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31 Days of Halloween: VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS' A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Box Set

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When it comes to the true horror icons, few are in the same league as Freddy Krueger. Today's entry is actually the second time we've seen Robert Englund's signature character in this year's 31 Days of Halloween (see: PPW Toys' PopTaters), but this time we're focusing on the music of the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise. This week, Varèse Sarabande released the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 8-CD box set, limited to just 2000 units. This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks. New artwork by Shawn Conn was commissioned for the set, and configuring the sleeves together forms a larger piece of art. Not to mess with history, the original artwork by Matthew Joseph Peak is still included in the packaging, with the entire set paying fitting tribute to the late Wes Craven, who died this past August. As a finishing touch, Freddy's trademark knitted sweater encases the entire collection.

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About the Box Set: The world was introduced to Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger (portrayed by Robert Englund) in 1984 with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.  Krueger was a former child killer seeking revenge against the parents who burned him by haunting the dreams of their teenage children and killing them in their dreams.  The series has earned almost half a billion dollars, worldwide, and boasts some of the most beloved, nightmarish themes from composers including: Charles Bernstein (Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street), Christopher Young (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), Angelo Badalamenti (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), Craig Safan (A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), Jay Ferguson (A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), Brian May (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare), J. Peter Robinson (Wes Craven’s New Nightmare), and Graeme Revell (Freddy Vs. Jason). 
 
Also included in this set is a suite from the video game featured in the film Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and the theme from Henry Manfredini’s FRIDAY THE 13TH series, as heard in the film FREDDY VS. JASON (with performances by the band Machine Head).
 
Nightmare original coverWes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street
Music Composed by Charles Bernstein
1.   Prologue (:34)
2.   Main Title (3:32)
3.   Laying The Traps (2:06)
4.   Dream Attack (1:20)
5.   Rod Hanged / Night Stalking (4:44)
6.   Jail Cell (1:13)
7.   Confrontation (1:41)
8.   Sleep Clinic (2:25)
9.   Terror In The Tub (:59)
10. No Escape (2:15)
11. School Horror / Stay Awake (4:02)
12. Lurking (1:02)
13. Telephone Terror (1:08)
14. Fountain Of Blood (1:03)
15. Evil Freddy (:50)
16. Final Search (3:57)
17. Run Nancy (1:08)
 
BONUS/UNRELEASED
18. Horror Movie (source cue) (:43)
19. Nancy Glen (2:30)
20. Funeral (:56)
21. Freddy’s Hat (:59)
22. Bridge Talk (1:08)
23. Bars On Windows (1:00)
24. Freddy’s Glove (:22)
25. Dad At Glen’s (:45)
26. Boiler Room (1:22)
27. Show Yourself (:45)
28. Morning After (1:23)
29. Stingers (:46)
 
DEMOS
30. Freddy #1 (mono) (3:32)
31. Weird #1 (stereo) (2:59)
32. Chase #1 (stereo) (1:06)
33. Chase #2 (mono) (2:10)
34. Rhythm #1 (stereo) (1:30)
35.  Theme Sketch (stereo) (1:55)
36.  Concert Overture: A Nightmare On Elm Street – Charles Bernstein (Composer’s Home Mockup Sketch, Summer 2015) (stereo) (5:25
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
Music Composed and Orchestrated by Christopher Young
1.   Main Title (2:32)
2.   …And Leave The Driving To Us (2:01)
3.   Furnace Flare-Up (2:17)
4.   Kissing Freddy On The Catwalk (3:21)
5.   Chest-Burster (3:53)
6.   Jump Rope (1:45)
7.   Fire Bird (3:12)
8.   Dream Heat (1:11)
9.   Necromancer’s Spell (2:31)
10. “Kill For Me” (2:35)
11. Sports Attack / Threatening Angela (2:35)
12. Freed Of Her (1:29)
13. Snake-In-The-Class (:56)
 
BONUS/UNRELEASED (mono & stereo)
14.  The Horror In My Head (1:29)
15.  Wake Up (1:48)
16.  My Sick Toaster (1:31) (stereo)
17.  Any Dream Will Do (:39) (stereo)
18.  Daymare (:42) (stereo)
19.  Splashdead (:26)
20.  Which Witness (1:39)
21.  Not Again (2:04)
22.  Wrong Turn Right (2:34)
23.  Head On Fire (1:12)
24.  Feet On Fire (1:22)
25.  Sting Thing #1 (:20)
26.  Sting Thing #2 (:28)
27.  Sting Thing #3 (:22)
28.  Sting Thing #4 (:18)
29.  Hells Bells (:12)
30.  Nightmare On Elm Street Suite – “Suite Dreams” (15:49) (stereo)
final nightmare sweater 2048x2048A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Music Composed By Angelo Badalamenti
1.   Opening (1:52)
2.   Puppet Walk (3:19)
3.   Save The Children (1:24)
4.   Taryn’s Deepest Fear (2:48)
5.   Deceptive Romance (2:47)
6.   Snake Attack (1:46)
7.   Magic Butterfly (1:21)
8.   The Embrace (:43)
9.   Quiet Room / Wheelchair / Icy Bones (2:42)
10. Rumbling Room (1:15)
11. Dreamspace (:46)
12. The Dream House (2:02)
13. Is Freddy Gone? / Trouble Starting / Prime Time TV / Icy Window (4:38)
14. Grave Walk (1:14)
15. Nursery Theme (1:56)
16. Light’s Out (:57)
 
