I picked up this record on a trip to Hawaii (yeah, you know, to buy records...). I knew it had to be an instant classic the moment I saw the "Star Wars"-esque title (in embossed letters, even) and the short blurb on the back declaring that this album was based on the classic sci-fi novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. I love it when I'm right.

I'm not sure how to best describe the type of music that this album contains. It's some sort of smattering of late 70's Disco and Jazz-Fusion. "Absolute Crap" might also fit. Whatever it is, one thing is certain: Nothing reminds me less of "Dune" than the music on this record. Of course, I could be wrong; Perhaps Frank Herbert was really trying to convey an image of a desert planet of disco funk madness and I totally missed it.

Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately), the homage to "Dune" only takes up one side of this album. The other side contains a rather random assortment of tunes, among which is quite possibly the worst cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" that I have ever had the pleasure to hear. It also has disco-ey versions of a couple of Star Wars themes. David's version of the main theme from Star Wars is particularly painful, complete with what I assume to be badly-done R2-D2 noises in the middle, though it could really be anything. Repeated listenings may cause aneurisms.

This record is all I need to prove to anyone who thinks otherwise that Disco died for a very good reason.

 

Track List

  1. Part I (Arrakis)
  2. Part II (Sandworms) (VBR mp3, 6.5mb, I have ridden the worm, now let's get dancin'! )
  3. Part III (Song of the Bene Gesserit)
  4. Part IV (Maud'Dib)
  5. Space Oddity
  6. Silent Running
  7. Princess Leia's Theme
  8. Main Theme From Star Wars (VBR mp3, 4.6mb, Star Waaars.. give me those Star Waars....)

 

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