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  • Audio CD (7 Aug. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002LIM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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