For the last 25 years, collectors and fans have been asking for expanded soundtracks featuring music left off the original album releases. Now, for the first time, all 13 Elfman/Burton film soundtracks have been enhanced to include additional masters of missing music previously excluded from their initial release.
In addition, this box set will include the premiere release of the original soundtrack album of Burton and Elfman's first collaboration, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. After a quarter of a century, the original soundtrack recordings have been discovered, edited and mastered by Danny Elfman. Also included are highlights of the score's re-recording.
This collection also includes bonus tracks of music created by Elfman for Tim Burton's projects outside the world of cinema, including scores to television (Beetlejuice: The Animated Series and expanded versions of The Jar and Family Dog), the web (The World Of Stainboy), and the debut release of the incidental music to Tim Burton's exhibit for the Museum of Modern Art.
A major, previously unheard rarity is the discovery of demos of Danny Elfman's unused score for the Edward Scissorhands Ballet. Foreshadowing Elfman's symphony, Serenada Schizophrana, and his Twyla Tharp ballet, Rabbit And Rogue, this unused score offers a fascinating glimpse into one of Elfman's most beautiful and ambitious works.
For a glimpse behind the scenes of the creation of his music, Danny Elfman has reached into his archive to find rare, never-before-heard work tapes and score demos, including early drafts of his music for Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Big Fish, and Alice In Wonderland.
Elfman has also unearthed early demos of the songs from his three Burton musicals (Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride) featuring Elfman singing all the parts of all the characters. Song's cut from these films have also been discovered, including “Erased" from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and an unreleased rock song, “This Time," created to promote The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Another sight into Elfman's process is provided via percussion and synth-and-percussion-only versions of his innovative score to the Planet Of The Apes.
As a bonus treat, instrumental, orchestra-only versions of all the songs from each of his musicals have become part of this compilation. A sampling of fascinating foreign-language versions of songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas are also part of this package.
Another bonus feature is the inclusion of Elfman's demos of the themes for the Burton-produced animated feature, 9.
Fan-requested rarities and obscurities have also been included, such as the “Beetlejuice Commercial," the film version of “The Landing" from Mars Attacks!, the film version of the “Christmas Eve Montage" from The Nightmare Before Christmas, additional battle music from Alice In Wonderland, and versions of “Victor's Piano Solo" and “The Piano Duet" from Corpse Bride appear without dialogue. Even the Singing Elves have been added back into the mix of Nightmare’s “What's This?"
To help celebrate this unique 25th anniversary commemorative release, Danny Elfman has arranged and recorded four exclusive Music Box Suites featuring new, music box-flavored renditions of songs from such scores as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
This collection has also allowed Danny Elfman a unique opportunity to remaster his scores with particular emphasis on improving sonics on both Batman and Sleepy Hollow. In the case of Batman, a better-sounding source of the music was located and re-edited to re-create a superior version of this legendary soundtrack album.