Logan's Sanctuary soundtrackBased on an entirely fictional sequel to the last great pre-Star Wars SF flick of the 70s, Logan’s Run, Logan’s Sanctuary is the equally imaginary musical score, composed by Roger Manning (Jellyfish) and Brian Reitzell (Air) and featuring Jason Falkner as a guest performer. Conceptually, Manning and Reitzell try to create this music as if they were in the 70s.

Musically, your enjoyment of this “soundtrack” from Logan’s Sanctuary (which, by the way, isn’t even trying to be a part of the three-book Logan’s Run cycle written by William F. Nolan) will depend on your tastes in instrumental music. Analog and Moog synthesizers are the order of the day here, all played very much in a 70s style; Falkner contributes appropriately 70s-flavored “wah-chicka” guitar licks to the instrumental track “Metropia”, and plays guitar, bass and sings on the 70s-styled power pop anthem “Search For Tomorrow”. (Unless I’ve completely forgotten what Falkner looks like, he also appears to have been the authentically-costumed “hero” in the CD booklet’s amusing plethora of freshly-shot “movie publicity stills.”) Search is easily the most modern thing on the whole CD, played very much as one of Falkner’s own solo tunes, though Falkner’s own style of writing and performing is so firmly rooted in the 70s aesthetic that this doesn’t put it at odds with the rest of the CD.

Getting back to the liner notes booklet for a moment, the “synopsis” of the movie is knee-slappingly funny (as are the photos of Jason Falkner in full Sandman uniform, dispatching white-hooded villains at futuristic-yet-vaguely-mall-like locales), almost as if we were reading about a Logan’s Run sequel…directed by Ken Russell. This actually enhances the whole experience, as the music on the CD itself isn’t music that’s aspiring to follow in the footsteps of Jerry Goldsmith. It’s music befitting a low-budget 70s cash-in flick. Which, let’s face it, is probably what any cinematic sequel would’ve been, with or without George 4 out of 4Lucas completely rewriting the SF filmmaking book.

Pretty enjoyable stuff, though it’s not going to be up everyone’s alley; fans of 70s power pop or of Jason Falkner might put this one on their list just for “Search For Tomorrow”, however. And the whole “movie that wasn’t” gag is enough to spark one’s imagination (or, at the very least, it worked for Manning and Reitzell).

Order this CD

  1. Islands In The Sky (2:39)
  2. Search For Tomorrow (5:14)
  3. The Game (4:25)
  4. Lara’s Rainbow (5:08)
  5. Metropia (5:56)
  6. Pleasure Dome 12 (4:46)
  7. Ian’s Orbit (6:00)
  8. Escape (3:27)
  9. Endless Tunnels (6:10)
  10. The Silver Garden (5:40)

Released by: Emperor Norton
Release date: 2000
Total running time: 49:25