Days Of Our Lives Cast

Days of Our Lives

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This is the third soundtrack album culled from music written for the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives, following a disc released by Rough Rider in 1998 and a "Love Songs" collection issued by Varèse Sarabande in 2005, and it is by far the most ambitious, with 61 cues spreading over two CDs with a running time of more than 100 minutes. But then, says co-composer D. Brent Nelson, he and partner Ken Corday (also the show's executive producer and the son of the couple who launched the show in 1965) had 3,500 "pieces of music" to choose from, presumably dating back through the last decade -- plus for a show running an hour a day, five days a week. Rick Kohlbeck, who sequenced the chosen material, took a simple approach after the decision was made to have two discs. They might have been subtitled "love" and "death" because the first one consists of music written to accompany romantic situations, while the second takes in the more eventful aspects of the multiple plots. In practice, naturally, this means that Disc One contains more melodic string (or string-like synthesizer) passages, as well as gently plucked acoustic guitars and wordless choral vocals, while Disc Two has more overtly synthesized, percussive, minor-key stuff. But in both cases, the key word here is versatility. In cues rarely running much over two minutes each, if that, the composer/performers, never tied to any particular style, tend to get in, make a musical impression, and get out again, no doubt just in time for one of those soap commercials. Their music may have classical leanings, though pop/rock tends to be the most frequent touchstone. There are even some world music elements here and there. Although Kohlbeck has blended together some of the Disc Two material into suites reflecting certain plot developments on the show, nothing develops much musically here. The scoring seems meant to punctuate the emotional and dramatic action on the show, not accompany it at any length.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 00:34 Amazon
Days of Our Lives
2 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:35 Amazon
3 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:04 Amazon
4 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:06 Amazon
5 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:39 Amazon
6 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:46 Amazon
7 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:07 Amazon
8 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:54 Amazon
9 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:46 Amazon
10 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:38 Amazon
11 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:08 Amazon
12 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:43 Amazon
13 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:51 Amazon
14 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:37 Amazon
15 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:46 Amazon
16 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:33 Amazon
17 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:15 Amazon
18 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:17 Amazon
19 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 03:02 Amazon
20 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:15 Amazon
21 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:00 Amazon
22 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:45 Amazon
23 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:55 Amazon
24 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:53 Amazon
25 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:48 Amazon
26 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:48 Amazon
27 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:15 Amazon
28 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:58 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Days of Our Lives
1 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:30 Amazon
2 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 00:41 Amazon
3 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 00:19 Amazon
4 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:01 Amazon
5 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:39 Amazon
6 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:24 Amazon
7 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:32 Amazon
8 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 00:40 Amazon
9 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:22 Amazon
10 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:17 Amazon
11 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:36 Amazon
12 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:00 Amazon
13 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:45 Amazon
14 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:05 Amazon
15 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:44 Amazon
16 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:58 Amazon
17 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:24 Amazon
18 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:05 Amazon
19 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:20 Amazon
20 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 00:38 Amazon
21 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:51 Amazon
22 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:37 Amazon
23 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:20 Amazon
24 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 02:20 Amazon
25 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 00:41 Amazon
26 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 00:50 Amazon
27 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:46 Amazon
28 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:31 Amazon
29 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:48 Amazon
30 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:51 Amazon
31 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 00:28 Amazon
32 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:05 Amazon
33 Ken Corday / D. Brent Nelson 01:40 Amazon
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