|1. Creation Of Tron|
|2. Only Solutions|
|3. We've Got Company|
|5. Ring Game And Escape|
|6. Water, Music, And Tronaction|
|7. Tron Scherzo|
|8. Miracle and Magician|
|9. Magic Landings|
|10. Theme From Tron|
|11. 1990's Theme|
|12. Love Theme|
|13. Tower Music - Let Us Pray|
|14. The Light Sailer|
|15. Sea Of Simulation|
|16. A New Tron And The MCP|
|18. Ending Titles - Tron|
|19. Tronaction (Original Version)|
|20. Break In (For Strings, Flutes, And Celesta)|
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Not so with the TRON soundtrack. When you hear the "Sea of Simulation" you are instantly transported to the journey on board the solar sailer. The same for many other tracks, and when you hear the main theme you feel yourself being sucked into the computer just like Flynn.
Wendy Carlos (Walter Carlos before the sex change, for those of you confused on this point) has crafted a unique, original soaring work of electronica, seamlessly blended with a real orchestra. As another reviewer mentioned, this work was created from an age when only great artists and technically skilled people could make any sort of music on electronic instruments, never mind something that was classical.
Tron is a special movie for me because I saw it just around the time when I started learning about computers, and it perfectly captured the excitement and imagination of the computer world for me. Its special effects are constantly bashed as being outdated, but there is still no other movie that has the kind of visual style this movie has, and the soundtrack accompanies that style well. It's extremely underrated, in my opinion.
The sound quality is excellent (it should be, it was engineered by someone who is now a contributor to Stereophile magazine) especially considering the master tapes had to be baked in an oven to rescue them from certain destruction.
If you enjoy this soundtrack, check out the Clockwork Orange soundtrack, it is also excellent.
The only downsides to the soundtrack are the two Journey tracks which are dated and cheesy relative to the other material.
Both albums even suffered delayed release troubles, in that Vangelis's score for the Ridley Scott film was not available in any form prior to 1994, and Carlos's score for TRON was not available on compact disc until 2002. Both scores are remarkable feats, dating to an era when electronic music was still very much in the toddler phase, and it took supreme talent to wring soaring sounds out of clunky analong equipment without digital recording processes.
The TRON soundtrack is especially precious in that it was thought to have been lost for good when Carlos discovered that her master library tapes upon which TRON had been recorded were rapidly eroding. Thanks to Disney, however, the tapes were restored in a one-time, one-shot process for one final remastering onto digital media, and thus Wendy Carlos's best known film score shines and sparkles like the day it was first laid down onto tape.
If you have seen the movie, or if you love it in the way I love it, then buying the Carlos score is a no-brainer. But even if you disliked the motion picture or otherwise found TRON to be a forgettable viewing experience, the soundtrack is still a tremendous piece of electronica, and I highly recommend it to any self-respecting electronic music fan, young or old.
Then again, we're all still waiting for The Dark Crystal OST to be remastered to CD and it came out in '82 as well!