Twin Peaks [Original Television Soundtrack]
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Album: Twin Peaks [Original Television Soundtrack]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Twin Peaks: Twin Peaks Theme
2)    Twin Peaks: Laura Palmer's Theme
3)    Twin Peaks: Audrey's Dance
4)    Twin Peaks: The Nightingale - (featuring Julee Cruise)
5)    Twin Peaks: Freshly Squeezed
6)    Twin Peaks: The Bookhouse Boys
7)    Twin Peaks: Into the Night - (featuring Julee Cruise)
8)    Twin Peaks: Night Life in Twin Peaks
9)    Twin Peaks: Dance of the Dream Man
10)    Twin Peaks: Love Theme from "Twin Peaks"
11)    Twin Peaks: Falling - (featuring Julee Cruise)
 



Performer Notes
  • Music composed by Angelo Badalamenti. Lyrics written by David Lynch.
  • Personnel includes: Julee Cruise (vocals); Angelo Badalamenti (piano, synthesizer); Vinnie Bell, Eddie Dixon (electric guitar); Al Regini (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Eddie Daniels (flute, clarinet); Kinny Landrum (synthesizer); Grady Tate (drums).
  • Personnel: Angelo Badalamenti (piano, synthesizer); Julee Cruise (vocals); Vinnie Bell, Eddie Dixon, Vincent Bell (electric guitar); Albert Regni (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Eddie Daniels (flute, clarinet); Kinny Landrum (synthesizer); Grady Tate (drums).
  • Audio Mixers: Jay Healy; Art Pohlemus; Art Polhemus.
  • Recording information: Excalibur Sound.
  • Photographers: David Lynch ; Paula K. Shimatsu-U; Kimberly Wright; Craig Sjodin; Fredrick Nilsen.
  • Arranger: Angelo Badalamenti.
  • David Lynch's TWIN PEAKS was, among other things, the first series to bring surrealism to prime time television. Angelo Badalamenti's score, on the other hand, was the first to introduce downtown post-modernism. Badalamenti's harmonic palette was straight out of '50s rock. But the resultant music was slow and doomy, a collage of shimmering synths, twangy Duane Eddy guitars, and finger snaps that seemed uncannily sinister. Highlights include the popular "Twin Peaks Theme," which manages the remarkable feat of being at once lush and minimalist, and "Into The Night," an unsettling combination of innocence and lasciviousness as sung by Lynch protege Julee Cruise.

Professional Reviews
Q (5/95, p.122) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...David Lynch's eerily gripping television series, would have had considerably less impact without composer Angelo Badalamenti's dark, atmospherically-charged soundtrack..."

Muzik (12/00, p.59) - Included in Muzik's "Top 10 Electronic Soundtracks" - "...Hypnotic, massively influential and coincidentally spawned Moby's GO..."

Producer:David Lynch; Angelo Badalamenti
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:11 October, 1993
Guest Artist: Julee Cruise

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1. Twin Peaks Theme

2. Laura Palmer's Theme

3. Audrey's Dance

4. The Nightingale

5. Freshly Squeezed

6. The Bookhouse Boys

7. Into The Night

8. Night Life In Twin Peaks

9. Dance Of The Dream Man

10. Love Theme From Twin Peaks

11. Falling

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"My (musical) world is a little bit dark. . . a little bit off-center. I think of it as tragically beautiful. That is how I would describe what I love best: tragically beautiful." Angelo Badalamenti
Today's working hypothesis is no composer was ever more important to the success of a television show than Angelo Badalamenti was for his work on the David Lynch televison cult hit "Twin Peaks" (1990-91).

The criteria here is not just coming up with a memorable instrumental theme song (in which case we just pick Lalo Schifrin for "Mission Impossible"), but the scoring of various episodes over the course of several seasons. By that standard what is the competition? Jan Hammer's work on "Miami Vice" got a lot of publicity, but when you think of the soundtrack for that show you are just as likely to think of Glenn Frey's "Smuggler's Blues" and Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" as you are the show's theme song or other incidental music. For me the close second would be w.g. snuffy walden's work on "thirtysomething," but that superb work (especially "second look") never received the publicity that Badalamenti did with "Twin Peaks" (Population 51,201).

Besides the memorable main theme you have the haunting "Laura Palmer's Theme" and the quirky little "Dance of the Dream Man." The former was used in different variations to different effects throughout the series, eloquently underscoring the twists and turns in the search for her killer. Even when David Lynch writes some lyrics for Julee Cruise to sing, the mood produced by the music never changed. It is amazing to me how you could always be aware of what Badalamenti was doing while watching "Twin Peaks," yet the music never becomes intrusive or overwhelming. Instead it is a perfect compliment to the story and pictures. And remember:

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