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The Music of Candyman [Soundtrack]

Philip Glass Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Orange Mountain
  • ASIN: B00005QFLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Music Box
2. Candyman Suite
3. Daniel's Flashback (From Candyman II)
4. The Slave Quarters (From Candyman II)
5. Annie's Theme (From Candyman II)
6. All Falls Apart (From Candyman II)
7. The Demise of Candyman (From Candyman II)
8. Reverend's Walk (From Candyman II)

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Philip Glass has never been what you'd call a prolific composer for film, but when the horror genre called, he answered immediately and in style. Although behind-the-scenes politics turned the first Candyman into something of a stalk-'n'-slash flick, the music does wonders for its faux mythological premise. The delicate "Music Box" motif which is in fact "Helen's Theme", is the central pivot of what is a cyclic tale of destiny. Revolving around upon itself, it perfectly characterises a legend foretold. Almost every other cue is dominated by chorus, who in chanting repetitively add weight to the sense of inescapable doom. Several other motifs swim around, such as the gorgeous "Floating Candyman", and then they're given resolution in "It Was Always You, Helen". It doesn't end there however, since the album then seamlessly blends into the few additional cues Glass was talked into providing for the inevitable sequel. Apart from some bold use of church organ, the best cue is "All Falls Apart" with its sit-up-and-take-notice beeping effect. Ending on a remix of "Helen's Theme", this is an extremely well-conceptualised album. Just don't look at the disc and say the name aloud five times... --Paul Tonks

