& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 5 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Once has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Connecting viewers with great music since 1972. All used discs are inspected and guaranteed. Customer service is our top priority!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
  • Once
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player

Once Enhanced, Extra tracks

See all 24 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Amazon Music Prime Members Album
"Please retry"
$0.00  $7.99
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, Enhanced, Extra tracks, October 5, 2004
"Please retry"
$5.53 $3.80
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.


$10.69 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 5 left in stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Dark Chest Of Wonders 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Wish I Had An Angel 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Nemo 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Planet Hell 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Creek Mary's Blood 8:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Siren 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dead Gardens 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Romanticide 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ghost Love Score10:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Higher Than Hope (with wind sound effect) 5:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. White Night Fantasy 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Live To Tell The Tale 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 

Amazon's Nightwish Store


Image of album by Nightwish


Image of Nightwish



Floor Jansen - vocals
Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards
Marco Hietala - bass & vocals
Emppu Vuorinen - guitars
Jukka Nevalainen - drums
Troy Donockley - Pipes, flutes & whistles

The cinematic storytelling, symphonic flourishes, shredding guitar work and chugging rhythms mastered by Nightwish across their expansive and impressive career has ensured the ... Read more in Amazon's Nightwish Store

Visit Amazon's Nightwish Store
for 71 albums, 35 photos, 5 videos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Includes FREE MP3 version of this album Here's how (restrictions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

Once + Dark Passion Play + Century Child
Price for all three: $32.33

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B0002ZYE1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Once, the band's fifth album, is a stunning combination of brawn & beauty; a seamless blend of technical musicianship & soaring vocals, complimented by an orchestral backdrop (provided by The Academy of St. Martins in the Field who scored The Lord Of The Rings trilogy). The international #1 hit 'Nemo' is a dreamy soundscape that crescendos & crashes with operatic precision - equal parts choral decadence & muscular heft.

Customer Reviews

Tarja's vocals are amazing.
Ziv Karmi
"Once" is a good album for old and new fans of Nightwish.
It is the best album I have ever heard, ever.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

114 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Dan Solera on February 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It was bound to happen - Nightwish's recording budget increased, and the Finnish quintet added an entire orchestra to their new album, thus forging the most epic and powerful doom album to ever be released. Like giving a child everything he has ever wanted, the band have let loose their boundless creativity. The album is very similar to their previous release, Century Child, but with strings, horns and woodwinds in absolutely every nook. Oh, yes, it is absolutely over-the-top, but in a band such as this, it is fitting and magnificent.

The opening song, "Dark Chest of Wonders" begins with a pounding metal riff unlike anything else on the album - very reminiscent of "Slaying the Dreamer" or more recent In Flames. However, it doesn't last. Soon afterwards, trademark Nightwish power-riffs kick in, infectious and energizing, bringing along with them a parading symphony that does not go unheard. The last chorus is absolutely beyond belief, with the band almost *dueling* with the symphony in a musical power struggle. "Wish I Had an Angel" is very similar to "Dead to the World", with bassist Marko Hietala taking over the vocals in the chorus of this heavy piece. "Nemo" (released as two singles) and "Planet Hell" are Nightwish staples, accessible and tremendously melodic; the latter of which showcases the symphonic textures in a very isolated, gothic atmosphere ("Carmina Burana" is not a stretched comparison).

The album has two longer pieces, both of which are exceptional tracks. "Creek Mary's Blood", an 8-minute eulogy to the destruction of native Americans during the colonial period is woeful, slow and touching, building up to becoming a horn-driven hard rocker.
Read more ›
6 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By against_the_radio_and_mtv on October 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First Part:

Nightwish, the most succesful Finnish band are back with their 5th album, Once. Just like the import version, this will probably get many confusing reviews so I'll try to help.

First, about Nightwish.

In the mid 90s, Nightwish appeared as a Power Metal with Symphonic elements that had Tarja Tarunen A professional Mezzo Soprano as frontwoman. Their first album, "Album fall first", is actually a good album but doesn't have a good production. Their next album, "Oceanborn" is an excellent release with a better production. Tarja's performance is awesome.

Their next release "The Wishmaster" is considered by many their best album. Is certainly the most "Power Metalish" but it doesn't lose the atmosphere. After "The Wishmaster", Nightwish comes out with "Century Child" which was a big change. The guitar work almost dissapeared, the Operatic vocals almost go away showing another style from Tarja and the band becomes more quiet plus they added a second vocalist (Marko Hietala who is also the bassist). Now to me, "Once" is pretty much "Century Child" mixed with "The Wishmaster" which is great. Tarja adapts her voice to the new style better than in "Century Child" basically because Toumas Hollopien (Keybordist and songwritter of most of the material) wrote the music in a way that they can fit with Tarja's voice.

Songs like "Dark Chest of wonders" or "Nemo" are actually Power Metal songs but that have the atmosphere of the new Nighwish. Epics like "Ghost Love Score" show the orchestra that worked with Nightwish for this album more than the other tracks and "I wish I had an Angel" show the alternative ideas being a track with heavy riffs and a "Techno Beat" that sounds like an Industrial Metal band.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By The Deac on February 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Nightwish has produced several exceptional albums, but this time they managed to top themselves. Once has that "it" appeal...it is bombastic, and yet still accessible. The album offers a great variety of tones, moods, and sounds that will satisfy any taste, and will thrill metal fans who search for originality.

From the opening number "Dark Chest of Wonders", you hear the great orchestral arrangement that compliments the music so well. It is basically like hearing a heavy metal movie soundtrack. There is a lot going on, but somehow, it works. And it works to damn near perfection. This track alone is worth the purchase, but it continues with the 2 songs that could help the band breakout here in the states, "Wish I Had An Angel" and "Nemo". The brilliant thing about these tracks is while each of them maintains intense musicianship, they both have big hooks that will be embraced by a more mainstream audience. And at the same time, they will satisfy even the most jaded metal fan. The assault continues with "Planet Hell", easily the albums most fierce song, and goes through a rollercoaster of changes as the album continues.

Opera and metal meet in perfect harmony. Who would have thought?
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Terhikkki on June 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'll start by saying that Nightwish gets better by every album they release, they develope the albums, not staying the same, but still being Nightwish. Tuomas has again done a great job composing with a little help from Emppu and Marco.
This one (Once) is more soundtrack'ish than the previous ones (they're accoimpaned by a full orchestra on most songs), still not forgetting the fast heavy-metal songs which in this album are for example Dark Chest Of Wonders, Wish I Had An Angel (great duet with Tarja and Marco), both have really heavy, even murderous guitar riffs By Emppu.
I'll review some of my favourites on the album:
3. Nemo - Released as a single, usual Nightwish style music, more popular-sounding than the others, still really good, great chorus *****
5. Creek Mary's Blood - A long, epic song. I especially love the Native-American Indian chanting and Tarja's singing is supreme *****
9. Ghost Love Score - Also a long, epic song, AMAZING chorus which sends chills in my spine. Great slower parts in the middle of the song. *****
10. Kuolema tekee taiteilijan - A song with only orchestra, piano and solo cello with Tarja singing in Finnish. The lyrics are sad, almost prayer-like, but really beautiful. I'll translate the lyrics for you into English, so you can understand the meaning (there may be errors, sorry for that)
Original Finnish lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Once
Price: $11.98 $10.69
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com