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Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas Special Edition, Compilation, Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 24 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Compilation, Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Opening
3. This Is Halloween
4. Jack's Lament
5. Doctor Finklestein/ In the Forest
6. What's This?
7. Town Meeting Song
8. Jack and Sally Montage
9. Jack's Obsession
10. Kidnap the Sandy Claws
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. This Is Halloween - Marilyn Manson
2. Sally's Song - Fiona Apple
3. What's This? - Fall Out Boy
4. Kidnap the Sandy Claws - She Wants Revenge
5. This Is Halloween - Panic! At the Disco
6. Making Christmas (Demo) - Danny Elfman
7. Oogie Boogie's Song (Demo) - Danny Elfman
8. This Is Halloween (Demo) - Danny Elfman
9. Kidnap the Sandy Claws (Demo) - Danny Elfman

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The Nightmare Before Christmas 2 Disc Special Edition soundtrack will release against the premiere of the new 3D version opening in theaters nationwide 10/20/06. The bonus disc features such artists as Marilyn Manson, Fiona Apple, Fall Out Boy and She Wants Revenge and of course Danny Elfamn. The initial pressings will contain a 3CD lenticular cover.

Not only is The Nightmare Before Christmas one of the best musicals of the past two decades; it may well be Danny Elfman's masterpiece, successfully integrating his main influences (from Cab Calloway to Nino Rota) into a fantastic whole. The first disc of this reissue features the original soundtrack, its songs still teetering between dark humor and poetic flights of fancy; this so-called kids' music is at least as sophisticated and skilled as anything you're likely to hear on Broadway. The second disc includes demo versions of four songs on which Elfman plays and sings everything, and five new covers of some of Nightmare's best-loved songs. Marilyn Manson successfully applies his spooky Weimar-circus style on "This Is Halloween" while Panic! At the Disco's lushly orchestrated take on the same tune is closer to the original. Fiona Apple's poignant "Sally's Song" is enhanced by very nice string charts, and She Wants Revenge does a disco take on "Kidnap the Sandy Claws." Best perhaps is Fall Out Boy's cover of "What's This?" which sounds like an unexpected cross between the Beach Boys and Queen. A highly recommended set. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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By Omnes TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 30 2012
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As Halloween will soon come to us in a month, and Christmas in three, it will be time for me to relisten to this wonderful album from a movie that I discovered years ago in school, and whose soundtrack I bought to my greatest pleasure. In fact the soundtrack is so perfect that I can't find a song in it that I don't like, Which is great for there are times when you listen to a musical and find certain songs less appealing than others, like for Carol Reed's Oliver!, a movie that I liked but had too many long songs that I think dragged the movie.

To describe the content of this album, I'd say that Danny Elfman gives us all the songs and tunes that were used in this last part of what I call "Tim Burton's Christmas Trilogy", which consisted of Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns and Nightmare Before Christmas. All of this is compiled on the first disc while the second offers excellent interpretations of some of the songs by musicians like Marilyn Manson, Fiona Apple, She Wants Revenge, and Fall Out Boy. As a special candy treat, the composer also offers to us Demos of five of his songs which he showed to Tim Burton.

Inside the CD, the leaflet offers all the songs' lyrics, which is great to anybody who would love to sing to those tunes for the holidays or if you are listening to the album and want to sing-along.

As for the sound quality of the album, I found the sound balanced and clean of any noises or sound dirt.

In the end, I have nothing but praise for this soundtrack which I think stands among the best that Danny Elfman did in his career, but also in his Tim Burton collaboration, along with Edward Scissorhands and Batman Returns.
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This particular set of music selections from the film is very clear with respect to sound quality and orchestral sound tapestries. This is an excellent soundtrack.
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Great CD, I love the music!
I am also a big fan of the movie which is a must see every year near Halloween!
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A must have for every parent's car. Great music. Hurray, Danny Elfman. What a talent.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
A steal if you don't own the soundtrack already....still a bargain if you do Nov. 2 2006
By Poor Napoleon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was iffy about purchasing this as I already owned a copy of the sountrack. The remastering, however, is top notch. Nothing more needs to be said of the great soundtrack itself.

