Batman Forever (score)

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For the pop music soundtrack to the film, see Batman Forever (soundtrack).
Batman Forever: Original Motion Picture Score
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Film score by Elliot Goldenthal
Released July 11, 1995
Genre Soundtrack
Length 41:01
Label Atlantic
82776-2
Producer Matthias Gohl
Elliot Goldenthal chronology
Cobb
(1994)
Batman Forever
(1995)
Heat
(1995)
Batman soundtracks chronology
Batman Forever (soundtrack)
(1995)
Batman Forever (score)
(1995)
Batman & Robin
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Filmtracks 2/5 stars[2]
Movie Music UK 4/5 stars[3]
Musicfromthemovies favorable[4]
Scoresounds 9/10 stars[5]
Soundtrack-Express 3/5 stars[6]

Batman Forever: Original Motion Picture Score Album is a 1995 Grammy nominated film score album for Batman Forever, composed by Elliot Goldenthal. It was released in conjunction with its soundtrack counterpart. Despite Goldenthal having recorded over 2 hours of music, the soundtrack only had 45 minutes, before La-La Land Records released an expanded version in 2012. The score features big brass, strings and discordant noises while maintaining an anthemic sound. Regarding the villainous leitmotifs, Goldenthal said Two-Face focuses on paired notes and doubled beats while being inspired by Russian composers such as Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, and Riddler has a sound reminiscent of old science fiction B-movies with a theremin.[7] On the U2 single "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me", there is a track titled "Theme from Batman Forever" which was also composed by Goldenthal; this can also be found on the expanded release issued in 2012.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Main Titles & Fanfare" – 1:50
  2. "Perpetuum Mobile" – 0:54
  3. "The Perils of Gotham" – 3:01
  4. "Chase Noir" – 1:45
  5. "Fledermausmarschmusik" – 1:15
  6. "Nygma Variations (An Ode to Science)" – 6:02
  7. "Victory" – 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

Expanded Score[edit]

La-La Land Records released Elliot Goldenthal's expanded score to Batman Forever on January 1, 2012.[8]

Disc One: The Score

  1. "Main Title"* - 1:54
  2. "Batmobile*/Introducing Two-Face"* - 1:39
  3. "Thug Fight"* - 0:55
  4. "Obligatory Car Chase"* - 2:40
  5. "Nygma's Cubicle*/Bat-Signal"* - 3:22
  6. "Capsule"* - 1:07
  7. "Rooftop Seduction*/Roof Plunge"* - 2:05
  8. "Nygma After Hours*/Brain Drain*/You Are Terminated"* - 4:52
  9. "Suicide*/First Riddle*/Second Riddle Delivered"* - 4:14
  10. "Dream Doll"* - 2:23
  11. "Big Top Bomb"* - 4:19
  12. "Circus Opening*/The Flying Graysons*/Death Drop"* - 3:41
  13. "Flashback*/Signal*/Robin's Lament"* - 4:00
  14. "Have a Safe Flight*/Through the Eye"* - 5:57
  15. "Nygma's Apartment*/Two-Face's Lair*/Riddler's Entrance*/Schizoid Stomp*/Brain Drain Expo*/Heist Montage"* - 6:04
  16. "Laundry Room Stunt"* - 0:25
  17. "More Heists*/Third Riddle*/Nosy Robin"* - 1:06
  18. "Building Nygmatech*/Family of Zombies"* - 1:29
  19. "Master Dick"* - 0:56
  20. "Memories Repressed*/Love"* - 2:34
  21. "Alley Rumble**/Screen Kiss"* - 1:38
  22. "Batcave*/Nygmatech Tango*/Public Demo" -* 4:39
  23. "Nygma & Chase Dance"* - 1:16
  24. "Two-Face's Entrance*/Batman's Entrance"* - 2:50
  25. "Gas Trap*/Batman Phoenix"* - 2:30
  26. "Gratitude Problem"* - 1:33
  27. "Go to Chase"* - 2:16
  28. "Batcave Closeout*/Dick Leaves Wayne Manor"* - 1:24

Disc One Time: 74:54

Disc Two

The Score (continued)

  1. "Happy Halloween*/The Bat*/Love Scene*/Twick or Tweat*/Seize and Capture*" 7:08
  2. "Riddles Solved*/Partners*/Battleship*" 6:21
  3. "Scuba Fight*/Claw Island*/Emperor of Madness*" 5:10
  4. "Fun and Games"* 3:07
  5. "Batterdammerung" 1:20
  6. "Two-Face's Demise"* 1:47
  7. "Bat Descent*/Arkham Asylum"* 1:00
  8. "Wet Screen Kiss*/March On!"* 1:22

Bonus Tracks

  1. "Themes from Batman Forever (B-Side Single)" 3:39
  2. "More Heists* (alternate)" 0:39

Original Soundtrack Album (Remastered)

  1. "Main Titles & Fanfare" – 1:52
  2. "Perpetuum Mobile" – 0:55
  3. "The Perils of Gotham" – 2:58
  4. "Chase Noir" – 1:45
  5. "Fledermausmarschmusik" – 1:14
  6. "Nygma Variations (An Ode to Science)" – 6:03
  7. "Victory" – 2:38
  8. "Descent" – 1:07
  9. "The Pull of Regret" – 2:49
  10. "Mouth to Mouth Nocturne" – 2:16
  11. "Gotham City Boogie" – 2:02
  12. "Under the Top" – 5:40
  13. "Mr. E's Dance Card (Rumba, Fox-trot, Waltz & Tango)" – 3:20
  14. "Two-Face Three Step" – 2:19
  15. "Chase Blanc" – 1:23
  16. "Spank Me! Overture" – 2:46
  17. "Holy Rusted Metal" – 1:52
  18. "Batterdammerung" – 1:20

Disc Two Time: 76:35

Total Album Time: 151:29

(*) Previously Unreleased

(**) "Wreckage and Rape" from Alien 3 (Elliot Goldenthal)

Personnel[edit]

  • Music composed by Elliot Goldenthal
  • Music produced by Matthias Gohl
  • Orchestrated by Elliot Goldenthal, Shirley Walker and Robert Elhai
  • Conducted by Jonathan Sheffer and Shirley Walker
  • Recorded by Steve McLaughlin at Sony and Todd AO, CA
  • Mixed and edited by Joel Iwataki at Chapel Studios, CA
  • Electronic music produced by Richard Martinez
  • Music editors: Christopher Brooks and Joey Rand

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Filmtracks review
  3. ^ Movie Music UK review Archived January 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Musicfromthemovies review
  5. ^ Scoresounds review
  6. ^ Soundtrack-express review Archived February 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Takis, John (2012). "Riddle of the Bat: The Music of Batman Forever". Batman Forever: Original Motion Picture Score Album (booklet). Elliot Goldenthal. La-La Land Records. LLLCD 1189. 
  8. ^ "Batman Forever: Limited Edition (2CD-Set)". Lalalandrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-08. Retrieved 7 March 2011.