The album also features recent tracks from Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Sharon Little, Keaton Simons and Android Lust - all utilized in recent NCIS episodes - as well as the show's original theme (available commercially for the first time) and a brand new theme remix from industrial music giants, Ministry. NCIS show producers listened to literally dozens of submitted tracks before choosing the ones best suited for upcoming storylines, and from which the show's writers could draw upon for inspiration. As NCIS Executive Producer Shane Brennan explains, ''We've put the same amount of attention and care into the creation of our soundtrack that we do with our show every week. We listened to countless tracks to find the tunes that would not only fit into particular episodes, but would actually help drive our storylines. We couldn't be more thrilled that so many great artists share our vision for integrating music into television and have agreed to offer up new music for our soundtrack. We think the fans will be getting something truly special as a result.''
The soundtrack also features show stars Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto), who performs the self-composed ''Fear'' under the moniker Stop Making Friends, and Cote de Pablo (Ziva David), whose memorable performance of Tom Waits' ''Temptation'' from a recent episode is included on the soundtrack. Perrette has an extensive background in music, owning her own independent record label and fronting several bands, and it is her character, Abby, whose music sensibilities in the show serve as the basis for the soundtrack's ''Abby's Lab'' disc.