The second disc is a mixed bag. There are two really good covers, one that's okay, and two that are just deplorable. Marilyn Manson and Danny Elfman is a match made in heaven (and I use that term VERY loosely). Manson's approach to the vocals encapsulates his own style while maintaining every piece of integrity of the original. I've never been a fan of Fiona Apple, but the emotional breadth given to Sally's Song deserves accolades. It's beautiful, taking the song to new heights. Fall Out Boy does a credible "What's This," which is fun, even if its nothing spectacular. She Wants Revenge, still trying to capitalize on the fame of Interpol and the newfound love of Post punk industrial is montonous in their version of Kidnap the Sandy Claws. I've concluded that all She Wants Revenge songs sound the same. Panic At the Disco give us a weird, overdramatic version of This Is Halloween. Its failure is that it is not fun, and it's a fun song.

Then there are the demos. These are fantastic, if for no other reason, then because Elfman does all the vocals himself. There is a note in the liner notes saying "All vocals by Danny Elfman" in regards to the demos. He does some amazing work, probably fooling with many synths and vocal layering. This is Halloween and Kidnap the Sandy Claws really show this. Of particular interest though are the cuts that were done to Making Christmas. It's fun to hear a version that was clearly a work in progress. Despite these being demos and Elfman probably only needing to provide a guiding vocal, he really has fun with these. While Oogie Boogie's Song is no match for the version that appears on the soundtrack, Elfman is clearly having a good time paying homage to one of his heroes, Cab Calloway. Overall, at less than 15 bucks, this collection is a steal.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Clearer Mix Oct. 25 2006
By Stephen B. Dwyer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this edition for the bonus disc and the 3D cover, but I am also pleased to say that the new mix of the original soundtrack is cleaner, more clear, more fun to listen to. Maybe it is too subtle a difference for casual listeners, for me it is newly fresh.

The bonus disc is great especially for the Elfman demos.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3 Stars based on the Bonus Material ALONE! Oct. 25 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Since the original score of the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack has been covered many times, this will be a review of the bonus disc.

If I were to rate Elfman's oringal I'd give it a 4, they're great songs and easily stand out away from the movie on their own. However, I'm giving this a 3 star based solely on it's bonus material.

The remakes are simply atrocious. She Wants Revenge just stumbles and mutters under his breath in the same monotone voice. I listened to their version of "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" only once and that's all I can stand, I fought every urge to change it even then.

Panic! at the Disco's version of "This is Halloween" is very boring, they have some pretty good highlights, but just like SWR he just mumbles through with the same tone. Did they even care about the source material? Fall Out Boy was a little bit more listenable than the other 2 mentioned, but they don't do the original song justice at all. Maybe it's because the songs sound odd out of context, or maybe it's just that they don't sound like the songs were treated with respect. I don't know, but it doesn't work at all.

On a more pleasing note I was happy with Marilyn Manson's cover of "This is Halloween". I've never been a huge fan of Manson's, but this song works for him. It is of course very dark and macabre and Elfman himself wanted Manson to collaborate with him on this project. The highlight on this special edition is Fiona Apple's "Sally's Song", she brings such a beautiful and haunting sadness to the song. The original song was always great and Catherine O'Hara did a great job for the movie, but if you were to take ONE song out of this movie that could have been made a single on it's own I believe it would have been "Sally's song". Kudo's Fiona! My favorite track on the 2nd CD and alone worth the $15 I paid for the soundtrack.

The rest of the CD is a pure bonus, rare Elfman demos of various songs from the movie. It is interesting because every note, cue, lyric and voice was carried out by Danny himself. These are stripped down, raw versions of what was ultimately used in the movie. Even with the unrefined sound of these demo recordings, they are still 100% better than some of the recent aforementioned covers.

I find it hard to pinpoint just who Disney was trying to target this CD for.

I can understand getting some currently popular bands together to try getting a younger crowd, but then to include Manson and Apple kinda offsets the trend. I doubt very seriously fans of Manson would by this CD for his one song. The Demo recordings were to appeal to the die hard fans and thank God for them. The entire 2nd CD is hit & miss.

