Retrospective: Original Music From Dark Shadows Volume 2

Above, Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins.

Retrospective: Original Music From Dark Shadows Volume 2

by Armand Vaquer

One of the great things about the old spook opera Dark Shadows was its music. Composer Robert (Bob) Cobert put together some great tracks for the show during its run on ABC-TV. I've spent some of this evening listening to this album (the first time in years) and it is enjoyable.

The music was also used in the two feature films, House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971).

The show starred veteran actress Joan Bennett as family matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Jonathan Frid as vampire Barnabas Collins, Lara Parker as witch Angelique and David Selby, as Quentin Collins.

Three volumes of music has been released, but I am concentrating on Original Music From Dark Shadows Volume 2. Like Volume 1, Volume 2 starts with the opening theme of the show and then it takes the listener through the music from the early years (1966-1967) to the later years (1970-71) with some favorites during its peak years. The album can be found at

The tracks include:

Dark Shadows (main theme)
Victoria Winters
Laura: The Phoenix
Quentin's Theme
Curse of the Full Moon
Josette's Room
Dr. Julia Hoffman
Roxanne Drew
The Dream Curse
Ode To Angelique
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Willie Loomis
Gerard's Carousel
Head of Judah Zachery
Barnabas & Angelique
I Wanna Dance With You
(Pansy's Theme)
Hand of Count Petofi
I Ching Trance
Goodbye, Collinwood

The show lives on today in DVD sets and occasional syndication as well as the annual Dark Shadows Festival. In fact, I picked up my copy at the Dark Shadows Festival in 1989.

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