vocoder music in the film, but this track was not used in the film. Puer Natus est Nobis is the same version of the Gloria track released on previous bootlegs, but additional instrumentation has been added here, and it is very different from the film version. In all, about six minutes of the sixty minutes of music on the disk was actually used in the film.
1. Puer Natus est Nobis (Gloria theme) (3:09) # *Gloria. Identical to the track played on German radio in 1987 but with additional keyboards added in 1997. A small section of this music was used in the film, but this recording is completely different.
Total running time 60:06
# music heard in the film, or similar to the music heard in the film.
1997 – LOGOSTYPES / LOGOTYPES (CD) – Bootleg of a soundboard cassette tape of the rehearsals for the 1982 Fall tour, recorded in Polygon Studio, Berlin. Most of this material was played in the 1982 concerts, released on the Logos Live official release, and the Tangerine Tree/Tangerine Leaves 1982 concert archives. Versions of some of this material was used in The Keep film, and the 1997 The Keep Original Soundtrack from TDI. I have noted below which parts appear in the film.
1. Infernal Device (3:08)
Total Time: 110:00
+ similar tracks also found on the TDI official 1997 release The Keep, with original track title.
1997 - ELECTRONIC ORGY from Orbiting Soundbits/Telex International (4 CD).
A 4 CD bootleg compilation of existing music from several TD's albums up to this point, including film soundtrack music, live tracks, some promo and radio broadcast tracks, and three tracks related to The Keep. Those tracks are from the 1987 and 1989 German radio broadcasts. Of those, only Gloria is similar to one of the pieces of music used in the actual the film. Because of the amount of music on this bootleg and the fact that it was being sold wholesale in the USA, it caught the notice of TD, who then started to actively take legal action against the producers.
Disc Two - Tracks 11 - 15
1. Moorland (3:53)
1995 THE KEEP WIDESCREEN LASER DISK - The LD version of the movie was released in widescreen format. This was the last official release of the film in any format.
The Keep film photos by Graham Attwood, copyright Paramount Pictures.
CONTRIBUTORS - I wrote this article with LOTS of help and contributions from friends and fellow TD fans, and fans of The Keep. Thanks go to Jim, Ed, Jerome, Arxemand, Geoff. If you would like to contribute any additional info, photos, or know of any other bootlegs or other sources of this music, feel free to email.
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