Varèse Sarabande to Release ‘The Iron Giant’ (Deluxe Edition) on Vinyl

Varèse Sarabande has announced they’re releasing a special, deluxe vinyl set of the score for The Iron Giant later this year.

Varèse Sarabande Records is excited to announce the LP release of The Iron Giant (Deluxe Edition) Original Motion Picture Score with music by Michael Kamen. Varèse Sarabande has previously released Kamen’s The Iron Giant score as a 49-minute program single LP. The 2-LP Deluxe Edition is now available for pre-order at all retailers, with a green vinyl version exclusive to and The album will release August 5.
The 2-LP package taps directly into the ethos of the film, with a pull tab opening the Giant’s die-cut eyes on the front jacket. Depending on which inner sleeve has been slotted in the first position directly behind the cover, the reveal is different. Open the eyes in normal or defense mode! An unboxing video can be seen here.
Creating The Iron Giant’s beautiful, sympathetic score was Michael Kamen—one of his last major scores and his first animated film, miles away from the action blockbusters for which he had become known, but much closer to his heart. Kamen’s gorgeous score is full of melody, humor and sensitivity, grandly performed by the Czech Philharmonic. It scales as big as the threat of nuclear annihilation, and as intimate as the goodness that connects nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes to the alien machine—who decides he would rather be “Superman” than a weapon.
This Deluxe Edition adds an additional 13 minutes of alternates, outtakes and rare demos—including a piano-and-guitar attempt at an unrealized song, “Souls Don’t Die,” based on Kamen’s theme, performed by Kamen and Eric Clapton. Tim Greiving’s new liner notes feature new interview material with director Brad Bird, music editor Christopher Brooks and orchestrator Blake Neely, going deep into Kamen’s working process and their adoration for the gifted, late composer.
Side A
1 The Eye Of The Storm † 2:29
2 Hogarth Hughes † 0:20
3 Creepy Music/Hogarth Investigates †† 1:29
4 Into The Forest † 3:32
5 The Giant Wakes † 1:23
6 Hogarth In Car/Sting For FBI Man: Suite †† 0:55
7 Come And Get It † 1:44
8 Shut Off Switch/Rock Tree: Suite †† 1:03
9 Cat And Mouse † 0:52
10 Train Wreck † 1:06
11 Magic Rebuild/Hand Underfoot: Suite †† 2:54
12 Chew Your Food ‡ 2:01
Side B
1 Amerika †† 1:22
2 Great Ride †† 1:13
3 We Gotta Hide † 0:48
4 His Name Is Dean † 0:46
5 He Can Stay ‡‡ 0:38
6 Eating Art † 0:41
7 Space Car † 0:57
8 Souls Don’t Die †† 4:06
9 Contest Of Wills † 4:33
10 The Army Arrives † 1:33
11 Annie And Dean † 1:17
12 I’m Superman †† 0:30
Side C
1 He’s A Weapon † 2:42
2 Giant Discovered † 4:27
3 Trance Former † 4:25
4 No Following † 4:01
5 The Last Giant Piece †† 1;06
6 Bedtime Stories † 2:25
Side D
1 End Credits: Suite † 8:22
2 Wild Tam-Tam † 0:18
3 Chew Your Food Pickup ° 0:43
4 Duck And Cover † 0:29
5 Early Demo #1 ° 2:39
6 Early Demo #2 ° 3:51
7 Souls Don’t Die °° 2:45
† Original soundtrack version
†† Film version
‡ Original soundtrack version, mislabeled as “Hand Underfoot”
‡‡ Film version with alternate ending
° Not used in the film
°° Early demo, Michael Kamen on Piano and Eric Clapton on Guitar
Will you be picking up The Iron Giant soundtrack on vinyl later this year?
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