The Addams Family Soundtrack
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The Addams Family (Original Music From The T.V. Show)
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Audio CD, Soundtrack, Limited Edition, June 24, 2014
|Audio CD, Soundtrack, October 22, 1991||
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I was a fan of the show when I was a kid (still am), and we had this in LP form. My siblings and I got a kick out of listening to it as kids, and it was a hoot to rediscover it on CD. When I was a kid, it was a cool realization that different characters had different musical themes associated with them. That added a little something to the show when I could recognize character themes.
One of my favorite songs is "Death is just around the Corner", sung by Morticia, sung by her when she gets depressed. For some reason it makes her happy thinking about Death.
For those who are fans of the Addams, take a listen before buying, it may not be exactly to your liking. Yes, it is a bit sugar coated, but like black jellybeans, they have a bite.
That's especially true when the very first cut you hear is some instrumental version of the famed theme, played at a slow swing place complete with finger snaps and vocal ahs! Not a good beginning.
But once you get past that first track, the disc rebounds nicely with the themes played for the various characters, which fans of the series will recognize immediately, despite not knowing the names of the tunes. "Uncle Fester's Blues" picks up the pace well. "Gomez" has an authentic sounding ring to it, if not for the female la-las added. "Morticia's Theme" is quite evocative and hypnotic. "Lurch's Theme" is fun, if not faster paced than you would expect.
Generally, it's not a bad collection of Jazz songs, that have a decidedly Lawrence Welk tinge to them. But then again, they are presented here by the songsmith himself: Vic Mizzy and his Orchestra, which adds to the authenticity of the collection.
The liner notes features a full color cover pic of the famed opening theme pose with the family in "snap" position, and small black and white production shots of each cast member and a forward by cartoonist Charles Addams.
Huge fans of the series might be interested in this disc, since there is no other material like it out there, and people planning a Halloween party wanting some friendly background music might find this suitable, but everyone else should just wait for the series to eventually appear on DVD.