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Old 11-04-2016, 11:03 PM   #76
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The Cape And Cowl Conspiracy (Beth Ertz & Mark Koval)

A thief named Wormwood, who bribes information from his victims through deathtraps, is hired to retrieve Batman‘s cape and cowl. Aside from the Batman theme this score lacked any recurring themes/motifs. Whatever it lacks in melodies it makes up for musically during all the suspenseful deathtraps Wormwood puts Batman through.

The foreboding music (“Damsel In Distress”) during the moment where Batman attempts to save a helpless woman from being ran over by a speeding locomotive really heightens the suspense. Until it’s revealed she was actually a hologram created by Wormwood. The same could be said for the wax museum death trap sequence (“Delarue’s Wax Museum”) and the exciting final confrontation (“Gotcha”) between Batman and Wormwood once it was revealed that Batman was actually the one who hired Wormwood to retrieve his cape and cowl. I remember the “Gotcha” cue intensifying the fight scene between Batman and Wormwood in the actual episode. Listening to that cue you wouldn’t think it was written for an animated show aimed at children. It came off like something I’d hear in a suspense thriller, which is a compliment.

Mark Koval wrote most of the score and ended up rescoring Beth Ertz’s rejected contributions. After hearing Ertz cues in comparison to Koval I can understand why each were rejected. The bonus tracks to TCACC included her original music for the “Damsel In Distress” and “Delarue’s Wax Museum“ sequences, which seemed too whimsical. It lacked not only Walker’s Batman theme but the added tension that Koval brought to both sequences. Ertz’s music for those sequences sounded like a lot of “mickey mousing”. Also felt like it was written for a swashbuckling movie from the golden age of filmmaking. In other words it didn’t really fit the tone Walker established for the show. It also wasn’t congruent with Koval‘s music, imo. Koval’s music during Wormwood's deathtraps actually had me concerned for how Batman was going to survive each one. And whether or not he’d succumb to giving up his cape and cowl. Though I still wouldn’t mind syncing the cues with the actual sequences just to see what Ertz’s was attempting to accomplish.

One other moment I enjoyed in the score was when Batman humiliated the Baron during a ceremony (“The Baron“). Though it’s inconsistent from the rest of Koval’s tone for the episode the music during that moment was very fitting of the comical tone with the audience laughing on behalf of Baron’s embarrassment . The music itself reminded me of the piece playing during the Joker commercial from Elfman’s B89 score.

Another interesting tidbit I noticed during the score was at the beginning of ‘Gotcha” just as Batman reveals to Wormwood he was disguised as the Baron since the beginning of their partnership. A familiar 4 note motif plays just before the Batman theme kicks in. That 4 note motif is very similar to the one used for Kyodai Ken in “Night Of The Ninja”, which was also scored by Koval.

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Old 11-04-2016, 11:14 PM   #77
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Zatanna (Peter Tomashek & Nerida Tyson Chew)

Batman teams up with a magician named Zatanna to clear her name from a theft she didn’t commit. The DC superhero/magician would later join the Justice League in JLU. Zatanna is given a mysterious but whimsical theme, which establishes her performer/entertainer side. Zatanna’s theme highlights her magic tricks when it’s put to the forefront as source music during her magic show. The theme isn’t a typical mighty heroic theme b/c most of the episode Zatanna doesn’t use her magic against criminals but to amaze an audience with ‘em.

The music during the episode's climax (“Bring Them Both“/“Fight Without Wind”)on the plane as Batman triumphs over the villains is a highlight of the score.

Earlier in the episode it was revealed in a flashback that Bruce was mentored by Zatanna’s father. It also hinted that Bruce and Zatanna were in sort of a relationship that was cut short. Young Bruce then abruptly vanished for many years after escaping Zatanna’s hand cuffs like a good magician. During the finale Batman reveals his identity to her and why he wears the mask but just as they began reconnecting with one another Zatanna disappears on him. She leaves Batman a note hinting that they may meet again but not yet. The scene perfectly parallels the flashback when Bruce ditches Zatanna. “Don’t Forget To Write” is a very endearing but tender track that ends ambiguously with the Batman theme. Hinting that Zatanna and Batman would cross each other‘s path again someday. It was a bittersweet ending b/c Batman and Zatanna never really got to know one another. Only briefly both times.

