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Arrested Development [Import]

David Schwartz Audio CD

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Original soundtrack to the cult television series composed by David Schwartz. Apart from Arrested Development, he has scored themes for television productions including Two of Us, Deadwood, Carpoolers, Running Wilde, and Beverly Hills, 90210. He began composing music for television and film in 1990. The theme he wrote for his first network television series, Northern Exposure, resulted in a Grammy nomination. He scored every episode of all seven seasons the show ran.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show gives us great songs. Nov. 19 2013
By Alexander R. Boler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All the music and songs from the first three seasons (and that other season). I enjoyed the extended versions of some of the songs. They must have made a lot more than they used in the shows (for example, "Balls in the Air" is a full song, but only a part of it is in the show during the montage). I also was glad to have some of the songs without speech or other sounds over them. I am not a fan of the new season, and there are a lot of songs from that on here, but there are a lot from the original 53 episodes, too. Unfortunately, this CD does not come with a card with Michael's face on it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must own for fans of the show! Nov. 20 2013
By trevtenntitans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Awesome to finally have all the music from the show in a great collection. Some extended versions of a lot of classic songs from the show makes it really worth listening to over and over. It Ain't Easy Being White is worth the purchase price alone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Sitcom With A Strong Musical Voice Feb. 20 2014
By Kaya Savas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to sitcom scoring there isn’t really a better example than what David Schwartz does for Arrested Development. Comedy is by far the hardest genre for a composer to nail down, but Schwartz was able to make it look like the easiest. With a combination of quirky melodies and songs, the soundtrack of the show took its own shape and followed its own rules. It defined its own stage then went to town. This wonderfully assembled album represents all the glory of Arrested Development’s musical side.

From the "boingy" theme and the plucky soundscape of it all I think quirk was the goal of this music. There is a quirkiness to it all, but nothing about it is silly. In fact there is a great amount of charm to the music. Now, the songs definitely are but they’re done with such a great approach that you would think they were done with a serious face. That in turn makes the whole thing hilarious. The ukelele inspired central soundscape for the score makes the tone light and airy enough for comedy while giving the show its identity. Sitcoms do require a unique approach for scoring, and that of course is short cues mainly used as transition. So you will encounter short tracks and quick bursts of melody, but the album is presented in such a great way that you will enjoy the flow. Overall, this is a great musical romp through the sonic world of Arrested Development.

David Schwartz has done something you rarely see in TV comedy, and that is give a half hour sitcom a musical voice. Most sitcoms are defined by their title song, but Arrested Development is definitely one that lives beyond those confines. It feels as if the main title theme here was born from the massive soundscape Schwartz created versus the other way around. All in all this is a wonderful trip through the sonic world Schwartz created for this beloved series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There's No 'I' In 'Teamocil,' At Least Not Where You Think..." Dec 19 2013
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Arrested Development" is one of the most consistently clever, convoluted, and funny comedies ever made for television, and this long overdue soundtrack is most welcome. Hearing the songs by themselves bring back the hilarity of specific episode and reinforce the importance of a good musical background in a successful television show or movie. While the opening and closing themes ("Arrested Development" and "Police Cruise") by David Schwartz are great and really bookend the episodes, so many of the songs serve as markers for particularly funny moments from the show and are wonderful to listen to for their comedic excellence more than anything else (e.g. "Big Yellow Joint" and "Teamocil.")

If you are a fan of "Arrested Development" you will assuredly love this soundtrack; if you have never seen the show most of the songs will make next to no sense. I recommend it with it without reservation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for AD Diehards Nov. 27 2013
By Christopher Scheld - Published on Amazon.com
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The soundtrack may be missing a few of the songs diehards are looking for ("Gonna Get Together," "Cry Love," and "Discipline Daddy" stand out), but the album is solid end to end. Great mix of the old classics with the new songs from season 4. Album is definitely worth it even just for the extended versions of "Ain't Easy Being White," "Get Away, Getaway' and others.
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