Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pre-Order Elfman & Burton Music Box

You can now pre-order the celebratory collector's set at

Here's a video promoting the release, with the longtime collaborators chatting:

Here is the official press release:


Warner Bros. Records will be releasing The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box, a very special limited-edition, numbered box "Collectors Edition" of 1000 that collects expansions of the 13 original scores that Elfman has composed for Burton's iconic films. This is a newly-produced library of 16 CDs each packaged with artwork by Burton, adding up to more than 19 hours of music, including 7 hours of previously-unreleased Masters, demos, work tapes and other rarities.

Tim Burton & Danny Elfman 25th Anniversary Music Box


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Additional highlights of The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box include:

* Among the 19 hours of music are seven hours of previously unreleased music including such rarities as additional masters, cut songs, song and score demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixes, and foreign-language songs.
* Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton: A meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated 250+ page fine linen-wrapped hardbound book, entitled with gold foil stamping, and featuring a foreword by Johnny Depp. The book also includes rare photos, stories, and interviews from the cast and crew behind the scenes of this classic music — from the early days of Elfman's band Oingo Boingo to the recent blockbuster film Alice in Wonderland. Interviewed are such collaborators and peers as Guillermo Del Toro, Phillip Glass, Paul Haggis, James Newton Howard, Tom Jones, Michael Keaton, Ang Lee, Errol Morris, Thomas Newman, Catherine O'Hara, Jon Peters, Paul Reubens, David Rockwell, Scott Rudin, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore, Twyla Tharp, Gus Van Sant, and Richard Zanuck. This comprehensive 10"x10" keepsake book is written by acclaimed film-music journalist Jeff Bond and designed by Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor.
* An hour-long exclusive, newly filmed DVD featuring an extended conversation between Burton and Elfman as they reflect on their quarter-century collaboration.
* As a collectible created exclusively for this treasure box of music, a distinctive Skeleton Key USB Flash Drive has been designed—inspired by the art of Tim Burton. A pull of the key unlocks a USB drive loaded with MP3s of the entire contents of this Limited-Edition Music Box. From Pee-wee's Big Adventure through Alice In Wonderland, it's all there, including all the bonus tracks, demos, work tapes, and other rarities.
* Newly created liner notes by Elfman discussing each expanded score and their bonus material of additional masters, song and score demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixes, and foreign language versions.

A collection of music as unique as Elfman's for the films of Tim Burton needed to be housed in something equally special, wondrous, and whimsical. Designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic, The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is a work of art in itself. Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor has transformed previously unseen art by Burton and crafted a large scale, tin-covered music box complete with an embedded music chip playing "The Music Box Suite" arranged and performed by Elfman specifically for this historic collection. And to literally top it all off, with a flip of the lid, a delightful working zoetrope is revealed featuring strips of art and photos by Burton and Elfman that come to animated life with a spin.


Anonymous said...

I would truly love to get that set. Alas, it is far, far too expensive for this little shopgirl. I hope that they sell in the future the expanded scores individually. There are 3 or 4 I'd get in a heartbeat.

The packaging, though, is pure genius!

Edu said...

I'd love to, but too expensive for me. Will they release a box with only the disks?

Vinegar Bottle said...

In 50 years, when I am 70, I will walk down the old flea market, pondering on all the time that's passed and how we used to live in houses that were fixed on the ground and when there were still six continents instead of eleven. And I will think of my unmeddled with youth - and how ovens were still for cooking and not sending parcels - and suddenly stumble upon a black and white striped sight: a forsaken dusty box standing there for sale.. and my eyes will glisten with long forgotten fantasy; and I will take it with me out of the hands of the genetically computeranimated saleswoman for only ten bucks... INSTEAD OF 500$.

Since this is the "Limited Edition" there might be some chance of the CDs with the cut tracks and demos being published individually, no?
I may add innocently that I hope somebody will put the conversation on youtube someday.

Jack said...

Jacky's gotta have it!
I've been looking for these full scores for years. Just The full Nightmare score itself is worth 500 I'd say but thats just me :)

deadhearts666 said...

Omg must have it! Tim is so funny. Tim: Maybe there is a head in it.
Danny: it's exactly the right size too!
Lmfao! xD Jeeze I wish they would make a documentary on their everyday life just being there selves! xD

Jack said...

ahhh! I just pre-ordered mine :) i'm so excited.