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The Batman Trilogy
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Originally Composed by:

Conducted by:
Joel McNeely

Performed by:

Produced by:
Robert Townson
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Varèse Sarabande
(July 8th, 1997)
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Buy it... if you can forgive a surprisingly unsatisfying arrangement and flawed performances of Danny Elfman's two scores for this franchise.

Avoid it... if you already own the superior Batman Forever performances from this ensemble on the "Hollywood '95" compilation from the same label and have no interest in hearing a butchering of Elfman's material.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,244
WRITTEN 7/11/03, REVISED 4/3/09
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The Batman Trilogy: (Compilation) With the franchise at its financial peak in the middle of the 1990's, it wasn't foreseen that the fourth film would dig the grave of the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher phase of the series so thoroughly. Danny Elfman had burst onto all-time sales charts for soundtrack albums with his magnificently constructed music for the original Batman and had provided an even darker second chapter for Batman Returns that remains a favorite for many of his devoted fans. Amid disgust and protests, Elfman walked away from Batman Forever and Elliot Goldenthal's work for Demolition Man netted him the responsibility of taking the franchise's music forward. Goldenthal's minimal adaptation of Elfman's theme (consisting of a commonly rising two-note major key phrase at the end of both composers' themes), as well as his less gothic, stylistically schizophrenic approach to the series suffered from the same dismissal from mainstream listeners, especially with Burton and Elfman enthusiasts continuing their assault against Goldenthal's contribution for several years. Goldenthal's music never flew off the shelves in album form the way Elfman's music had, and by the time Batman & Robin hit the theatres, no bother was even made to release Goldenthal's score. For the original franchise, 1997 marked the death of the viability of Gotham City on the big screen (it would be eight years before Christopher Nolan could resurrect the concept and reboot it), and it was in the waning days of this sad realization that Varèse Sarabande collaborated with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus to perform music from the first three films of the series. The RSNO had performed several classic scores under the direction of composer Joel McNeely by the time of this album's release, and the group would go on to perform similar projects for a few more years. The quality of their performances of film music is often excellent, especially in capturing the spirit of Bernard Herrmann scores.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 50:16
Batman:
• 1. The Batman Theme (2:52)
• 2. Flowers (0:28)
• 3. Love Theme (2:08)
• 4. The Joker's Poem (0:38)
• 5. Clown Attack (0:56)
• 6. Up the Cathedral (3:06)
• 7. Waltz to the Death (1:09)
• 8. Final Confrontation (2:19)
• 9. Finale (2:34)


Batman Returns:
• 10. Birth of a Penguin (2:31)
• 11. Main Title (3:35)
• 12. The Lair (1:38)
• 13. Selina Transforms (2:29)
• 14. The Cemetery (3:30)
• 15. A Shadow of Doubt (2:19)
• 16. End Credits (5:21)
Batman Forever:
• 17. Main Title (1:44)
• 18. Chase Noir (1:56)
• 19. Nygma Variations (2:39)
• 20. Mouth to Mouth Nocturne (2:19)
• 21. Victory (2:29)


• 22. Batman T.V. Theme (2:30)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes about all of the scores and the conductor, Joel McNeely.
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