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Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Extra tracks, Soundtrack, Special Edition

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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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  • Performer: Danny Elfman, Marilyn Manson, Panic!@ the Disco, Fiona Apple, Fall Out Boy, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • special_edition edition
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Soundtrack, Special Edition
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Poor Napoleon on November 2, 2006
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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. Dwyer on October 25, 2006
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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2006
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!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Scott Heitman VINE VOICE on December 8, 2006
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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Webb on October 25, 2006
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.
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he is the 'narrator' voice at the beginning and end of the soundtrack. the lines he says at the beginning were actually said by Santa Claus in the film.
Dec 6, 2006 by K. J Krumwiede |  See all 2 posts
Yeah I really like sally's song by fiona apple..and kidnap sandy claws by she wants revenge.....:) Really looking forward to seeing the movie in is only playing for a week though so hurry and check if a theater is near you....
Oct 20, 2006 by Keba Jackson |  See all 2 posts
Second disc?
I heard this was the tracklist for 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 - Danny Elfman
7. Oogie Boogie's Song - Danny... Read More
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