I admit, I bought the first issue of this soundtrack about a year ago. I didn't remember the music from memory anymore, but remembered liking it when it was first amplified off the big screen in 1982, and everything about One from the Heart still haunted me many years later. So basically, the soundtrack served as a souvenir of an incredible cinematic experience for me. I gave the soundtrack a couple of listens, but somehow just didn't give it a chance to sink in, as my memories of the film's images and mood were still so distant. Finally, once the movie was once available on DVD, I knew I had to relive this experience right away, and this time around I became hooked on the soundtrack as well.
While famiarity with the film may slightly enhance your enjoyment of this soundtrack, it's not absolutely necessary. The important thing is to give these songs adequate listenings. They won't hit you right away with big hooks or soaring vocals. But once they sink in, they take your breath away with the melodies' subtle beauty, Tom Waits' amazing wordplay (and surprising romanticism), Crystal Gayle's gentle, expressive vocals, and its overall haunting, dreamy, atmospheric sound that truly "transports" you. To me, it's simply one of the finest soundtracks ever written (plus a reminder for me to catch up on Waits' long, distinguised recording career). My only complaint with the original soundtrack release was that I regarded it as too short. This new version includes two unused/unreleased songs from the Zoetrope vaults, both sung solo (and movingly) by Waits. So, not only does this new CD reach my desired length in a soundtrack, but I'm happy to report that the added songs are just as outstanding in quality as the original tunes, and now sound and feel like they were always there. A WONDERFUL listening experience!