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Old 11-04-2016, 11:24 PM   #78
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Moon Of The Wolf (Richard Bronskill)

Say what you want about the episode with it’s shoddy animation (color of Milo’s jacket changing from silver to brown anyone) but the score is excellent. I’ve been anticipating the release of this score for a while now. Without this volume this score (as well as the rest of Volume 4) would’ve been on the chopping block. And would’ve never been released b/c LLLR was initially planning to release the scores from The Adventures Of Batman & Robin instead, but thank goodness they reconsidered.

Having the electric guitar and drum set establish the Wolfman’s presence was a very bold and unconventional decision. It reminded me of a contemporary 80s horror score. And some of the guitar riffs reminded me of Riggs’ theme from the Lethal Weapon movies. The electric guitar riffs gives the impression of the Wolfman’s howling. The theme is played more dramatically minus the electric guitar during Anthony’s flashback montage (“Flashback”) after taking the lycanthrope serum. During the bleak ending (“Open House”) as Anthony’s legacy is left behind b/c he’s permanently succumb to his werewolf metamorphosis.

Though the Wolfman theme dominates most of the score the Batman theme makes enough appearances during both confrontations (“Werewolf Attack“, “Batman Unlocks Shackles”/”Wolfman And Batman Fight”/”Wolfman Electrocuted” )between him and the Wolfman.

I wonder why the source cue from the gym, where Bruce was jogging with some friends and overhears about Anthony’s planned meeting with Batman that night, wasn’t included? Regardless it's still a great score without it.

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Old 11-04-2016, 11:29 PM   #79
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The Mechanic (Peter Tomashek & John Tatgenhorst)

“The Mechanic” centers around the creator of the Batmobile and how the Penguin ambushes him to sabotage it. Therefore the Batman theme makes brief appearances in this adventure.

The Penguin theme carries most of the score. It’s a lot more sinister and mischievous in this episode than previous ones featuring the villain. It makes sense that Penguin’s theme would come off more menacing b/c throughout the episode he’s threatening to kill Earl’s daughter if he refuses to cooperate with him.

Earl gets a simple but effective motif as well, which can be heard during a flashback (“Batman Saves Earl”) as he escapes from thugs making an attempt on his life before Batman saves the day, as Earl is designing the Batmobile (“Challenge Of A Lifetime“), when Batman finds out Earl sabotaged the Batmobile (“Penguin Goes Joyriding“) and when an emotional Earl subdues one of the Penguin’s goons (“Earl's Revenge”).

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The Worry Men (Lolita Ritmanis)

This episode centers around rich socialites (including Bruce Wayne) being mind controlled into handing over most of their fortune to a mysterious figure called the Shamin’. The Worry Men /Shamin theme carries most of the episode. Since most of the episode it seemed like he and the Worry Men were Batman's main threat. The theme is not only tribal with the percussive instruments, but also both aggressive and intimidating.

Mad Hatter’s shady main theme shows up once it’s revealed that he’s the mastermind behind it. Of course the Batman theme makes the necessary appearances.

The “Jungle Club Source” bonus track is very fitting for a jungle themed event where people can mingle. It almost sounds like lounge music. It’s another example of how well the B;TAS composers are able adapt to certain styles/genres.

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Fear Of Victory (Carlos Rodriguez, Lisa Bloom, and Shirley Walker)

The Scarecrow rigs college games at Gotham University by dosing athletes with fear toxin so he can win money on bets, while Batman and Robin (who happens to be infected by the toxin by accident) try to stop him. Most of the soundtrack tracked in music from Walker‘s “Nothing To Fear”, which was the studio's attempt (thankfully last until the episode “Superman’s Pal” from Superman: The Animated Series) at saving money. Thankfully the original music composed specifically for the episode made the album.