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Haunting 16 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Music of Candyman is a welcome release from the Glass back catalogue and is an example of one of the finest musical scores of the las 20 years. The film Candyman has a cult following and is a highly regarded work of filmic horror, much of this being down to the superb Glass score. Haunting piano melodies, ghostly choirs and some very gothic organs combine to create an intense sound once heard, never forgotten. This music has not been available previously and I would thoroughly recommend that you buy this, just don't listen alone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More accessable Glass, works without the films 28 April 2004
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This is all organ or piano with choir/chorus - which gives the very gothic sound. Remixed for home stereo (rather than cinema surround sound) this asmelodic as Glass gets - kind of Kraftwerk goes gothic.
A littlechallenging but not too extreme if you like traditional Organ and Chorus(lots of loud Ahhhhhs).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeter than life 18 Jun 2002
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Finally got around to buying this; years ago one of the beautiful pieces of music from the first movie got stuck in my head. The album combines music from the first two movies, the music from the second half of the album, which is from the 2nd movie, is just as good as the first half, and contains one of my fave. Glass pieces; track 10 Annie's Theme. If you love Satie-type piano pieces and gothic-type choir music you will probably love this, and it's a good introduciton to Philip Glass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music 24 Oct 2009
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An excellent CD, finally available after many years. The highlight is "It Was Always You, Helen" - a hauntingly beautiful piece of music that fitted wonderfully with the first film. There are notes with the CD highlight Glass' disappointment with the first film, which I think bemusing when he scored the second film as well. The score highlights from that are also on this CD. Recommended for Glass fans, who'll probably have it already, and lovers of gothic horror music.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GLASS MUSIC FOR ALL 10 Oct 2001
By "petgigs" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Want to listen to some astonishly beautiful Philip Glass music? Listen to 'The Music of Candyman'. If you are already a Glassfan, this will be a welcome addition to your collection. If you are new to Glass and want a great introduction, this is the disc for you. It is by turns spooky and creepy, soaring and uplifting, dramatic and starkely beautiful...In short, 'The Music of Candyman' is perfect for its purpose. I will leave the technical discussions to others--emotionally, THIS DISC WILL GRAB YOU.
This is the debut CD from Glass's new label, 'Orange Mountain Music' ... which promises to release more archival Glassmusic. Bravos to Kurt Munkacsi, Glass's long-time producer, for setting this up.
So, while we wait for more great Glassmusic, we get to listen to 'The Music of Candyman': Beautiful, haunting, and a lot of fun!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE! Candy for the ears! 5 Oct 2001
By Glassrules - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD is the epitome of FUN! It is AWESOME! Words can not do this CD justice- take my word for it, if you're seeking a true EXPERIENCE in music, one that will take you away from the concerns and tribulations of this crazy world, put this CD in your player and turn off the lights, because "The Music of Candyman" will take you on a joy ride. Just like Candyman himself, this music runs the gamut from intense, scary, frightening, romantic, seductive, gentle, powerful, haunting, and maddening- constantly changing, disorienting the listener. In the movies, you never knew where Candyman was going to strike next. And so it is with Glass's score- you don't know what's going to happen next. So much happens on this CD that I guarantee you won't know where you're at when it comes to an end.
Legendary composer Philip Glass scored the first two of what turned out to be three "Candyman" films, in 1992 and 1995. "Candyman", and the sequel, "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh" were moderate-budget horror flicks with a strong psychological bent; they were decent movies and I thought the second one was better than the first. Anyway, what made these movies stand out was the Glass scores. And now, it is finally available to the public as the first release on Glass's new record label, Orange Mountain Music.
Written primarily for pipe organ, chorus (the uncredited Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, who do a fantastic job), and piano, this CD will give your stereo system a workout, and I hope you have a good subwoofer to experience the awesome bass lines from the organ in all their room-shaking glory.
There are many beautiful and powerful moments, finally heard here in pure glorious sound, using the state-of-the-art equipment and talented engineers at Philip Glass's and Kurt Munkacsi's recording studio, Looking Glass Studios in New York City. I would watch the DVD's of the first two "Candyman" movies, just to listen to the score- many great moments weren't heard in all their glory as there was dialogue and sound effects being on the soundtrack as well, but here the music is alone. Much like being alone in a dark room with Candyman himself, you definitely get a different perspective without any distractions from the eerie proceedings.
Philip Glass is truly a musical phenomenon and is perhaps the most versatile composer of all time- he can write anything from mammoth symphonies, songs, string quartets, high-voltage works for his own Philip Glass Ensemble, operas, film scores, and more- and he also knows how to have a good time as well, as evidenced by his "Candyman" score- most serious (read: "classical") musicians today don't know how to have a good time, but Philip Glass does! He is having a great time with the "Candyman" music and you will too! It's fun and intellectually stimulating at the same time.
It's great music for a haunted house; it's great music for a drive through the countryside; it's great music to refresh yourself after a long day at work; it's great music to drive your Mom insane if you're a rebellious kid!
Buy this CD today!
Just don't say "Candyman" five times!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They got off their fannys and gave us Candyman! 10 Oct 2001
By Charles Hoyt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With a collective sigh of relief from fans who thought that Philip Glass and company had gone into record-release hibernation, The Music of Candyman is finally available commercially. Having heard tracks from the infamous bootleg copy, I can say that this version is well worth its (rather steep) cost, as it's been appropriately remixed and gussied up. Musically and esthetically, it's some of Glass's best, making it a must-listen (especially approaching Halloween), and the methodical dementia portrayed through the music is unmatched by any gothic sounding work in the same category (see Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells in The Exorcist). There are one or two segue problems from the remix, but nothing immediately noticeable, and any problems are certainly overshadowed by the terrific musicality and emotion of the work. Five stars! Now let's see more!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit unlike the movie track 13 Dec 2002
By Skaven252 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is just a small note to those considering to buy the album. The music in this album does not sound quite the same as the original soundtrack of the movie(s) (of which I've only seen the first, so my opinion is solely based on that). It seems to have been re-recorded with a much smaller ensemble of choir singers and a smaller organ, giving it a bit flimsy sound. Also, some essential bass notes seem to have gone missing, which further reduces the impact of this music.
Don't get me wrong. It's a great album and I'm really glad they finally released this.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sweet Music of Candyman 9 Oct 2001
By MARK WALTHER - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With the triumphant release of "The Music of Candyman", I can now stop listening to Sammy Davis Jr. singing "Candyman". What a relief!
I have had the music of Candyman etched in my brain ever since I first saw the movie. Living in the Chicago area, everytime I pass a housing project (usually going downtown and making a wrong turn -- my latest going to Mr. Glass's "In the Penal Colony" at the University of Chicago last year) automatically evokes the music of Candyman.
The music on this CD is excellent and the sound quality is fantastic. Kurt Munkacsi and Don Christensen did a wonderful job...it is almost 3D sound! Try it with headphones!!!
I love all of the original Candyman music, but the music from Candyman II is equally haunting and eerie. I love music from tracks 9, 10, and 11. Whoever did the vocal part for "Annie's Theme" did an incrediable job! The sound quality is so good, you can hear the young lady taking her breath between singing that beautiful, but eerie melody.
No fan of Mr. Glass's music should be without this recording!!!
I am extremely excited about Orange Mountain Music, and for their first release, everyone did an excellent job. I look forward to future releases of the many Glass Treasures that are in the Glass Archives.
So, don't say Candyman five times, say "I'm going to but this CD right now" five times! :)
I look foward to future reviews of this CD.
Thanks Kurt, Don, and of course, Mr. Glass for making this musical masterpiece available to us.
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