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La-La Land Records Reveals “Superman II + III – Expanded Archival Collection” Track List, Cover Art

La-La Land Records has provided The World’s Finest with a first look at the track list for its forthcoming three-disc Superman II + Superman III – Expanded Archival Collection soundtrack release. The soundtrack – featuring music composed and conducted by Ken Thorne, from original material composed by John Williams – includes over three hours of material. The three-CD set will be released by La-La Land Records at www.lalalandrecords.com on October 23rd at 12noon PST. Superman II + Superman III – Expanded Archival Collection is Limited Edition of 3000 units. Also pictured here is the clamshell jewel case front cover image, as well as the booklet’s front and back cover images. Continue below for the track list breakdown.

Superman II + Superman III – Expanded Archival Collection

DISC 1
Superman II (1980)
Music Composed and Conducted by Ken Thorne
From Original Material Composed by John Williams

1. Preface / Villains in the Zone / Main Title March 8:23
2. Superman to Paris / Lois Climbs Tower 2:49
3. Walkie Talkies / Gelignite Bangs / Superman Saves Lift 2:10
4. Lift Into Space – Releasing the Villains 1:36
5. Orange Juice / Prison Intro / My Little Black Box 1:51
6. Ursa Flies Over Moon / Spacecraft Wrecked / Moon to Earth 4:05
7. Lex Escapes 2:07
8. Sleeping Arrangements / Relaxing at Niagara / Looks Familiar / Superman Saves Boy 3:33
9. Lex and Miss Teschmacher to Fortress / Lex Plans Partnership 2:39
10. Suspecting Lois Takes the Plunge / Clark Fumbles Rescue / Villains Land by Lake 3:37
11. Clark Exposed as Superman 3:13
12. Sheriff and Duane Meet Villains / Lovers Fly North 2:24
13. Daddy’s Rise and Fall / Flight for Flowers / East Houston Battle 3:06
14. Lovers at Dinner Table / Zod Meets General 1:38
15. Mother’s Advice 1:52
16. To Bed – Mt. Rushmore – Sweet Dreams 1:35
17. President Kneels Before Zod 1:55
18. Fight in Diner 1:06
19. TV President Resigns – Clark to Fortress 2:44
20. Return of the Green Crystal / Bored Zod 2:19
21. Non Wrecks Office 1:30
22. Aerial Battle / Zod Throws Slab / Superman Saves Spire 4:52
23. Superman Saves Petrol Tanker / Superman Battles Zod / Superman Flies Off 4:31
Disc 1 Total Time: 63:35

DISC 2

1. Villains Take Lex and Lois to Fortress / School Games 3:14
2. Superman Pulls Big Switch / Superman Triumphs Over Villains 1:59
3. Sad Return 1:41
4. Lois Forgets 1:49
5. Happy Lois Back to Normal / Superman Replaces Stars and Stripes / End Title March 5:38

Total Superman II Score Time: 79:56 

DISC 2 (Continued)

Source Music and Songs from the Superman films
Music by John Williams, Ken Thorne and Giorgio Moroder

Superman: The Movie (1978)
6. Can You Read My Mind (Instrumental No. 1) 3:11
7. Sunday Meeting 1:30
8. Kansas High School 1:47
9. Kansas Kids 1:30
10. Late Night Country Music 0:53
11. Luthor’s Luau 2:50
12. Lois’ Pad 1:17
13. Desert Riff 0:23
14. Lois Car Radio 1:56
15. Kids on the Bus 1:31
16. Can You Read My Mind (Instrumental No. 2) 2:55
Total Time: 19:43

Superman II (1980)
17. Honeymoon Hotel 3:17
18. Country & Western 2:12
19. East Houston Café 2:16
20. Car Radio for Ride Back 1:00
21. Diner Jukebox No. 1 2:19
22. Diner Jukebox No. 2 2:20
Total Time: 13:25

Superman III (1983)
23. Colombian Storm Intro 1:10
24. Olympic Parade 0:28
25. Après Ski 1:06
26. Rock On (Marshall Crenshaw) 3:45
27. No See, No Cry (Chaka Khan) 3:20
28. They Won’t Get Me (Roger Miller) 3:22
29. Love Theme (Helen St. John) 3:18
30. Main Title March (Giorgio Moroder) 4:17
Total Time: 20:46
Total source music and songs time: 53:55
Disc 2 Total Time: 68:16 

DISC 3
Superman III (1983)
Music Composed and Conducted by Ken Thorne
Original Superman Themes by John Williams

