Audio Fidelity has released a limited edition virgin vinyl release of the Wendy Carlos soundtrack to the 1982 sci fi film Tron.
Carlos’s score combined electronic elements, played on Moog and GDS synthesizers, with orchestral elements, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCLA Chorus. The fusion of elements worked well with the film, which paired live action with early computer animation.
Audio Fidelity specializes in audiophile releases, and they give Tron the deluxe treatment, delivering just about everything that soundtrack fans might want.
While the original release was cut to fit onto one LP, the new release features two LPs in a gatefold jacket. The LPs are pressed on gorgeous 180g translucent blue vinyl, which fits perfectly with the visual design of the film.
The album has been remastered for the new release. This, combined with the additional physical space allowed by spreading the album across two LPs, means that this is the best vinyl release Tron has ever had and is ever likely to get.
Inside the gatefold are liner notes by Carlos and soundtrack supervisor Michael Fremer. Carlos offers her take on the creation of the Tron score, and also explains the background of some tracks that didn’t make it onto the original album release. Fremer gives some of the technical background for the soundtrack, including why Carlos was chosen to score it and some of the tough decisions that had to be made along the way.
True to the original, the new pressing features two tracks by Journey, a vocal track, Only Solutions, and a rock instrumental, 1990’s Theme. While a lot of Carlos fans would probably have preferred to have an album dedicated purely to her soundtrack, the decision to include the Journey tracks may be essential to fans that grew up with the film.
All in all, the new Audio Fidelity release of Wendy Carlos’s Tron soundtrack is a welcome, classy release.
Expect the Audio Fidelity release to have limited availability. It’s currently listed as ‘coming Summer 2014’ at their site, priced at US $49.99.
1-Creation Of TRON
2-Only Solutions – Journey
3-We’ve Got Company
5-Ring Game And Escape
6-Water, Music, And Tronaction
2-Miracle and Magician
4-Theme From TRON
5-1990’s Theme – Journey
1-Tower Music – Let Us Pray
2-The Light Sailer
3-Sea Of Simulation
1-A New TRON And The MCP