Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The Flash Soundtrack

Listen up, fanboys and fangirls! La-La Land Records, specializing in soundtrack releases, has recently unveiled a special edition of the score to The Flash television series! Limited to 3,000 units, the two-disc album will include tracks from eight separate episodes of the scarlet speedster's live action television series starring John Wesley Shipp and Amanda Pays. "Building off of Danny Elfman’s rousing theme, acclaimed composer Shirley Walker composes and conducts an exhilarating orchestral super-hero score that chronicles the thrilling adventures of one of DC Comics’ most beloved superheroes, the Flash. Produced by Ford A. Thaxton and mastered by James Nelson, this two-disc release features over two hours of astounding music and includes in-depth liner notes by Randall D. Larson."

Anyone who has perused the episodic reviews of this blog's Live Action feature knows precisely how I feel about this announcement. Shirley Walker's incredible soundtrack work on the series stood out and unquestionably served to help the scarlet speedster's adventures stand apart from other televised fare. Indeed, on more than one occasion, her enticing, jazzy, energetic compositions single-handedly raised the caliber of an otherwise unremarkable story. Walker was a truly gifted composer and this is truly wonderful news. I can't wait to get my hands on this album!

Visit La-La Land Records for further release details and ordering information. The complete track listing for the two-disc album is as follows...

DISC ONE

  1. Main Title Theme† (Danny Elfman) 1:32

"PILOT"

  1. The Flash – Pilot Main Title Theme / Street Danger† 2:44
  2. Explosion 1:46
  3. Dark Rider Den / Rick Dies 2:18
  4. Meeting Tina / Treadmill 2:08
  5. Riders Embarrass Police 1:29
  6. Track Running Test 1:18
  7. Barry's Brother† 3:53
  8. Funeral / Father & Son 1:20
  9. First Flash Attack† 4:34
  10. Tina Meets Iris / Iris Comes Over 2:32
  11. The Flash Toys With Riders 1:26
  12. Barry's Breakdown 1:26
  13. Invasion / The Fighting Starts 2:32
  14. The Flash Joins The Fight† 1:34
  15. Pike Beats The Flash / Flash Beats Pike 8:28
  16. Barry & Tina / Barry & Sean† 1:05
  17. THE FLASH: Pilot End Credits† 1:03

"CAPTAIN COLD"

  1. Hot Spell 0:43
  2. Solid Stiffs / Bomb Squad / The Cold Hand Of Death 2:57
  3. Snow Dome / Iced Stiff† / Hypothermia 3:11
  4. No Witnesses 0:43
  5. The Ice Man Cometh / The Frozen Bus & Frozen Cops /
    The Big Chill† / Julio, THE FLASH? 2:07

"THE TRICKSTER"

  1. Car Phone Call / Megan In Distress 2:34
  2. The Flash Saves Megan 1:35
  3. Hypertoss And Turn / Not Too Tired For Hyperlove /
    Tricky Escape 3:11
  4. Skitoid Trickster 1:21
  5. Gag Me With A Flash† 1:03
  6. The Lounge Lizard† 2:33
  7. Barry Gets Hung Up 3:28
  8. Murph The Flash† 0:27
  9. The Real Flash† 0:55
  10. Baked You A Cake / Flash Struggles† / That's All Folks††† 2:33
  11. The Flash Shot Down 1:18

  12. THE FLASH: End Credits† (Danny Elfman) 1:01

Disc One Total Time: 77:05

DISC TWO

  1. Main Title Theme (w. FX)† (Danny Elfman) 1:32

"WATCHING THE DETECTIVE"

  1. Megan Lockhart, P.I. 1:43
  2. Fire / Rescue / Megan’s Theme 1:55
  3. Lounge Lizard / Man Behind The Mask 1:41
  4. Star Labs Van / The Lock / Megan Installs Camera 1:45
  5. Casino / Everybody Wins 1:05
  6. Nice PJ’s /Get It† / Take Out Megan Lockhart 1:39
  7. Campaign Worker† / Watch For Radiation 1:39
  8. The Fire Bug† / Megan Gets Caught† /
    Flash To The Rescue† / Secret Lives 3:01
  9. That’s All For Now 0:49

"GHOST IN THE MACHINE"

  1. At The Stroke Of Twelve 4:39
  2. It’s About Time 0:27
  3. The Ghost Show† / Nightshade 1:45
  4. Special Bulletin / Get On With The Show† 2:14
  5. Flash Meets The Nightshade 1:14
  6. On Line / Just A Memory / Wired 3:02
  7. The Flash Gets Programmed / Don’t Touch That Dial /
    Nightshade Hangs Up His Gun 3:20

"DONE WITH MIRRORS"

  1. Beautiful Battery / Barry Gets Kissed / She’s Got The Touch 2:55
  2. Two Bit Town / Urban Cowboy 2:38
  3. Crystal Caper / No Smoke, No Fire 1:44
  4. Double Jeopardy 3:08
  5. Mothers, Got To Love’ Em / Anything But The Mime 0:56

"FAST FORWARD"

  1. Back To The Future† 2:56
  2. Pike City / Where Did You Get That Red Suit?† /
    Barry Finds Tina / Cops From Hell 5:15
  3. Maximum Power / On The Move / Flash, The Legend† 2:31
  4. The Flash Returns† / I’m Back† 2:47
  5. Back Through Time† / Pike’s Confession / Words To Live By 4:25

"TRIAL OF THE TRICKSTER"

  1. Center City Crime 1:52
  2. When You Care Enough / The Trickster Bear 2:14
  3. Clark Toys/ Bigger Kicks / Prank 2:45
  4. The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down†† 0:18
  5. Flash, The Executioner† / The Great Trickster Escapemobile /
    Exploding Cars† 4:07
  6. Padded Cell / Home Of The Flash 1:08

  7. THE FLASH: End Credits (w. FX)† (Danny Elfman) 1:01

Disc Two Total Time: 77:09

† Contains THE FLASH theme by Danny Elfman,
†† Written by Dave Franklin and Cliff Friend
††† - Music by Carl Stalling, published by Warner Bros. Inc. ASCA

1 comment:

s said...

Anything related to the TV series is excellent news, indeed! Oddly enough, on eBay a couple of years back, I bought a CD entitled "The Flash: Original Music From the CBS Television Series". The publisher of the soundtrack was 'A Limited Archival Edition; Copyright 1990 CBS Television'.
Below are the track listings as they appeared on the CD, and credits on the CD state 'Music Composed by Shirley Walker; Theme from The Flash by Danny Elfman'.

1. Main Theme from The Flash (1:30)
2.Main Title/ Street Danger (2:46)
3. Electrocute/ Dark Riders Den (2:17)
4: Lila Rats (1:09)
5. Rick Dies /Enter The Flash (2:11)
6. Iris Wants Out /Riders Trick Cops (2:33)
7. Riders Watch The News (1:15)
8. Track Test (1:20)
9. Barry's Brother Dies (3:55)
10. The Funeral (1:03)
11. First Flash Attack (4:36)
12. Iris Comes Back
13. The Flash Toys With The Bikers (1:22)
14. Barry's Breakdown /Invasion (3:29)
15. The Flash Joins The Fight (1:34)
16. Pike Beats The Flash (3:06)
17. The Flash Beats Pike (2:19)
18. Barry And Sean /End Credits (2:49)

BONUS TRACKS
19. Suite from GHOST IN THE MACHINE (11:45)
20. Suite from CAPTAIN COLD (8:36)
21. Suite from TRIAL OF THE TRICKSTER (11:48)

It's terrible that Walker passed away a few years back; it would have been interesting to get her insight to each episode that she had to compose.