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

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Product Description

Imagine watching Edward Scissorhands without the haunting theme melodies or Nightmare Before Christmas without the music that fused the eerie with the cartoonish. Containing 7 previously unreleased tracks and songs from the above films as well as Mission Impossible, Black Beauty, Batman Returns and the TV shows Beetlejuice TV, Pee-Wee's Playhouse and Amazing Stories, this 2-CD set (featuring over 2 hours of music) is an essential collection from one of the premier innovators of modern cinema music.

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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

Track Listings

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
  11. To Die For Suite: Main Titles
  12. To Die For Suite: Suzie's Theme
  13. To Die For Suite: Busted
  14. To Die For Suite: Wheepy Donuts
  15. To Die For Suite: Finale
  16. Black Beauty Suite: Main Titles
  17. Black Beauty Suite: Baby Beauty
  18. Black Beauty Suite: Jump For Joy
  19. Black Beauty Suite: Frolick-Sick
  20. Black Beauty Suite: Bye Bye Jerry
  21. Black Beauty Suite: Memories
  22. Black Beauty Suite: End Titles
  23. Batman Returns Suite:Birth Of A Penguin
  24. Batman Returns Suite: Trouble Suite
  25. Batman Returns Suite: The Finale
  26. Batman Returns Suite: End Titles

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
  11. Dead Presidents Suite: Nightmare
  12. Nightmare Before Christmas Suite: Overture
  13. Nightmare Before Christmas Suite: Jack And Sally Suite
  14. Nightmare Before Christmas Suite: Christmas Eve Montage
  15. Freeway Suite: Main Titles
  16. Freeway Suite: On The Road
  17. Freeway Suite: Back In The Car
  18. Shrunken Heads Suite: Main Titles
  19. Television Odds 'N Ends Suite: Amazing Stories 'Family Dog'
  20. Television Odds 'N Ends Suite: Amazing Stories 'Family Dog'
  21. Television Odds 'N Ends Suite: Amazing Stories 'Mummy, Daddy
  22. Television Odds 'N Ends Suite: Barkley Superhero 'Nike Commercial'
  23. Television Odds 'N Ends Suite: The Flash 'Theme'
  24. Television Odds 'N Ends Suite: Pee Wee's Playhouse
  25. Television Odds 'N Ends Suite: Beetlejuice - Animated Tv Series 'Theme'
  26. Untitled
  27. Untitled
  28. Untitled
  29. This Is Halloween (Original Demo For Nightmare Before Christmas)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 3, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: INgrooves Fontana/Geffen
  • ASIN: B000002P4P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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By A Customer on July 12, 2003
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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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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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Danny Elfman has been part of rewriting how music should work with film and this is a great way to hear it for one's self. The stuff from Edward and Batman Returns make this worth owning in and of it's self. This is a pretty good place to start with his post Oingo Boingo career.
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I need all volumes -the music is great. The only reason it is missing one star is because this particular item came newly wrapped, but the case got cracked pretty badly during packing/shipping. The CD was fine, though.
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By A Customer on July 8, 2003
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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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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. I really enjoy this CD and like to listen to while working or trying to get into a artistic mood.
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