Lisa Bloom’s tracks “Falling Bricks/Saving Robin” is a major highlight. It’s very heroic and thrilling. That particular cue reminded of Elfman’s Batman scores as Batman and Robin pursue a couple of bandits on a high rise and Robin succumbs to the effects of the fear toxin. I could tell Lisa Bloom helped with the orchestrations for the 90s short-lived Flash TV series b/c the rhythm of the suspenseful music (as Batman was falling to his death before grappling onto a fire escape into a half naked woman’s apartment )reminded me of Walker’s secondary theme for the Scarlet Speedster. That’s not a bad thing. I miss that kind of Batman music these days. Bloom integrated the Batman theme superbly into the cue.

Another highlight (“A Gallery Of Enemies”) is when Batman enters Arkham Asylum to visit Crane’s cell. As Batman passes by a couple of his rogues (The Joker, Poison Ivy, and Two Face) their theme announces them. Once it’s revealed that Crane escaped Arkham the Scarecrow theme wickedly announces itself as if it is musically laughing at Batman and it’s viewer. Like the jokes on us for believing the Scarecrow was in his cell the whole time when he actually wasn’t.

I also liked how Walker was able to integrate her recurring enigmatic theme that usually hints at something suspicious is going on. It’s a recurring theme she’d often used e.g. “Perchance To Dream”, “Two Face, Part II“, “Mask Of The Phantasm“, etc. It can be heard just before the medley of the rogues themes.

Rodriguez provided the rest of the new material, which was reprised of two source cues (“Boseman’s Bloopers” and “Gotham Fight Song”)and three brief cues (“The Agony Of The Scarecrow/Robin Into Action/Don’t Drop The Vial”) for the climax between Batman, Scarecrow, and Robin at football stadium.

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His Silicon Soul (Carl Johnson & Harvey R. Cohen)

Batman must face off against a duplicant of himself before it destroys him and brings HARDAC back online. This episode was an excellent conclusion to the HARDAC saga.

Carl Johnson (composer of “Heart Of Steel, Part II“) returns for “His Silicon Soul” and fleshes out his previous themes/motifs from that particular episode to establish the story and tone for this episode. It’s by no means a rehash but more of an expansion or evolution of his themes/motifs.

Harvey R. Cohen scored the episode's 2nd half, where Batman’s duplicant becomes susceptible to HARDAC’s programming and attempts to annihilate Batman. Cohen was very faithful to Johnson’s themes. His cues also felt congruent with Johnson’s in tone. Both composers styles blended together seamlessly that it’s hard to believe this score wasn’t written by one composer. That is a testament to both composers talents.

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Arkham Archives (Various Composers)

Arkham Archives was a nice “odds n ends” compilation of cues from previous volumes that weren’t released. It always bothered me how Volume 1 was missing certain cues. As well as some cues being abridged and edited. LLLR thankfully released all the missing cues including some alternates and unused bonus cues /source cues from Volume 2 & 3. It was extremely aggravating and stressful importing these missing cues into their respective volumes, episodes, and my iTunes library, but it was still worth it. Can’t wait to listen to the volumes altogether, whenever I find the opportunity to. It’s hard to believe that almost all the B:TAS music has been released. Tens years ago this was just a pipe dream, but LLLR finally made it happen.

PRETTY POISON - "Rose Café Source #2" sample

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John Takis Talks “Justice League,” “Batman” and “Caped Crusaders” Soundtracks with The World’s Finest - Part One: Justice League & Batman

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The World's Finest pulled Producer John Takis aside to discuss his work on an assortment of 2016 DC Comics-based animated soundtracks from La-La Land Records, including the massive Justice League soundtrack release and the Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders score release. Takis digs into how these titles came together, shares his thoughts on an assortment of different score releases, and how crucial it is for fans to support these releases. He also teases what could be coming down the pipeline for upcoming DC Comics animated-based soundtrack releases. Please continue reading to learn more!

