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Various Artists: Now That's What I Call Halloween

Track List

>Halloween Theme [Main Title] - John Carpenter
>Dragula - Rob Zombie
>Carmina Burana/O Fortuna - Leonard Slatkin
>Tubular Bells (Theme from 'The Exorcist') - Mike Oldfield
>(Don't Fear) The Reaper [Single Version] - Blue Öyster Cult
>Devil Inside - INXS
>Bad Things - Jace Everett
>Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
>Ghost Town - The Specials
>Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
>Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
>This Is Halloween - The Citizens Of Halloween
>Season of the Witch - Donovan
>I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone
>Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title - Danny Elfman
>Ghostbusters - Run-D.M.C.
>Nightmare on My Street, A - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
>Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell

Album Notes

As part of their holiday-themed compilation series, the folks at Now! Music roll out Now That's What I Call Halloween, an 18-track set full of occasionally spooky, yet mostly playful tracks ranging from the 1960s through the '90s. Macabre maestro Danny Elfman makes multiple appearances with themes from movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice, as well as a track ("Dead Man's Party") from his rock band Oingo Boingo. Other film music like John Carpenter's "Halloween Theme" and Mike Oldfield's iconically creepy "Tubular Bells (Theme from 'The Exorcist')" sit alongside very unscary rock tracks like INXS' "Devil Inside" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" which receive nods here simply for mentioning scary things in their titles. Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers' "Monster Mash" is a shoe-in for any Halloween comp for some reason, but it's Run-D.M.C.'s 1989 remix version of "Ghostbusters" that makes the cut over Ray Parker, Jr.'s far more popular 1984 single. As far as Halloween collections go, this is a bit lightweight, though it has enough fun moments to keep things moving. ~ Timothy Monger



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