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Batman [Soundtrack]

Batman (Related Recordings), PrinceAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 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 (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,986 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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.
Songs:
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman-O.S.T.
You would have to like Prince to like this CD!! I think that his Soundtrack version Is Excellent, although in my opinion, his "Purple Rain" Soundtrack is one of his best... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Raymond Leclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This album is one of best Prince has done. The duet with Sheena Easton is great! The movie with Jack Nicholson as The Joker was the awesome!
Published 21 days ago by Harold Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I like the product because have it looked brand new, I listen to this cd almost every day. There no scratches on this cd, although it was delivered without the plastic seal, but I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fasika
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince last album in the 80's
This will always be one of my favorite Prince albums mostly because this came out June 20th, 1989 and I was born June 7th, 1989 which happens to be Prince Birthday what a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roger Rabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars good
This is the sound track to batman really good like batdance as well as partyman and the other songs as well
Published 2 months ago by Jereme Semien
5.0 out of 5 stars A darker companion to the Tim Burton Film
I think those who say this sounds rushed or that it doesn't fit the movie fail to see that it's almost prince's version of the movie we are getting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars prince is number 1
i loved the movie and love this CD .you should buy this CD ,you can dance and have a great party to.
Published 3 months ago by rmvgames
3.0 out of 5 stars IT WAS OKAY
I LIKE PRINCE BUT, THE REASON I BOUGHT THIS CD WAS THE SONG INSATIABLE. THAT SONG IS AWESOME !! IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON A SINGLE.
Published 5 months ago by SYLVIA EDWARDS
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG PRINCE FAN
Part of this year's Halloween costume theme, this music suits both mood and theme perfectly. Although this was a concept album for the movie the songs are very catchy and typical... Read more
Published 6 months ago by James K. Kamano Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Prince album.
This was originally given to me as a child. I did not know what to expect. Now as an adult, I felt a need to own it again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Burton
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