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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - The Flash Original Television Soundtrack: Season 1
Artist - Blake Neely

Barry Allen is a Central City police forensic scientist with a reasonably happy life, despite the childhood trauma of a mysterious red and yellow being killing his mother and framing his father. All that changes when a massive particle accelerator accident leads to Barry being struck by lightning in his lab.

Coming out of coma nine months later, Barry and his new friends at STAR labs find that he now has the ability to move at superhuman speed. Furthermore, Barry learns that he is but one of many affected by that event, most of whom are using their powers for evil.

Determined to make a difference, Barry dedicates his life to fighting such threats, as The Flash. While he gains allies he never expected, there are also secret forces determined to aid and manipulate him for their own agenda.

In what has been a highly successful TV series for the CW, ‘The Flash’ (and yes, every time I say or type that word the CBS hit TV show 'The Big Bang Theory' aka Sheldon comes immediately to mind!) was always something that had to have a solid backing score to it. Luckily for the team behind the making of ‘The Flash’ (and 'Arrow'), Blake Neely was just that man.

The award-winning composer, whose work spans both film and TV, and who has also scored other TVs OST hits such as ABC’s ‘Resurrection,’ CBS’s ‘The Mentalist,’ and the CW’s ‘The Flash,’ has also completed work on CNN’s highly acclaimed, and recently-released ‘The Sixties’ documentary.

Here on the first season score soundtrack, we get 29 tracks (one just the first disc alone) and as much as many of them barely scrape the two minute mark, their intensity - whether it be a slow, thoughtful, soul provoking moment, or a flat out race for justice, and to save humankind kinda act - without a shadow of a doubt, it more than proves that Neely knows EXACTLY what he’s doing!

Inclusive on the second disc are 15 tracks from 'The Flash Vs. Arrow - Part I' installment ('Part II' is to be found on the just-released 'Arrow - Season 3' OST CD), with the other 15 tracks being "Bonus Tracks." So, if you are counting along at home, that means this First Season of 'The Flash' OST soundtrack CD has 59 tracks on it!

As you would expect, each track that requires it veritably pulsates with action, emotion, mystery and, of course, ample amounts of mayhem! Neely, much like he did for the 'Arrow' soundtrack score series, actually wrote over 12 hours of music for this debut season of ‘The Flash,’ and whilst all 12+ hours would never make their way onto any soundtrack CD, what he (and La-La Land Records) have crammed onto this double disc is, well, simply put: breathtaking!

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk