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5.0 out of 5 stars Never bettered
This is the soundtrack that defined a genre and a composer (it's so good that Elfman copied bits of it when writing his Spider-Man score).
Since there are so many Batman themes, I'll just say that "the one on the original cartoon? The one from the original movies with Burton and Keaton? and Jack Nicholson? This is the one".
Never has music so suited a character,...
Published on 30 Dec. 2003 by Amazon Customer

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1.0 out of 5 stars wrong image
Please note that the image is for the RCA original TV Batman but the mp3 links are to Danny Elfman's movie soundtrack.
I have no idea what the ones from "these sellers" are but I suggest, if you want the 1966 TV series music, mail them and ask which they have.
This may just be an technical error but (if you look at the track list on the image of the RCA album...
Published on 13 Nov. 2011 by Mr. C. W. Hill


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never bettered, 30 Dec. 2003
This is the soundtrack that defined a genre and a composer (it's so good that Elfman copied bits of it when writing his Spider-Man score).
Since there are so many Batman themes, I'll just say that "the one on the original cartoon? The one from the original movies with Burton and Keaton? and Jack Nicholson? This is the one".
Never has music so suited a character, the sweeping, Wagner-esque Batman theme is so fitting for the Dark Knight's brooding persona that is has become the natural association whenever people think of Batman (aside from a fat Adam West).
But not content with one main theme for a character, Elfman also has a few tracks devoted to the Joker's zany and insane character including an eeriely cheerful waltz towards the finale.
This is powerful music (3 minutes into track 16, tell me you can't feel the power of revenge) and it builds to a climax from haunting around the first half to full blown action in the second yet never losing it's pacing or going too over the top.
This is a worthy addition to your CD collection and if you want to make it even better, listen to it after the turgid "Batman and Robin" soundtrack
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Score. Danny Elfman at his best., 12 July 2001
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Santa and Christmas. The Sandman and tired eyes. Danny Elfman and superb scores. Some things are inextricably linked and this is a fine example of the last (examples of the first two are, unfortunately, hard to come by). Nightmare Before Christmas, Scrooged, Batman, the list is endless; each one fairly similar to the last and yet retaining the unmistakeably Elfman-like ingredients which many copy but seldom pull off- a nugget of originality, padded out with flawless thematic flesh and sprinkled with sugar plum darkness. This score is no different- dark and brooding when it needs to be, playful and extravagant in other places but a balanced and intelligently executed unit nevertheless and an essential score for any serious collector. Michael Keaton was the only TRUE Batman; just as Elfman is the only guy who can accompany him as he stalks the cloying, grimey shadows of a crime-ridden Gotham introduced in the original film and improved in Returns, but ruined thereafter.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 2 Nov. 2005
This trend-setting score has stood the test of time and sounds just as impressive now as it did fifteen years ago. Elfman's gothic style of scoring became almost a template for subsequent superhero movies and a revisit to this CD will demonstrate why. The Batman theme is fantastic: no matter how often Elfman uses this dark march (Main Theme, Batman to the Rescue, Attack of the Batwing), it never tires and never fails to excite. Things turn silly when it comes to the Joker and tracks like 'Face Off' and 'Waltz to the Death' are Tchaikovsky-like waltzes that compliment the action and the use of 'Beautiful Dreamer' borders on farce for Joker's infatuation with Vicki. As for Vicki Vale, there is a brief (and slightly tedious) theme for her relationship with Bruce that is based on Prince's 'Scandalous' but the connection is too disguised to spot easily.
What sets this score high above others is the soundscape that is established. Tracks like the mysterious 'Childhood Remembered' and gothic 'Up the Cathedral' really ground you into this fantasy world and the pulsing 'Descent into Mystery' is a career highlight that is always on replay on my stereo. The quality of the disc is good, showing off the size of the orchestra (it's big) and most of the score is on the CD without skipping too much out. This should, without a doubt, be in your soundtrack collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 27 Oct. 2005
This trend-setting score has stood the test of time and sounds just as impressive now as it did fifteen years ago. Elfman's gothic style of scoring became almost a template for subsequent superhero movies and a revisit to this CD will demonstrate why. The Batman theme is fantastic: no matter how often Elfman uses this dark march (Main Theme, Batman to the Rescue, Attack of the Batwing), it never tires and never fails to excite. Things turn silly when it comes to the Joker and tracks like 'Face Off' and 'Waltz to the Death' are Tchaikovsky-like waltzes that compliment the action and the use of 'Beautiful Dreamer' borders on farce for Joker's infatuation with Vicki. As for Vicki Vale, there is a brief (and slightly tedious) theme for her relationship with Bruce that is allegedly based on Prince's 'Scandalous' but the connection is too disguised to spot easily.
What sets this score high above others is the soundscape that is established. Tracks like the mysterious 'Childhood Remembered' and gothic 'Up the Cathedral' really ground you into this fantasy world and the pulsing 'Descent into Mystery' is a career highlight that is always on replay on my stereo. The quality of the disc is good, showing off the size of the orchestra (it's big) and most of the score is on the CD without skipping too much out. This should, without a doubt, be in your soundtrack collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration, 27 Aug. 2002
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A must-buy CD. It inspires memories from the film, covering all scenes with the often beautiful music by Danny Elfman. One disappointment for me - track 10 "descent into mystery" doesn't quite sound the same, or as good as, in the film. Apart from that i'd recommend this to any Batman lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Defining the Caped Crusader, 7 Oct. 2013
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Defining the Caped Crusader through music is no mean feat. James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal and Shirley Walker have all admirably tried their hand at composing the music which audiences would come to identify with Batman. Although, I in no way wish to undermine any of the aforementioned masters of score composition, I must lay the cape and cowl laurels squarely at the feet of Danny Elfman.

Danny Elfman is one of the titans on film score composition. His dark and memorable themes are embedded in cinematic history, but it is this soundtrack which marks the most admirable chapter of his spectacular work. The theme which Elfman conjures for Batman is one which generations have come to identify as the definitive theme for the Caped Crusader of Gotham.

This CD is essential to any movie-score collection. It is the music which came to define the dark and Gothic hero whom battles Gotham's underbelly. The soundtrack is quite diverse, and explores many characters through a variance of instruments and tempos, however it magnificently draws all songs back to the original theme, linking the tracks with a fluidity that marks Elfman as a master of his field.

Although I am a huge fan of Danny Elfman, and enjoy everything from his score to Planet of the Apes, to that of Promised Land, it is this CD which I think is the pinnacle of his achievements and it succeeds in a creating and maintaining a very distinct mood throughout. It is this same mood which has cemented Batman as the definitive dark hero. A fantastic score from a fantastic composer, that for me and whole generations has come to define the Caped Crusader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 31 Oct. 2005
This trend-setting score has stood the test of time and sounds just as impressive now as it did fifteen years ago. Elfman’s gothic style of scoring became almost a template for subsequent superhero movies and a revisit to this CD will demonstrate why. The Batman theme is fantastic: no matter how often Elfman uses this dark march (Main Theme, Batman to the Rescue, Attack of the Batwing), it never tires and never fails to excite. Things turn silly when it comes to the Joker and tracks like ‘Face Off’ and ‘Waltz to the Death’ are Tchaikovsky-like waltzes that compliment the action and the use of ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ borders on farce for Joker’s infatuation with Vicki. As for Vicki Vale, there is a brief (and slightly tedious) theme for her relationship with Bruce that is allegedly based on Prince’s ‘Scandalous’ but the connection is too disguised to spot easily.
What sets this score high above others is the soundscape that is established. Tracks like the mysterious ‘Childhood Remembered’ and gothic ‘Up the Cathedral’ really ground you into this fantasy world and the pulsing ‘Descent into Mystery’ is a career highlight that is always on replay on my stereo. The quality of the disc is good, showing off the size of the orchestra (it’s big) and most of the score is on the CD without skipping too much out. This should, without a doubt, be in your soundtrack collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elfman's masterpiece - a stunning soundtrack, 4 Jun. 2014
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Danny Elfman has a particular, distinctly zany style that can run away with it, and I get why some people don't like his soundtracks. However, Batman is a truly amazing soundtrack on so many levels. There is the sense of fun inherent in the fact that this is a comic book character brought to life by OTT director Tim Burton, but just as the film is also incredibly dark, there is a sense of Wagnerian melodrama and bombast that I absolutely love. Nowhere is the Wagnerian influence more profound than in track 16, with its nods to both Die Walkure and to Das Rheingold - the Descent into Niebelheim is also a large part of track 10, Elfman's "Descent into Mystery" (the clanging of the cathedral bells echoing the anvil strikes of the Niebelungs) - but aside from Herr Wagner, there is also a passing reference to Richard Strauss in the soaring strings.

But this is not a pale imitation of Wagner's masterpiece - like John Williams before him, Elfman makes use of Wagner's invention of the leitmotif (the recurring character theme) to bring Batman and the Joker to life. The sense of building tension, the feeling that something is seriously not right in Gotham, is palpable. It is rich, deep and powerful, and bears repeated hearings, preferably at significant volume. It is truly an astonishing soundtrack.

Oh, you may want to check out Karajan's conducting of the Descent into Niebelheim at some point too, if you like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant score, 1 Jan. 2008
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This is a score for all fans of the comic book movie genre. Escpially those who like the darker-toned/more adult themed ones just like the Blade trilogy and of course Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns (which has another great score).

The music is brooding and really makes you feel like you want to go around your town/city dressed up (not that I would) in a bat costume going around sorting out crimes in a super car (one of the most memorable tracks of the CD is the charge of the Batmobile) and the Joker's music is great too because it's comical and camp but in a dark and twisted way if you know what I mean and, like Batman's themes, describes the character well. The final 6 tracks are outstanding and really make you root for the hero.

Get it. It's memorable. It's literally as good as the Superman score especially the opening track. Sadly though Prince's 'Trust' 'Partyman' and 'Scandalous' songs are not on this, they're on Batman the album.
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1.0 out of 5 stars wrong image, 13 Nov. 2011
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Mr. C. W. Hill (Liverpool UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman (Original Motion Picture Score) (MP3 Download)
Please note that the image is for the RCA original TV Batman but the mp3 links are to Danny Elfman's movie soundtrack.
I have no idea what the ones from "these sellers" are but I suggest, if you want the 1966 TV series music, mail them and ask which they have.
This may just be an technical error but (if you look at the track list on the image of the RCA album cover (the "Batman" soundtrack was published by Warner Bros) you'll see that those tracks are not on the Elfman soundtrack.
The Elfman CD is great if that's what you want but it is not the one displayed on the product page here.
Just make sure you know what you are buying before you hit that button!
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