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Toon a Rama
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Toon a Rama

Animation Soundtrack Review

Why we love this album — for starters, it's only 5 bucks.

Secondly, it has a clean opening and closing for Jonny Quest, which makes it worth the price alone. But you've also got some cool stuff like the Space Ghost theme, and some of the best Hanna-Barbera tunes ever made, like Magilla Gorilla, A Man called Flintstone, The Way Outs, Meet the Flinstones, Hong Kong Phooey, and Josie and the Pussycats (for whom we have already professed our undying love), and more! 24 tracks and none of them bad. As albums go, you can't go wrong with this line-up for 5 bucks!

And did we mention it was 5 bucks?

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, December 2007

 Brak Presents The Brak Album Starring Brak
Brak Presents
The Brak Album
Starring Brak

Animation Soundtrack Review

An album that never gets old, Brak (originally an enemy of Space Ghost, who became a sensation via Cartoon Network's Late Night TV show spoof "Space Ghost Coast to Coast") sings some of his favorites, including our favorite "Drivin' Down Highway 40 in my big old pickup truck" (now sing like Tom Browkaw!, okay now underwater!).
Track number 9 is reserved for that masterpiece "I Like Hubcaps", which is sure to be everyone's favorite, although, as with potato chips, you can't just have one - there are many favorites here.

The album is absolute hilarity and a must-have for fans of either Space Ghost Coast to Coast or "The Brak Show", or any other sick and twisted creation of Cartoon Planet. Although billed as kids album, 99% of the humor is aimed at adults. But it takes you back, makes you feel 4 years old again, when everything was cool.

That is the power of Brak. Understand his greatness and feel his ubiquity.

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, May 2006

Saturday Morning Cartoons Greatest Hits
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Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits
Animation Soundtrack Review

This CD is worth the price for three great tracks (although all of them are pretty darn good!), but the three that take the cake are (in order of perference), Butthole Surfers performing the Underdog theme, Matthew Sweet (who is an anime fan!) doing Scooby Doo, and the Ramones perfoming the Spiderman Theme (they actually do it straight!)

Reverend Horton Heat also does a great job with Jonny Quest, although it's clear that he'd rather be doing "Stop the Pidgeon!". The only dull spot on the album may be Helmet's performance of Gigantor, but perhaps that's just not our thing. However, it's all made up for by the Violent Femme's version of "Eep Oop Ork Ah-ah", which will have you dancing and singing (hey, it was even a great song on the original Jetsons!).

This is a great gift item for anybody who was into cartoons in the 1970s. Once you listen to this just once, you can't get the tunes out of your head!

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, September 2002

Toon Tunes: 50 Favorite Classic Cartoon Songs
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Toon Tunes:
50 Favorite Classic Cartoon Songs

Animation Soundtrack Review

This wonderful throwback to your childhood compiles 50 "greatest hits" of classic cartoon theme songs. Having access to the "Space Ghost" and "Magilla Gorilla" title themes alone makes this album worth having, but you also get some anime classics like Speed Racer and Gigantor! And recently, the old themes of Spiderman and Josie and the Pussycats been revived via recent Hollywood make-overs.

Rhino even throws in an old favorite out of School House Rock (Conjunction Junction) and fills out the remainder of the album with a few more recently created classics, such as The Simpsons, Ren and Stimpy, Animaniacs, and more!

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, October 2004

Batman Beyond Soundtrack
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Batman Beyond Soundtrack
Animation Soundtrack Review

Say what you will about the series (we loved it), but there's no denying that the music is an earth-shattering techno tour-de-force of staggering proportions. Nothing this "goth" has ever gotten on TV before or after, or carried with it the emotional impact as the music from this series has.

Batman Beyond SoundtrackRife with jarring and discordant notes, lots of crunchy guitars, keyboard blasts and driving percussion, this CD is about the only cartoon soundtrack you can really head-bang to. It would not sound out of place at any NYC dance club. This must be played... LOUDLY.

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, November 2005

The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack
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The Nightmare Before Christmas:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Animation Soundtrack Review

If you've ever seen the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas", then you know that the entire movie is just Tim Burton and Danny Elfman having a blast producing a music with fantastic songs. Indeed, the songs are the best thing about the film, and here you can play them in the privacy of your headphones or while driving to work.

Elfman, who has scored films such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Batman, (to name a few), is one of the musical geniuses of out time it seems — that he can bring such emotion to this listener with the bare minimum of notes, and make no mistake, this collection from the film may be his finest work.

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, October 2002

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