COMPLETE SCORE

BATMAN

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1989
21
54:55
Warner Brothers Records

BATMAN: Expanded Score

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2010
59
144:00
La La Land Records

BATMAN
The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton
25th Anniversary Music Box

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2011
37
73:01
Warner Brothers Records

Special reissues (without new musical content):
The Danny Elfman BATMAN Collection
2014
The Danny Elfman BATMAN Collection Soundtrack (2014)
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2014
59 (discs 1 & 2) (of 4)
144:00
La-La Land Records

For Christmas 2014, La La Land re-edits both soundtracks composed by Elfman for the superhero movies (Batman / Batman Returns) that were released in 2010 in a 4-CD SET box. In case of Batman, a new re-mastering has been realized, whereas the booklet contains the same notes as the 2010 editions of both albums. They have to be very sure of how well works the Batman/Elfman combination, because the release of the reissue of a reissue only 4 years after is a business that few fans of film music might have dreamed. A second opportunity to acquire both albums in one purchase.

REVIEW

Batman (ENGLISH)

Batman (Danny Elfman). It is a pleasure to begin the booklet review reading on the existing doubts of how Elfman was going to adapt his style to a blockbuster of Batman's size, and of how, finally, the Batman's theme that he composed catapulted him definitively to turn into a Hollywood top composer. And it is that this type of recognition, though probably it only can be done years later, is necessary to mention it in this type of editions, noticing the importance and the merit that had the composition of this score for the film world in general and, especially, for the character of Batman and Elfman's career. Undoubtedly, Elfman's merit came after creating a theme for a superhero, tied exclusively to this character (as years before John Williams was doing with Superman), a showy, enterteining, easily memorable and easily identifiable theme with Batman, a theme that represents the darkness and the hero's action facet.

As for the expanded edition of 2010, this one comes on two discs, the first one with the score as is is listened in the film, and a second with a remastered edition of 1989 original soundtrack, besides some bonus tracks. It is recursive in some releases of La La Land to include the original score besides the expanded score, thing that seems to be unnecessary and redundant, even though the tracks of one and other one are not exactly the same ones. In spite of it, the tracks of the original score (disc 2) come commented in the booklet, and from this information we extract the confirmation of what always we have suspected: that the music contained in the official albums is not exactly the same used for the movie, since there is used to done a selection of tracks that are edited, cut, with different instrumentation and even with parts that, directly, do not appear in the film. How many times we have acquired a soundtrack album of a complete or expanded score in that there was a track (even sometimes the Main Title) that was taking adhered the suffix film version? If in this expanded edition of the score we are listening to the real version of the score used for the film, what track is this that we have been listening and admiring for years? So the above mentioned thing, simply a most attracting version for the demanding hearing of the soundtracks consumer. Though it is an understandable labor, it would have to tend to be abolished, because it looks like a practice that is near the fraud. And a proof that it is unnecessary is the existence of the disc 1 of the La La Land edition of 2010, which includes the film version of the score.

The edition included one year later in the Elfman/Burton anniversary box contributes the original score with the track Attack of the Batwing in extended version, some tracks already listened in the La La Land 2010 edition and a few demo tracks (worktapes).

Batman (ESPAÑOL)

Batman (Danny Elfman). Es un placer comenzar la revisión del libreto leyendo sobre las dudas existentes de cómo Elfman iba a adaptar su estilo a un blockbuster del tamaño de Batman, y de cómo, finalmente, el tema de Batman que compuso le catapultó definitivamente para convertirse en un compositor top de Hollywood. Y es que este tipo de reconocimiento, aunque quizás solo puede hacerse con el paso de los años, es necesario mencionarlo en este tipo de ediciones, remarcando la importancia y el mérito que tuvo la composición de este score para el mundo del cine en general y para el personaje de Batman y la carrera de Elfman en particular. Sin duda alguna, el mérito de Elfman llegó tras crear un tema para un superhéroe, ligado exclusivamente a este personaje (como años antes hiciera John Williams con Superman), un tema vistoso, divertido, fácilmente recordable y fácilmente identificable con Batman, un tema que representa la oscuridad y la faceta de héroe de acción del hombre murciélago.

