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Danny Elfman - Dark Shadows (OSC)

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Item #: 14166936
    Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Air Studios, London, England. The cult classic supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows has a rich musical history, including the show's Grammy-nominated "Quentin's Theme," part of Robert Cobert's......more

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Composer: Elfman, Danny
Description:
Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Air Studios, London, England. The cult classic supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows has a rich musical history, including the show's Grammy-nominated "Quentin's Theme," part of Robert Cobert's groundbreaking score, which remains one of the best-selling TV soundtracks. While Tim Burton's 2012 film adaptation of the series was much more intentionally campy, Danny Elfman's score remains more or less true to the original's gothic grandeur while adding his own distinctive touches. It's not till the very end of the majestic "Dark Shadows - Prologue" that the towering strings and choir feel intentionally overwrought. Elfman uses classic musical horror tropes -- scrabbling strings, wistfully eerie solo vocals -- so skillfully and knowingly that his fans as well as fans of horror soundtracks in general will appreciate the mix of seriousness and playfulness in them. Elfman also nods to Cobert's score with tracks such as "Hypno Music" and "Deadly Handshake," which boasts a melody that recalls the original Dark Shadows theme song, replete with suspenseful vibraphone and murky, lingering woodwinds. Things get more interesting on "Shadows - Reprise," which is propelled by zooming analog synths that evoke the film's early-'70s setting in a completely different way. Throughout the score, Elfman balances horror, suspense, and the faintest wisp of romance cleverly, and with just enough camp to underscore that this is music for a (very dark) comedy. While it may not be as indelible as Cobert's music, Elfman's Dark Shadows is scary good fun for fans of the composer and the film. ~ Heather Phares
See Also:
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack], Danny Elfman: Music for a Darkened Theatre (Film & Television Music, Vol. 2), Danny Elfman: Music for a Darkened Theatre, Film & Television Music, Vol. 1, Beetlejuice, Batman [Original Motion Picture Score]
See Influences:
Kurt Weill (Composer), Ennio Morricone (Composer/Conductor), Cab Calloway, Lalo Schifrin (Composer), Bernard Herrmann (Composer), Franz Waxman (Composer/Conductor), Spike Jones, Frank Zappa, Duke Ellington, Philip Glass, Henry Mancini
See Contemporaries:
Howard Shore (Composer), Vangelis, John Debney, Mark Isham, Graeme Revell (Composer), James Newton Howard, Michael Nyman (Piano), RZA, Hans Zimmer (Composer), Aaron Zigman, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Michael Giacchino, Carter Burwell, Stephin Merritt, Alan Silvestri, Thomas Newman, Rachel Portman, James Horner, Creature Feature, Jerry Goldsmith, Paul Haslinger, Mark Mothersbaugh, The Martinis, Brian Reitzell, Ennio Morricone (Composer/Conductor), Jon Brion
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Dark Shadows: Dark Shadows - Prologue (Uncut)
  2. 2 Dark Shadows: Resurrection
  3. 3 Dark Shadows: Vicky Enters Collinswood
  4. 4 Dark Shadows: Deadly Handshake
  5. 5 Dark Shadows: Shadows - Reprise
  6. 6 Dark Shadows: Is It Her?
  7. 7 Dark Shadows: Barnabus Comes Home
  8. 8 Dark Shadows: Vicky's Nightmare
  9. 9 Dark Shadows: Hypno Music
  10. 10 Dark Shadows: Killing Dr. Hoffman
  11. 11 Dark Shadows: Dumping the Body
  12. 12 Dark Shadows: Roger Departs
  13. 13 Dark Shadows: Burn Baby Burn / In-Tombed
  14. 14 Dark Shadows: Lava Lamp
  15. 15 Dark Shadows: The Angry Mob
  16. 16 Dark Shadows: House of Blood
  17. 17 Dark Shadows: Final Confrontation
  18. 18 Dark Shadows: Widow's Hill - Finale
  19. 19 Dark Shadows: The End? (Uncut)
  20. 20 Dark Shadows: More The End?
  21. 21 Dark Shadows: We Will End You!
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Soundtracks
Label:
Watertower Music
Producer:
Danny Elfman
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
52 : 44
UPC:
794043160110
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  • Not typical soundtrack

    This is not your typical soundtrack. It is all instrumental. The songs in the movie are not on this CD. I was very disappointed. I guess I should have read the description better.

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