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Army Of Darkness: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Soundtrack, February 16, 1993
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Army Of Darkness ~ Army Of Darkness: Original Moti

1. Prologue
2. Building The Deathcoaster
3. Give Me Some Sugar/Boneanza
4. Time Traveller
5. Ash Splits
6. Little Ashes
7. Ash In Chains
8. Night Court
9. The Forest Of The Dead/Graveyard
10. The Pit
11. God Save Us
12. Foul Thing
13. March Of The Dead - Danny Elfman
14. Whites Of Their Skulls
15. The Deathcoaster
16. On The Parapet
17. Ash Bucklers
18. Skeletor
19. Soul Swallower
20. Manly Men
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 16, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: February 16, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000014TB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wakko on February 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Army of Darkness is without a doubt, one of the greatest films of all time. And the music only enhances the experience. Unlike the scores to Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2, where the music was mood music in the truest sense of the word, the score to "Army" serves just as well on its own as it does with the movie. Some favorite tracks are the Prologue, the March of the Dead, and The Deathcoaster. You can just hear Ash saying, "Welcome to the twenty-first century." I have to disagree with the reviewer who wants one-liners from the movie on the soundtrack. They did that with the soundtrack to Apollo 13 and that got a lot of unfavorable reviews. Perhaps a track of just one-liners from the movie would be good, but having one-liners on the rest of the tracks would detract from the music. But anyway, if you like Army of Darkness, buy this cd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
On some of the tracks I was reminded of the old Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler movies, because that's the kind of fantasy muxic that is on this soundtrack. Joseph LoDuca has created a wonderful blend of horror and fantasy music that sounds like something out of an episode of hercules or xena(music wise I mean). All in all it is a wondeful cd to listen to and I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Army of Darkness is such a funny movie...this score (soundtrack)gives it that extra...something. Joseph LoDuca and Danny Elfman have such contrasting styles, you can tell instantly which tune is "March of the Dead" I love this soundtrack, and this is a must for anyone who is a lover of fine soundtracks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Commentator on August 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When you are making a whacked-out historical adventure/comedy/horror flick on a shoestring budget and with limited special effects (ahhh, the days before CGI!), you need to do whatever you can to keep the film from losing all credibility and turning into an endlessly cheesy camp-fest. Sam Raimi had Joseph LoDuca make a soundtrack that could help drive the goofiness along as well as bring some bona-fide drama into the film.
The tracks like "Building the Deathcoaster" and "Bone'anza" are impossible to listen to without feeling the urge to go do something heroic. In fact if you saw the 2001 Oscars you might remember that during the montage tribute to Dino de Laurentiis they played a bit of "Building the Deathcoaster," although they did not show any clips from the film... which tells you that in Hollywood they view the soundtrack as being better than the visuals from the film!
What really hurts this CD as "listening music" is the short length of the tracks, which is a reflection of the limited budget of the film. It is amazing, however, just how much emotional buildup LoDuca could squeeze into a minute's worth of music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skorson@iname.com on October 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
First of all, when i ordered the Army of Darkness Special Import which amazon.com offers now i thought wow, its a 98 relase must have more music on it,and perhaps the music to the little known AOD original pre US release ending, which can be found on japanese laserdisc, and other directors cut music. However i was sent this 93 release by accident, however it has all the music from the japanese laserdisc, and more, it has additional music longer scores etc in almost every track, you can tell how much movie was cut in the US just by listening, heres an amazing page where you can find realvideo scenes of the cut scenes as special orginal ending...THIS SOUNDTRACK IS AMAZING, a GREAT SCORE. some scores are slow however most build up nicely and have a thrilling feeling to them..makes you want to blast the music get in your old car and speed down suburban areas..um, not like I,,um,, did that or anything:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blake the Movie Nerd on June 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Army of Darkness" is my favorite movie, and when I heard how well Joe LoDuca's score added to the atmosphere, I knew I had to buy the CD. The music is everything an action film score should be. It encompasses the whole spirit of the movie and plunges you right back into the events in the film, whether it be when Ash fights off two Deadites at once on the parapet, or when Ash kisses Sheila for the first time. The musical scores from the first two "Evil Dead" films were borderline bad, while still holding together some of the films' atmosphere, but Joseph LoDuca's carefully put together score for "Army of Darkness" goes above and beyond anything I would have expected from him, watching the first two films. Danny Elfman is also noteworthy for one of the CD's best tracks. But the best has to be track 17--one of the most exciting music tracks I've ever heard.
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Format: Audio CD
When 'Evil Dead' and 'Evil Dead 2' director Sam Raimi planned the final film of the series, 'Army of Darkness', he turned to Joseph LoDuca for composing the score, as he had for the previous 2 films. LoDuca is probably one of Hollywood's most underrated composers; while he does not have the big-name status of composers like John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner or Lalo Schifrin, he still creates a score that's a great match to the films he's written for, and 'Army of Darkness' is no exception.

While some of the tracks are presented out of chronological order (which can sometimes be a sore spot for soundtrack buffs), the soundtrack is still well presented here. Such tracks as 'Building the Deathcoaster' rely heavily on the use of cello & viola to help give the aged, medieval feel to the score (which suits the film well, as it's set in the Middle Ages). Danny Elfman's 'March of the Dead', as the Deadite Army - fronted by skeletal warriors & musicians using thigh-bones as flutes & bagpipe drones, and skulls as drums - head for the castle, is a horror film classic. 'Soul Swallower' relies heavily on strings, brass & percussion as a Deadite makes an unwelcome appearance in Ash's store, and he counterattacks it with a shotgun. The 'End Titles' starts off with a triumphant brass theme as the store scene fades to black and the credits roll, then changes to the 'Deathcoaster' theme; like most end titles, it rounds out the prominent themes heard in the movie.

It looks like this score is getting harder to find; I was fortunate to score a copy at a reasonable price. Soundtrack/horror movie buffs will want to have this one in their collection.
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