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Music for a Darkened Theatre, Volume 2
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Selections Composed and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek

Co-Produced by:
Ellen Segal
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MCA Records
(December 3rd, 1996)
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Buy it... if you want one of the best compilations of a composer's original recordings (of a certain era) ever released commercially.

Avoid it... if neither the symphonically tragic nor electronically hip styles of Danny Elfman's career appeal to you at all.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #490
WRITTEN 12/6/96, REVISED 2/12/06
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Music for a Darkened Theatre: Volume II: (Danny Elfman) The early 1990's arguably represent the pinnacle of composer Danny Elfman's achievements in film music. In the shadows of Batman, the rocker turned composer cranked out scores that have either earned him millions (Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas) or have continued to earn the quiet respect of film music critics across the board (Black Beauty and Sommersby). The first "Music for a Darkened Theatre" compilation was released in 1990 just as Elfman fans were experiencing the zeal of discovering a fantastic new talent in the genre, and the single album contained tracks from his earliest days through Darkman, Nightbreed, and Dick Tracy. By late 1996, Elfman had matured into a A-class composer in Hollywood and had already begun his transition from his gothic, symphonic efforts to the more electronic and percussive sorts that better reflected his pre-orchestral scoring days. Just as Mars Attacks! was hitting the theatres, Elfman released his much anticipated "Music for a Darkened Theatre: Volume II" for his fans to chew on, and the 2CD set remains one of the best composer compilations ever to be pressed commercially. The remarkable aspect of these "Music for a Darkened Theatre" albums is that it is difficult (fiscally and ownership-wise) to get such massive compilations of original recordings released, and "Volume II" (like the first CD) presented some never-before released music in the days before bootlegged CDrs spoiled fans with access to such works. Matching his eccentric personality, the packaging of the set includes bizarre photography of the composer, as well as insightful and funny remarks by Elfman about each section of the album. The only wide-spread complaints about the album include some curious edits of cues (and mixing of adjoining music) and, more importantly, the fact that the scores are not presented in chronological order of release. A quick rundown of both CDs follows.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 145:49
CD 1 (Total Time: 71:33)

Edward Scissorhands (16:01) - 1990
• 1. Main Titles (2:36)
• 2. Storytime (2:35)
• 3. Suite (4:19)
• 4. Suburbia/Barber (3:05)
• 5. The Grand Finale (3:26)

Dolores Claiborne (12:29) - 1994
• 6. Main Titles (2:44)
• 7. Vera's World (2:35)
• 8. Flashback (1:32)
• 9. Sad Room (0:51)
• 10. End Titles (4:48)

To Die For (10:59) - 1995
• 11. Main Titles (4:08)
• 12. Suzie's Theme (1:40)
• 13. Busted (2:01)
• 14. Wheepy Donuts (1:49)
• 15. Finale (1:18)

Black Beauty (16:13) - 1994
• 16. Main Titles (2:27)
• 17. Baby Beauty (3:11)
• 18. Jump for Joy (0:57)
• 19. Frolick/Sick (4:03)
• 20. Bye Bye Jerry (2:27)
• 21. Memories (1:28)
• 22. End Titles (1:37)

Batman Returns (15:47) - 1992
• 23. Birth of a Penguin/Main Titles (5:36)
• 24. Trouble Suite (2:15)
• 25. The Finale (3:13)
• 26. End Titles (4:41)
CD 2 (Total Time: 74:16)

Mission: Impossible (10:11) - 1996
• 1. Trouble (3:20)
• 2. Looking for Job (3:53)
• 3. Betrayal (2:56)

Sommersby (16:27) - 1993
• 4. Main Titles (4:40)
• 5. Return Montage (4:26)
• 6. Finale/End Titles (7:21)

Dead Presidents* (14:50) - 1995
• 7. Main Titles (4:01)
• 8. Daughter (1:24)
• 9. Montage (2:17)
• 10. Nam (5:49)
• 11. Nightmare (1:17)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (9:01) - 1993
• 12. Overture (1:47)
• 13. Jack and Sally Suite (5:03)
• 14. Christmas Eve Montage (2:10)

Freeway* (7:02) - 1996
• 15. Main Titles (2:44)
• 16. On the Road (2:58)
• 17. Back in the Car (1:20)

Shrunken Heads - 1994
• 18. Main Titles (1:55)

Television Odds 'n Ends*
• 19 - 20. Amazing Stories, "Family Dog" (2:21) - 1987
• 21. Amazing Stories, "Mummy, Daddy" (2:23) - 1986
• 22. Nike Commercial, "Barkley Superhero" (0:31) - 1992
• 23. The Flash, "Main Theme" (1:33) - 1990
• 24 - 27. Pee Wee's Playhouse (3:36) - 1986/87
• 28. Beetlejuice - Animated TV Series, "Main Theme" (1:02) - 1989

The Nightmare Before Christmas* - 1993
• 29. This is Halloween (Original Demo) (3:19)
* previously unreleased

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert notes include Elfman's personal feelings about each selection, and he throws in some explanation for those tracks that most listeners have never heard of.
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