BONUS/UNRELEASED MUSIC (mono)
17. Main Title (Film Version) (2:18)
18. Dreaming / Basement Chase (4:05)
19. Bathroom Attack / Computer (1:41)
20. The Snake (Film Version) (2:14)
21. Sleepwalk (Film Version) (3:38)
22. Prime Time (:26)
23. Junkyard Intro / Mom’s Head (1:33)
24. Alley Part A / Alley Part B (Film Version) (2:11)
25. Freddy Hell (2:56)
26. Skeleton Fight / Mirrors (1:20)
27. Dad Descends / Nancy Dies (2:24)
 
A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
Music Composed By Craig Safan
1.   Kristen’s Haunted Dream (3:47)
2.   Freddy’s Back (4:29)
3.   Kincaid Killed In Junkyard (1:32)
4.   Joey’s Wet Dream (1:43)
5.   Drugged To Death (3:21)
6.   Alice Lured Into Dream (2:29)
7.   Rick’s Kung Fu Death (3:20)
8.   Freddy’s Pizza Restaurant (1:59)
9.   Debbie Checks In / Time Circles (4:25)
10. Sheila Sucks Face (2:52)
11. Dreamspace (1:40)
12. Freddy’s Calliope (1:54)
13. Alice Battles Freddy (3:56)
14. Corpus Krueger (3:12)
 
BONUS/UNRELEASED (mono)
15. Locker Scare / Boiler Scare / Bug Scare / Daydream B (1:14)
16. Alice At Mirror / Mom Discovers Joey / Kristen Faints / Freddy As Nurse / Daytime House (2:25)
17. Alice Looks At Sidewalk / Kristen Dies Part D / Burning Bed / Alice Smokes In Bathroom (1:54)
18. Alice Laments / Sleep Clinic / Daydream C (2:12)
19. Freddy Reflection / Alice Wakes / Mind Over Matter / Hospital Arrival (1:52)
20. Resurrection (songtrack album score suite) (stereo) (2:57)
 
A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Music Composed by Jay Ferguson
1.   Prologue – Elm Street Kids (:48)
2.   Main Title (3:22)
3.   “It’s A Boy!” (:59)
4.   Freddy Delivers (1:18)
5.   Family Plot (1:32)
6.   Yvonne Takes The Plunge (:54)
7.   Mr. Sandman, Bring Me A Dream (1:17)
8.   Don’t Dream And Drive (1:44)
9.   Like Father, Like Son (2:02)
10. Mark Visits Elm Street (1:43)
11. Hell On Wheels (2:10)
12. Another Brick In The Wall (1:30)
13. Stuffed / Choked (Gag Me With A Spoon) (1:32)
14. Shower (:43)
15. The Asylum (1:13)
16. There Was A Crooked Man (1:51)
17.Freddy’s Stroller (1:22)
18. Super Freddy (1:17)
19. Twins (1:15)
20. Freddy Cuts Up (1:47)
21. Mr. And Mrs. Jordan (1:47)
22. Party At Club Fred (1:27)
23. Amanda’s Tune (1:23)
24. Jacob’s Story (1:00)
25. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered (1:15)
26. Don’t Look Down (:46)
27. St. Elm Street’s Child (1:59)
28. Toys For Tots (1:19)
29. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (:54)
30. Kicking And Screaming (1:03)
31. Womb With A V.U. (1:52)
 
BONUS/UNRELEASED (stereo)
32. Nightmare Theme Insert A (:15)
33. Nightmare Theme Insert B (:37)
34. Bed Fred Sting (:05)
35. Wake Up (:23)
 
BONUS/UNRELEASED (mono)
36. New Line Logo / Main Title (Film Version) (3:22)
37. Rape / Bed Fred / Freddy Sting (:39)
38. Elm Street Kids (2:07)
39. Delivery Room (Birth) (1:44)
40. Crash / You Are Pregnant (1:55)
41. Jacob / Greta’s Room (1:31)
42. Greta’s Room Reprise (1:25)
43. Mark’s World Continued / Jacob Wait / Resolute Mark (1:25)
44. The Womb / Keep The Baby (1:23)
45. Greta’s Doll (1:00)
46. Yvonne Goes To The Asylum (2:22)
 
