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Corpse Bride
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2005 Warner
2011 Warner
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Nick Ingman

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
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Warner Sunset
(September 20th, 2005)

Warner Brothers Records
(April 12th, 2011)
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The Warner Sunset album of 2005 is a regular U.S. release. The 2011 Warner set is a limited edition of 2,000 copies, sold for $500 primarily through the official site of the album. Consult with the separate review of that set for more details about its availability.
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Buy it... if you cherish every moment of Danny Elfman's melancholy writing for strings and choir and await another morbidly entertaining extension of his songwriting abilities.

Avoid it... if you seek a reprise of the superior narrative integrity of the songs in the comparable The Nightmare Before Christmas, for those in Corpse Bride are weak, too infrequent, and lacking Elfman's natural singing voice.
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WRITTEN 11/12/05, REVISED 6/8/11
Corpse Bride: (Danny Elfman) There must be some kind of mental condition that describes the specific derangement that director Tim Burton suffers that causes him to be so fascinated with graceful portrayals of death and stark realities. His stop motion animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas, considered an anomaly and a failure by Disney at its debut, turned out to not only be a rare singularity in modern film, but also a mass cult favorite. Its catering to both the morbid symbols of the underworld and boundlessly hopeful worlds of different holidays combined with Danny Elfman's popular musical numbers to create, at the very least, a very memorable piece of entertainment. Despite the great following that The Nightmare Before Christmas has continued to build, it took Burton and Elfman a dozen years before resurrecting the same stop motion/musical formula. There was considerable studio interest in having Burton create a straight sequel to the 1993 classic, but the director chose not to risk the legacy of the original. However, Corpse Bride could largely be considered an extension of the same concept. While it's by no means a sequel to the previous hit, the common treatment of macabre underworld elements in various shades of gray, along with Elfman's similarly conceived musical ideas, cause the 2005 movie to be as close to a follow-up as anyone will likely ever see. Traversing the worlds of the living and dead, with multiple weddings of an old-English style, Burton's fantasy challenges viewers with a drab, colorless portrayal of the real world (as real as the stop motion and bizarre 3-D miniature sets can allow) in contrast to a significantly livelier, more colorful existence in the afterlife. The love triangle that exists between the three primary characters (two women, one dead and one alive, both with an interest in marrying the same dweeby man) is accented by Burton's usual flair for stereotyped auxiliary characters, and these folks once again have a major role to play in the songs for Corpse Bride. Elfman obviously flourishes in this environment, not only writing in perpetually somber tones, but also with the chorus and instrumentation of choice for a maximum emotional effect. Written concurrently by Elfman were the scores for Burton's Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but whereas the latter was a much more major production that saw its songs go through significant revisions over time, Corpse Bride was a project that Elfman deemed fun and comparatively easy.

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?no solo Elfman?
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victors solo and duet.
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Danny Elfman at his Elfmanest *NM*
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The Piano Duet
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Audio Samples   ▼
2005 Warner Sunset Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 59:38
• 1. Main Titles (2:06)
• 2. According to Plan (3:45)
      written by Danny Elfman and John August, performed by Tracy Ullman,
      Paul Whitehouse, Joanna Lumley, Albert Finney and Emily Watson

• 3. Victor's Piano Solo (1:18)
• 4. Into the Forest (4:35)
• 5. Remains of the Day (3:27)
      written by Danny Elfman and John August, performed by Danny Elfman,
      Jane Horrocks, Paul Baker, Alison Jiear and Gary Martin

• 6. Casting a Spell (1:25)
• 7. Moon Dance (1:28)
• 8. Victor's Deception (4:00)
• 9. Tears to Shed (2:45)
      written by Danny Elfman and John August, performed by Helena Bonham-Carter,
      Jane Horrocks and Enn Reitel

• 10. Victoria's Escape (2:31)
• 11. The Piano Duet (1:53)
• 12. New Arrival (0:42)
• 13. Victoria's Wedding (3:15)
• 14. The Wedding Song (3:01)
      written by Danny Elfman and John August, performed by Danny Elfman,
      Jane Horrocks, Paul Baker, Alison Jiear and Gary Martin

• 15. The Party Arrives (3:21)
• 16. Victor's Wedding (2:09)
• 17. Barkis's Bummer (2:07)
• 18. The Finale (2:35)
• 19. End Credits Part 1 (1:50)
• 20. End Credits Part 2 (2:33)
• 21. Ball & Socket Lounge Music #1 (Band Version) (2:15)
• 22. Remains of the Day (Combo Lounge Version) (3:06)
• 23. Ball & Socket Lounge Music #2 (1:10)
• 24. Ball & Socket Lounge Music #1 (Combo Version) (2:14)
2011 Warner Set Tracks   ▼Total Time: 115:03

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The insert of the 2005 Warner album includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2011 Warner set features some notes from Elfman about his choices of music for inclusion on the product.
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