THE DARK CRYSTAL Soundtrack (1982)

THE DARK CRYSTAL

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1982
13
40:05
Warner Brothers Records

Vinyl edition
THE DARK CRYSTAL Soundtrack: Complete Score (2003)

THE DARK CRYSTAL: Complete Score

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2003
41
112:11
Numenorean Music

THE DARK CRYSTAL Soundtrack: 25th Anniversary Edition (2007)

THE DARK CRYSTAL
25th Anniversary Edition

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2007
13
40:56
La La Land Records

The Dark Crystal (ENGLISH)

The Dark Crystal (Trevor Jones). The Great Conjunction of the three Suns that illuminate the world of Thra approaches and, after a thousand years of chaos under the mandate of the agonizing race of the Skeksis, the only one surviving of another race believed extinguished, the Gelfling, might change the future as it was predicting the prophecy written in the Gelfling ruins. Jen, under the advice of his master, the moribund Mystic, begins a trip in search of the fragment of the Crystal, which might return the world to the state previous to the break of the Crystal, the age of wonder, in which the land "was green and good", and in that the cruel Skekses and the gentle Mystics were forming an only one race, the urSkeks. In his way towards the Castle of the Crystal, where the Skekses inhabit surrounded by Pod slaves, Crystal Bats and Garthim soldiers, Jen comes to the observatory of the wise Aughra, Watcher of the Heavens and Keeper of Secrets. Later, Jen discovers the existence of another Gelfling, Kira, who will accompany him in his adventure with the help of other beings, as Fizzgig, Kira's inseparable pet, the Podlings and the Landstrides.

About the music, this is a brilliant score for an original adventure, with all the ingredients of the classic epic adventure and the always effective fight between good and evil.

The original album was edited in LP in 1982 and it was including 13 tracks of Jones' score. In 2003, a 2CD album is released and includes, on the one hand, the original album of 13 tracks and, for the other one, the complete score. About the second, the quantity of music is raised, increasing in more than 30 minutes the original version, but the sound quality and the edition of some tracks, which end in abrupt form, ballast a bit what should have looked after more enough. The booklet, though it has a good presentation, is not especially abundant in information. It includes a brief note about the story of the movie, other one about the composer and an extract of an interview realized to Trevor Jones in 1987 in that the composer speaks about his labor in The Dark Crystal. In addition, some tracks might have separated to avoid the mixing of them with excessively long titles.

In 2007, La La Land re-edited the original album of 13 tracks on the occasion of the DVD commemorative edition for the 25th anniversary of the movie, adding a booklet with new information, but without musical new content with regard to the original 1982 album.

The albums of 2003 and 2007 reproduce the same content of the original 1982 album, with slight changes in some track titles and times.

Cristal Oscuro (ESPAÑOL)

Cristal Oscuro (Trevor Jones). La Gran Conjunción de los tres soles que iluminan el mundo de Thra se acerca y, tras mil años de caos bajo el mandato de la agonizante raza de los Skekses, el único superviviente de otra raza que se creía extinguida, los Gelfling, podría cambiar el futuro tal y como predecía la profecía escrita en las ruinas Gelfling. Jen, bajo el consejo de su maestro, el Místico moribundo, comienza un viaje en busca del fragmento del Cristal, que podría devolver al mundo al estado anterior a la ruptura del Cristal, la época de la maravilla, en la que la tierra "era verde y era buena", y en la que los apacibles Místicos y los crueles Skekses formaban una sola raza, los urSkeks. En su camino hacia el Castillo del Cristal, donde habitan los Skekses rodeados de esclavos Pod, Murciélagos del Cristal y soldados Garthim, Jen acude al observatorio de la sabia Aughra, Observadora del Cielo y Guardiana de Secretos. Más tarde, Jen descubre la existencia de otro Gelfling, Kira, quien le acompañará en su aventura con la ayuda de otros seres, como Fizzgig, la inseparable mascota de Kira, los Podling y los Zancudos.

Sobre la música, se trata de un brillante score para una original aventura, con todos los toques de la clásica aventura épica y la siempre efectiva lucha entre el bien y el mal.

El álbum original se editó en LP en 1982 e incluía 13 pistas del score de Jones. En 2003 se edita un álbum con 2CDs que incluye, por un lado, el álbum original de 13 pistas y, por otro, el score completo. De este segundo, la cantidad de música es elevada, aumentando en más de 30 minutos la versión original, pero la calidad sonora y la edición de algunas pistas, que terminan de forma abrupta, lastran un poco lo que debería haberse cuidado bastante más. El libreto, aunque consta de una buena presentación, no es especialmente abundante en información. Incluye una breve nota sobre la historia de la película, otra sobre el compositor y un extracto de una entrevista realizada a Trevor Jones en 1987 en la que habla sobre su labor en Cristal Oscuro. Además, algunas pistas podrían haberse separado y evitar la mezcla de ellas con títulos excesivamente largos.