The World's Finest: Given that this is our third Q&A, I think we can bypass the intro and go right to the first question-can you explain your role in the production of La-La Land Records' four-disc Justice League soundtrack release?

John Takis: My role as album producer on Justice League had a few dimensions. On the audio end, I took the music that had been selected and worked out the final playlist-how the cues would be combined, how the scores would be sequenced and divided up between the discs. With a multi-disc set like this, there are many factors to take into consideration. You want a good flow from score to score; you want to keep things varied and well-paced; and you want to respect the musical development of the series. You want someone to be able to play an entire disc at once, or even all four discs, and have a satisfying, coherent experience. Those decisions were all made in consultation with the composers, of course. And then there's the logistical dimension of producing, which involves a lot of communication with the label, the composers, the art director and the mastering engineer, to make sure everyone is on the same page.

WF: The Justice League release covers the show's entire 52-episode run. Given that every episode can't be featured, what methods do you use to decide which episode gets chosen?

JT: Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion and Kristopher Carter were integral in terms of choosing what episodes and what cues would be featured. No one knows this music better than they do, and they've spent a lot of time interacting with fans over the years and hearing requests. I had my own favorite musical moments, naturally, and was able to make some suggestions. But the composers certainly had a vision for this release. At the end of the day, you do the best you can to craft an album that captures the essence of what fans love about the show, and I think we achieved that here.

WF: You've become a well-known name among DC animation fans, one of the major cogs for these releases. Can you perhaps delve into what these releases mean to you and, perhaps, share a few memories or favorite episodes from Justice League and the other DC animation scores you've been involved in?

JT: I've said it before, but it's such an honor and thrill to be involved with these releases. Beginning with Batman: The Animated Series, the DC Animated Universe was a big deal during my teen years, and the music was a huge part of that. I spent many years craving soundtrack releases that never seemed to come, so the opportunity to help make them a reality is beyond satisfying. My favorite memory of Justice League is actually when I rediscovered the series on DVD. I was in college when it first aired, and too distracted to catch every episode. So curling up with the season collections and watching the entire show in sequence at last was very satisfying. My favorite Justice League arc is probably "Twilight." Darkseid is a personal favorite villain, and "Twilight" is an important bridge between Superman: The Animated Series and JLU.

WF: Let's say you're about to sit down and plot out another big DC animation soundtrack release. Can you walk us through the process from the very start to the end?

JT: First, we work out the basic project specs. We figure out how many discs the release will be, how much material we want to cover, and what our target release date is. It's ultimately the label that makes these decisions. Then I'll consult with the composers and my fellow producers to figure out the approach we want to take. Will we be releasing complete scores or highlights? Are future volumes likely? While audio elements are located and prepared (either by my frequent co-producer Neil S. Bulk or, in some caes, the composers) I'll look at cue sheets, revisit the video, and start preparing documents. When the unmastered audio comes in, we take stock of what we've got-there are sometimes surprises-and I'll develop an assembly plan, which gets run past by my fellow producers for input.

Once we have a track list, I'll put together a guide for the mastering engineer. Since I'm usually writing liner notes, I'll also be doing research and interviewing the composers. The next phase is artwork. The label sets a budget, we see what's available to us, and I work with the art director to figure out the basics. In addition to the liner notes, we'll gather credits, musician lists and anything else that needs to go into the packaging. Meanwhile, the first audio master comes in and everyone spends a lot of time going through it with a fine-tooth comb, looking for any glitches or areas that need revisiting. When the first art proof comes in, we likewise read it very carefully, make any needed tweaks, and repeat. Once we're all satisfied, everything goes off to the studio for approvals. Then we wait. When we hear back, we make further adjustments as necessary. After that, it's just a matter of finalizing the release date and preparing for the actual rollout and promotion. Whew!

WF: Why do you think there remains such a drive for these type of soundtrack releases? What do you think makes them so popular with the die-hard fans?