En cuanto a la edición expandida de 2010, ésta viene en dos discos, un primero con el score tal cual se escucha en el film, y un segundo con la banda sonora original de 1989 remasterizada, además de algunas pistas extra. Es recursivo en algunos lanzamientos de La La Land incluir el score original además del score expandido, cosa que parece ser innecesaria y redundante, incluso aunque las pistas de uno y otro no sean exactamente las mismas. A pesar de ello, las pistas del score original (disco 2) vienen comentadas en el libreto, y de dichos comentarios se saca la confirmación de lo que siempre hemos sospechado: que la música contenida en los álbumes oficiales no suele ser exactamente la utilizada para la película, ya que suelen hacerse una selección de pistas que son editadas, cortadas, con instrumentación diferente e incluso con partes que, directamente, no aparecen en el film. ¿Cuántas veces hemos adquirido un álbum de una banda sonora completa o expandida en el que había una pista (incluso a veces nada menos que el Main Title) que llevaba adherido el sufijo film version? Si en esta edición expandida del score estamos escuchando la versión real del score utilizada para el film, ¿qué pista es esa que hemos estado escuchando y admirando durante años? Pues lo dicho, simplemente una edición más vistosa para el exigente oído del consumidor de bandas sonoras. Aunque es una labor entendible, tendría que tender a abolirse, porque parece una práctica que roza el fraude. Y prueba de que es innecesaria es la existencia del disco 1 de la edición de La La Land de 2010, que incluye la versión de score del film.

La edición incluida un año más tarde en la caja aniversario Elfman/Burton aporta el score original con la pista Attack of the Batwing en formato extendido, algunas pistas ya escuchadas en la edición de La La Land y unas cuantas pistas demo (worktapes).

TRACK LISTINGS
BATMAN
1989
Total Time: 54:55
Label:
Warner Brothers Records
  1. The Batman Theme (2:38)
  2. Roof Fight (1:20)
  3. First Confrontation (4:43)
  4. Kitchen, Surgery, Face-Off* (3:07)
  5. Flowers (1:51)
  6. Clown Attack (1:45)
  7. Batman to the Rescue (3:56)
  8. Roasted Dude (1:01)
  9. Photos / Beautiful Dreamer** (2:27)
  10. Descent Into Mystery (1:31)
  11. The Bat Cave (2:35)
  12. The Joker's Poem (0:56)
  13. Childhood Remembered (2:43)
  14. Love Theme* (1:30)
  15. Charge of the Batmobile (1:41)
  16. Attack of the Batwing (4:44)
  17. Up the Cathedral (5:04)
  18. Waltz to the Death (3:55)
  19. The Final Confrontation (3:47)
  20. Finale** * (1:45)
  21. Batman Theme Reprise (1:28)
* includes “Scandalous” composed by Prince with John L. Nelson
** includes “Beautiful Dreamer” composed by Stephen Foster
BATMAN: Expanded Score
2010
Total Time: 144:00
Label:
La-La Land Records
    DISC 1: Original Score (film version) (75:40)
  1. Main Title* (2:42)
  2. Family* / First Batman* / Roof Fight* (3:24)
  3. Jack Vs. Eckhardt* (1:37)
  4. Up Building* / Card Snap* (1:54)
  5. Bat Zone* / Axis Set-Up* (1:55)
  6. Shootout* (5:42)
  7. Dinner Transition* / Kitchen Dinner* (**) / Surgery* (3:00)
  8. Face–Off* (**) / Beddy Bye* (3:59)
  9. Roasted Dude* (1:03)
  10. Vicki Spies (Flowers)* (1:56)
  11. Clown Attack* (1:59)
  12. Photos* / Beautiful Dreamer* (***) (2:30)
  13. Men At Work* (0:33)
  14. Paper Spin* / Alicia’s Mask* (0:30)
  15. Vicki Gets A Gift* (1:13)
  16. Alicia’s Unmasking* (1:10)
  17. Batman To The Rescue* / Batmobile Charge* / Street Fight* (4:25)
  18. Descent Into Mystery* (1:33)
  19. Bat Cave* / Paper Throw* (2:48)
  20. The Joker’s Poem* (0:59)
  21. Sad Pictures* (0:38)
  22. Dream* / Challenge* / Tender Bat Cave* (**) (4:28)
  23. Charge Of The Batmobile* (1:43)
  24. Joker Flies To Gotham (Unused)* / Batwing I*(0:31)
  25. Batwing II* / Batwing III* (6:02)
  26. Cathedral Chase* (5:07)
  27. Waltz To The Death* (3:58)
  28. Showdown I* / Showdown II* (5:05)
  29. Finale* (**) (1:47)
  30. End Credits* (1:29)
    DISC 2: Original Soundtrack Album (remastered) (68:20)
  1. The Batman Theme (2:37)
  2. Roof Fight (1:22)
  3. First Confrontation (4:43)
  4. Kitchen / Surgery / Face–Off** (3:09)
  5. Flowers (1:51)
  6. Clown Attack (1:46)
  7. Batman To The Rescue (3:57)
  8. Roasted Dude (1:02)
  9. Photos/Beautiful Dreamer*** (2:31)
  10. Descent Into Mystery (1:33)
  11. The Bat Cave (2:35)
  12. The Joker’s Poem (0:59)
  13. Childhood Remembered (2:43)
  14. Love Theme** (1:30)
  15. Charge Of The Batmobile (1:41)
  16. Attack Of The Batwing (4:45)
  17. Up The Cathedral (5:05)
  18. Waltz To The Death (3:56)
  19. The Final Confrontation (3:48)
  20. Finale (**) (***) (1:46)
  21. Batman Theme Reprise (1:31)

