Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling, Jon Anderson
Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
The last TD production with Johannes Schmoelling was the soundtrack for Ridley Scott's movie Legend, starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Currie and David Bennent. Jerry Goldsmith was the original composer of the music for Legend, but Universal Studios decided they wanted a more modern sounding music and contracted with TD, Jon Anderson (singer of Yes) and Bryan Ferry (formerly with Roxy Music) to supply new music. The TD score was used for the North American version of the film only, thus the TD soundtrack was released 1986 in USA and Canada only. All other world-wide releases used the Goldsmith film score.
In an interview Ridley Scott remembered: "I made a terrible mistake with the score. Jerry Goldsmith's original score was by far the most relevant. But after some really not very good previews I decided that maybe the film was too sweet. So I tried to adjust that for America. And I went to Tangerine Dream, God bless them, who wrote a score in three-and-a-half weeks in Berlin. For the rest of the world I kept the Goldsmith score."
While the initial cut of the film ran over two hour long, the European version was cut to 94 minutes, and the American version was even less complex and had a length of only 89 minutes.
Scott in another interview: "I got totally paranoid, I started to hack away at the movie. ... I figured that maybe we'd been too adventurous with our expectations of a full-blown fairy story, and therefore, maybe the combination of the score and the visual was actually too sweet. So, with only three weeks to redo a score, I went to Berlin and did the score with Tangerine Dream. In three weeks they did an incredible job, but it was completely different. It was a driving, more modern way to go, and given what they did in the time, I thought they did a fantastic job."
Notably, the composition Loved By The Sun on this album is in fact a long, unreleased version of the composition Unicorn Theme, overdubbed with vocals by Jon Anderson. This version was released without cooperation of Tangerine Dream.
Fans had to wait nearly ten years before the TD version was finally available on CD, because copyright problems made a re-release of the original vinyl LP impossible for years. In late 1994 a bootleg release was taken back by the producers in last minute, because one track was missing on the CD, and most copies have been destroyed. But at last in 1995 Legend was officially released on CD, including the track Is Your Love Strong Enough by Bryan Ferry which had caused the copyright trouble in former years.