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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1994 – THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THE KEEP Limited Edition (CD). A bootleg, supposedly limited to 500 copies. It features tracks from the 1994 Blue Moon bootleg, and some tracks that appear to have been created by mixing various bootleg tracks with official Tangerine Dream album tracks. The Glaeken Awakens/Eva and Glaeken Love theme appeared for the first time on a bootleg, called Crossing Saver here. This was recorded from the Laser Disk, so sound effects are present. The music TD used in Crossing Saver was a re-recording piece of music called Moorland, composed by TD for a German TV show in 1983.
1. Sailing Mission (3:51) *Evil Healing
Total running time 74:06
1994(?) - THE KEEP – Blue Moon Records (CD) – This topped the 1992 The Keep (First Mix) bootleg, including those same tracks, the 1987 and 1989 German radio broadcast tracks, plus a few tracks recorded directly from the VHS tape of the film for the 1990 70/90 bootleg. The same bootleg has appeared with several covers.
1. Dinu Pass (3:06) from the First Mix bootleg
Total Time: 66:40
1992(?) - THE KEEP (FIRST MIX) from OST (CD). After losing hope that we would ever see a soundtrack released, about ten years after the film release this bootleg appeared, containing some of the original music material created by Tangerine Dream for The Keep. This is supposed original studio out takes from a "studio master tape" broadcast on German radio, and they are indeed Tangerine Dream's original recordings created for the film. This was the first release of some of the original source music. Much of it was used again and again on later bootlegs. Only tracks 1-9 are from the radio broadcast. The last two tracks were taken from The Keep VHS tape, to give a more complete picture of the score.
The much loved Main Title music is Tangerine Dream doing essentially a cover arrangement of Brian Eno and David Byrne’s song Mea Culpa from their 1981 album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, although this was not acknowledged in the end credits of the film.
1. Dinu Pass (3:07) A stripped down version of the main title music. Basically just the drum and sequencer rhythm.
Total Time: 55:04
1992 – 70/90 from Burping Cow Productions. Reissue of the 1990 bootleg.
1990 – 70/90 from Digital Matrix. A bootleg compilation of Tangerine Dream movie soundtrack music from1970-1990. This was simply music recorded directly from the VHS tapes and television broadcasts of these films, with dialogue and sound effects. Includes two sections from The Keep VHS and the track Moorland, which contained elements of the love them/Glaeken theme music from the film.
2. The Keep "Mid-Theme" (1:52)
1989 – WDR GERMAN RADIO BROADCAST, February 23, 1989. Westdeutscher Rundfunk (West German Broadcasting), a German public broadcasting service. Includes interviews about The Keep and broadcast of two previously released, and one unreleased Tangerine Dream studio recordings. Gloria is the same piece mentioned below, and the only one that appears in the film, although in a different form than this. These tracks would later be released in modified form by TDI/Virgin on the The Keep Original Soundtrack in 1997.
1. Fisherman's Morning (2:44) Appears on the 1997 TDI release, but not used in the film.
1987 – SFB GERMAN RADIO BROADCAST, August 23, 1987. Broadcast on Sender Freies Berlin (Radio Free Berlin), a public radio service for West Berlin. This was a three hour broadcast with Edgar Froese that includes interviews about The Keep and the broadcast of three unreleased Tangerine Dream studio tracks. Gloria is a different recording of the piece used in the film (when Molasar carries Eva to Cuza after saving her from being raped), but more acapella, without the choir-like, huge cathedral-like reverb sound and heavy keyboards. The other tracks were not used in the film. This was the first glimpse of the actual music material Tangerine Dream created for the film, but that was not actually used in the film. These tracks would later be released in modified form by TDI/Virgin on the The Keep Original Soundtrack in 1997.
1. Gloria (2:56) Tangerine Dream's arrangement of the "Gloria" section Puer Natus Est Nobis (by T. Tallis 1505-1585). Very different from the film version. The 1997 TDI version is the same but with additional keyboards added.
1986 –THE KEEP LASER DISK - The Keep was released on Laser Disk in Japan in 1986.
1985 –THE KEEP VIDEOCASSETTE - The Keep was released in VHS in West Germany as Die Unheimliche Macht (The Legacy) and in Finland as Paholaisen Pesä (The Devil's Nest). It was the first time the film was seen in either country.
