1984 Toto – Dune

Dune is an original soundtrack album for the 1984 film Dune. Most of the album was composed by the popular 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.

The instrumental soundtrack was recorded by the band (minus lead singer Bobby Kimball), 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 written and 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 (“Prologue” and “The Floating Fat Man (The Baron)”). 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 (particularly in the second half of the expanded CD) 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 OST 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 “Allen Smithee” TV version of the film. The cues “Riding The Sandworm” (from the expanded CD) and “Dune (Desert Theme)”, “Prelude (Take My Hand)”, “Paul Kills Feyd” & “Final Dream” (from both soundtrack issues) 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 (Desert Theme)”, which was intended as the end title music, is replaced by “Take My Hand.”


1  Prologue (David Paich, David Lynch) 1:48
2  Main Title (David Paich) 1:20
3  Robot Fight (Jeffrey Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, Steve Porcaro) 1:14
4  Leto’s Theme (David Paich) 1:45
5  The Box (David Paich, Marty Paich) 2:37
6  The Floating Fat Man (The Baron) (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro) 1:26
7  Trip to Arrakis (David Paich) 2:36
8  First Attack (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro, Steve Lukather) 2:48
9  Prophecy Theme (Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Roger Eno) 4:20
10  Dune (Desert Theme) (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro, Steve Porcaro) 5:31
11  Paul Meets Chani (David Paich) 3:04
12  Prelude (Take My Hand) (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro) 1:00
13  Paul Takes the Water of Life (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro, Steve Lukather) 2:51
14  Big Battle (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro) 3:07
15  Paul Kills Feyd (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro, Steve Porcaro) 1:52
16  Final Dream (David Paich) 1:25
17  Take My Hand (David Paich, Jeffrey Porcaro) 2:38



BassMike Porcaro
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsSteve Porcaro
Strings Vienna Symphony Orchestra
PercussionJoe Porcaro
PercussionEmile Richards
PercussionRobert Zimmitti
Choirhe Vienna Volksoper Choir

Liner Notes

Producer – Toto (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)
Producer – Brian Eno (Track 9)
Producer (Executive) (Soundtrack) – Gilbert Marouani
Adapted By, Music By (Additional) – Marty Paich
Conductor – Allyn Ferguson, Marty Paich
Engineer – Al Schmitt, Geoff Workman, Shep Lonsdale, Tom Fletcher, Tom Knox
Engineer (Orchestra) – Franz Pusch, Oswald Gritsch
Engineer (Second Engineer: Sunset Sound) – Bill Jackson, Brent Averill
Orchestrated By – Allyn Ferguson

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Dino de Laurentiis Corporation
Copyright (c) – Dino de Laurentiis Corporation
Copyright (c) – Universal City Studios, Inc.
Recorded At – The Villa
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – Manor Studio, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Austrophon Studios
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab