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The Nightmare Before Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack]

Danny ElfmanAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 12, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: October 29, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B000001M1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture - Orchestra
2. Opening - Patrick Stewart
3. This Is Halloween - Danny Elfman
4. Jack's Lament - Citizens Of Halloween Town
5. Doctor Finkelstein/In The Forest - Danny Elfman
6. What's This? - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast
7. Town Meeting Song - Danny Elfman
8. Jack And Sally Montage - Danny Elfman And Cast
9. Jack's Obsession - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast
10. Kidnap The Sandy Claws - Danny Elfman And Cast
11. Making Christmas - Danny Elfman And The Citizens Of Halloween Town
12. Nabbed - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast
13. Oogie Boogie's Song - Ken Page With Ed Ivory
14. Sally's Song - Cathrine O'Hara
15. Christmas Eve Montage - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast
16. Poor Jack - Danny Elfman
17. To The Rescue - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast
18. Finale/Reprise - Danny Elfman, Cathrine O'Hara, Citizens of Halloween...
19. Closing - Patrick Stewart
20. End Title - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast

Editorial Reviews

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack features 10 ghoulishly delightful songs and score by renowned composer/songwriter Danny Elfman, lead singer of the popular rock group Oingo Boingo. Embracing the traditional musical structure of 10 songs and underscore, Elfman creates a musical landscape in which the story narrative is wholly integrated into each musical number. Allowing the film's fantastic characters to come convincingly to life, the songs set into "stop-motion" the fanciful tale of Jack Skellington with haunting melodies, vivid imagery, and spectacular wordplay. Supported by an evocative and suspenseful underscore, the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack is a dazzling marriage of music and innovative technique.

The film's production numbers include: "This Is Halloween," the song that introduces the storyline; "Jack's Lament," in which Jack expresses his frustration with his life; "What's This?," Jack's exuberant testimonial to Christmastown; "Town Meeting Song," which introduces the denizens of Halloweentown; "Jack's Obsession," in which Jack realizes his newfound desire for Christmas; "Kidnap the Sandy Claws," which unveils Lock, Shock, and Barrel's plan to abduct Santa Claus; "Making Christmas," Halloweentown's off-kilter impression of Christmas; "Sally's Song," a tender ballad of unrequited love; "Oogie Boogie's Song," the evil demon's gloriously ghoulish tribute to himself; "Poor Jack," a song of self-awakening, in which Jack discovers he truly belongs in Halloweentown; and the finale reprise performed by Jack, Sally, and the citizens of Halloweentown.

