Dune (soundtrack)

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The 1984 edition of the soundtrack.


The 1997 re-issue.

Dune (soundtrack) was composed by the popular rock band Toto (with one track contributed by Brian Eno) for David Lynch's 1984 adaptation of Dune. The soundtrack album was first released in December 1984. An extended version with an altered track listing was released in 1997. Both versions are currently out of print.


The instrumental soundtrack was recorded by the band (minus lead singer Bobby Kimball), accompanied by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Volksoper Choir, conducted by Marty Paich, father of Toto keyboardist David Paich. "Prophecy Theme" was composed for the movie by Brian Eno, who is rumored to have written and composed an entire earlier Dune soundtrack, although only "Prophecy Theme" and some incidental background music survived in the final film version.

The first release of the soundtrack contained select cues in their original film order, plus two pieces of dialogue from the movie that served as bookends for two tracks ("Prologue" and "The Floating Fat Man (The Baron)"). This first issue was released by Polydor Records. The album was notable for including an alternative take of the "Main Title", that had not been used in the film.

An extended version, containing additional cues not included on the first soundtrack issue, was released in 1997 on PEG Records, an independent label division of Polygram. On this issue multiple tracks had mastering problems which resulted in audible distortion in the form of a 'wobbling' effect. [1] Furthermore, many cues (particularly in the second half of the expanded CD) were mislabeled and placed out of film order. The album was nonetheless notable for including the film version of the "Main Title", and an original demo of the main title music.

There are several differences between the music on the two soundtrack albums and that heard in the film. For example, the end title theme, "Take My Hand", is heard on the OST CDs minus the orchestration heard in the final film mix. The version of "Robot Fight" on the original OST is heard in the theatrical version, while the version on the expanded CD is only heard in the extended "Alan Smithee" TV version of the film. The cues "Riding The Sandworm" (from the expanded CD) and "Dune (Desert Theme)", "Prelude (Take My Hand)", "Paul Kills Feyd" & "Final Dream" (from both soundtrack issues) are not heard in the movie, and are replaced by either repeated or alternate cues. However, the television version does restore "Paul Kills Feyd" in its original place in the movie, and "Dune (Desert Theme)", which was intended as the end title music, is replaced by "Take My Hand."

Track ListEdit

1984 ReleaseEdit

  1. Prologue (1:48)
  2. Main Title (1:20)
  3. Robot Fight (1:14)
  4. Leto's Theme (1:45)
  5. The Box (2:38)
  6. The Floating Fat Man (The Baron) (1:26)
  7. Trip to Arrakis (2:36)
  8. First Attack (2:48)
  9. Prophecy Theme (4:21) (by Brian Eno)
  10. Dune (Desert Theme) (5:32)
  11. Paul Meets Chani (3:05)
  12. Prelude (Take My Hand) (1:00)
  13. Paul Takes the Water of Life (2:52)
  14. Big Battle (3:08)
  15. Paul Kills Feyd (1:52)
  16. Final Dream (1:25)
  17. Take My Hand (2:38)

1997 ReleaseEdit

  1. Prologue / Main Title (3:20)
  2. Guild Report (0:55)*
  3. House Atreides (1:44)*
  4. Paul Atreides (2:22)*
  5. Robot Fight (1:23)
  6. Leto's Theme (1:47)
  7. The Box (2:41)
  8. The Floating Fat Man (The Baron) (1:16)
  9. Departure (1:14)*
  10. The Trip to Arrakis (2:40)
  11. Sandworm Attack (2:52)*
  12. The Betrayal / Shields Down (4:31)*
  13. First Attack (2:49)
  14. The Duke's Death (2:06)
  15. Sandworm Chase (2:40)*
  16. The Fremen (3:08)*
  17. Secrets of the Fremen (2:25)*
  18. Paul Meets Chani (3:08)
  19. Destiny (2:57)*
  20. Riding the Sandworm (1:27)*
  21. Reunion With Gurney (1:42)*
  22. Prelude (Take My Hand) (1:03)
  23. Paul Takes the Water of Life (2:52)
  24. The Sleeper Has Awakened! (3:23)
  25. Big Battle (3:09)
  26. Paul Kills Feyd (1:55)
  27. Final Dream (1:26)
  28. Dune (Desert Theme) (5:33)
  29. Dune Main Title - Demo Version (1:26)
  30. Take My Hand (2:42)

(* - tracks not on the original release)


This article is based largely on the Wikipedia article on Dune (movie soundtrack).

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