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Addams Family
Marc Shaiman
Addams Family
Genre: Soundtracks
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All Artists: Marc Shaiman
Title: Addams Family
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Release Date: 12/3/1991
Genre: Soundtracks
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 077779817221, 077779817245

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Far from Creepy, but deliciously Kooky
M. Zembrowski | Milwaukee, WI | 09/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A reimagining of The Addams Family directed by Barry Sonnenfeld for the big screen. Almost instantly one would think for sure that this would be prototypical Danny Elfman material. But alas for Elfman fans, the soundtrack scoring duties for this delightful Creep Fest of a flick went to composer Marc Shaiman, who is easily as gifted a melodist as Mr. Elfman, but in a more accessible manner. Mr. Shaiman himself, in the soundtrack's liner notes, makes mention of how hard pressed he was to understand how Danny Elfman DIDN'T end up scoring this movie. But when it comes right down to it, this is a wonderful soundtrack regardless of it's composer. It ranges from blissful operatic grandeur (think Gilbert and Sullivan by way of George Gershwin) to the unexpectedly romantic. Little treats for fans of the movie can be found in an extended version of the "Mamushka," the zany brother-brother duet from the film, and the screwball rendition of "Playmates" which will most certainly only be appreciated by those who can recall the point in the movie in which the song appears. But Mr. Shaiman's lyrical abilities are evident throughout the score tracks, and his ear for creative variations make the affair all the more listenable. The soaring Main Title theme is used several times in varying modes, but unlike some composers who live and die by one main theme, Mr. Shaiman incorperates two other prominent themes, and mixes them sumptuously together. This soundtrack is a feast for the ears. Those who've seen the movie will likely enjoy it more than a more casual listener, but much delight is to be derived from this wonderful soundtrack in either case. And fear not, finger snappers, the distinctive TV series theme is present as well, but in a way that is more for decoration than flavor. With all due respect to dear Mr. Elfman, I can't imagine this film without Marc Shaiman's graceful touch."
I Can't Stop Listening To This Recording
Carl | New York, NY | 10/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Number one in my CD collection. Had to pay nearly $40 on the secondary market to get a new one. However, I just can't stop listening to it. Lush, crisp, creative . . . a surprise at every corner. Would love to have the orchestra score to follow along, or piano reduction for personal playing.