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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) / Back to School (1986)
Original Motion Picture Scores
(2018 Barnes & Noble Exclusive Vinyl Edition)


Composer: Danny Elfman
Label: Varèse Sarabande
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Release Date: 13 July 2018

Varèse Sarabande reissue Danny Elfman's score for Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) on red vinyl exclusively through Barnes & Noble. The film follows Pee-wee Herman who lives an idyllic life in his bizarre home, until someone steal his the most important thing in his world: a fire engine-red customized bicycle. Pee-wee starts a epic cross-country search to rescue his lost love. As a special bonus, this release also includes Elfman’s score for the Rodney Dangerfield film Back to School...

Danny Elfman's score for Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is a quirky, upbeat soundtrack which incorporates many elements which he'd revisit for Beetlejuice (1987).

The album includes 19 songs (33 min, 51 sec) and also houses the score for Back to School (1986). While not an essential purchase, there is something endearing about both scores, which compliment each other surprisingly well.

If, like me, the only exposure you've had of the Pee-Wee score is the main theme on numerous compilation albums, now is the perfect opportunity to own one of Elfman's earliest and quirkiest scores.


Darren Rea

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