Dark Shadows (Ost) CD (2012)

Artist: Danny Elfman

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Label Watertower/fontana
SKU 230056312
UPC 794043160110
UPC 14 00794043160110
Format CD
Release Date 5/8/2012
Author Danny Elfman
Associated Artist/Work Goldsmith, Jerry
Associated Artist/Work Herrmann, Bernard
Associated Artist/Work Herrmann, Bernard (Composer)
Associated Artist/Work Original Score
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work They Might Be Giants
Detailed Track Info
Counter 1
Title Dark Shadows, film score
Composer Name Elfman, Danny
Composer Info Danny Elfman (1953 - )
Minutes 7
Seconds 52
Period Contemporary
Form Genre Film Score
Written 2012
Recorded Date
Work Notes Air Studios, London, England; Abbey Road Studios, London, England
Conductor Wentworth, Rick
Album Notes and Credits
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
Disc 1
1 Dark Shadows: Dark Shadows - Prologue (Uncut)
2 Dark Shadows: Resurrection
3 Dark Shadows: Vicky Enters Collinswood
4 Dark Shadows: Deadly Handshake
5 Dark Shadows: Shadows - Reprise
6 Dark Shadows: Is It Her?
7 Dark Shadows: Barnabus Comes Home
8 Dark Shadows: Vicky's Nightmare
9 Dark Shadows: Hypno Music
10 Dark Shadows: Killing Dr. Hoffman
11 Dark Shadows: Dumping the Body
12 Dark Shadows: Roger Departs
13 Dark Shadows: Burn Baby Burn / In-Tombed
14 Dark Shadows: Lava Lamp
15 Dark Shadows: The Angry Mob
16 Dark Shadows: House of Blood
17 Dark Shadows: Final Confrontation
18 Dark Shadows: Widow's Hill - Finale
19 Dark Shadows: The End? (Uncut)
20 Dark Shadows: More The End?
21 Dark Shadows: We Will End You!
Product Attributes
Artist Elfman,Danny
Music Format Compact Disc

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