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Batman Forever
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1995 Atlantic
2012 La-La Land
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
David John Olsen
Michael McCuistion
Lolita Ritmanis
Randy Kerber

Produced by:
Matthias Gohl
Richard Martinez
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Atlantic Records
(July 11th, 1995)

La-La Land Records
(January 3rd, 2012)
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The 1995 Atlantic album was a regular U.S. release. The 2012 La-La Land album is limited to 3,500 copies and initially retailed for $30 primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets.
Nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you're open-minded about the wildly flashy direction that the franchise took with this film and generally appreciate Elliot Goldenthal's extremely intelligent capabilities, even if he badly overplays the comical aspect of this concept in the process.

Avoid it... if you expect Goldenthal to have taken the franchise as seriously as Danny Elfman had, because Batman Forever is an occasionally insufferable carnival ride of wildly inconsistent musical personalities at war.
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WRITTEN 4/29/03, REVISED 1/24/12
Batman Forever: (Elliot Goldenthal) The tables were turned on the Batman franchise in 1995, when Tim Burton declined to direct a third film in the series for Warner Brothers and criticism still poured in about the lack of cohesion in Batman Returns. The original Batman of 1989 had been constructed with such a classic formula, pure in its brooding styles and stark coloration, that the more ambitious and broadly conceived Batman Returns ultimately became a major letdown. Warner, however, decided to proceed with the franchise, not by correcting that situation but instead hiring director Joel Schumacher to solve the problem by taking the franchise further down a path to despair, one target at younger audiences that would meet a laughable end with Batman & Robin within a few years. Schumacher's solution was to make the films more consistent with the original comics' tones and their outrageously silly villains. Gone was the bleak darkness of Burton's creation and infused were vivid colors, streaks of lights, and a carnival atmosphere that would spike the film's visuals to an almost intolerable level. The most considerable reason for the artistic downfall of Batman Forever was the fact that the series, in this and the fourth film, failed to continue taking itself seriously. By turning away from the gothic gloom of Burton's original adaptation and instead pandering to pop-culture references in both the scripts and greater design elements, the franchise bordered on becoming a parody of its former self at times. This error would be corrected in the resurrection of the franchise by Christopher Nolan in the 2000's, though. Composer Danny Elfman, who saw the situation with Batman Forever coming, declined to continue down this road and left for other projects. Elfman's Batman theme had quickly become one of the most easily recognizable in recent cinema (and his entire score for the first film is often deemed an early classic of the Digital Age of film music), and whether or not you appreciated his interpretations of the Batman theme and its brooding attitude in Batman Returns, his sequel score remained consistent in its basic feel even though it lacked the same power of performance. Replacing Elfman for Batman Forever, and contending with frantic deadlines and the re-emergence of pop music in the series, was an equally stylistic, rising composer, Elliot Goldenthal.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1995 Atlantic Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 44:20
• 1. Main Titles & Fanfare (1:50)
• 2. Perpetuum Mobile (0:54)
• 3. The Perils of Gotham (3:01)
• 4. Chase Noir (1:45)
• 5. Fledermausmerschmusik (1:15)
• 6. Nygma Variations (An Ode to Science) (6:02)
• 7. Victoria (2:37)
• 8. Descent (1:07)
• 9. The Pull of Regret (2:50)
• 10. Mouth to Mouth Nocturne (2:14)
• 11. Gotham City Boogie (2:02)
• 12. Under the Top (5:42)
• 13. Mr. E's Dance Card (Rumba, Fox-Trot, Waltz & Tango) (3:21)
• 14. Two-Face Three Step (2:20)
• 15. Chase Blanc (1:23)
• 16. Spank Me! Overture (2:46)
• 17. Holy Rusted Metal (1:51)
• 18. Batterdammerung (1:21)
2012 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 151:25

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The insert of the 1995 Atlantic album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2012 La-La Land album includes extensive information about both, though the text is somewhat difficult to read as rendered.
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