Dune (soundtrack)

Dune is an original soundtrack album for the 1984 film Dune. Most of the album was composed by the rock band Toto—their first and only film score—but one track was contributed by Brian Eno. The soundtrack album was first released in November 1984. An extended version with an altered track listing was released in 1997. Both versions are currently out of print on traditional media such as CD but with the increasing popularity of download and streaming services, have gained improved exposure through such channels as iTunes and Spotify.


The instrumental soundtrack was recorded by the band, accompanied by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Volksoper Choir, conducted by Marty Paich, father of Toto keyboardist David Paich. "Prophecy Theme" was composed for the movie by Brian Eno, who is rumored to have composed an entire earlier Dune soundtrack, although only "Prophecy Theme" and some incidental background music survived in the final film version.
The first release of the soundtrack contained select cues in their original film order, plus two pieces of dialogue from the movie that served as bookends for two tracks. This first issue was released by Polydor Records. The album includes an alternative take of the "Main Title", that had not been used in the film.
An extended version containing additional cues was released in 1997 on PEG Records, an independent label division of Polygram. On this issue multiple tracks had mastering problems which resulted in audible distortion in the form of a 'wobbling' effect. Furthermore, many cues were mislabeled and placed out of film order. The album includes the film version of the "Main Title", and an original demo of the main title music.
There are several differences between the music on the two soundtrack albums and that heard in the film. For example, the end title theme, "Take My Hand", is heard on the soundtrack CDs minus the orchestration heard in the final film mix. The version of "Robot Fight" on the original soundtrack is heard in the theatrical version, while the version on the expanded CD is only heard in the extended "Alan Smithee" TV version of the film. The cues "Riding The Sandworm" and "Dune ", "Prelude ", "Paul Kills Feyd" and "Final Dream" are not heard in the movie, and are replaced by either repeated or alternate cues. However, the television version does restore "Paul Kills Feyd" in its original place in the movie, and "Dune ", which was intended as the end title music, is replaced by "Take My Hand."

Track listing

Original Polydor release

No.TitleTimeWritten by
1Prologue1:48David Paich, David Lynch
2Main Title1:20David Paich
3Robot Fight1:14Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, Steve Porcaro
4Leto's Theme1:45David Paich
5The Box2:38David Paich, Marty Paich
6The Floating Fat Man 1:26David Paich, Jeff Porcaro
7Trip to Arrakis2:36David Paich
8First Attack2:48David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather
9Prophecy Theme4:21Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Roger Eno
10Dune 5:32David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro
11Paul Meets Chani3:05David Paich
12Prelude 1:00David Paich, Jeff Porcaro
13Paul Takes the Water of Life2:52David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather
14Big Battle3:08David Paich, Jeff Porcaro
15Paul Kills Feyd1:52David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro
16Final Dream1:25David Paich
17Take My Hand2:38David Paich, Jeff Porcaro

PEG reissue

1Prologue / Main Title3:20
2Guild Report0:55
3House Atreides1:44
4Paul Atreides2:22
5Robot Fight1:23
6Leto's Theme1:47
7The Box2:41
8The Floating Fat Man 1:16
10The Trip to Arrakis2:40
11Sandworm Attack2:52
12The Betrayal / Shields Down4:31
13First Attack2:49
14The Duke's Death2:06
15Sandworm Chase2:40
16The Fremen3:08
17Secrets of the Fremen2:25
18Paul Meets Chani3:08
20Riding the Sandworm1:27
21Reunion With Gurney1:42
22Prelude 1:03
23Paul Takes the Water of Life2:52
24The Sleeper Has Awakened!3:23
25Big Battle3:09
26Paul Kills Feyd1:55
27Final Dream1:26
28Dune 5:33
29Dune Main Title - Demo Version1:26
30Take My Hand2:42


Catalogue: Columbia 8237702, Polydor 823770-2, Polydor 8237701, Polygram International 823770