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Entering the Grid

  • Feb 10, 2011
When it was released in 1982, TRON was a flop. However, even though it wasn't a major box office success upon its initial release, the movie gained a following that has been growing over the years. As CGI has become more and more prominent in movies, TRON has also gained a great deal of respect for being one of the first films that successfully blended CGI with real actors. For years, the TRON SOUNDTRACK was unavailable on cd because of, according to the liner notes, "the severe degradation of the original analogue master tapes."

The music on the cd is a blended harmony of a full orchestra and synthesizers. Synthesizers and orchestras has played together on soundtracks before, so the album doesn't break any new ground. However, I don't think the mixture had been used to the extent as it was on TRON and never before had the combination been so harmonious. The two different styles of music complement each other quite well.

Besides all the synthesizer/orchestra mash-ups, there are two songs by Journey. The first is the song "Only Solutions". It's the only full song with vocals on the entire album. The other Journey contribution is an instrumental piece entitled "1990's Theme". "Only Solutions" actually fits with the theme of the album, while "1990's Theme" fits neither the theme or the mood of the movie, though it does contain a bit of the movie's spirit

There are three songs on the TRON SOUNDTRACK which, until this cd release, had never before been available to the public. These are tracks #19 (original version of "TRONaction"), #20 ("Break In"), and #21 ("Anthem" keyboard solo).

Like many soundtracks, particularly Disney soundtracks, there are some numbers from the movie that aren't on the cd. The most noticeable is the lightcycle music. I'm not sure why that's not included, but it isn't.

The TRON SOUNDTRACK isn't a great soundtrack. However, it is a decent one. It's notable for being one of the first soundtracks to have a melodic and harmonious blend between a full orchestra and synthesizers. Fans of the original TRON will enjoy this album, while movie soundtrack aficionados will probably appreciate it as well as those who enjoy synthesized music.

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