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Batman [Soundtrack]

Batman (Related Recordings), PrinceAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LHX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Future
2. Electric Chair
3. The Arms Of Orion
4. Partyman
5. Vicki Waiting
6. Trust
7. Lemon Crush
8. Scandalous
9. Batdance

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Purple Popster! Prince does it like it's 1989! December 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Report to Commissioner Gordon on the Batman Soundtrack.
There's something well, quirky about this CD. Don't get me wrong, this ranks among one of Prince's best efforts. It's just that it sounds like he cranked this one out in three/four weeks compared to the material he spends more time on. Then again, the man eats, drinks, sleeps, dreams, and bleeds music.
In each song, he lists the lead vocal as one of the main characters from the movie: Batman, the Joker, Vicki Vale, and Bruce Wayne. There's also a character called Gemini, half of him representing good, the other half representing evil, who makes his only appearance in the ultra-kickin' track "Batdance", but it's a significant appearance.
Holy Frozen Smile! The best lead vocalist here is the Joker. "Electric Chair", "Partyman", and "Trust". The thumping bass and rough guitar on "Electric Chair" is comparable to the Joker's dark side. The latter two are just fun, reflecting the villain's playful side. I mean face it, who was the more interesting character in the movie? When the villain steals the show from the hero, there's gotta be something wrong, right? Or is it just Jack Nicholson's superiority as an actor compared to Michael Keaton? As a result, the Joker's songs are more playful, being the twisted libertine he is, while Batman's songs are more somber, brooding, and romantic (check out "Scandalous").
"The Arms Of Orion" is his second vocal collaboration with Sheena Easton and both parties got the best with this wonderful ballad.
"Lemon Crush" has a little bit of the funk reminiscent of The Time. "Scandalous" is another lovely ballad done in his falsetto voice.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Brooding February 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
On the soundtrack to Tim Burton's blockbuster hit Batman, Prince perfectly captures the mood and theme of this dark film. The movie looks at Michael Keaton's Batman as the Dark Knight, deep, intense & brooding. The songs on the album about him reflect that mood. "The Future" opens the album on a dark, ominous note and then slides into the frantic "Electric Chair" while "The Arms Of Orion" and "Trust" follow Batman's relationship with Vicki Vale. Prince also captures the manic, crazed persona of Jack Nicholson's Joker in the funky "Partyman". The album's closer "Batdance" is menagerie of film dialogue, funky beats and sound effects that gives the listener as kaleidoscope image of the film. Even though Batman is about a film, it comes across as one of Prince's most personal albums.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Prince May 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Maybe Prince should hire himself out for soundtracks. In a commercial soundtrack, there are external pressures to keep the songs short and listenable, two positive traits absent from Prince's music since "The Gold Experience." Without these influences, Prince tends to submit these massive, multi-disc monstrosities containing 10-minute songs with nonsensical lyrics and gooey, grating melodies.
Anyone who has bought one of these later albums ("Emancipation," "Crystal Ball," etc.) will appreciate the discipline apparently enforced by the conventions of a movie soundtrack. Instead of the rambling tunes that have marked Prince's later work, you get the tight, driven funk of "The Future." And instead of whatever he was doing on "Emancipation," you get the clever lyricism of "Electric Chair," and "Lemon Crush." The best song on the album, "Vicki Waiting," manages to capture a bachelor's conflict between the desire for a long-term relationship and the fear of commitment better than any other song I've ever heard. Even "Batdance," "Trust," and "Partyman," while far from original masterworks, are simply more fun to listen to than nearly anything Prince has done since.
All in all, 4 stars for an underrated album. Here's hoping that, some day, Prince returns to what made this album good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soul of the Movie March 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Not to be confused with Danny Elfman's instrumental release for the same movie, this soundtrack for the first Batman, is one of the best movie soundtracks ever released. Prince created a soundtrack that moves with the movie. It is not just a compilation of songs that you hear in the background of a movie, like many soundtracks that are hastily put together. This CD is full of dialogue from the movie and from Prince's imagination. Prince put a lot of heart, soul and funk into this recording.
THE FUTURE is the opening song that sets the stage for the dark future that The Joker has in mind for Gothem. It full of techno, synthesized sounds that are held together with Prince's rhythm guitar.
ELECTRIC CHAIR comes out with hard guitar riffs by one of the greatest guitarist in the pop/rock world.
THE ARMS OF ORION - What a pretty song. It is sung as a duet between Bruce Wayne (Prince) and Vicki Vale (Sheena Easton). It is a soft, sad love song that is held together by the beautiful piano and a string section.
PARTYMAN - What more can I say except to quote Jack, "Gentlemen, let's broaden our minds!" Everyone listening to this can picture Jack Nicholson as the Joker strutting thru the museum with his henchmen and a boombox. Very Funky.
VICKI'S WAITING - Another dance track. The song is about Batman wondering if and when he should tell Vicki Vale that he is Bruce Wayne.
TRUST - Another upbeat dance track that was used when the Joker is riding on his float in a parade through downtown Gothem.
LEMON CRUSH - Club tune. The only song I can not envision in the Batman movie. Still a good tune.
SCANDALOUS - Love or Sex?
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Published 13 days ago by Shaun
5.0 out of 5 stars Band new cd! Can't bet that!
Band new cd ! Can't bet that!
Published 1 month ago by samantha mckissick
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
bought it for two songs
Published 1 month ago by billy lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item was as described and shipped in excellent condition.
Published 1 month ago by Greg Trammell
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince's Best Album!
Some of Prince's very best work!

Arms of Orion may be the most beautiful song ever written. Hyperbole? Not at all.
Published 2 months ago by L. Henry Dowell-Playwright
1.0 out of 5 stars Insert More Entertaining Than Music!
Guess you have to be a devoted Prince fan to enjoy this cd. I remember seeing the movie and enjoying it but do not remember this music at all which is fine by me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Morse
3.0 out of 5 stars a marked difference
After Lovesexy Prince the genius from Minneapolis never recovered . what was it that happened?maybe the feline got to be too much. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SFNico
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince batman soundtrack is a big part of what made 1989 batman famous
Batman soundtrack was princes masterpiece they made the score and prices album i first got mine back in 89 on cassette because i didn't own a cd players yet. Read more
Published 4 months ago by thomas henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, I love bats!
I chose this rating because I love the Tim Burton classic film. Though this isn't the score it was actually released before the film. All the songs are by prince. Read more
Published 4 months ago by leo134
3.0 out of 5 stars Batman couldn't save anyone from this crime on soundtracks!
Don't get me wrong, there are a few solid tracks on this album but for the most part it is for Prince die hards. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joust Reddington
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