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The Nightmare Before Christmas [2-CD Reissue]

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Review

Danny Elfman, who has scored many of Tim Burton's imaginative films (Edward Scissorhands, his two Batman films, etc.), is a perfect musical partner for the somewhat macabre director, and never more so than here, where, in fact, Elfman gets not only to write the music but to play the part of the main character. The Nightmare Before Christmas is an animated movie musical about the abduction of Christmas by the denizens of Halloween land, and Elfman sings the part of Jack, the Pumpkin King. The score is in his usual lush but threatening style (Kurt Weill is his biggest influence), but the highlight is Elfman's singing. Even in his rock band Oingo Boingo (now merely Boingo), Elfman doesn't get to sing like this. Granted, the soundtrack album inevitably lacks the film's outlandish visuals, but it tells the story on its own, and one is better able to appreciate Elfman's outstanding performance. [The 2006 reissue comes packaged with an additional nine-track bonus CD.] ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Overture Danny Elfman 1:47
  3. 2 Opening Danny Elfman 0:57
  4. 3 This Is Halloween Danny Elfman 3:14
  5. 4 Jack's Lament Danny Elfman 3:14
  6. 5 Doctor Finklestein/In the Forest Danny Elfman 2:37
  7. 6 What's This? Danny Elfman 3:4
  8. 7 Town Meeting Song Danny Elfman 2:55
  9. 8 Jack and Sally Montage Danny Elfman 5:17
  10. 9 Jack's Obsession Danny Elfman 2:45
  11. 10 Kidnap the Sandy Claws Danny Elfman 3:0
  12. 11 Making Christmas Danny Elfman 3:56
  13. 12 Nabbed Danny Elfman 3:3
  14. 13 Oogie Boogie's Song Danny Elfman 3:14
  15. 14 Sally's Song Danny Elfman 1:45
  16. 15 Christman Eve Montage Danny Elfman 4:44
  17. 16 Poor Jack Danny Elfman 2:30
  18. 17 To the Rescue Danny Elfman 3:38
  19. 18 Finale/Reprise Danny Elfman 2:43
  20. 19 Closing Danny Elfman 1:26
  21. 20 End Title Danny Elfman 5:2
  22. 21 This Is Halloween Marilyn Manson 3:21
  23. 22 Sally's Song Fiona Apple 3:18
  24. 23 What's This? Fall Out Boy 2:59
  25. 24 Kidnap the Sandy Claws She Wants Revenge 5:7
  26. 25 This is Halloween Panic! At The Disco 3:32
  27. 26 Making Christmas Danny Elfman 5:32
  28. 27 Oogie Boogie's Song Danny Elfman 3:13
  29. 28 Kidnap the Sandy Claws Danny Elfman 2:49
  30. 29 This is Halloween Danny Elfman 3:17

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