1. Main Title (The Streets of Metropolis) 5:31
2. Gus On Computer After the Cents 1:08
3. Saving the Factory – The Acid Test 6:15
4. Payday for Gus / School Gym – Earth Angel / Vulcan 1:39
5. Lana and Clark in Cornfield / Clark Rescues Ricky 2:29
6. Gus Shows the Booze / Gus Finds a Way 1:21
7. Montage 3:12
8. Colombian Storm 1:32
9. Kryptonite / Gus Down Building / Searching for Kryptonite 2:18
10. Lana and Clark on Telephone / Kryptonite Sting / Superman Affected by Kryptonite / Superman Too Late 1:50
11. Tower of Pisa / What Will It Do for Me 2:00
12. Superman and Lorelei on Statue / Superman Ruins Tanker 2:22
13. Boxes in Canyon / Drunken Superman 3:24
14. The Two Faces of Superman 2:54
15. The Struggle Within 2:29
16. The Final Victory 2:19
17. Preparing Balloons / Superman Coming / Computer 3:04
18. Rockets / Video Games / Big Missile 3:15
19. Superman Confronts Ross / Computer Takes Over / Gus Fights Ross 2:16
20. The Computer Comes Alive / Superman Leaves Computer Cave 2:35
21. Metal Vera / Computer Blows Up 2:57
22. Gus Flying With Superman 1:22
23. Diamond Sting / Thank You Superman / Superman Gus /
Clark Gives Lana Diamond Ring 1:43
24. End Credits 4:29

Total Superman III Score Time: 64:21

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

25. Pay Day for Gus [Alternate] 0:49
26. Main Title (The Streets of Metropolis) [Alternate] 5:29

Disc 3 Total Time: 70:41
Total Three-Disc Time: 3:24:32

The three-disc Superman II + Superman III – Expanded Archival Collection collection will be released by La-La Land Records on October 23rd, 2018 at 12noon PST. The 3000 unit limited edition title will be available directly from the La-La Land Records website. For additional information on this release, and other La-La Land Records titles, check out the label’s website.

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Press Details, Artwork For “Batman And Harley Quinn,” “Batman vs. Two-Face” Soundtracks

WaterTower Music has released press details for the forthcoming Batman and Harley Quinn: Music From The DC Universe Original Movie and Batman Vs. Two-Face: Music From The DC Animated Movie soundtrack releases, both hitting digital on October 6, 2017. Both titles will also see a limited physical release as well. The score for both features is provided by Dynamic Music Partners, known from their long association with DC Comics-based animated properties. For a rundown of press details, and a look at the cover for both soundtrack releases, please continue below.

WATERTOWER MUSIC TO RELEASE
BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN: MUSIC FROM THE DC UNIVERSE ORIGINAL MOVIE
AND BATMAN VS. TWO-FACE: MUSIC FROM THE DC ANIMATED MOVIE

BOTH TITLES TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 6 AND FEATURE ORIGINAL MUSIC
BY THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING DYNAMIC MUSIC PARTNERS

Water Tower Music announced today the October 6 release of two titles: Batman and Harley Quinn: Music From The DC Universe Original Movie and Batman Vs. Two-Face: Music From The DC Animated Movie. The albums feature the movie’s original score by Dynamic Music Partners (DMP), a team of 3 composers who previously scored Batman Beyond. The soundtracks will be available at all digital music providers and on CD exclusively at FYE stores.

“We’re thrilled that WaterTower Music is releasing soundtracks for two of our current projects: Batman & Harley Quinn and Batman vs. Two-Face!” explained the three Emmy Award-winning composers Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter, collectively known as Dynamic Music Partners. “The Batman vs. Two-Face score gave us one final opportunity to honor the late Adam West as Batman, with all the Bams! Zings! and Pows! made famous by the original television series music written by musical icons Neil Hefti and Nelson Riddle. Collaboration with producer James Tucker always brings us great creative freedom!

“With Harley Quinn, we returned to the musical world of Batman: The Animated Series, which was our first collaboration with Bruce Timm as part of Shirley Walker’s team,” they continued.  “Along with recreating that Dark Deco mood, we also paid homage to some of the greatest jazz scores of the 70’s and 80’s. Our long creative history with Bruce usually allows for a musical and dramatic shorthand while discussing the score; this particular project, with its comedic twists and turns, really kept us on our toes!

“We worked with our key music team on the scores (engineers Mark Mattson and Mako Sujishi, woodwind player John Yoakum, Greg Herzenach on guitars, Andris Mattson playing trumpet on Two-Face, and trumpet legend Wayne Bergeron on Harley) to take the listener on journeys that are simultaneously familiar and fresh for fans who will undoubtedly appreciate these distinct takes on the Batman universe.

Both albums will be available October 6 at all digital music providers and on CD exclusively at FYE Stores.

About Batman and Harley Quinn
In Batman and Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (a.k.a. The Floronic Man) embark on an ecological quest to save the planet – and, unfortunately, eliminate most of humankind along the way. To save humanity, Batman and Nightwing are forced to enlist Harley Quinn to catch Poison Ivy, Harley’s BFF and frequent partner-in-crime. But Batman’s patience is put to the test by the unpredictable and untrustworthy Harley during the twists and turns the reluctant companions face during their bumpy road trip. The result is a thrill ride of action, adventure and comedy no Batman fan has seen before.

