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Die unendliche Geschichte [Music from the Motion Picture]

Album: Die unendliche Geschichte [Music from the Motion Picture]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Never Ending Story: Never Ending Story, The
2)    Never Ending Story: Swamps of Sadness, The
3)    Never Ending Story: Ivory Tower, The
4)    Never Ending Story: Ruined Landscape, The
5)    Never Ending Story: Sleepy Dragon, The
6)    Never Ending Story: Bastian's Happy Flight, The
7)    Never Ending Story: Fantasia, The
8)    Never Ending Story: Atreju's Quest, The
9)    Never Ending Story: Theme of Sadness, The
10)    Never Ending Story: Atreju Meets Falkor, The
11)    Never Ending Story: Mirrorgate - Southern Oracle, The
12)    Never Ending Story: Gmork, The
13)    Never Ending Story: Moonchild, The
14)    Never Ending Story: The Auryn, The
15)    Never Ending Story: Happy Flight, The
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Limahl (vocals).
  • Producer: Klaus Doldinger, Giorgio Moroder.
  • Original music by Klaus Doldinger and Giorgio Moroder.
  • Personnel: Limahl (vocals).
  • The soundtrack for The NeverEnding Story, Wolfgang Petersen's film adaptation of the German children's fantasy Die Unendliche Gesichte, is divided into two parts. The first consists of keyboard and electric guitar compositions by synth wizard Giorgio Moroder, who contributed much of the electronic music used by Holywood in the '80s. The second half is a more traditional orchestral score by German composer Klaus Doldinger. Although Moroder's side of the record includes his charmingly fanciful theme song "The NeverEnding Story" (performed by pop star Limahl), Doldinger's side is ultimately the more winning. With the exception of "Ivory Tower," an exuberantly muscular piece that was used as the B-side of the 7" single for Limahl song, Moroder seems to have been stuck with the task of scoring the darker, more melancholy scenes in the movie -- as indicated by track titles like "Swamps of Sadness" and "Ruined Landscape." In contrast, Doldinger gets to score pieces like "Bastian's Happy Flight," "Fantasia," and "Atreju's Quest." Consequently, the first side of the record is characterized by murky solemnity while the second is largely soaring and energetic. This dichotomy is appropriate for a film that alternates between exhilaration of a young boy's adventure and the despair of a kingdom facing total annihilation. ~ Evan Cater
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