Shazam! A New Soundtrack Releases The 80s Superhero In You


SHAZAM! – What an incredible score!! The opening notes blew me away, because the main theme is an incredible, exciting fanfare conjuring up my favorite ’70’s, ’80’s, ’90’s scores like SUPERMAN, Star Wars EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE, JURASSIC PARK and even THE MUMMY. Have a listen:

It’s no wonder that I’m getting 80s filmscore vibes from this. Composer Benjamin Wallfisch  (“Blade Runner 2049,” “IT”) and director David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) were trying to evoke this exact genre. “We both have a shared love of the classic superhero, fantasy and adventure scores of the 80s” explained Wallfisch, “and we started the SHAZAM! score by trying to channel the feeling of wonder and hope that incredible music gives you. It felt like being a kid again; I grew up in the 80s in total awe of, and in love with that music.” Sandberg spoke about working with Wallfisch on the film’s music. “Ben is the only composer I’ve worked with so far, and the guy is amazing,” explains the director.  “Something we talked about is that I wanted it to feel very much like a classic superhero score, because Shazam is a Golden Age Super Hero, and I wanted to honor that history.”

You can now have a piece of that history, because Shazam! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is now available for digital and CD preorderIt will be available for streaming and for purchase digitally April 5, and on CD configuration May 10. The soundtrack is distributed by WaterTower Music. Each configuration contains 29 tracks! Here’s the complete list:

  1. SHAZAM!
  2. The Consul of Wizards
  3. Seeking Spell
  4. Compass
  5. Seven Symbols
  6. The Rock of Eternity
  7. Subway Chase
  8. It’s You or No One
  9. Dude, You’re Stacked
  10. This is Power
  11. Bus Rescue
  12. You’re Like a Bad Guy, Right?
  13. Them’s Street Rules
  14. Superman It
  15. Super Villain
  16. You Might Need it More Than Me
  17. Come Home Billy
  18. Give Me Your Power
  19. His Name Is
  20. Sentimental Nonsense
  21. Run!
  22. Play Time’s Over
  23. All Hands On Deck
  24. I Can Fly!
  25. Fight Flight
  26. Finale
  27. We’ve Got a Lair
  28. I’m Home
  29. I Name the Gods

New Line Cinema’s superhero origin story Shazam! will be in theaters April 5, 2019, and I can’t wait to hear this score booming in a theater!

 About The Composer: Benjamin Wallfisch

Benjamin Wallfisch is a Golden Globe-, BAFTA-,GRAMMY- and  Emmy Award-nominated composer whose career spans over 75 feature films, recently including Denis Villeneuve’s critically acclaimed “Blade Runner 2049”, in collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer and regular collaborator Hans Zimmer; Andy Muschietti’s “IT”, the most successful horror film of all time; Academy Award Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures” (in collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer); and David F. Sandberg’s box office hit “Annabelle: Creation”. 

On the invitation of Zimmer, he contributed music based on Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” for Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”. His other recent projects include Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness”; the Steven Spielberg-produced short film “Auschwitz”, directed by James Moll; “King of Thieves”, starring Michael Caine and directed by James Marsh; and Steven Knight’s “Serenity”, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. 

His upcoming movies include “Hellboy”, starring David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, and Ian McShane, directed by Neil Marshall and “IT: Chapter Two”, directed by Andy Muschietti. With over 25 acclaimed albums of his music released to date, Wallfisch has performed live in over 100 concerts worldwide, leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony, at venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. 

He has collaborated, recorded and performed his music  with artists including Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock and Yuja Wang, and has over 50 concert music commissions to his name. Wallfisch has collaborated three times with Pharrell Williams, including a live performance at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards, and recently partnered with Adele, arranging her 2017 GRAMMY performance of George Michael’s “Fast Love”. A member of BAFTA since 2009, Wallfisch was appointed an  Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2014 and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2017.

About WaterTower Music

WaterTower Music, the in-house music label for Warner Bros., has been releasing recorded music since 2001 and has released over 200 titles, including the soundtracks and scores to Aquaman, Crazy Rich Asians, Wonder Woman, Interstellar, Game Of Thrones, Westworld, Riverdale, The Hobbit Trilogy, The LEGO® Movie, The Dark Knight Rises, Hairspray, Sex and the City, Elf, and The Notebook, among others.

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