Beetlejuice [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Beetlejuice [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Danny Elfman

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Beetlejuice [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Danny Elfman provides one of his most quintessentially Elfman-esque scores for one of Tim Burton's most quintessentially Burton-esque movies, Beetlejuice. The film's dark yet sardonically funny "Main Titles" is among Elfman's all-time best moments, bustling along with a dark joie de vivre (or is it joie de morte?) that defines the spooky fun of both this movie, and his collaboration with Burton. The score's stylized world also includes the ironically perky "Travel Music"; "Incantation," a tensely percussive cue that unfolds into exaggerated brass and ghostly vocals and organs; and the eerily pretty but still whimsical "Lydia Discovers." The tip-toeing pizzicato strings and pianos, and the theatrical brass, organs, harps, and percussion that appear on every track -- most definitively on tracks like "Enter...The Family / Sand Worm Planet" -- underline the film's live-action cartoonishness, with the music's hyperactive shifts, and the addition of Harry Belafonte's "Jump In Line" and "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" just adding another layer of quirkiness to the whole thing. A perfect mix of silliness and spookiness, Beetlejuice remains one of Elfman's most consistent scores.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642420225
catalogNumber: 24202
Rank: 10524

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Danny Elfman   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Harry Belafonte   Track Performer
William Ross   Conductor

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Miklós Rózsa   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Erik Darling   Composer
Harry Belafonte   Contributor
Danny Elfman   Composer,Producer
John Williams [composer]   Composer
Alan Arkin   Composer
David Arnold   Composer
Steve Bartek   Producer,Orchestration
Bob Carey   Composer
Stephen Somvel   Composer

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Beetlejuice 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Elf FitzGerald More than 1 year ago
100% brings back wonderful times for me and it really helps switch up a party list when someone expects NeYo or Shakira and gets an old-school Beetlejuice soundtrack!
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