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Batman Score Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 21 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002LIM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Batman Theme
2. Roof Fight
3. First Confrontation
4. Kitchen, Surgery, Face-Off
5. Flowers
6. Clown Attack
7. Batman To The Rescue
8. Roasted Dude
9. Photos/Beautiful Dreamer
10. Descent Into Mystery
11. The Bat Cave
12. The Joker's Poem
13. Childhood Remembered
14. Love Theme
15. Charge Of The Batmobile
16. Attack Of The Batwing
17. Up The Cathedral
18. Waltz To The Death
19. The Final Confrontation
20. Finale
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Format: Audio CD
Back in 1989, I wasn't that happy at the idea of Tim Burton directing "Batman", and I definitely wasn't very happy at Danny Elfman composing the score. All that was because they collaborated in two projects that I found stupid and ridiculous: "Beetlejuice" and a Pee-Wee Herman movie whose title I don't remember.
In a way, when I saw "Batman" back in 1989, I was surprised at how Tim Burton made an effort to show the Dark Knight the way his creator, Bob Kane, created him: a dark crusader who comes out at night to strike fear in the hearts of criminals. However, I was kinda disappointed at the final result. Yet I had to admit that Danny Elfman created a spectacular score that went beyond whatever I had hoped for.
'The Batman Theme' opens with a dark motif that later gives way to the spectacular theme for the Dark Knight, and I have to say that it gives a certain air of music of the classic 40s movies. There is certain irreverence in the score, just like "Beetlejuice", especially the themes Elfman created for the Joker -'Clown Attack', 'Photos/Beautiful Dreamer', 'The Joker's Poem', and 'Waltz To The Death' to name a few. And the action music is so superb that I found it surprising that Elfman wrote this: 'Roof Fight', 'Batman To The Rescue', 'First Confrontation', and 'The Final Confrontation'. I'd also like to say that 'Charge Of The Batmobile' and 'Attack Of The Batwing' definitely blow me away; I love 'em. And since Batman's feats are somewhat heroic, I applaud the 'Finale', which is so epic.
All in all, Danny Elfman earned my respect by creating such a great score for "Batman", supported by a fantastic performance by the Sinfonia Of London Orchestra under the baton of a soon-to-be great Batcomposer, Shirley Walker.
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Format: Audio CD
I bought my Batman score in 1989 and it is the one CD that has never been rotated out of the playlist here. The opening score builds and builds, and when it finally crests, you know you're in for a magnificent ride until the last note of the last track. I have enjoyed introducing friends to the fantastic sounds of Danny Elfman over the years, and the Batman score is always the first dose. If you're looking for a gift of music for friends or family (that's why I stopped in today) you can't go wrong here.
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Format: Audio CD
If there is one score that has done it, not only for me, but for hundreds of other people out there, Batman the original score has to be THE one. It is true I purchased this score after Star Wars, but this is so much more complex and opened up a million different doors into the world of movie scores. It is such a complex, amazement that I listen to over and over again. I've owned this score for about 5 years now, and still cannot not listen to it at least twice a month.
It is true that most of the album is dominated by the dark-heroic theme of its name, but there is far, far more to it than just the theme. If you plan to purhcase this CD, you must listen to everything in its entirety. There are so many beautiful pieces in this cd that it's quite complicated in describing a favorite.
The general synopsis of the way the music follows on this CD is very close to a story in itself. The opening three tracks offer a grand introduction to the hero and also to the creation of a maniacal monster. The First Confrontation is probably my most listened track. It's gradual rising in action from the initial cellos to the strings to the brass is quite a cool track to listen to. To me, it is a very complicated piece and perfectly encompasses the feeling of the chase throughout the chemical plant. And when Batman enters the scene, the piece moves in a more intensified scenario. Very good chase music. There is also a 'falling' theme towards the end of the track, which is also used in effect during the Final Confrontation. Take note of the lone strings around 3:30 and compare it to the Finale Confrontation. Just a good example of some of the subleties to this score.
After these first three tracks, everything slows down as it seems well, and gradually grows as the plot unfolds.
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Format: Audio CD
(Prenote: For some reason, Amazon decided to link this, the score album, with the song album. They do this sometimes when something has more than one edition, however in this case they are not the same at all. This is the score CD, comtaining Danny Elfman's BGM to the film, while the other contains Prince's songs )
Back in 1989, director Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman teamed up for thier third film, an adaptation of the legendary comic book hero, Batman. They decided to go a totally different route from the 60s TV series, with a dark and gothic setting. It worked. Well. A big part of its success is the wonderful music Elfman wrote for the film.
The music starts off with what has now become the signature theme for Batman. It's a wonderful theme that instantly gets stuck in your head once you hear it. Over the course of the CD, it's played many times. The overall atmosphere of the music is dark, but that never stops it from being forceful and exiting.
Other notible tracks in the score include the wonderful 'Waltz to the Death' representing the Joker, some brilliant choral work in 'Decent Into Madness', and even a quote from the Stephen Foster song, 'Beautiful Dreamer'. But beyond these highly memorable and wonderful tracks there are plenty of great moments, with almost no dullness in between. Perhaps the best moment is in 'Finale', which is so grand and wonderful, you can't help but smile.
Overall, this CD is a must have. It's a classic that will live on after many others are forgotten, and it's still a prime example of what Elfman can do when he puts his mind to it.
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