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The Haunted Mansion: Haunted Hits Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (November 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: November 26, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B0000UJM3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Superstition
2. Grim Grinning Ghosts
3. Somebody's Watching Me
4. Spooky
5. Bump In The Night
6. Right Place, Wrong Time
7. Dead Man's Party
8. Man With The Hex
9. Monster Mash
10. The Boogie Man
11. Tombstone
12. I Put A Spell On You
13. Grim Grinning Ghosts
14. Overture From The haunted Mansion
15. So Long

Editorial Reviews

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Never a conglomerate to pass up a new marketing opportunity, Disney’s first attempt at turning its popular theme park attractions into a franchise was the mega-success Pirates of the Caribbean. And if this Eddie Murphy-starring follow-up ride exploitation vehicle didn’t quite click in the same way at the box office, its song-score remains a pleasant, pop-savvy thematic tie-in. Anchored by young Mouse House star Raven’s slinky take on Stevie Wonder’s "Superstition," the prevailing mood here quickly evolves into a buoyant, back to the future cocktail of 80's R&B, backed with a chaser of good-natured new wave/alt musical humor. Morris Day infuses a cover of one-hit-wonder Rockwell’s "Somebody’s Watching Me" with his typically effusive personality, while the Barenaked Ladies give the ride/film theme song "Grim, Grinning Ghosts" a wry, jazzy send-up. The choice of originals (Oingo Boingo’s "Dead Man’s Party"; the Jackson’s "Boogie Man") and covers (the Bus Boys’ "Monster Mash") are occasionally pedestrian, if leavened by enough shrewd choices (Suzanne Vega’s smartly creepy "Tombstone"; "Man With the Hex" by Atomic Fireballs; Conti Bros. cover of "Spooky") to give the collection a distinct flavor all its own. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

Two stars though for Mr. Mancina's beautiful score.
Philip H. Hopkins Jr.
Unless it's really cheap on sale, I doubt I'll ever buy this CD.
Queen of Annwen
If your looking for the score to the movie forget it.
Jeff Greenberg

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Koehler on December 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Let me first say that the score featured in the actual movie was amazing. The "Grim Grinning Ghosts" theme was integrated into the score. None of this score however made it onto this soundtrack. Only one track, which features the music from the opening credits (which is amazing!) mixed with the so-so love theme, leaving a happy ending to the track. However, if this track is the "Overture" as it says on the track listing, it should only play what is played up until the point where we first see Eddie Murphy in the film.
Raven's "Superstition" is one of the few good tracks on this album. OK, so it isn't Stevie Wonder, but it is an overall good remixed cover version. Not to mention that Raven has amazing vocal talents.
The song from the ride "Grim Grinning Ghosts (The Screaming Song)" appears twice on the soundtrack; once performed by Barenaked Ladies (in an excellent version, which, contrary to popular belief, was NOT recorded for this album, but for a Disneyland compilation), and once performed by the singing busts from the movie, not the original singing busts from the ride (which I was hoping for). The tracks are listed as "Grim, Grinning Ghosts", with an invalid comma. The original song written by Buddy Baker and Xavier Atencio was entitled "Grim Grinning Ghosts (The Screaming Song)". Usually when the song is performed, several verses are mixed up, but it is always minor. But the "When the crypt doors creak..." verse has always been the opening verse, except in this version performed by the singing busts, in which the verses are very butchered, to the point where one verse is missing, and two verses are incorrect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Martini on February 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I agree w/ all the other reviewers that we sought this soundtrack to hear the gorgeous score not these "hits." Why are marketing people so dense and out of touch w/ the targeted demo? Hopefully but not promisingly a reissue will make the score available. It's one of the best things about the movie.

Boo.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip H. Hopkins Jr. on April 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As someone who once worked and trained new Cast Members at WDW's Haunted Mansion I can only hope that the idiots in their Marketing Dept. are being strung up for this clearly cheap pandering attempt to get the pop music dollar. Bad enough the film turned out poorly, and it is only compounded by this pile of tracks that aren't even in the film--save for Iz You--the unnecssary and out of place rap song that appears over the closing credits ala the Addams Family movies. How un-original and desparate. Two stars though for Mr. Mancina's beautiful score. It is the only thing that redeems this CD. Though God knows the same idioits in Marketing will be rolling it out at as must-have album every Halloween as if it's on the level of a Mannhiem Steamroller Christmas or something. Ugh!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By propman on October 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am A haunted mansion fan as well as a haunter. (Extreme halloween dude.) I can only say that who ever thought that it was a good idea to put this crap on this cd should be fired. This is the worst cd I have ever had the pleasure of sleeping through and then wanting to set on fire. The one, and I mean THE ONE AND ONLY reason for my one star is for the beautiful score by mark mancina. Although, they should have just put a cd full of the music out of the movie, but no! They had to make him do something else! DON'T BUY THIS CD IF YOU ARE A MANSION FAN! It is a big let down.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EctoMaster on December 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
can someone tell me what 12 of these songs have to dow ith the Haunted Mansion movie or ride? besides tracks 2 (love bNL btw), 13 and 14 this is a "let's see how many halloween remakes we can fit onto one album and claim it has to do with the movie".
i'm still looking for Thriller and Ghostbusters on the track listing.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By thedoctor on December 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If I wanted Halloween music I buy a Halloween CD just for that occasion. What I wanted was the score from "The Haunted Mansion" movie. What a deception! I can only hope that they will be fair to the composer, Mark Mancina, and release just the original motion picture score from this movie on another CD. A score which was beautiful written and performed. Be sure to check the song tracks before you buy this CD because there is only one piece of music from the motion picture. Don't waste your money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on November 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Overall, I think it was a great album. I only had a few problems-
1)very few of these tracks are actually in the movie (#13, 14)
2)why was nelly playing during the credits and then not even on the soundtrack??
3)why wasn't the movie (or at least this soundtrack) released in late october...sounds like a horrible marketing failure to me.
Anyway, the reason I gave it 4 stars despite the above mentioned was because:
1) the original score was absolutely beautiful.
2) the remake of "Spooky" done by the Conti Bros. (originally by the Rascals, 1968) was fresh and had a good sound to it (among other remakes). Needless to say, I am keeping my eye out for those Conti Brothers in the future.
3) you can't go wrong with the good ol' Jackson 5!
It's definitely worth the 15 bucks I paid for it at Best Buy.
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