JT: I think nostalgia is a part of it-a generation has come of age that grew up with these shows. But at the end of the day, it comes down to top-quality productions that employed top-quality composers. It's simply great music. And we're fortunate, of course, to be living in a world where superhero culture has gone mainstream!

WF: To drive this back to Justice League, do you have any favorite tracks you'd like to highlight here?

JT: I'll give you one favorite from each composer. For Lolita, it's got to be "Farewell Hawkgirl" from "Starcrossed." It's a gorgeous cue, and the perfect way to end the set. For Michael, "Flash Catches Truck Thieves" from "The Brave and the Bold" never fails to thrill-it's so high-energy, with fantastic thematic development. And for Kristopher, I'm going to have to say "Darkseid's Doublecross" from "Twilight." It's a stunning evolution of Shirley Walker's Brainiac theme, and really showcases how much detail and power this music has when unchained from dialogue and sound-effects.

WF: In the album's liner notes, Dynamic Music Partners mention that, as they started to score Justice League, the synth materials they used were pretty new. What do you think about this move toward synth music with Justice League? At the time of the show's premiere, I remember it was a big talking point among fans.

JT: Obviously, composers, creators and fans alike would have appreciated having the budget for a live orchestra. (They actually did get an orchestra for the theme music, which was terrific!) But Lolita, Michael and Kristopher took the tools they had and really figured out how to make the most of them. They learned how to play to the strengths of the equipment at hand, and how to supplement and improve things when possible. Ultimately, they were able to make magic happen. Good writing is good writing.

WF: From Batman: The Animated Series to Superman: The Animated Series and now to Justice League, it's safe to say there's been a progression in how these cartoons were scored. How would you describe the score to a typical Justice League episode, and would it even be fair to compare it to Batman, Superman or even Batman Beyond?

JT: It's fair in the sense that there's a degree of thematic continuity, just as there is character continuity. But every show you mention is unique, with its own distinctive aesthetic and particular dramatic needs. Justice League is a very different show from Batman or Superman. There tends to be a lot more characters flying around in every episode, so I think the composers were probably a little more judicious in terms of how they utilized hero-specific leitmotifs. If a theme for Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman were to play every time that character makes a move, it would not only get old very quickly, but between all the bouncing back and forth between characters you would have very little time to actually develop material. So it's about looking at the bigger picture. Justice League is a more epic series, with drawn-out arcs. And the composers had a different toolbox to work with, which naturally impacted the scoring. It's rooted in the symphonic sound of Batman and Superman, but synth and pop elements nudge it in the direction of Batman Beyond. It's almost a rock opera at times!

WF: To shift this over to Batman: The Animated Series, its fourth soundtrack includes the last scores and cues from the first 65-episodes of the series. A good portion of the release is devoted to the "Arkham Archives," a collection of previously unreleased music. Was creating this segment as easy as going through the previous episodes and finding the un-included cues, or were there more to it? Was the drive for this section to make sure every bit of music was included?

JT: Sifting through the episodes and cue sheets was a big part of it. I also went through documents provided by the Walker estate, and we checked the recording sessions for interesting alternates or unused cues that might have otherwise been overlooked. We really wanted to be as comprehensive as possible for the most passionate fans!

WF: Is there a worry about diminishing sales with an album such as this? Is it safe to assume that's the same for any ongoing soundtrack series? To counter though, this collection features some really great gems, like "Fear of Victory," "His Silicon Soul," Zatanna" and "Off-Balance."

JT: You always want a release to be well-received, whether it's the first or fifth volume in a series. Fortunately, people seem to really love Batman! Which is great, because every one of the scores on these albums is outstanding. When we leave material off one of these DCAU releases, it's just a question of balance, flow or limited space. We had a major Penguin-themed score on each of the four Batman: The Animated Series volumes, for example. The three big Scarecrow episodes were divided between volumes two, three and four. And each project has its own needs. With volume two, we wanted to cover the major characters the label hadn't gotten to on volume one. With volume three, we had a little more freedom to delve into the wilder and weirder corners of the show. It's unique every time, and I think every volume is essential in its own way.

WF: Do you have any favorites among the tracks on Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four? Are there any hidden treasures fans may uncover here?

JT: I love the first series appearance of Ra's al Ghul's theme in "Off Balance," and how it grows out of Talia's material. I love the Arkham Asylum medley in "Nothing to Fear." I really love the fusion of the Batman and HARDAC themes in "His Silicon Soul." My favorite "hidden treasures" are the two unused WB logos by Shirley Walker. They're amazing! And they've never been heard by the public until this album.

WF: In terms of Batman: The Animated Series, and even Justice League, what do you foresee as the next step for the next set of score releases for these two shows? What would you like to see?

JT: In the world of Batman, I think we're likely to proceed to the second production season, which is 20 episodes and includes the show's period of rebranding as The Adventures of Batman & Robin. I'm really excited to move into this batch of episodes, since they include some of the very finest scores! As for Justice League, I suspect our next priority will be Justice League Unlimited. How soon all this may happen, I can't say.

WF: La-La Land Records has also released the excellent Batman: The Killing Joke score and the Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood double soundtrack release. It's an absolute no-brainer to pick these titles up, but in case a few folks need convincing, can you tell us why we all need to rush out and snag these amazing scores?

JT: Put simply, they will broaden your musical Bat-horizons! Batman: The Killing Joke is an intricate and chilling score, as you'd expect given the source material. It's quite far removed from Batman: The Animated Series, but it casts a spell. In my experience, it will grow on you with every listen. Also, Mark Hamill sings! As for the double-feature, Batman: Bad Blood is terrific, action-packed fun, and Frederik Wiedmann was really able to cut loose in an epic way with Justice League vs. Teen Titans. These are two of his best scores to date in the DC Universe. They get the blood pumping!

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John Takis Talks “Justice League,” “Batman” and “Caped Crusaders” Soundtracks with The World’s Finest - Part Two: Return of the Caped Crusaders

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WF: Your latest project for La-La Land Records is the soundtrack release of Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Can you tell us what your role as producer for this title encapsulated?

JT: As with previous projects, I took the raw material and worked with the composers and the label to come up with an assembly that everyone was happy with. You previously asked about the start-to-finish process on one of these DC releases-it was a lot like that! And there was the added wrinkle of this being a brand new film (with at least one sequel on the way, in fact) which meant taking extra care that everything we were doing was consistent with the promotional vision of the studio.

WF: This is the second major animated Batman movie soundtrack release this year-the third, if you count Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. Given that each title has such a distinct background-one being based on Batman: The Animated Series, another an adaptation of an acclaimed comic, and the third inspired by the 1960s-era Batman-is it a substantially different task when putting together each title when their origins are so diverse? Is there a different kind of pressure to make sure these soundtracks properly represent their animated movie counterparts?

JT: You want every score release to be a faithful reflection of the film or series it represents. The art direction, the liner notes … it all ought to work together with the music to create a certain feel, a certain tone. You use some of the same tools along the way, but you always want to be mindful to tap into what makes any given project unique.

WF: How different is producing a soundtrack for an animated series as opposed to an animated movie?

JT: I imagine it's like the difference between editing a novel and a collection of short fiction. Practically speaking, the film releases are maybe a little more straightforward in terms of how the album will flow. There tend to be more moving parts with a series.

WF: What type of score were you expecting Dynamic Music Partners to return on Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and were your expectations met? Any chance you can give us a tease on what might be some of the stand-out tracks and tell us why their score works so well for this movie?

JT: I was expecting a score that would have its own voice but pay homage to the sound of the 1960s, as typified by Neal Hefti and Nelson Riddle, and Dynamic Music Partners certainly did NOT disappoint! Kristopher's outstanding riffs on the iconic Hefti theme, Michael's spot-on source cues, and Lolita's seductive music for Catwoman are just a few of my favorite things about this album. Why does it work so well? Because the composers really know their stuff! This wasn't their first time delving into a Silver Age sound-they did some terrific scoring in that vein on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. And Michael McCuistion actually studied with Neal Hefti at one point. So they were very well-positioned to dive into this assignment, and they really delivered!