  22. BONUS CUES:
  23. News Theme* (0:11)
  24. Joker’s Commercial* (1:23)
  25. Joker’s Muzak (unused)* (1:15)
  26. Main Title (alt 1)* (2:42)
  27. Photos* / Beautiful Dreamer (alt)* (**) (2:33)
  28. Batman To The Rescue (original ending)* (0:52)
  29. Charge Of The Batmobile (film edit)* (1:47)
  30. Main Title (alt 2)* (2:47)
* Previously unreleased
** includes “Scandalous” composed by Prince with John L. Nelson
*** includes “Beautiful Dreamer” composed by Stephen Foster
BATMAN: The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box
2011
Total Time: 73:01
Label:
Warner Brothers Records
    DISC 1: Titanic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Remastered) (72:22)
    Music composed and Conducted by James Horner
  1. The Batman Theme (2:38)
  2. Roof Fight (1:23)
  3. First Confrontation (4:45)
  4. Kitchen / Surgery / Face-Off (3:10)
  5. Flowers (1:52)
  6. Clown Attack (1:46)
  7. Batman to the Rescue (3:59)
  8. Roasted Dude (1:03)
  9. Photos / Beautiful Dreamer (2:31)
  10. Descent Into Mystery (1:32)
  11. The Bat Cave (2:36)
  12. The Joker's Poem (0:59)
  13. Childhood Remembered (2:44)
  14. Love Theme (1:30)
  15. Charge of the Batmobile (1:43)
  16. Attack of the Batwing (Extended Version)* (6:03)
  17. Up the Cathedral (5:07)
  18. Waltz to the Death (3:57)
  19. The Final Confrontation (3:49)
  20. Finale (1:47)
  21. Batman Theme Reprise (1:33)

  22. BONUS TRACKS:
  23. Bat Zone / Axis Set-Up (1:52)
  24. Joker Flies to Gotham (Unused) / Batwing I (0:32)
  25. Men at Work (0:32)
  26. Vicki Gets a Gift (1:11)
  27. Alicia's Unmasking (1:09)
  28. Sad Pictures (0:40)
  29. Joker's Commercial (Work Tape)* (0:27)
  30. Joker's Commercial (Film Version) (1:13)
  31. Unused Early Title Idea (Worktape)* (1:40)
  32. Herrmann-esque thing (Worktape)* (1:05)
  33. Axis (Worktape)* (0:30)
  34. Wacky (Worktape)* (0:37)
  35. Waltz - Music Box (Worktape)* (1:00)
  36. Waltz - With Weird, Unused Ending (Worktape)* (1:54)
  37. Wild Theme (Worktape)* (0:59)
  38. Bat Wing Idea (Worktape)* (1:34)
* previously unreleased
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