THE BAT BLOG!
SOUNDTRACKS OF THE BAT!
Music and Batman have gone together since anyone can remember. I first was exposed to Batman with reruns of the 1966 TV series in the 80s, plus all the cartoons Batman was featured in. Really where I came into the Bat Music was the late 80s early 90s films, and The DC Animated Universe. The way this blog will work is I’ll breakdown each soundtrack. From Batman 66, The Bat Films, all of them, and all the BTAS and Batman Beyond Soundtracks. i will also mention that there are plenty of Bat Soundtracks I’ll not be covering. They are Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman Arkham City Batman: Under The Red Hood, there is also DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection. I don’t have these, so I thought I’d acknowledge them here, but not give full coverage. I will say that I’ll be getting the DC one and the Under The Red Hood album as well. Now onto the rest…..
Batman 1966 TV Series and Film
27 tracks of awesomeness. This score from the 66 film and TV series is amazing. Most of the music in the TV series can be found on here. I absolutely love the grand sound that this score has. It transported back to when I was a kid watching the reruns in the 80s. I love being able to just listen to the music outside of the film or show. Such great stuff!! If you are someone who grew up on 60s Batman this is a must have!!!!
This has outrageous price NEW on amazon, but the used price aint that bad.
Batman Live Action Films:
There are 9 tracks on this… that’s it??? As a nine year old kid when this film came out, I was sooo excited for it. I loved hearing the music in the film. Sadly I have to say that the only track I like off this is Partyman. The rest I just can’t get into.
Danny Elfman is a Battastic Genius!!!! His music was so epic, and the Batman theme here gave way to the BTAS music.
Batman Returns (1992)
Even though I’m not a fan of this film anymore, Danny Elfman really brings it once again with the scored music. Cat Suite, Selina Transforms, and the End Credits tracks are among my favorites.
We all know the one track that was a smash from this release right? Kiss From A Rose By Seal. U2, Brandy, The Offspring, PJ Harvey, and others make up this soundtrack. Honestly I only like the Seal and U2 Songs. The rest just didn’t grab me.
The score however is freakin amazing. I think that’s one of the things that increased my enjoyment of the film. Was the scored music. It’s very epic and a lot of loud booms. Also at times there are quiet moments in a few of the tracks. Really enjoy listening to this.
I’ve never been a fan of the Smashing Pumpkins that much, so the two tracks, or one track on here really don’t grab me. I will say right off the bat that R. Kelly’s Gotham City and Jewel’s Foolish Games were the only tracks when this was released that I liked. What the hell is R.E.M. doing on this soundtrack?? I LIKE R.E.M. they should not be associated with this film. Their song Revolution is ok, it’s not something I could listen to more then once. Lazy Eye by The Goo Goo Dolls is another track that surprised me, as to why is it on here? It’s also a track mixed with the heavy Goo Goo stuff, and the soothing sounds they’d have from 1998 on. I will say right away that after the seventh track I know none of the rest of the artists on this thing. I did listen to each of the remaining tracks, and they didn’t grab me.
Oh and I bet you are saying to yourself while reading this, “Why Didn’t you mention Look Into My Eyes?” Well I do remember where I was at this time of my life, and Rap/R&B/Soul music was all around me, and I have to say that I don’t mind some of Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony’s stuff from this era. Five out of the fifteen tracks are good. That’s not saying much is it?
Stuff Go Here
Sadly the score to Batman & Robin never got a commercial release (I’m not telling how I got it), and the original art for it SUCKS!!! I refuse to put it on this post.
Much like Batman Forever I throughly enjoyed this musical score. The music is epic, and also quiet when it needs to be.
THE LEGEND ENDS…
That’s right The Dark Knight Rises put a period on the NolanVerse. Hans Zimmer excels once again with the epicness of a Batman score. Currently I only have three tracks from the Deluxe Edition. They are A Storm Is Coming, Gotham’s Reckoning, and Rise. I do plan on getting the rest of the deluxe edition soon.
The only differences between these two are that the Deluxe Edition has 3 additional tracks.
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