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Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 2: Film & Television Music [Soundtrack]

Danny Elfman Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 3, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Fontana Mca
  • ASIN: B000002P4P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Edward Scissorhands Suite: Main Titles
2. Edward Scissorhands Suite: Storytime
3. Edward Scissorhands Suite: Suite
4. Edward Scissorhands Suite: Suburbia-Barber
5. Edward Scissorhands Suite: The Grand Finale
6. Dolores Claiborne Suite: Main Titles
7. Dolores Claiborne Suite: Vera's World
8. Dolores Claiborne Suite: Flashback
9. Dolores Claiborne Suite: Sad Room
10. Dolores Claiborne Suite: End Titles
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Mission Impossible Suite: Trouble
2. Mission Impossible Suite: Looking For Job
3. Mission Impossible Suite: Betrayal
4. Sommersby Suite: Main Titles
5. Sommersby Suite: Return Montage
6. Sommersby Suite: Finale-End Titles
7. Dead Presidents Suite: Main Titles
8. Dead Presidents Suite: Daughter
9. Dead Presidents Suite: Montage
10. Dead Presidents Suite: Nam
See all 29 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews


A delightfully buoyant, mock-creepy collection of film scores from Hollywood's first and best call for quirk, strangeness, and charm. Focusing on Elfman's post-1992 work (much of it for director Tim Burton), this 2 CD set features excerpts from Edward Scissorhands, To Die For, and Batman Returns, among other lesser items. -- Jeff Bateman

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on Volume 3 May 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The liner notes and "This is Halloween Demo" on this compilation are well worth the CD price by themselves. Danny comments on each of the tracks on the CDs which is a rare and ego-free look at what a composer thinks of his own work.

Edward Scissorhands is magical, Black Beauty is a rollercoaster of emotion, and Dolores Claiborne makes me want to find the nearest piano. This is not a "Most Popular" compilation, rather it aptly showcases Danny Elfman's (and Orchestrator, Steve Bartek's) brilliance and wide range of style.

Every suite has an Elfman signature, such as the layered complexity which never sounds overdone, or the use of a choir as an instrument.

This (and Volume 1) are examples of the work of a modern day composer who consistently stands out as one of the best.

If you like this and have the spare cash, grab the individual scores from some of the movies he has worked on, including "Men In Black", "Spiderman", "Batman", "Batman Returns", "Nightmare Before Christmas", "Edward Scissorhands", "Mars Attacks" and so many more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Instrumental Music July 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Danny Elfman's "Music for a Darkened Theater" is a brilliantly crafted masterpiece of music. His compositions hold a certain eerie theme, which makes them captivating. His music, ranging from Black Beauty to Edward Scissorhands, projects both fear and beauty, happiness and deceit. "Music for a Darknened Theater" was definitely worth the price I paid for it. Anyone interested in instrumental/soundtrack music will love the phenomenal creations of Danny Elfman.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Overview of Danny's Works January 23, 2000
By Emily M
Format:Audio CD
This 2 cd set is a fabulous purchase, especially if you have eclectic taste in music. From Dolores Claiborne to Mission: Impossible to Dead Presidents, this set has it all. Some of the most lovely and disturbing music I've ever heard. Even if you have all of Danny's soundtracks, there is still some stuff on here that you can't find anywhere else. Plus, the demo of "This is Halloween" is not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless, at any price July 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Years ago, watching peter Jennings cover the funeral procession of Princess Diana, my soul was captured by some hauntingly beautiful music that at times played in the background. So began my mission to find out what it was, who wrote it and how I could get it. After some correspondence with the network I was put in touch with the woman who "put together" that part of the programming. All she could remember is that it came from the movie "Black Beauty". THEN I found out how many versions of that had been made lol. With determination, I finally found it, and had a local music store order it for me.
There are no words to describe what this music does to me. I did try listening to some of the other tracks, but they didn't even come close. I rate this music right up there with the 1971 score for "Jane Eyre" by John Willams... and that's pretty high :D
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring music! July 9, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Elfman is amazing! I'm still waiting to get the first volume, and from the second album's scores, i know it will be worth the wait. He is my favorite composer for his haunting melodies! My favorite tracks were the EDWARD SCISSORHANDS themes, NIGHTMARE BEFORE X-MAS, BLACK BEAUTY and DOLORES CLAIBORNE! ALL of them kept me listening for more. I recommend this album not only for elfman fans, but anyone who enjoys a composers music who can feel the talent in his albums! Great job danny!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-listening, classic Danny Elfman July 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Danny Elfman is at it again, with this great 2-CD set. I was expecting a double-decker, but all it was was a single CD jewelcase with 2 compartments. Who cares? We're talking about the music here. All the tracks are generally easy listening, perfect to read to. You get over two hours of music for only $22.50. That's a great bargain. $11.25 per CD. The selection and length of tracks are just a tad too long. But it's Danny Elfman; all his music is enjoyable. But who cares about Sommersby or Dead Presidents? The best selections are the Batman tracks and the Edward Scissorhands tracks. Highly recommendable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended to any Elfman fan January 9, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I only realized who Danny Elfman was very recently and grabbed this CD right away. It's excellent, you won't be disappointed. If you like "The Nightmare Before Christmas", the creepy, the weird, the gothic or just cool musical arangements, get this. I highly recommend this one especially to people who are also fans of Tim Burton's work. Elfman has a talent of making his audience feel exactly what he's trying to convey. Fun to listen to and great dynamics. Great buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elfman all in two cd's October 3, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's nice to be able to just pop two cd's in your player and hear the best of Danny Elfman all at once. Some of his greatest scores are present- like Edward Scissorhands and Batman Returns- plus some neat little excerpts from televison commercials and shows he worked for. Plus, you get to hear for yourself the genius behind the man as you hear the demo version of "This Is Halloween" (that track is actually why I bought the cd). However, some excerpts are plain boring or unintersting - like Sommersby, Dead Presidents and a few other individual tracks scattered around. All in all, the best part of the cd is the Nightmare demo and some of the TV exerpts, (plus it was nice to hear a few of my favorite scores again) which may or may not be worth 22 dollars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD of some great Danny Elfman
I got his CD because I love Danny Elfman's music and I can usually pick it out anywhere. Most people know him from Tim Burton's movies but he has done some other work as well. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Crebs
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I am a big fan of Elfman. When I saw this I had to order it. It fantastic for any music lover.
Published 16 months ago by John K. Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection
I bought this and volume one. I couldn't decide which one to order but I was pleased with both. I started looking at the cds in the first place because I really wanted some music... Read more
Published on July 19, 2010 by not mark twain
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Elfman fans
Along with Volume 1, a wonderful collection of Elfman's finest. Don't forget to add Spiderman 2!
Published on March 26, 2009 by D. Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview
Very nice overview of Elfman work. Insufficient by itself but worth having along with the full soundtracks. Bonus disc is a nice extra.
Published on April 17, 2007 by Special K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!!!!!!!!!
I Love Danny Elfman's music so much that I have started my own collection of the soundtracks that he composed. Read more
Published on September 7, 2005 by Michael L. Matheny
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice for a Danny Elfman collection
Music For A Darkened Theater, Vol.2 is a great cd!!! I love all of the tracks on both cd's,but my fav. ones are the t.v. scores and the This Is Halloween demo!!! Read more
Published on August 2, 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection, Lots Of Music
It should be easy to tell from the movies and TV shows listed whether or not you'd be interested in this collection. Read more
Published on August 18, 2003 by D. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the Black Beauty suite
I tried for several days to download the "Black Beauty" soundtrack and after getting one song, decided there must be a better way! Read more
Published on December 7, 2002
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