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Music for a Darkened Theatre: Film & T.V. Music 1 Soundtrack

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Pee Wee's Big Adventure - Overture / Breakfast MachineDanny Elfman and The National Philharmonic Orchestra 7:02Album Only
  2. Batman - Batman Theme / Up The Cathedral / Descent Into MysteryDanny Elfman and Sinfonia Of London 8:25Album Only
  3. Dick Tracy - Main TitlesDanny Elfman 3:04Album Only
  4. Beetlejuice - Main Titles / End TitlesDanny Elfman 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Nightbreed - Main Titles / Meat For The Beat / End TitlesDanny Elfman 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Darkman - Main Titles / Woe The Darkman, WoeDanny Elfman 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Back To School - Study MontageDanny Elfman and The National Philharmonic Orchestra 1:30Album Only
  8. Midnight Run - Walsh Gets The Duke / Main Titles / Diner BluesDanny Elfman 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Wisdom - Change Of Life / Close Call In AlbuquerqueDanny Elfman 4:39Album Only
10. Hot To Trot - Main Titles / Wandering DonDanny Elfman 2:22Album Only
11. Big Top Pee Wee - Main Titles / Rise 'N Shine / Pee Wee's Love ThemeDanny Elfman 5:25Album Only
12. The Simpsons - ThemeDanny Elfman 1:31Album Only
13. Alfred Hitchcock Presents : The Jar SuiteDanny Elfman 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Tales From The Crypt - ThemeDanny Elfman 1:29Album Only
15. Face Like A Frog - SuiteDanny Elfman 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Forbidden Zone - Love ThemeDanny Elfman 1:16Album Only
17. Scrooged - Main Titles / Show Time At Ibc / Elliot Gives Blood /Danny Elfman 8:45Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 15, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Fontana Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OEB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CaptKneemo@Aol.com on August 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Danny Elfman is the god of music, as far as I'm concerned. Even if you're not an Elfman fan, this album will still satisfy you. It was great hearing some of his earlier work, as well as songs I never knew he was responsible for. This album covers just about every range of music Elfman can do, from dark heroics in Batman, goofy fun in Hot to Trot, childish glee in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and many others. It was also great to hear the Midnight Run songs in which Elfman got to combine his rock genius with his genius with an orchestra for a truly unique sound. This covers only a few of Elfman's greatest songs, but they are some of the tops, especially Back to School. Well worth the buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allen W. Nyhuis on January 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Great collection of the music of Danny Elfman. He's a really gifted composer; for proof, buy this album.
The CD gets kicking with the theme from Pee Wee's Big Adventure, which arguably contains Elfman's catchiest music. Then you've got some great themes from Batman, Dick Tracy, and Beetlejuice (which is, as Elfman says, a "roller coaster ride"). The next one is beautiful, which is the theme to Nightbreed. From what I've heard, the movie stinks. But the soundtrack is one of my favorites on this CD and truly sounds like it belongs in a film like Titanic or some big blockbuster.
The rest of the album are various odds and ends from different projects Elfman's been involved in, from The Simpsons to Sam Raimi's Darkman, from his bro's Forbidden Zone to Tales from the Crypt. It all ends off with the theme from Scrooged, which is actually pretty haunting.
A great buy. Really shows off Elfman's diverse talents in making movie music. He's one of my favorite composers composing today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By elf on April 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
What a great CD. Danny's music is so original and inventive. this CD contains his pre 90's quirky, gothic music. it's all very well written and beautifully orchestrated. batman and darkman contain some really excellent long, dark, gothic cues that really take u away from reality. in my opinion no one, apart from howard shore, is as inventive and original as danny in the world of filmmusic. he far surpasses the repetitive works of williams or horner. buy this, and volume two, and keep supporting one of the greatest film composers of all time.ohh...and buy fellowship of the ring and two towers by howard shore....amazing work!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on June 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Danny Elfman emerged as one of the film and TV world's most exciting composers in the late 80s and early 90s. "Music For a Darkened Theatre: Film and Television Music Volume 1" is an anthology of some of his most memorable compositions from that period.
Elfman's work ranges from the playful ("Pee Wee's Big Adventure") to the majestic ("Batman") to the ethereal ("Nightbreed") to the goofy ("Back to School"). Especially enjoyable is "Nightbreed," with its inventive use of ethnic-sounding instruments and choir. His TV work on this disc includes the theme music for "The Simpsons," a masterpiece of energetic silliness. Other noteworthy selections include his music for the film "Wisdom," which contains interesting percussion effects.
Special mention should be made of Shirley Walker, who actually conducted many of these compositions. This CD is an excellent selection for fans of film and television music.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on September 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I first got this on cassette in the summer of '94 and listened to it every day, drawn by its thematic range and compositional depth. And that was just side-one.

Elfman pioneered the sound that drives today's movie adaptations of comic-books and darker-themed children's stories. Side-One kicks things off with a rollicking, hyper-cartoonish theme from the first Pee-Wee movie - the one where Pee-Wee searches for his beloved bike. Elfman's theme contains layers of different rides - on tightropes, highways, in the middle of a NASCAR rally - which rudely yet melodically crash into each other.

The Batman entry actually contains several pieces - the opening credits, the extended sequence in the cathedral and the climax - which show Batman's darkened extreme at its "Frank Miller" best. (Dir. Tim Burton couldn't sustain the mood in the next sequel, and the franchise took a turn towards the camp of the TV series with the next 2 movies.)

The theme for "Dick Tracy" is perhaps the most romantic on this disc, a quality that surpasses the theme's comic-book origins, but ends on an ironic note that's pure Elfman.

"Beetlejuice" (opening & closing credits) gives Elfman's childish ID a chance to stretch its legs, or in this case, slam-dance.

"Nightbreed" is an enigma wrapped in a dark mystery, and that's just Elfman's score. Elfman's work on this movie is as good as the movie wasn't, having a more powerful narrative than the script - easily the best track on the entire disc, one likely to exceed the movie in its dose of chills.

"Darkman" doesn't quite rise to the occasion, though the score may be hobbled by the movie itself, which seldom surpassed one of the many "Batman" clones of the early 1990's.
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