This is my compilation of Danny Elfman's Score to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Listed below are the tracks I used, in order:
1 - Main Title (0:00) (In an interview, Danny Elfman once said that Tim Burton would always let him go wild with his Opening Titles and End Credits, giving Elfman full control, no holds barred on what music could go there. It's always a must on any Danny Elfman suite to include this fully because it's the closest thing we have to the composer telling his thematic story his way.)
2 - Wheels in Motion (4:54) (This is the announcement of the 5 Golden Tickets to the world. It's in here because it contains another variation on the main theme and a bit of the older Elfman composing style that made him famous and something he rarely goes back to.)
3 - The Golden Ticket/The Factory (7:20) (I'm a fan of composers writing music to a scene that you don't see coming. His score for the first time the public is allowed in the factory is one of those scenes. It's overly dramatic, full of choir and low brass, leading into apprehensive percussion and pizzicato strings. It is rather delightful.)
4 - The River Cruise (9:12) (The music for the Oompa Loompas is rather percussive as well. I would've liked to put in the music to their native land but it didn't really fit, not like it does here with the strings to back them up. It's more of a serene version because the chanting is gone but it still features their voices. Also, I like the change in tempo at 10:26, going from more hits from the percussion to more of a commanding march.)
5 - Finale (10:51) (Not a very inventive name but it does wrap everything up nicely. True, this story diverts from the book when it comes to the ending but this is Tim Burton's version. It's reminiscent of The Grand Finale from Edward Scissorhands in its sweeping strings, choir and telltale Elfman mallets. I always thought that was Sir Christopher Lee narrating at the end. Sadly, it was not.)
6 - End Credits Suite (14:32) (Just because.)
I do not own any copyright music from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, just ownership of this suite. Purchase Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Danny Elfman on iTunes if you liked the score. I think this score was one of the last true Danny Elfman scores, something one might have heard from him back in his hey day. I started out as a huge fan but lately he has let me down. Oh well. I enjoyed watching this with my family and friends and the score was a big part of that. There are a total of 21 tracks on the album and I only used score from 6 of them. Not all of the tracks were musically entertaining, I had 9 tracks that I wanted to take music from to tell this story but only ended up choosing from 6 (5 really) because they contained enough to give you an overall taste of what was happening musically in the film. As always, comments are welcome and encouraged.