In December of this year Danny Elfman and Tim Burton will celebrate twenty five years of working together. Their collaborations started in 1985 with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and have continued all the way through to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. In fact the only Burton movies Elfman hasn’t scored are Ed Wood and Sweeney Todd. In celebration Warner Bros are bringing out a limited edition box set containing sixteen CDs (with cover art by Burton), a DVD, unreleased music and expanded soundtracks, a “Skeleton Key” USB flash drive which contains MP3s of all the music in the box set, a working zoetrope and a beautiful hardcover book. The box set is in a limited edition of 1,000.
I adore Elfman’s work and think he is probably one of my favourite composers in Hollywood. He has also written the best TV theme tune in existence and the only one I never get bored of hearing; The Simpsons. While I wouldn’t often listen to film soundtracks in isolation, I think this box set would be an exception. The only drawback? It costs $499.99 (exclusive of shipping)! However if you have a spare half a grand lying around, this would be a gorgeous piece to own. Even the music in the advert below is amazing!