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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Expanded Archival Collection
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Distributor La La Land Records
Composer(s) Shirley Walker
Release date March 31, 2009
Format CD
Number of discs 1
Duration 62:05
Genre(s) Soundtrack
Symphony
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Expanded Archival Collection Gallery


The Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Expanded Archival Collection is the third official soundtrack release for the feature film "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm". It was released by La La Land Records as a limited expanded edition of the soundtrack for the film and only 3000 units were printed. It was meant to expand at least 30 minutes of new content compared to the score presented in the original sountrack release. However, much of the music in this release was already present in the second official release; which is often overlooked for unknown reasons.

The sountrack consists 19 tracks composed by Shirley Walker, main composer for Batman: The Animated Series and the song "I Never Even Told You" performed by Tia Carrere, which plays during the ending credits of the film; written by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard.

Tracklist

No. Title Duration
01.
Main Title: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Expanded)
05:01
02.
The Promise (Expanded)
01:25
03.
Ski Mask Vigilante (Expanded)
04:28
04.
Fancy Footwork
00:40
05.
Phantasm's Graveyard Murder
03:25
06.
Bad News
Set Trap
May They Rest In Peace
01:51
07.
First Love
01:59
08.
City Street Drive
Sal Velestra
Good Samaritan
02:16
09.
Birth of Batman (Expanded)
06:01
10.
The Joker's Big Entrance
03:02
11.
The Big Chase
05:40
12.
Nowhere to Run
02:01
13.
A Plea For Help
01:01
14.
A Tall Man
Arturo and his Pal
Makes You Want To Laugh
What's So Funny?
04:04
15.
Andrea Remembers
True Identity
03:18
16.
Phantasm and Joker Fight
06:01
17.
Batman's Destiny
01:46
18.
I Never Even Told You
04:23
BONUS TRACKS
19.
Theme from Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
02:06
20.
Welcome to the Future!
01:01
Total
62:05

Notes

  • A rather interesting choice was the use of choirs for the opening sequence of the film using the Batman theme composed by Walker.
  • Regarding this fact, Shirley Walker provided an amusing anecdote about the chorus during an interview with Cinemusic.com:
"As you know, the music team is rushing to the finish line as a film is in its final dub phase. Even the known orchestrators are not always given the credit they so justly deserve for insuring the timely execution (so to speak) of the score. I've become tired of fighting for credits for the support team that helps pull me through the final throes of recording and mixing my scores.
The choir for Masks gave me the opportunity to rectify this terrible situation. I made a chart by number of syllables of every music persons name backwards to use in creating the language you hear. 'Oh Nahlim Mot!', the phrase the score begins with, is Tom Milano, the music editor of most of my features, whom I originally worked with doing the Flash TV series.
You get the idea. It was working so well, I realized that I would need to include some of the film producers and executives at Warner Bros. After all, they were paying for my little inside joke. People do like to be included in these sorts of things. I had to lie to the Warner Bros. legal department person who called to ask me what the language was and what was being said. They certainly didn't want to be a party to me saying "screw Warner Bros." in Danish. I told them it was an obscure nonsensical choral language that existed only in out of print orchestration books.
I think I actually spent more time on my plot than I did on the score during the week I was preparing the choral cues. It was quite fun to see the looks on peoples faces, as they realized what they were hearing. Only two people had deciphered the puzzle by the time we recorded the choir. It was very difficult for the singers to sing the strange words. I'm sure they would have had more fun doing it, had I been able to include them in the joke too.
While I was mixing the score, I had Bobby Fernandez (Zed-nahn-fur E-Bob) record the choir accappella onto a seperate DAT, ostensibly for my sample reel. The look on Tom's face as he began to suspect what I had done was well worth the whole deception. He finally turned to me and said "You didn't do what I think you've done, did you?".
The rest is history. Everyone on the music team has a tape of the singing of their names (we transfered to 1/4" tape and played it backwards; the old "back-masking" trick)."
  • Fans of the movie have managed to decipher some of the backward names in the chorus. Most of these names can be found in the booklet of the album:
  • Tom Milano (Music Editor)
  • Patti Zimmitti (Contractor)
  • Jean MacCurdy (Producer)
  • Hans Zimmer (Synthesist)
  • Mike McCuistion (Orchestrator)
  • Eric Radomski (Director)
  • Joel Franklin (Music Preparation)
  • Richard Bronskill (Score Mock-ups)
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