For fans who bought the original Nightmare Before Christmas score, I'd say there probably is enough here to warrant purchasing the same thing again...though you may want to try iTunes to avoid the most of the garbage.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The covers are awesome...worth the full price Dec 8 2006
By W. Scott Heitman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Even if you already have the soundtrack, you should definitely buy this special version for the covers. The demos are interesting, but not really something you'll listen to repeatedly. The covers, on the other hand, are ALL very fun. Admittedly, the weakest is probably the She Wants Revenge song. It's still fun, but it isn't up to the level of the other four. Manson, obviously, is a perfect fit for a gothic soundtrack, but surprisingly, the more upbeat covers by Fallout Boy and Panic at the Disco are a lot of fun as well. I've heard some people complain about the Fiona Apple track, but I think it comes down to whether you like Fiona Apple or not. Her cover is beautiful from my vantage point. All in all, the covers put a whole new gloss on the songs they imitate and give the vocals to some really talented bands. If you often find the soundtrack stuck in your head, this collection is a must buy.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The soundtrack is amazing; the bonus disc is for fans. Oct. 25 2006
By Paul Webb - Published on
Format: Audio CD
To tie in with the rerelease of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 3D, Disney has brought out a new version of the soundtrack, complete with a second disc of covers and demos of the film's songs. The soundtrack alone is worth the price of admission by itself; the value of the second disc will depend on how much you like the original soundtrack or the artists performing the covers.

The first disc, the film's original soundtrack, has been reviewed ad infinitum and I doubt I could say something new about it. Danny Elfman's soundtrack is a thing of beauty, with lyrics and music that carry the film's storyline perfectly. The one song that features Ken Page - "Oogie Boogie's Song" - is the definition of scene-stealer, and Elfman shines as Jack, particularly in "Jack's Lament" and "What's This?" I'm disappointed that Disney chose to remove the instrumental "Bonus Theme Medley" that was at the end of the original soundtrack, but the track bordered on redundancy and the rest of the soundtrack is fully intact.

The real draw here, at least for the fans of the film, is the second disc. The first five tracks are covers of some of Danny Elfman's songs. Of the covers, I was most impressed by Panic! At The Disco's fun take on "This Is Halloween;" maybe more than any of the others, the band's sound shows through while remaining faithful to the original. Fiona Apple's "Sally's Song" is another highlight. I was never struck by the original track and I'm not a huge fan of Apple, but the track drew me in to the point where I lost my place in the book I was reading.

The other three covers are a bit of a mixed bag. Marilyn Manson's version of "This Is Halloween," while enjoyable on its own, doesn't hold up as well when placed next to the P!ATD track that follows it on the album. Fall Out Boy's "What's This?" is a respectable cover, but the song is lacking the emotion that Elfman's Jack had, causing the track to lose a large part of its appeal. She Wants Revenge is the biggest departure of the lot; their "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" is almost unrecognizable after it's rewritten as a techno/dance track. It's growing on me slowly, but again, if you're not a fan of the band, your reaction may differ.

The demos are all performed by Danny Elfman, who layered his voice and used a synthesizer to get what you'll hear here. The most interesting of the lot is "This Is Halloween." While a third version of the track wasn't really required, this version of the track is actually sung in large part by Elfman as Jack, giving it an entirely different sound than the film version. The "Oogie Boogie's Song" demo is also worthwhile because Ken Page did the final version; while Elfman gives the old college try, his Oogie just can't match the deep, rich tones of Page's bag of bugs. The remaining demos are enjoyable but not dramatically different from the versions on the first disc.

It's worth noting that, if you buy the album from Best Buy, the pressing that's currently out has an extra two demos on it: "Town Meeting Song" and "What's This?" are included on the disc, boosting the total number of tracks to eleven. Unfortunately, even with the two extra tracks, the bonus disc just barely reaches a length of 40 minutes (meaning that this version is even shorter, approximately 35 minutes). Including some of Elfman's other demos or more covers would have been appreciated, especially since they are the selling point for those of us who already owned the soundtrack.

In the end, I very strongly recommend the purchase of the album. The soundtrack by itself is one of the best that either Danny Elfman or Disney has been involved in, and the addition of covers and demos on the second disc makes this album a great value. If you've already got the original version of the soundtrack, I'd sample the tracks before you buy; the covers and demos were a worthwhile investment for me, but the length of the second disc is reason enough to think again before purchasing the album just for the bonus disc. Overall, though, the sheer quality of the material overcomes any shortcomings, and the quality is justification enough for purchasing the album.