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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elfman Scores Again with a Merry, Scary 'Christmas' October 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
'The Nightmare Before Christmas' lies at the top of Danny Elfman's superior film scores, because it allowed him to pour all of his creative talents into one phenomenal work. This isn't just underscore, it's the feature--this time Elfman scores a MUSICAL, with music that accentuates Tim Burton's brilliant story. The mood is deliciously dark and yet devilishly fun; it's moody and evokes fear, but like a roller coaster, you know it's all in good fun.
The vocal songs are well-orchestrated, and the lyrics range from clever fun to poetry at its most beautiful. The "Overture" builds and builds, pulling you in until you can't resist listening further. The "Opening" is handled perfectly by Patrick Stewart, with a very subtle bit of "Sally's Song" playing underneath. His reading, like a creative father reading a bedtime story to his child, is dead-on and just what's needed to lull the listener/viewer into the realm where reality fades into imagination. The unabashed fun of "This is Halloween" makes you crave the holiday all over again. The sometimes terrifying descriptions pass right by without affecting you, because you're too busy having fun--the general effect of the whole film.
Elfman himself voices Jack, and his scary, longing reading and dramatic, over-pronounced phrasing gives Jack a wonderfully distinct voice. "In the Forest" is a great piece that tremors with excitement and a foreshadow of the coming adventure, shown best with the drumming, twinkling segue into "What's This?" at the end which lasts only a few seconds and fades with quiet chimes playing the song's opening notes. The actual performance of "What's This?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, literate soundtrack December 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Danny Elfman's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" transcends a movie some people didn't like for its dark view of holidays--even if you disliked the movie, you may like the CD because the music is so devilishly clever and literate. Elfman has managed to winningly combine the joy and purity of Christmas music with a darker look at this treasured holiday. The lyrics are terrific (innocently sung but baldly truthful) and the music swoops, soars, and turns back on itself with astonishing ease and imagination. It's like an aural roller coaster in the best possible sense of that image.
Elfman sings the part of main character Jack Skellington (the "Pumpkin King," or master of Halloween) here, and he does a masterful job of conveying Skellington's yearning to do something different and important. Skellington goes after the Christmas holiday with all his energy and ends up botching it badly. Elfman manages to show us Skellington's earnestness as well as his dark side--this is no cardboard character, but a real (if not flesh-and-blood!) person, and we care about him. Catherine O'Hara does a super job with her brief work here as Sally, the Frankensteinian rag doll who falls in love with Skellington.
This is a terrific paean to the holidays in general, and Christmas specifically. With each listen, you'll find new things to admire and love about Elfman's nimble, imaginative music.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As with all musicals, the soundtrack... June 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Is more fun than the movie itself. I take this in some respects as being an innate flaw in musicals, but also an innate virtue as well in other ways.
The songs on this CD each have a slightly different mood and feel to them, but each seems almost to represent a different style of music along the same basic storyline, almost like a celebration of all kinds of music used in the themes of darkling whimsy that Tim Burton is so famous for.
The music tracks containing no lyrics (there are only a handful of them, since this was the soundtrack for a musical, as I said,) are good, and set the moods when seen in the film, and are enjoyable by themselves, but like all "soundtrack music," they change mood in mid-number a lot.
The beginning and ending were not really music, but they allowed me to get a much better feel for what the story was really meant to be. Patrick Stewart is one of my favorite actors of all time, and he does a wonderful job telling those parts of the story in a style reminiscent of a grandfather with children sitting and listening to him on the floor, combined with the rhyming silliness of Dr. Seuss.
"This is Halloween" is a number that is so perfect at establishing its feel and mood that I consider it, to this day, to be my favorite "holiday song," even above "Carol of the Bells."
"Jack's Lament" is a beautiful, soul-filled song about how lonely it is to be on top and to know there's more to life, but to never experience it. Beautiful song that switches freely between pride and sorrow, inasmuch as those two emotions are entirely connected.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's this? What's this? May 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This has got to be the best soundtrack I have ever heard. After seeing the movie, oh, hundreds of times, (I'm surprised my tape still works. My DVD is headed that way) I just had to get the soundtrack and I'll tell you now, it was so worth getting. Danny Elfman's music is just so beautiful and exciting, and there are places that give you that "on-the-edge-of-your-seat" kind of feel, so that you may want to leave, but can't dare to pause the middle of a song, because you need to hear the rest.
The first track is the "Overture," a mix of "What's This?," "Making Christmas" and a touch of "Sally's Song" and "Jack's Lament" that, like one reviewer stated, "builds and builds until you get pulled in." The "Opening" helps pull you in even further, because Patrick Stuart sounds like he's reading a bit of a story, and leaves that "empty space" that makes you want to listen further to hear the rest of the story.
"This is Halloween," the lead song, introduces a cast of zany characters. They sound so happy and thrilled that you'll want to join them. This song makes you wish that the holiday comes sooner, so you have a great reason to sing this song with a chorus of your ghoulish friends. (I did last Halloween.) One of the songs that really gets me is "Jack's Lament." Jack Skellington (sung beautifully by Danny Elfman), tells his tale of how he's scared the bravest with "a wave of my hand and a well placed moan," but the effect doesn't give him the satisfaction it used to. He's actually depressed, for he'd give anything for something new, something different.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Product came earlier than expected
Product came earlier than expected. This is one of my daughters favorite movies she wanted the soundtrack for her bday party theme. It was perfect!
Published 3 months ago by adela wyland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Halloween
Every year, we get our house all decorated inside and outside for the neighborhood kiddies. In the past we have gone with the scary Halloween. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Condition! Sent Quickly!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie and I wanted the soundtrack so badly. I went on amazon.com (of course) and found the soundtrack. I ordered used-like new and it came packaged well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Neil M. Dressler
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
I needed the song "This is Halloween", that is on this CD. We used it in our outdoor lighted, animated Halloween display.
Published 6 months ago by Richard R.
3.0 out of 5 stars I never saw the movie
the sound track is ok. it's good for non intrusive background music at a Halloween party. That was what we used it for. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ann Marie Leahy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Nightmare!
Brilliant, fabulous lyrics and music. This music is so much fun, my children and I are singing it everywhere. Absolutely worth its cost.
Published 9 months ago by Amelia Kemble
5.0 out of 5 stars always loved it
I always have loved this soundtrack. loved the music growing up and just had to upgrade to a cd/mp3 copy from casette.
Published 10 months ago by Emery
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Danny Elfman
Its overdue that I own this. The songs are great, and having the cd plugged into the car stero means there is always an option if the radio stinks to listen to something good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
I've loved it since it first came out. Both of my granddaughters (5 & 4) love it also. I was a little worried that it might cause them nightmares the first time they saw it, but... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sandi T
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare before christmas cd review
the music was just magical! the CD i think was in very good condition. There was no skipping and the cover art work wasn't bad, it was definitely worth the buy.
Published 20 months ago by simple girl
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