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
Music Composed and Conducted by Brian May
1.   Opening Titles (1:32)
2.   Main Title (2:18)
3.   Doc’s Dream Theory (1:51)
4.   John’s Eyeball (1:16)
5.   Maggie’s First Dream (:52)
6.   Wizard Of Odd (:39)
7.   The Dream Continues (:42)
8.   John’s Dream (1:27)
9.   Crossing The Line (:34)
10. No Kids At The Fair (2:02)
11. Map Hell (1:02)
12. Freddy “101” (1:59)
13. There’s No Way Out (1:41)
14. Checking Out The House (1:11)
15. Mama’s Q-Tip (:37)
16. Freddy Wins (:51)
17. I Hate This House (2:35)
18. Back With Doc (1:38)
19. Defend Myself (1:42)
20. Maggie Faces Freddy (3:31)
21. Tracy’s Dad (1:29)
22. Tracy And Freddy’s Fight (1:14)
23. It’s Me Or Him (2:41)
24. Freddy’s Dad (1:02)
25. Freddy Is Made Forever (:29)
26. Freddy Into Reality (2:05)
27. It’s Me or Him II (1:38)
28. Happy Father’s Day (4:17)
 
BONUS/UNRELEASED MUSIC (mono)
29. Little Girl On Place / Awakening I (:42)
30. Going My Way / John On The Bus (1:06)
31. Slam Dunk / Van To Fair / Jesus (1:15)
32. Tracy Finds Hearing Aid (:30)
33. The Orphanage (1:09)
34. Maggie Sees Watertower / Trying To Save Spencer / Inside Spencer’s Dream / Freddy Wins Spencer B / Spencer’s Fall (1:15)
35. Freddy Gets John’s Soul (1:08)
36. Doc Looks For Tracy / Freddy Out / The Dream People (1:16)
37. Video Game Suite (Ashley Irwin) (1:31)
 
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Original Score Written and Produced by J. Peter Robinson
1. Opening & Theme (Overlay) (1:10)
2. Claw Attack (1:26)
3. Chase And Heather (1:15)
4. Wall Scratches & Theme (Overlay) (:39)
5. Freddy Calls ((:35)
6. TV Show Source (:59)
7. Freddy’s Back & Theme (Overlay) (:46)
8. Dylan / Rex Saved Me / Heather Explains / Bedtime Story (5:53)
9. Chase’s Blues (:48)
10. Chase Gets The Claw (:42)
11. Police (2:14)
12. Funeral Part A & B (3:01)
13. Nosebleed (2:44)
14. The Park (1:12)
15. Dylan Meets God (2:36)
16. Painting At Robert Englunds Part A & B (2:58)
17. Dylan Attacks Heather (2:01)
18. Tongue (:27)
19. Childhood Schizophrenia (1:21)
20. Odyssey (1:56)
21. Wes & Theme (Overlay) (3:30)
22. Miss Me??!! (1:07)
23. Oxygentyten (2:07)
24. Everything Is NOT Fine (2:47)
25. Julie Killed (3:56)
26. Freebfleg (3:36)
27. Transformation / Emergence & Theme (Overlay) (3:15)
28. Breadcrumbs (3:40)
29. Dylan / Eels / Chasing Dylan / Heather To Rescue / Explosions (9:09)
30. Read Me A Story & Theme Overlay / End Credits (9:24)
Freddy Vs. Jason
Music Composed by Graeme Revell
1. Nightmare Theme / Boiler Room / Freddy Recap † (4:13)
2. Make Em Remember (1:22)
3. Outside The Window (:35)
4. Lights Out (:37)
5. Open Back Door (1:05)
6. Gibbs Shower, Trey Gets Killed (1:08)
7. Police Station (1:13)
8. Girl With No Eyes (3:07)
9. Blake Meets Freddy (1:19)
10. Dad Loses Head (:15)
11. Psych Ward At Night (:40)
12. Orange Juice (:57)
13. Lori Passes Out (:24)
14. Mark Hassles Lori (:40)
15. Got Your Nose (:52)
16. Run From School (:13)
17. Library / Will And Mark In Van (2:41)
18. Gibb In The Cornfield / Into The Silo (1:40)
19. Gibb Meets Freddy (1:14)
20. Jason Sees Raver (1:25)
21. Pig To Fuck (1:36)
22. I Was There Lori (2:33)
23. Bathtub / Mark Dies (3:09)
24. You Understand (:26)
25. French Kiss (1:46)
26. Security Control Room (1:46)
27. Stoner Bug (:54)
28. Destroying Hypnocil (:56)
29. Attack in Control Room† (2:48)
30. Jason’s First Dream† (:56)
31. Dream Fight Part A (:34)
32. Dream Fight Part B (:31)
33. Jason’s Weakness (1:10)
34. Jason Unmasked (3:47)
35. Freddy Gets Young Jason (3:27)
36. Wake Up Lori (1:47)
37. Jason Goes After Freddy (:57)
38. Linderman Dies (:42)
39. Man The Torpedoes (2:41)
40. The Dock (2:33)
41. Freddy Dies / Finale † (3:44)
 
†Includes Friday The 13th Jason Vocal Effects – Composed by Harry Manfredini, Performed by Machine Head
The A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 8-CD Box Set is available exclusively at the Varese Sarabande website.
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