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Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection Soundtrack

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The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection celebrates
highlights of DC Comic s rich musical history including many rare theme
songs that have never before been released. The compilation begins
in 1941 with the theme song from Max Fleischer s Academy Award
Nominated Superman Cartoons and moves through the decades. Theme
songs from the DC Superhero Filmation cartoons from the 1960 s
including Justice League and Green Lantern are featured alongside
the most recent Justice League and Green Lantern themes produced
by WB Animation in the 2000 s. The 1970 s are represented by Hanna
Barbera s Super Friends cartoons as well as the theme from the
legendary Wonder Woman series starring Lynda Carter. Other highlights
include DC superhero themes from John Williams, Danny Elfman and
Hans Zimmer and, of course, the unforgettable theme to the 1966 Batman
TV Show starring Adam West......Nah Nah Nah Nah Batman!!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: WaterTower Music
  • ASIN: B003PIUICO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 75 years, DC characters have inspired an impressive collection of music, from jingles to symphonic suites, and it seems very appropriate that a compilation should be offered...but be aware, before you purchase this, that for unexplained reasons (copyrights, I suspect), some very familiar tunes are not included in the collection!

The disc begins, appropriately with Sammy Timberg's march, which opened the Max Fleischer/Paramount Superman cartoons of the early 1940s. But the 3-note fanfare and bouncy (uncredited) theme of the Kirk Alyn "Adventures of Superman" movie serials is not included, and, more surprisingly, Leon Klatzkin's famous theme music for George Reeves' "The Adventures of Superman" TV series is missing, as well (As a baby boomer who grew up on this, leaving it out is simply unforgivable!)

It is fun listening to the cheesy verbal introductions of the various animated DC series of the 60s and 70s, as well as the catchy jingles (with vocal accompanists harmonizing unforgettable lyrics like "It's Superman, Super, Super, Superman!"), and the Adam West "Batman" TV series gets an expanded version of the theme song everybody was humming in the mid-1960s. But the Man of Steel's ill-fated foray on the Broadway stage, "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman!", is ignored, despite introducing a hit pop tune ("You've Got Possibilities").

Happily, John Williams' brilliant theme for the Christopher Reeve "Superman" film is included (although the hit single, "Can You Read My Mind?" is left out). The three original Reeve sequels offered, fundamentally, variations of the Williams' score, but 2006's "Superman Returns" also introduced beautiful original music (by John Ottman) to supplement Williams' score, but none of it is available, here.
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Have to essentially agree with Benjamin Burgraff's review. They could easily have expanded this collection into a 2-CD set. So many movies and TV series based on DC Comics characters didn't make the cut for this album. For the record, to the best of my recollection, here's what's missing:

Columbia Pictures movie serials: THE VIGILANTE (1947); CONGO BILL (1948); SUPERMAN (1948); BATMAN AND ROBIN (1949); ATOM MAN VS. SUPERMAN (1950); BLACKHAWK (1952)

Broadway musical: IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S SUPERMAN (1966)

TV series: THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (1952-1958); SUPERPUP (1958 unsold pilot); SUPERBOY (1961 unsold pilot); SWAMP THING (1990 DiC Entertainment cartoon series); THE FLASH (1990 TV series); BIRDS OF PREY (2002 TV series)

Movies: SUPERMAN II (1980); SWAMP THING (1982); SUPERMAN III (1983); SUPERGIRL (1984); SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987); THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING (1989); BATMAN RETURNS (1992); BATMAN FOREVER (1995); BATMAN AND ROBIN (1997); V FOR VENDETTA (2005); SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006); THE DARK KNIGHT (2008); WATCHMEN (2009); JONAH HEX (2010)

Filmation animated cartoons: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN (1977); SHAZAM! (1981-1982 - Part of the KID SUPER POWER HOUR with SHAZAM!, not to be confused with the live-action series)

Various incarnations of Hanna-Barbera's long-running SuperFriends TV cartoon franchise: CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER FRIENDS (1978-1979); THE WORLD'S GREATEST SUPER FRIENDS (1979-1980); SUPER FRIENDS: THE LEGENDARY SUPER POWERS SHOW (1984-1985); THE SUPER POWERS TEAM: GALACTIC GUARDIANS (1985-1986); also the 1988 Ruby-Spears animated SUPERMAN cartoon.
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Produced in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of DC Comics, this CD includes themes songs and introductions from both live action and animated films and television programming based on characters created by or (as is the case with Captain Marvel and Plastic Man) now owned by DC. The majority of the 31 tracks should appeal to older fans who may have seen these in their initial release/airing (I especially enjoyed the material from my childhood in the late 1970s and 1980s), while the inclusion of an extended suite from _Batman Beyond_, a 24-second piece from _Smallville_, and two themes from DC's recent animated direct-to-DVD films is disappointing, especially when (as other reviewers have observed) so much else is missing (like the the _Adventures of Superman_ intro and the remainder of the _Super Friends_ themes, as well the other animated Batman themes and Superman intros). This could have easily been a multi-CD set, and, hopefully, Warner Bros. will consider an updated version to commemorate DC's 80th anniversary in 2015.
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Like many, I believe this should've been a two disc or even three to four disc collection.

Yet what it does have is very good, in some instances.

For example we do get the original "Superman March" from the Fleischer Superman cartoons. What we don't get is the at least two altered versions of this theme. One version recounts Superman growing up in an orphanage, while the other compares Superman's powers to forces of nature.

Most of the music in this collection suffers from too much narration. For example I wish they had used the end title theme to "New Adventures Of Superman" because it's a great rocking instrumental but they used the beginning title theme which is laden with narration.

Also, when it comes to Smallville I would've liked to have the theme song "Save Me" as opposed to Season 8's end titles theme.

There are also many songs that reference Superman that should have been considered, such as "I Am Superman", "Sunshine Superman", and "Kryptonite".

Now onto the Batman section!

It's nice to have music from the 1943 serial on here. Though an episode from the radio shows for characters like Superman, Batman, and Blue Beetle would've been a nice disc. Especially if they collected key episodes, like the introduction of Kryptonite into the Superman mythos.

There's three key problems with the Batman section. Number one there's none of the great music by Shirley Walker did for the 1990s Animated Series. Two, there's none of the hits off any of the 1990s Batman films like "Gotham City", "Kiss From A Rose", or even "Bat-Dance!". Then number three is how they treated the 1960s TV Show.

You do NOT get the original theme song from the TV show.
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