WF: Is there anything about the production of this soundtrack-be it from the research, putting it together, hearing the music, that surprised you or caught you off guard?

JT: I don't know that it caught me off guard, but as I was producing this album I was also writing brand new liner notes for La-La Land Records' reissue of Nelson Riddle's score for the original 1966 Batman: The Movie. So that was very fresh in my mind while I was listening to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and it reinforced what an excellent job Kristopher, Michael and Lolita did tapping into the fab spirit of the sixties!

WF: The score for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is now available. Please plead your case in why we should all rush out and pick up this soundtrack title?

JT: It's pure fun, and really is a perfect companion album to the Nelson Riddle score for the 1966 feature film. The audio master from James Nelson shines, and the art direction by Dan Goldwasser is all kinds of groovy.

WF: As we start to slowly wrap up this Q &A, can you name your favorite episode of the 1960s Batman ... and go! Why?

JT: I'm partial to the Egghead episodes-because Vincent Price! Really, do you need any other reason? (I'm also very fond of Roddy McDowall, future Mad Hatter of the DCAU, in his turn as Bookworm!)

WF: What can the fans can do to support these titles?

JT: First and foremost: buy them! The success of these releases is what enables us to produce more of them-and we really want to produce more of them! By supporting the label, you make it more likely that your next Holy Grail will happen. So maybe take a chance on something you may not be as familiar with, or go back and pick up a set you may have missed! You may discover a new favorite. Second, share the love on social media! There's so much cool stuff on the internet that it's easy for niche products to slip through the cracks. I want to personally thank all of your readers who have Tweeted about these releases, posted about them on Facebook, or discussed them on the forums-it really does make a difference!

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La La Land/MV Questions thread

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Also been wondering if Batman: Year One was ever on LLL's radar, and if by chance it's actually 1335? Most DC Animated scores have been released on CD, and I find it out that this one never was released.

I'm also curious if the DC Showcase Catwoman would be on that disc too.
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Three Chris Drake DC animated scores were planned but eventually cancelled due to the composer. He did not like the mixes he had but didn't supply new ones for us to release. Sadly almost every single one of these CDs we have released have failed in terms of sales. We were very honored to release these great scores but they never seemed to have found much of an audience. Justice League Dark will be the final CD we release from the DC Animated films. As for some of the classic animated series, at this point we will just focus on Batman the Animated Series shows and most likely ignore all other incarnations from here on out due to lack of sales. In other words do not expect more Justice League, Superman, or Teen Titans from us in the future.
Shame about the S:TAS release underperforming.

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Old 02-28-2017, 01:39 AM   #87
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Regarding DC animated titles, if you can me find 1,000 customers who would be willing to purchase Justice League Unlimited Superman vol 2 and Teen Titans we would be more than happy to release those soundtracks. As for future Batman titles, New Batman Adventures and The Adventures of Batman and Robin are in the works. Batman SubZero is also in the works. Batman Beyond, including Revenge of the Joker, might be coming but we are not 100% convinced there is enough of a market for it.

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Arkham Archives (Various Composers)

Arkham Archives was a nice “odds n ends” compilation of cues from previous volumes that weren’t released. It always bothered me how Volume 1 was missing certain cues. As well as some cues being abridged and edited. LLLR thankfully released all the missing cues including some alternates and unused bonus cues /source cues from Volume 2 & 3. It was extremely aggravating and stressful importing these missing cues into their respective volumes, episodes, and my iTunes library, but it was still worth it. Can’t wait to listen to the volumes altogether, whenever I find the opportunity to. It’s hard to believe that almost all the B:TAS music has been released. Tens years ago this was just a pipe dream, but LLLR finally made it happen.

