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Soundtrack Round-Up: La-La Land’s Next Releases, “TRON” on Demand and More Elfman Box Goodies

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Here’s some news from around the world of catalogue soundtrack releases, including developments on notable box sets and a surprise expansion from La-La Land Records.

The busy label has finally announced a release date of next Tuesday, April 12, for their biggest-sized title yet – an eight-disc box set of music from the Medal of Honor video game series. The long-running franchise, conceived by Steven Spielberg for the Sony PlayStation game console, has featured music by several composers, most notably Michael Giacchino (who would transition to an in-demand career in film scoring, including the Oscar-winning music to Up in 2009). The eight-disc set features music from nine of the games – the 1999 original, Underground (2000), Frontline (2002), Allied Assault (2002), Rising Sun (2003), Pacific Assault (2004), European Assault (2005), Airborne (2008) and the 2010 game with bonus material and new liner notes (including a foreword by Spielberg).

But that’s not all from the label: April 12 will see the release of two additional titles, including a compilation highlighting the scores of the DC Showcase (several Warner Bros.-produced animated shorts based around some of DC Comics’ second-tier characters) and – perhaps most surprising of all, a two-disc expansion of the score to the 1995 action/drama First Knight, composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The Medal of Honor box is limited to 2,000 copies, the DC Showcase is limited to 1,000 copies and First Knight will top out at 5,000 units. All order information and track details will be issued next Tuesday afternoon. (The first 100 orders of DC Showcase will have their sets autographed by the composers.)

Need a fix after listening to this week’s TRON: Legacy R3c0nf1gur3d remix album? Wendy Carlos’ original TRON soundtrack from 1982 is now available as part of Amazon’s Disc on Demand program. Given that original pressings of the 2002 expanded reissue (which this set replicates) were relatively expensive on the secondary market when TRON: Legacy hit theatres last Christmas, this could be a killer opportunity to snag this excellent soundtrack.

Had your fill of words on The Danny Elfman/Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box? Fans are finally starting to get their boxes shipped to them, and one lesser-known surprise is the addition of some extra tracks on the USB drive that comes with the set. The drive features 192 kbps MP3 files of every track on the proper 16 discs in the set, all included on an iTunes-like program, eliminating the need to rip every disc to iTunes. The 21 tracks are mostly short outtakes, alternates and demos from 1993 to the present, and the complete list is after the jump.

Danny Elfman, The Danny Elfman/Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box – Bonus Songs on USB Drive (Warner Bros., 2011)
  1. Snakey (Worktape) – 3:44
  2. Reprise (Early Demo) – 1:16
  3. Oogie Boogie (Alternate Melody Demo) – 1:50
  4. Mayor Theme (Demo) – 1:26
  5. Jingle Bells – 0:14
  6. Here Comes Santa Claus – 0:25
  7. Themes (Demos) – 4:09
  8. More Dreams (Alternate Version) – 1:20
  9. Ape Suite (Orchestra Only) – 2:44
  10. Hoe Down – 1:58
  11. Gloop Takes a Plunge – 1:29
  12. Everlasting Gobstopper – 0:48
  13. Eye on the Prize – o:40
  14. Augustus Gloop (Early Demo) – 2:03
  15. Augustus Gloop (Instrumental Demo) – 2:28
  16. Erased (Alternate Vocal) – 1:56
  17. Unused Bride Theme (Worktape) – 1:00
  18. Titles – 0:46
  19. Parapet – 1:21
  20. Kim’s Music Box (Unused Score Demo) – 0:37
  21. The Danny Elfman and Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box Suite – 3:02

Tracks 1-6 from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tracks 7-8 from Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Track 9 from Planet of the Apes (2001)
Track 10 from Big Fish (2003)
Tracks 11-15 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Tracks 16-17 from Corpse Bride (2005)
Tracks 18-19 from Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Track 20 from the 2005 ballet/stage adaptation of Edward Scissorhands
Track 21 newly recorded for this set

Written by Mike Duquette

April 6, 2011 at 19:04

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