Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Danny Elfman


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/1993
Label: Walt Disney Records
UPC: 0050086085576
catalogNumber: 60855

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Danny Elfman   Primary Artist,Lyre,Vocals
Chris Boardman   Conductor
Steve Bartek   Performing Ensemble
Ed Ivory   Vocals
Mark McKenzie   Performing Ensemble
Ken Page   Vocals
J.A.C. Redford   Conductor
Paul Reubens   Vocals
Glenn Shadix   Vocals
Marc Mann   Performing Ensemble
Catherine O'Hara   Vocals

Technical Credits

Danny Elfman   Composer,Producer
Sherwood Ball   Contributor
Steve Bartek   Director
Randy Crenshaw   Contributor
Bill Jackson   Engineer
Shawn Murphy   Engineer
Carmen Twillie   Contributor
Marc Mann   Orchestration
Kerry Katz   Contributor
Susan McBride   Contributor
Gary Adler   Art Direction
Greg Proops   Contributor
Bobby Fernandez   Engineer
Glenn Walters   Contributor

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Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first day I got this CD I listened to it 2 times in a row. The music is funny, sweet, and slightly disturbing. Danny Elfman wrote some great lyrics and is mind-blowing as Jack. Cathrine O'Hara adds a sweet touch as Sally. My advice to you: Buy this CD! It's really worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in awe. I have seen the movie 12 times (since last week) and it BLEW ME AWAY. The soundtrack, I must admit, isn't a quite as good because the visuals are what really grabbed me by the neck and held on, but it was still fantastic. My favorite songs were 1) This is Halloween 2)Sally's Song 3)Everything else. There wasn't one song, one part, that I didn't like. Comepletely brilliant. My only advice to you is to buy this CD. Now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this soundtrack! Sally's song has always been my favorite. The songs really go with the movie-even the happiest songs seem to have an undertone of Halloweentown in them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Danny Elfman's sense of music style is dark, even scary and absolutely magnificent! he combines catchy tunes, with dark, lonely, solos. The score could even be summed-up as Phantom of the Opera-like. Thogh Danny Elfman is not as well known as some others, he still hits high on the musical score!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elfman has a knack for creating emotional and appropriate scores for films, especially films that call for something very different, such as Edward Scissorhands or Nightmare. His score sets the tone for this classic animated story. His amazing talent brings the animated characters to life and makes them and their world believable. The music also stands on it's own. It's one of my favorites in my CD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
not only is this one of my favorite movies this is probably one of my favorite cds too! almost all the songs are upbeat and funny. tim burton is a genious! and this cd rocks hard core.i expecialy like the town meeting song, kidnap sandy claws, and this is halloween.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Danny Elfman has wrote , composed many a great soundtrack. My favorites include : Batman , Edward Scissorhands , & Sommersby ( ``Return Montage'' -_0 , Excellent Track! ) Anyway , ``Nightmare'' has to be Elfman's best singing soundtrack , not including this year's ``Charlie'' which is also good. The tracks blend in so well , you pretty much feel like your watching the film , but without actual visuals. The tracks are : 1.Overture 4/5 : Great opening , not my favorite track , but builds up the beginning as most Elfman scores do . a.k.a ``Batman''. 2.Opening 3/5 : Very brief , but only because this is the introductory narration , which Patrick Stewart does perfectly. 3.This is Halloween 5/5 : My favorite song on this album , the darkness of the intro illuminates into a fun and ghoulish atmosphere. 4.Jack's Lament 5/5 : My second favorite song , this is Danny Elfman's most beautiful and depressing song he has ever written ( or sung for that matter! ) 5.Doctor Finklestein / In the Forest 3/5 : What I like the most about this track is how it takes off from the previous song ``J.L'' , and sets a sorrowful tone into a dark , mysterious vibe. 6.What's This? 3/5 : Like this song , but strange enough , not one of my favorites , although there are funny lyrics and parts where Elfman's voice is phenomenal. 7.Town Meeting Song 4/5 : First time I heard this song , it was stuck in my head for 2 weeks. Really like this song , especially it's dark tone , and organized lyrics. 8.Jack & Sally Montage 5/5 : The reason I gave this track 5/5 is because in some of Elfman's scores the tracks are nice but they sometimes lull you a bit , this one has so many momentous and beautiful parts , it keeps your attention. 9.Jack's Obsession 4/5 : My fifth favorite song I suppose , this song is not as memorable as the others , but as you listen to Jack's singing , you can feel Elfman's voice of frustration. Then once you get to the end , Jack pulls you into an exciting ride of his delicious and enticing plan. 10.Kidnap the Sandy Claws 5/5 : More sinister and dark than the previous song...I love it! Paul Reubens , Catherine O' Hara , & Danny show us a devious sense of humor , with remarkable composing , that is well worth listening to! 11.Making Christmas 4/5 : This is song is without a doubt the catchiest song on the album , but it's hard to say this is Elfman's best , still the voices ( especially Gregg Proops) are awesome! 12.Nabbed 3/5 : This track is probably looked down by many , and I myself can't say this track is `great' , but the part at the beginning has a cool tone to it. 13.Oogie Boogie's Song 4/5 : All I can say is , great job Ken Page ( the voice of Oogie ) , even though the music to this song is not , well , incredible...Ken Page's enthusiasm really hits a home-run. 14.Sally's Song 5/5 : Finally , my third favorite song , this is without a doubt , Elfman's most beautiful song ever written , and Catherine O' Hara's most ever sung! The feeling of it is so sad and beautiful , that I always play this song at night when I'm depressed. Song's like this is why Elfman is a musical genius. 15.Christmas Eve Montage 2/5 : O.k , but usually I try to skip over this track every time I listen to the c.d. It has that funny feel that Christmas is being ruined , and Elfman plays good , but by the end there's nothing hardly going for it. 16.Poor Jack 5/5 : Oh man! This is Elfman's second best song , my fourth favorite song on the album. The sad and depressing tone in the beginning lead into confidence and a sense of great pride , Elfman sings this song better here , than he did in the movie! 17.To The Rescue 5/5 : Probably the best Elfman / score track on this album , the low-tone dark sound at the beginning drive into chaotic instrumental madness , this is the kind of stuff `eccentric soundtrack lovers'wish for. I especially love the end where the music lead
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just like Randy Newman wrote great songs for the Disney/Pixar films, Danny Elfman created amazing music for this film too. My favorite songs are: 1. Oogie Boogie's song. He is my favorite character and a great song to go with it. 2. What's This? Every bit of it is good! 3. Jack's Lament. It may be rather sad, but it's okay. It's a perfect song to sing when you're feeling down in the dumps. My 2nd favorite character is Jack Skellington, then Barell. Kidnap the Sandy Claws definitely sounds like it could closes the 1st act of a Broadway musical. I think anyone who saw any Disney/Pixar film should own this cd. It's very different from the usual Pixar comedies because "Burton's Nightmare" is darker and scarier. Even so, Jack's a likeable character and the film has a happy ending. Nightmare may not be Mary Poppins, but I still recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, perfect. I think you should buy it even if you havent seen the movie. Elfman is probably my favorite composer, and this is his finest, along with Edward Scissorhands, his other orchestrated masterpiece. It mixes happiness, sadness, and Tim Burton style madness in it. A must have for TB fans. Favorite Songs (Vocal) 1- This is Halloween 2- Kidnap the Sandy Claws 3- Whats This? 4- Oogie Boogie's Song 5- Jack's Obsession Favorite Songs (Orchestrated) 1- Overture 2- Track 21 (hidden track) 3- Track 20