The soundtrack to Errol Morris’ documentary The Thin Blue Line emphasizes story over music; the interviews which make up the majority of the film — a crusading effort which led to the the release of its subject, Randall Adams, from a Texas prison — are presented on record as they were on screen, with Glass’ chamber orchestra music hovering in the background. The result is a soundtrack which comes remarkably close to capturing the power of its source film; even without the moving images, this is a chilling document.
I am a huge Philip Glass fan. I am glad to have ALL of the music. Here’s the breakdown: The original issue of the original soundtrack (from the early 80’s) cut some tracks from the recording. The ones that were kept were cut for time, most nobaly “The Grid”. This is understandable, given the capacity of media back then. Records and tape limited how long a track could be as well as album order. Since almost half…