1984 –THE KEEP LASER DISK - The Keep was released on Laser Disk in pan-and-scan (non-widescreen edition) by Paramount Home Video on December 31st 1984. Many soundtrack bootlegs released after the laser disk became available were made from audio recorded directly from the laser disk, with sound effects and dialogue.
Many people have confused this in their memory with an actual vinyl LP soundtrack album because laser disks slip cases were the same size as LP's. I even had friends on more than one occasion point it out exitedly in music/video stores (I looked for the soundtrack LP every time I went in a music/video store) thinking it was a vinyl LP. I was the first one of my group of friends to have a Laser Disk player, so I had to sadly point out that was actually just the laser disk movie.
The 1984 and 1989 American VHS cover art from Paramount Home Video
The United Kingdom, France, and Mexico cover art from CIC Video
1984 –THE KEEP VIDEOCASSETTE - The Keep was released on VHS and Betamax videocassette by Paramount Home Video in December 1984 and by CIC Video with different cover art and film titles for different regions. Shown above are a few of the different covers:
America and United Kingdom - The Keep
1984 – THE KEEP ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK (cancelled) – Virgin Records. LP and cassette tape formats. The official release of the film soundtrack was announced and listed in Virgin Records catalog for 1984, but the release was cancelled due to licensing conflicts between the film producer and Virgin Records. No worldwide distribution ever occurred. Reportedly a small number of pressings made it into stores in 1984, although Tangerine Dream has denied this.
I remember seeing a soundtrack LP in stores myself in mid 1984, and there are several accounts from others who saw it, including author F. Paul Wilson who saw it not long after the film had been pulled from theaters in 1984, but none have ever verifiably turned up in circulation since. This release most likely would have contained some of the same tracks played on German radio in 1987 and 1989, as well as tracks later released on the 1997 official TDI release of The Keep, which included mostly material composed for the film and recorded in February 1984, but not used in the film. Shown above is the supposed album cover art for the original 1984 release of The Keep, sent to me in 2005 by a person who tried to buy it on ebay. It looks similar to what I remember seeing in mid 1984, although without seeing the back cover there is no way to verify if this is legitimate or just another bootleg.
There have been several bootlegs that attempted to pass themselves off as being copied from the original OST album, but so far all have ben verified as fakes. If you have any info about the original LP, think you own a copy, or know someone who does, please pass along the information using my email adress below, or Steven Feldman of Molasar's Hompage. Molasar's Homepage is a website dedicated to finding an original copy of that soundtrack, with information about the film, rare magazine interviews, and information about F. Paul Wilson's Secret History of the World novels, which include The Keep, first book in his Adversary Cycle.
In 2013 Stéphane Piter (who runs La Forteresse Niore website) shared album cover art and an mp3 with Steven Feldman (who runs Molasar's Hompage) of a version of The Night in Romania track from what was purported to be music from the original LP of The Keep music. This is the only track Stéphane aquired from the LP, in 2004. Steven had seen the album in 2001 when it was offered for sale on a French website. After examining the mp3 Steven noticed that it was different than the official version released on the 1997 TDI CD. It also included needle noise that indicated it came from a vinyl source. He concluded that it came from the original 1984 LP. I am no expert, but I examined the sound waves in Audacity and compared it to bootleg version, the TDI version, and the film version. Part of it is identical to the TDI track, but the beginning starts earlier with a fade in. The ending is different but matches closely to the film music in the scene where Cuza, Eva, and Mihail meet in the keep. It sounds legitimate to me. There is always the possibility that this may have been faked, but so far this is the only evidence that has surfaced of a track that may be from the actual 1984 LP record. Your can hear the track below in a youtube Steven put together for the 30th anniversary of the film's release.
1982 – LOGOS LIVE (LP album, cassette, and CD). An official release of a live Tangerine Dream concert performed November 6th,1982 at the Dominion Theatre, London, England. Released in December 1982, within weeks of being recorded, it contains 51 minutes of the original two hour concert. Logos is one of the most beloved live album releases by TD. Edited and remixed sections of this concert were used by Michael Mann in the 1983 film score for The Keep, as well as sections of the original concert that were not included on this official release (they were later released on the Logostype bootleg, and the Tangerine Leaves Volume 1 live concert archive). Sections used in the film are noted below. These section names were not on the original album sleeve, but are the names used on the bootleg recordings.
1. Logos, Part One (25:41)
2. Logos, Part Two (19:28)
The Keep film photos 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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