About Batman vs. Two-Face
As the sequel to the 2016 hit animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the all-new Batman vs. Two-Face finds Batman and Robin back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must work double-time to discover his mysterious secret identity before they can halt his evil-doing – all the while combating the likes of Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Bookworm, Hugo Strange and King Tut!

About Dynamic Music Partners:
Emmy Award-winning composers Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter, collectively known as Dynamic Music Partners, have created hundreds of hours of music for a variety of different genres, including TV series, independent films, video games and live performance events. They have collectively earned twenty-eight Emmy Award nominations and six Annie Award nominations as composers for Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Batman: The Brave And The Bold, Justice League, Teen Titans, Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project and The New Batman Superman Adventures. Original concert works and suites of their scores have been performed in festivals and special events; from New York’s Lincoln Center to The Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Tenerife – Spain and beyond, their music has received critical acclaim. Their Prime-time Emmy Award nominated musical Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Mayhem of the Music Meister, starring Neil Patrick Harris was a historic first Batman musical to ever be composed.

They began their careers composing music for Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond, for which they each received the Emmy Award in Music Direction and Composition. As orchestrators they have worked with many of Hollywood’s A-list composers, including Michael Kamen, Basil Poledouris, Howard Shore, Carter Burwell, Elliot Goldenthal, Mark Snow and Shirley Walker. Kristopher, Michael and Lolita are currently working on the third season of Marvel’s Avengers AssembleAn Act of Love, which received the silver award at the Mill Valley Film Festival, as well as composed 4 hours of original music for radio-play audio book Rain of the Ghosts.

Kristopher, Michael and Lolita work both collectively and individually. Kristopher recently completed the score to the Webby-nominated short film The Birds Of Anger for G4TV and just returned from a series of lectures at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Michael recently scored the latest Griffith Observatory production Time’s Up which is now playing at the observatory in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Lolita has been very active in the concert music arena this past season, having had works performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and 2 original musicals receiving performances in Latvia throughout 2014-2015, as well as the premiere of her symphonic work Overture to Light. This remarkable and very contemporary trio of composers and performers is an example of creative collaboration, business savvy, and artistic expression of the highest, most original level. They are currently working in today’s industry and are examples and role models for aspiring film composers everywhere.

Stay tuned for further coverage on both Batman and Harley Quinn and Batman vs. Two-Face right here at The World’s Finest. Batman and Harley Quinn is currently available to own on both physical and digital platforms, while Batman vs. Two-Face hits Digital HD on October 10, 2017 and Blu-ray and DVD on October 17, 2017. Click here to read The World’s Finest review of Batman and Harley Quinn.

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John Takis Talks “Justice League,” “Batman” and “Caped Crusaders” Soundtracks with The World’s Finest

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 new 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. To read the entire two-part interview, click on the image or respective links below.


Part One: Justice League & BatmanPart Two: Return of the Caped Crusaders

The soundtracks for Justice League, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and more are available from La-La Land Records and can be purchased through the label’s official website or other digital retailers. To discuss these releases, click on the discussion links below.

Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Original Soundtrack to the Animated Series Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)

Stay tuned for further updates and much more here at The World’s Finest.

The World’s Finest Interviews Dynamic Music Partners on “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders”

The World’s Finest caught up with Dynamic Music Partners to discuss their work in scoring the Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders animated feature. In this Q & A, Dynamic Music Partners – consisting of Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter – touch upon their score for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, their influences, their favorite tracks and much more. The soundtrack for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, available from La-La Land Records as of November 8th, 2016, can be purchased through the label’s official website or other digital retailers.

Click on the image below to check out the interview, right here at The World’s Finest!




For more information on Dynamic Music Partners, along with the assorted works and projects – past, present and future – check out their official website. DMP can also be found on Twitter at @DynMusPartners and on Facebook.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and on Digital HD. Further details on Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders subsite. Stay tuned for further coverage, including reviews, exclusive content and more.

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Site Update: The World’s Finest Reviews Soundtracks For “Batman,” “Justice League,” Animated Movies

The World’s Finest has published reviews for the Batman: The Animated Series – Volume Four, Justice League, Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood soundtrack titles, all released by La-La Land Records. In a nutshell, each soundtrack release is worth adding to one’s collection, with Justice League and Batman: The Killing Joke easily the stand-outs among all four reviews. However, all four titles are feature fantastic work and each deserve a spin. All soundtracks are currently available for purchase through the official La-La Land Records website and through most online resellers.

To read the reviews, please click on the respective images below.


Please note the review for the Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood soundtrack can also be found on the Batman: Bad Blood subsite.

Each review above is part of a larger subsite dedicated to each highlighted property, with each including more exclusive content and features. Stay tuned for further reviews and updates in the days and weeks to come right here at The World’s Finest. Click on the links below to discuss each soundtrack release.

Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League: Original Soundtrack to the Animated Series Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Batman: The Killing Joke Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
Justice League vs. Teen Titans/Batman: Bad Blood Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)