PRETTY POISON - "Rose Café Source #2" sample

BE A CLOWN - "Circus Source #2" (unused) sample

VENDETTA - "The Greenhouse Visit/Let’s Get Some Air" sample

BIRDS OF A FEATHER - " Roll Over Leoncavallo" sample
Would you please be kind enough to share on how you organized the Arkham Archives cues into their respective volumes and episodes in your iTunes library?

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The difficult, stressful, and time consuming way by typing 'em into their respective volumes, unfortunately. I had to type in the volume titles (i.e. Batman The Animated Series Volume 1, Batman The Animated Series Volume 2,etc) for each cue. Then I imported them into their respective volumes in my iTunes library. Then I had to arrange those cues as close as I could in chronological order with their respective episodes and volumes. It also meant I had to rearrange/reorganize the track order/playlist of 100+ cues for volume 1, and nearly 200 cues for volumes 2 & 3. I wish I could tell you there was an easier way to organize the Arkham Archive cues into their respective episodes and volumes in chronological order but there isn't.

Here's a link to a message board where users compiled the chronological order of the episodes containing the Arkham Archive cues.

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Thanks for the link, greatly appreciated.

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We are done with DCAU (new stuff). Justice League Dark was the final one. They simply don't sell.
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Yes, but you also said that "Batman"-related CDs sells bit better among other DCAU releases, so that's why I asked about Bats & Harley possibility

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Bat related except the new stuff. So Classic animated Batman, as opposed to classic Superman or Justice League. Sorry, I should be more specific.

So, just to clarify we will NOT be releasing any more NEW DC Animated soundtracks of their direct to video line.

We do plan on releasing New Adventures of Batman and Robin and The New Batman Adventures. Sub Zero is also slated. Batman Beyond is a possibility.

Canceled projects:

Justice League Unlimited
Teen Titans
The Batman
League of Superheroes
Beware the Batman

I'm on the fence with Superman TAS. I love the series and adore the music. If we do it, and can make some kind of deal with WB, it might be a box set featuring the rest of the scores priced high and limited to 500 to 1000 units. Hell, may even do a pre order thing to see if its worth it.

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I don't own the Batman: The Animated Series complete series dvd box set, but just a few episodes on dvd. (I know some Batman fan I am). So in celebration of Batman: The Animated Series 25th anniversary. I've been setting aside some time re-listening to the soundtracks to Volumes 1, 2 and 3 for the past couple of days. Hopefully I'll be able set aside time to re-listen to Volume 4 tomorrow, which was the show's premiere date 25 years ago.

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Batman: The Animated Series owes half its charm to one unsung composer! An ode to Shirley Walker


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This one really blows. I was looking forward to the Beware the Batman soundtrack since Young Justice and Green Lantern managed to get theirs. At least B:TAS will get to finish their stuff.

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Certainly but things at wb are at a stand still for the rest of 2018. They are working on an internal project that is monopolizing most of their time (taking away from doing historical releases for the the time being)...although, we do have some projects hopefully coming by year's end from them.

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Yikes! Hopefully Adventures of Batman and Robin is (still?) a go this year.
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Nope. 2019
Well at least it'll coincide with Batman's 80th anniversary.

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A few answers...

No more Trek this year
No Batman titles
Williams' titles be coming...same with Horner, Goldsmith and Newman
ANNE FRANK not this year
At least one Golden Age set in the works
At least 3 LP releases coming

Oh and in June we are revamping our entire website.

MV
Well I guess that means Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero also got delayed to next year.


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Old 07-10-2018, 12:58 PM   #97
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La La Land Records has redesigned their website.

They've dropped prices on certain titles as well.


They dropped the price's for Batman:The Killing Joke and Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders as well as a couple of DCAU titles as well to $5.00. However, they haven't dropped any of the prices for any of the 4 volumes of B:TAS, JL:TAS, and B:MOTBW. Also, if you want to get 25% off your entire order you'll have now till July 22 to purchase any of these titles (that are still in stock).

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