Superheroics

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Many costumed characters have made the superhuman leap from comics to film, and music is the trusty sidekick that helps make their fanciful adventures plausible. Host David Garland offers music from some of this summer's superhero blockbusters, including the broadcast premiere of selections from Alan Silvestri's score for the forthcoming movie "Captain America: The First Avenger."

Plus, we sample comics-based classics of the past, from Superman and Batman to Spider-Man and Captain America, and much more.

Playlist:

Leon Klatzkin - Adventures Of Superman - Main Title, The Battle - Varese Sarabande

Herschel Burke Gilbert - Open Secret (and Adventures of Superman) - The Slap - Monstrous Movie Music

John Williams - Superman - Main Title - Sony (uncredited) - The Theme of the Justice League of America - Songs and Stories About the Justice League of America - Power Records

Lee Zahler - Batman - The Electrical Brain - WaterTower Music

Nelson Riddle - Batman - Stand Clear, Batman Theme - La La Land

Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard - The Dark Knight Collectors Edition - A Watchful Guardian - Warner Sunset

Alan Silvestri - Captain America: The First Avenger - Captain America, Invasion - Walt Disney Records

Danny Elfman - Spider-Man - Main Title - Sony

John Ottman - The Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer - Galactus Destroys/Opening - Sony

Michael Kamen - X-Men - Final Showdown - Decca

Alan Silvestri - Captain America: The First Avenger - Motorcycle Mayhem, Triumphant Return - Walt Disney Records

Comments [30]

David Garland

@ BeaufusLee, I checked, and all the albums you asked about are available from amazon.com. Surely they're available elsewhere, too, so try your preferred online or brick-and-mortar shop. (Though I'm not sure there is a brick-and-mortar shop which would carry all these albums, these days. If you know of one, let me know!)

Leon Klatzkin's Superman theme comes from "Adventures Of Superman: The Original 1950s Television Series," on Varese Sarabande. Herschel Burke Gilbert's Open Secret track comes from the album "Project Moon Base & Open Secret" on the Monstrous Movie Music label. Lee Zahler's Batman piece comes from "The Music Of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection," on WaterTower Music. The two other Batman tracks came from the recent reissue of the 1966 "Batman" film score from the La La Land label. And Michael Kamen's piece was from the soundtrack release for the original 2000 "X-Men."

Jul. 18 2011 10:26 AM

Would you be able to tell me where I might be able to purchase the following selections which were featured on this past Saturday's show...Leon Klatzkin - Adventures of Superman; Herschel Burke Gilbert - Open Secret (and Adventures of Superman;) Lee Zahler - Batman - The Electrical Brain; Nelson Riddle - Batman - Stand Clear, Batman Theme; and, Michael Kamen - X-Men - Final Showdown?

Jul. 14 2011 09:50 PM

Jim,

You can listen to the whole Kurosawa show at your leisure here: http://www.wqxr.org/programs/movies/2011/feb/19/

Jul. 11 2011 11:33 AM
Jim from New Jersey (US)

This was a great show! I didn't realize how great the Dark Night theme was.. just on it's own without all the extra noises from the movie going on.

I do have a question, will you be replaying the Akira Kurosowa show anytime soon??

Jim

Jul. 09 2011 04:55 PM
Army Pete from Washington, DC

@ David Garland, re: the two brief passages that use a bit of synthesizer and electronic percussion.

My guess--based on what I know of the film's story--is that those two brief instances of modern-sounding music coincide with the two scenes of the movie set in the present, i.e., when Cap is discovered frozen at the film's outset and then a later scene in which Cap returns to Times Square 60+ years after he left for the war (presumably the film's last scene).

Thanks for your outstanding broadcast, and also for your insightful and descriptive commentary.

Jul. 08 2011 07:34 PM
pietro de simone from nyc

great show! The theme from Superman by John Williams to this day makes me grumble and root for the villain. Its grandiose and epic appeal is kitschy as well as catchy even my cinematic standards. I absolutely love over-the-top movie music, a la Morricone, but its somehow too blatant and shallow...perhaps insincere?

I find the musics from Gilbert's Open Secret, and from Batman, (old and new,) and from Elfman's Spider-Man, really superb.

Jul. 07 2011 02:16 PM
Gary from Indianapolis, Indiana USA

Capt America certainly had the patriotic feel to it. My daughter and I are excited for this movie and the powerful soundtrack is just icing on the cake. Silvestri delivered!

Jul. 03 2011 08:02 PM
David Garland

@Victor Field and Dick Siegel, your helpful correction re the Adventures of Superman will be reflected in the revised playlist when our Web folks get that posted.
Thanks!

Jul. 03 2011 04:33 PM
Dick siegel from NYC

Great show David - as usual.

Oddly enough, the web program notes list Sammy Timberg as the composer of the Superman TV show theme

Sammy scored the 1940s Max Fleischer Superman cartoons.

Lee Zahler's Batman theme from the serial was
one of tyhe inspirations for Danny Elfman's Batman 89 tracks -- another one was a snippet from The Wolfman 1941 - in fact, it became part of Elfman's main Bats theme!

Of course, homage is nothing new...

Excelsior!

Jul. 03 2011 01:17 PM
Lawrence Kelty from Sunnyside, NY

The Captain America music was fantastic. I actually sounds like a score created for an old movie. The other selections were also great especially Superman by John Williams, and Batman Begins by Nans Zimmer. Great Job

Jul. 03 2011 12:22 PM
Victor Field from London, England

Many thanks for this! Pity there don't seem to be any regular programmes like this in the UK (or at least any comparatively accessible). A little correction, though - Sammy Timberg did the Fleischer "Superman" cartoons, not the TV series (the theme for that was credited to Leon Klatzkin).

Jul. 03 2011 11:38 AM

glad to see someone else besides Stan Lee and the Avengers calling Captain America cap. Great Captain America score. I want to see the movie just for the music!!!

Jul. 03 2011 10:13 AM
David Garland

Thanks for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the show and the super-music.

Now that I've had time to listen to all 72+ minutes of the Captain America score CD, I feel I should point out that there are in fact two brief passages that use a bit of synthesizer and electronic percussion. It's clearly being used in contrast to the natural orchestral sound that's heard in 99.9% of Silvestri's score. What will we see in the film during those moments? The soulless hordes of Hydra? The sinister Red Skull? Cap playing a synthesizer? We'll have to wait until the movie opens to find out.

Keep tuning in to Movies on the Radio. Upcoming shows include:

July 9 - Early Indies: music from independent, experimental films of the '50s and '60s.

July 16 - scores by Les Baxter, with highlights from my 1990 interview with the composer!

July 23 - Classic Sci Fi

July 30 - music from nature documentaries

Friend me (David Garland) on Facebook for updates.

Jul. 03 2011 10:04 AM
Sam

I loved this program so much, I'm listening to it a second time! Thank's for the Captain America score! I'm a really big fan of the old superhero comics. Thanks again!

Jul. 03 2011 10:01 AM
Mindy

Wonderful music, wonderful commentary, wonderful show. And thanks for the Captain America score, I'll make sure I get it when it's finally released.

Jul. 03 2011 02:37 AM
Chris from Baltimore

Long time listener and comic book fan. This was a great program. Captain Americas music was great. Though, nothing tops Williams Superman. Christopher Reeves played the role - John Williams made us believe he could fly.

Jul. 02 2011 10:13 PM
Evan from Rockland

I can't believe I tuned in at the end of this program. You must do something like this again! This is music worthy of the Holiday and great music that's undervalued for being either cartoon (Adventures Of Superman) or "pop music" (film score). These are masterpieces stirring up a sense of justice, righteousness, and heroism in my generation.

Jul. 02 2011 10:06 PM
Tim tyler from Kentucky

Captain America sounds exciting! Love the "superhero" theme for tonight. Please do more! I'd like to hear other genres as well...Science Fiction, Horror, ect.

Jul. 02 2011 10:06 PM
Brandon Galvin from Missouri

My first time listening this evening. I saw on AICN that you would be premiering Alan Silvestri's "Captain America" score, and being a big fan of movie music, superheroes, and Alan Silvestri, I couldn't pass it up. The show was very enjoyable, and I'll definitely be listening again. I'll also be picking up that "Captain America" score. It sounds fantastic! Very reminiscent of classic old-school John Williams and James Horner heroic scores.

Jul. 02 2011 10:05 PM
James Allder from Katy, Texas

Awesome ! Really enjoyed the Captain America stuff. Not really romantically nostalgic, but rather old fashioned Hollywood movie music. Fun, sounded terrific. Can't wait to get the CD.

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Jul. 02 2011 10:03 PM
Joel

Wow, Thanks for sharing Captain America with us!! so excited, definitely has a vintage Williams/Goldsmith vibe. I'd never thought that I would listen to a score for a modern superhero film and it its almost Too old-fashioned, haha. Really excited for the film, seems to have its heart in the right place, and sticking to it!

Jul. 02 2011 10:01 PM
Doctor Impossible from his secret island lair

First time listener here for Silvestri's Captain America preview. Great show! Will definitely tune in again.

Jul. 02 2011 10:01 PM
Stephanie J. Hughes from Manchester, NJ

Terrific show! Thank you for some really beautiful music and some fun, smart comments. Loved Silvestri's new film score - thank you! I just love it. It is a real film score!!!

Jul. 02 2011 10:00 PM
Vromo

AWESOME!!!!!

Jul. 02 2011 09:48 PM
Listener from Inwood from Manhattan

Thanks for the fun program. A quick question if you're reading this in real time: why not sneak in a track from Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman's score for Last of the Mohicans. Aren't Hawkeye and Uncas super heroic too? It's always a pleasure to listen, so thanks!

Jul. 02 2011 09:46 PM
Rich Raymer from Frankfort, KY

Excellent programming. Good to hear much of the more obscure material such as the Justice League track. Of course, Williams' material is a necessity. Bravo!

Jul. 02 2011 09:33 PM
SteveNYC

I just heard an unmistakeable quotation from Rienzi in the first or second Batman excerpt.

Great show as always. I really appreciated the Bernard Herman series last month. I'd never heard any of his radio scores before.

Jul. 02 2011 09:27 PM
Brian Flynn from Northern NJ

Superhero music is strangely uplifting.... the pieces are wonderful and all similar in some way. On a related note, one of my favorite shows is the Sci-Fi show with Robbie the Robot and music from Forbidden Planet.

Jul. 02 2011 09:27 PM
Ken Rankin from NC

Enjoying the program! It was mentioned on AICN earlier today so I thought to give it a listen, and will be coming back next week! Listening in from North Carolina! Great job!

Jul. 02 2011 09:09 PM
Nick Ruggeri from Manhattan

I've been looking forward to this edition of the show all week.

That old Superman TV theme is great. It was fun to hear it coming out of the radio instead of the TV.

Jul. 02 2011 09:08 PM

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