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Friday, March 02, 2018

BATMAN THEME AND 11 OTHER BAT SONGS

by Neal Hefti


RCA VICTOR RECORD
LPM 3573
MONO
1966


SIDE A:



Batman Theme
Evil Plot To Blow Up Batman
Sewer Lady
The Mafista
Holy Diploma, Batman -- Straight A's!
Eivol Ekdol, The Albanian Genius

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SIDE B:



The Batusi
Just A Simple Millionaire
My Fine Feathered Finks
Mr. Freeze
Jervis
Batman Chase

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Editor's note: although the actual Batman theme song was written by Hefti it doesn't appear on this record as the television version. Which is not unusual but a little confusing when first hearing it. I was so used to the POW and other cartoon captioned sound effects that it came as a bit of a surprise hearing it without. Another thing that I noticed in this version was that the horns seemed to mimic the words BATMAN instead of human voices and apparently there is some controversy over whether there were actual singers on it. Adam West said that there weren't but the composer said that a chorus of 4 women and 4 men sang the part. I'm not convinced. Either way the first half of this record is quite grungy and exceptional. The second side varies in themes but is still solid albeit not as sterling as the flip side.

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