Album 0348: Danny Elfman – The Nightmare Before Christmas Original Soundtrack

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Release Date: 1993
Genre: Soundtrack/Score

Tracklisting:

1. Overture (01:47)
2. Opening (00:57)
3. This Is Halloween (03:16)
4. Post Party (02:19)
5. Jack’s Lament (03:00)
6. Doctor Finklestein/In The Forest (02:37)
7. What’s This? (03:05)
8. Sally’s Lament/Wandering Jack (02:48)
9. Jack Returns (00:31)
10. Town Meeting Song Intro (00:35)
11. Town Meeting Song (02:57)
12. Jack And Sally Montage (05:17)
13. Jack’s Obsession (02:47)
14. Work In Progress (02:03)
15. Kidnap The Sandy Claws (03:03)
16. Bunny (01:50)
17. Making Christmas Intro (00:27)
18. Making Christmas (03:58)
19. Nabbed (03:04)
20. Oogie Boogie’s Song (03:16)
21. Big Send-Off (02:01)
22. Sally’s Song (01:48)
23. Christmas Eve Montage (06:55)
24. Poor Jack (02:31)
25. To The Rescue (03:39)
26. Back To Business (00:50)
27. Finale/Reprise (02:44)
28. Closing (01:26)
29. End Title (05:04)

Total Length: 01:16:32

The Overture begins our journey and hits many of the salient points of the soundtrack before we even begin, it’s fun. Opening starts the story and works in context but isn’t exactly good on its own. This Is Halloween is simply a classic and I don’t know how you can hate the track. Maybe hearing just the melody over and over and over in a certain video game, but not this actual song. I just love everything about it, the different voices, the macabre lyrics, and that there’s even a reference to Boingo in the track.

Post Party is one of the ‘newer’ tracks in this version, where we get the full backing music from the film instead of just selections. It actually has some fun little moments in it that would be tougher to hear with the dialog and sound effects over it. Jack’s Lament is fantastic and a great showcase for Danny Elfman. Doctor Finklestein/In The Forest is a fine track and I like how they will build into the actual songs.

What’s This? is simply amazing and again I don’t see how anyone can dislike it. Danny is completely on point here and the amount of fun this track exudes is incredible. Sally’s Lament/Wandering Jack is a fine little piece. Jack Returns is an upbeat, tiny transition. Town Meeting Song Intro simply prepares us for the next song. Town Meeting Song is fun and brings out that ‘musical’ quality in a way that really works for me.

Jack And Sally Montage plays well but works better in the context of the film. Jack’s Obsession has some great lines in it and I always enjoy it. Work In Progress is decent, again it doesn’t do much on its own. Kidnap The Sandy Claws is absurdly upbeat with its darker lyrics and I love it so. Bunny is alright, and Making Christmas Intro is nearly nonexistent. Making Christmas is amazing but after hearing the rock version that was abandoned I’m so sad we didn’t get that version. Still, this song does wonders.

Nabbed is fine, it again is better in the film. Oogie Boogie’s Song is great, and I have to wonder who came up with it. The name of the character and this being a very Cab Calloway-inspired track seems to imply that Danny drew on his old Boingo days to come up with it. Big Send-Off is fairly fun, even without the visuals. Sally’s Song is probably the least interesting of the regular songs, but I still like her voice and the vocal line is super catchy.

Christmas Eve Montage is big and long and not that great on its own. Poor Jack builds up to a great point. To The Rescue is decent. Back To Business is alright. Finale/Reprise is very upbeat and I love going over through some of the themes again real quick. Closing is more story stuff. End Title is good as well. I really enjoy listening to this soundtrack, though I tend to cut it down to mostly just the songs with lyrics.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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