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Carnivale Soundtrack From the Original HBO Series

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HBO's acclaimed new series, CARNIVALE follows a traveling carnival as it wends its way across the Dust Bowl, focusing on a mysterious young fugitive with hidden talents who is taken in by the carnival, and on the charismatic, shadowy evangelist who will ultimately cross his path. The 12-episode dramatic series takes place at a time of worldwide unrest, with evil on the rise around the globe and the Great Depression wreaking economic and social havoc here at home. The dark, magical score for CARNIVALE was composed by Jeff Beal.

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HBO's pioneering series takes the dark carnival gambit of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, drops it in the bleak heartland of Dust Bowl-era America and jolts it with a compelling undercurrent of Biblical apocalypse. That's no easy dramatic flux to musically evoke, but veteran TV composer Jeff Beal graces the show with cues that seamlessly fuse Appalachian folk traditions with a brooding, goth-inspired ambient gloom. The anxious solo fiddle of the show's theme is a repeating motif, one the composer uses to variously evoke melancholy ("Dora Mae's Funeral"), bittersweet romance ("Rita Sue and Jonesy") or supernatural wonders ("Ben Heals the Girl"). Beal's use of mournful solo horn (as on "Mark of the Beast") often heralds the show's undercurrent of Biblical doom, while his hesitant, haunting piano passages seem to hang in the air for eternity. The evocative cues here stand in stark contrast to the oft-quirky jazz cool of the composer's Emmy-winning work on Monk, ample tribute to Beal's masterful abilities to channel his musical instincts into even the most diverse dramatic material. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Carnivale End Title (Ben's Theme)
  2. Dora Mae's Funeral
  3. Carnivale Main Title Theme
  4. Meet Samson, Ben's Dream
  5. Justin At Mr. Chin's (Justin's Theme)
  6. His Name Was Michael
  7. Storm's Coming
  8. Ben Heals The Girl
  9. Rita Sue And Jonesy
  10. Lodz And Ben
  11. The Carnivale Convoy
  12. We Can Be Saved
  13. The Mark Of The Beast
  14. The Silent Film
  15. Fix Up Dora Mae
  16. Black Blizzard
  17. Ben Heals Kerrigan
  18. Justin Calls Iris
  19. Management's Advice
  20. You're The One
  21. The Russian Front
  22. Babylon
  23. Ben Searches the Templar Hall
  24. Sofie Reads The Cards For Ben
  25. Lodz And Management's Plot
  26. Lucky To Have Jonesy (Sofie's Theme)


Product details

  • Composer: Jeff Beal
  • Audio CD (December 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B0006J2GA2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,355 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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