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NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack Soundtrack

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This specially produced 2-CD soundtrack from the hit television series, NCIS, stands apart from TV soundtracks that merely compile a selection of songs that were heard in a series' previous episodes. Instead, this collection features brand new tracks from Blue October, Dashboard Confessional, Oasis, Seether, Jakob Dylan, The Airborne Toxic Event, Saving Abel, Perry Farrell, Will Dailey, Skold vs. KMFDM, Collide and electronica pioneers Nitzer Ebb, all set for prominent placement in NCIS episodes beginning in February 2009, coinciding with the release of this soundtrack.

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.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: CBS Records
  • ASIN: B001O7IER4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Mierzwa on March 6, 2009
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The NCIS Soundtrack is not a "score" but rather a collection of songs featured (in part) in episodes of the hit TV series NCIS. Though I bought this double CD set knowing that all the songs featured vocals, I would honestly like to also have a CD of the series score (similar to the BSG soundtracks such as in Battlestar Galactica: Season Two). The first disk does feature an extended version of the theme song for the series (and it is great), and the second disk features a guitar-based industrial cover of the theme by Ministry.

As a fan of industrial, gothic, and dark wave music, I'm more partial to the second disk "Abby's Lab", which features some well known and lesser known g/i (goth / industrial) artists. Ministry's remix of the theme song retains enough of the original that I could make the connection between the two tracks after the second time I listened to the remix. However, I prefer Numeriklab's more techno (original) version.

Though I'm not 100% certain (I'd have to rewatch the DVD), I believe Android Lust's Hole Solution may be been the track that was playing in the background as early as S1. Season one also featured Collide and a few other artists (not included on this compilation disk). An alternative version of Hole Solution can be found on the Dragonfly single. However, like another reviewer I was hoping that the Abby's lab disk would feature more of the background techno-industrial music that Abby Sciuto more frequently listened to in the first two seasons.

My favorite track is Pauley Perrette's "Fear".
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An amazing soundtrack, if you really would call it an actual soundtrack.
Great songs on both discs. Disc 1 is called "Special Agent", which has Cote de Pablo singing "Temptation", along with quite a few surprises like Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, and Numeriklab's "NCIS Theme". Disc 2 is called "Abby's Lab", which is primarily music that you would hear in Abby's lab. This disc has a remix by Ministry of "NCIS Theme". The big surprise, at least for me, was seeing (well, actually hearing) Pauley Perrette (Abby) with her band Stop Making Friends. One would think that Pauley and Abby would sound alike, but they don't. When Pauley sings her voice is husky, unlike her character of Abby on NCIS. Perry Farrell, The Airborne Toxic Event, and Solamingus are also part of "Abby's Lab". I did not think that I would like the songs from "Abby's Lab" heard in their entirety, but I do. The complete 2 discs (22 tracks) is fantastic and I'm glad that I did buy it.
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I'm not sure what aspect of NCIS hooked me, but suffice to say, I am well and truly addicted to this show. I had to buy the soundtrack as soon as I knew it was out and no way do I regret it.

You know when you catch a snippet of a song on a program and wonder what the heck was that? NCIS is one of those shows where I have to look up the music almost every week. Lucky for me, they've started listing the artist and name now.

Good stuff on these two CDs and it's a pretty good bang for the buck, too.

Favorites:

No Matter What -- Jakob Dylan
Temptation -- Cote de Paolo
After All -- Saving Abel

Rebecca Kyle, March 2009
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It seems that I find myself listening to the NCIS theme song by Numeriklab and Temptation a excusive by Cote de Pablo.
When you first listen to the theme song you think that you know the song, but where the song ends in the opening credits is just the first verse.
Cote de Pablo did a great job preforming Temptation, If you do not listen to it you will not believe how great see sings.
I have yet to listen to the second disc and most of the first disc, but Temptation and the NCIS theme song is all that is needed to make it great in my mind
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There are 2 discs of songs packed on to this collection. My favorites are Jakob Dylan's "No Matter What", John Mellencamp's "Troubled Land", Bob Dylan's "Things Have Changed", Will Dailey's "Tomorrow Still Comes" and Cote de Pablo's "Temptation". It's a definite keeper for NCIS fanatics like me, but I liked vol. 2 better as a whole. A couple of songs from Season 3 and 4 were left off that would have been great additions.
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This was a great investment. It's a two-disk set for the price of an average one-disk album. It's got exclusives and it offers the rare opportunity to hear the vocal talents of two of your favorite stars of the show. "Temptation" by Cote de Pablo is worth the price of the album alone.

I docked a star because the disk "Abby's Lab" was absolutely not anything you would hear in Abby's lab. With the cover art dedicating so much space to Abby (which I LOVED), I expected less commercially driven song choices, and perhaps some more show-faithful techno music.

All-in all, if you love the show, you'll love the soundtrack.
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I was disappointed in this cd. The majority of songs were not what I expected. I liked the theme song (which is why I purchased it) but would have liked to see more than one song a piece sung by the cast members. Would not recommend.
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