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Sleepy Hollow
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1999 Hollywood Records
2011 Warner
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Allan Wilson

Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
David Slonaker
Albert Olson
Mark McKenzie
Marc Mann
Steve Bartek
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Hollywood Records
(November 16th, 1999)

Warner Brothers Records
(April 12th, 2011)
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The Hollywood Records album of 1999 was 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 seek Danny Elfman's most accomplished and violent horror score, complete with truly haunting choral layers and a superbly recorded and mixed series of mostly palatable orchestral romps.

Avoid it... if you expect this return to the realm of gothic darkness by Elfman to exude the same personality and spirit in the fantasy genre as the composer's early classics.
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WRITTEN 11/29/99, REVISED 6/3/11
Sleepy Hollow: (Danny Elfman) There are several uneasy aspects of Tim Burton's 1999 adaptation of Washington Irving's story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," and not all of them involve the headless horseman. The production will always be remembered for its remarkable design, both visual and auditory, a trademark of a truly fine Burton film. But Sleepy Hollow suffered from stale acting performances (despite several notable cameos) that attempted to infuse life into a truly underachieving expansion of the short story for the purposes of filling a feature length picture. The lack of a strong narrative may have been one of the reasons why the film failed to debut for Paramount in time for Halloween in 1999, instead languishing against the winter blockbusters of late November. Substantial re-shoots and last-minute edits of the movie caused challenges for everyone involved, including (perhaps foremost) composer Danny Elfman. Because the film was being edited in New York and Elfman's score was being recorded in London, the composer had to assemble recording sessions on multiple occasions. The studio for the ensemble was subpar as well, causing nightmarish logistical issues. Despite all of these difficulties, Elfman looks back fondly upon the Sleepy Hollow score as one of his personal favorites. For the film music community, the hype and anticipation involving the score over the previous year was tangible enough to knock a person's head off by itself. Not only had there been the issue of a strained professional relationship between Elfman and Burton a few years prior, but the composer had also abandoned his massively gothic fantasy style from early in his career in favor of a stretch of more minimalistic or comedic entries in the middle and late 1990's. Many of the delicious details of Elfman's early writing had been deemed lost, and nostalgic fans yearning for another taste of Elfman's grand, melodically overflowing style from the start of the 1990's were watering at the mouth due to the opportunities that Sleepy Hollow presented the composer. There were arguments about whether or not Elfman's growing maturity in an artistic sense, as heard in A Simple Plan and A Civil Action, made it unlikely that the composer would ever be inclined to produce another tragic score in the mould of Edward Scissorhands or Sommersby. He had, simply put, moved on.

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1999 Hollywood Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 68:02
• 1. Introduction (4:15)
• 2. Main Titles (3:09)
• 3. Young Ichabod (1:20)
• 4. The Story... (4:28)
• 5. Masbath's Terrible Death (1:35)
• 6. Sweet Dreams (1:11)
• 7. A Gift (2:26)
• 8. Into the Woods/The Witch (3:32)
• 9. More Dreams (1:42)
• 10. The Tree of Death (9:36)
• 11. Bad Dream/Tender Moment (3:33)
• 12. Evil Eye (3:43)
• 13. The Church Battle (3:33)
• 14. Love Lost (5:16)
• 15. The Windmill (6:18)
• 16. The Chase (3:11)
• 17. The Final Confrontation (4:16)
• 18. A New Day! (1:29)
• 19. End Credits (3:17)
2011 Warner Set Tracks   ▼Total Time: 83:30

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The insert of the 1999 Hollywwood Records 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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