En 2007, La La Land reeditó el álbum original de 13 pistas con motivo de la salida en DVD de la edición conmemorativa por el 25 aniversario de la película, añadiendo un libreto con nueva información, pero sin contenido musical novedoso respecto al álbum original de 1982.

Los álbumes de 2003 y 2007 reproducen al mismo contenido del álbum original de 1982, con leves cambios en algunos títulos de pista y tiempos.

THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)
Total Time: 40:05
  1. Overture (3:07)
  2. The Power Ceremony (3:50)
  3. The Storm (1:00)
  4. The Mystic Master Dies (0:47)
  5. The Funerals / Jen's Journey (5:23)
  6. The Skeksis Duel (2:37)
  7. The Pod Dance (3:09)
  1. Love Theme (3:13)
  2. Gelfling Song (2:15)
  3. The Gelfling Ruins (2:41)
  4. The Landstrider Journey (0:40)
  5. The Great Conjunction (4:10)
  6. Finale (7:13)
THE DARK CRYSTAL: Complete Score (2003)
Total Time: 112:11
DISC 1: The Original Album (40:56) DISC 2: The Complete Film Score (71:15)
  1. The Dark Crystal Overture (3:11)
  2. The Power Ceremony (3:57)
  3. The Storm (1:03)
  4. The Mystical Master Dies (0:51)
  5. The Funerals / Jen's Journey (5:25)
  6. The Skeksis' Funeral (2:42)
  7. The Pod Dance (3:14)
  8. Love Theme (3:17)
  9. Gelfling Song (2:22)
  10. The Gelfling Ruins (2:43)
  11. The Landstrider Journey (0:44)
  12. The Great Conjunction (4:13)
  13. Finale (7:14)
  1. Opening Titles and Main Theme / Mystic's Sandpainting (4:54)
  2. Jen Plays his Pipes (0:56)
  3. Jen Goes to his Dying Master (0:39)
  4. The Death of the Emperor / Death of the Mystic Master / Mystics Memorial Ceremony / Jen's Journey Through the New World (3:18)
  5. Skeksis Debate Leadership / Skeksis Duel (Film Version) (3:10)
  6. Chamberlain is Attacked (1:20)
  7. Skeksis Summoned by Alarm (0:50)
  8. Garthim are Dispatched / Jen on Aughra's Mountain (2:29)
  9. Jen Enters Aughra's Observatory (1:21)
  10. Jen Discovers Shard (0:22)
  11. Observatory Destroyed / Mystics Set Out (2:28)
  12. Gelflings Meet / Dreamfast (2:11)
  13. Skeksis Feast - Part One (2:27)
  14. Skeksis Feast - Part Two (0:30)
  15. Batbirds Dispatched / Environmental Musical Sounds / Gelfling Song / Batbird Brought Down / Mystics Travelling #1 (2:25)
  16. Pod Party / Destruction of Pod Village (4:10)
  17. Jen and Kira Love Theme (1:36)
  18. The Prophecy in the Ruins (2:09)
  19. Escape from the Chamberlain / Kira Summons the Landstriders (1:47)
  20. Jen and Kira Set Off on Landstriders / Pod Person Drained (2:37)
  21. The Battle / Mystics Travelling #2 (4:20)
  22. Jen and Kira in the Sewer (1:43)
  23. Kira Brought Before the Skeksis (0:57)
  24. Kira Drained in the Chamber of Life (1:12)
  25. Kira Free / Jen Goes in Search / Mystic Disintegrates / Mystics Travelling #3 (1:08)
  26. Jen Trapped in Lair / Jen Reaches Chamber of Life (0:26)
  27. Jen Discovers Crystal Chamber (3:40)
  28. Gelfling Frightens the Skeksis / The Crystal Made Whole / Mystics and Skeksis / Fuse / Finale / End Credits (16:10)
THE DARK CRYSTAL: 25th Anniversary Edition (2007)
Total Time: 40:56
  1. The Dark Crystal Overture (3:11)
  2. The Power Ceremony (3:57)
  3. The Storm (1:03)
  4. The Mystical Master Dies (0:51)
  5. The Funerals / Jen's Journey (5:25)
  6. The Skeksis' Funeral (2:42)
  7. The Pod Dance (3:14)
  1. Love Theme (3:17)
  2. Gelfling Song (2:22)
  3. The Gelfling Ruins (2:43)
  4. The Landstrider Journey (0:44)
  5. The Great Conjunction (4:13)
  6. Finale (7:14)

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Publication date: 12/16/2015.