Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling

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Since its 1997 small-screen debut, the cult movie turned hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been hailed for its cutting-edge (no pun intended) attack. In 1999, the show spawned the alt-rock-heavy Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album, but for the series' second soundtrack, Buffy

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Since its 1997 small-screen debut, the cult movie turned hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been hailed for its cutting-edge (no pun intended) attack. In 1999, the show spawned the alt-rock-heavy Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album, but for the series' second soundtrack, Buffy creator Joss Whedon scaled new heights of boob tube ingenuity by transforming Once More, with Feeling, the sixth season's musical episode he wrote and composed, into an original-cast recording. Bufffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), her vamp love interest Spike (James Marsters), her witchy best friend Willow (Alyson Hannigan), and the rest of the gang flex their surprisingly crisp chops on a campy set of solo and ensemble numbers. On the existential, new wave-ish "Something to Sing About," Buffy laments being awakened from an eternal, heavenly slumber by her clueless Sunnydale clique, who raised her from the dead, and Spike bemoans his lonely immortality. Other highlights include Spike's rockin' solo "Rest in Peace" and the zoot-suited demon Sweet (played by Broadway vet Hinton Battle) serenading Dawn, Buff's baby sis, on "What You Feel." The disc also includes score segments from three other episodes, plus a demo track from this episode sung by Whedon and Kai Cole. The package features a cover illustration by comic book artist Adam Hughes (X-Men, Wonder Woman) and liner notes from Whedon. On the Rocky Horror-esque "I've Got a Theory," the cast, including Buffy's "Watcher" Giles, bumbling cutie Xander, his demon lover Anya, and Willow's girlfriend Tara sum up the show's basic theme of friendship: "What can't we do if we get in it/We'll work it through within a minute/We'll have to try.../It's do or die." With this set of cheeky, killer songs, Once More, with Feeling shows why Buffy continues to slay her competition.

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All Music Guide - Melinda Hill
The soundtrack of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's first ever musical episode, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling, is every bit as fun as the episode itself. It manages to do a couple of things most musicals don't do: give a reason for all the bursting into song (a demon named Sweet has put a curse on the town that makes everyone sing) and move the plot forward (characters reveal thoughts and feelings they had been hiding, with mixed results). The range of musical styles is also quite impressive, ranging from ballads ("Under Your Spell"), to Billy Idol-esque rock ("Rest in Peace"), to a clever retro-pastiche ("I'll Never Tell"). The cast pulls off the fairly demanding vocals nicely. Standouts are Amber Benson on "Under Your Spell," James Marsters on "Rest in Peace," and, not surprisingly, the sublime Anthony Stewart Head on "Standing." Benson and Head's duet on the "Under Your Spell/Standing (Reprise)" is an especially affecting moment. The album is rounded out by, among other things, the suite from "Hush, one of the most acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. This soundtrack is, of course, a must-have for Buffy fans, but it wouldn't be out of place in anyone's collection. It's great music done, for the most part, with tongue firmly in cheek.

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Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661905825
catalogNumber:
619058

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I already have the songs downloaded and they're GREAT. I can't wait to buy the CD so I can bring the music around with me (I can't lug my computer everywhere). Once More, With Feeling was one of the best episodes ever made. Too bad the Emmys will only nominate the same shows every year and won't give Buffy a chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a BRILLIANT episode. One of the best 70 mins on television ever. (The original airing ran 10 minutes over it's normal time slot. I've watched this ep many times and enjoy it more every time. Buffy IS the best show on television.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few shows will have a musical episode - but Buffy's done it! The soundtrack will be outstanding as the tv clips (downloadable) are already decent quality! See the musical episode, buy the soundtrack and enjoy the fun and talent behind a musical! The actors may not be the best singers around, but there is obvious talent in many of thier voices. The types of songs (all written by Buffy creator Joss Weadon) vary making this soundtrack so much fun. Being able to watch the episode is much more fun for there is wonderful footage, but being able to listen to studio versions is a treat! 5 stars for the episode and the CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over the years, Buffy has always been a venue for up and comming artists. Did anyone know who Chibi Moto were before Buffy? No, didn't think so. Now, finally, the artists are the cast members themselves! Tara's heart warming ballad will tug at your emotion. Anya's "bunny" innuendo will make you laugh. "Give Me Something to Sing About" will make you cry. Well, not really, but all the songs are pretty damn good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three cheers for the wonderful world of pre-orders!!!! It's September 23rd, and I've just finished listening to my new "Once More, With Feeling" soundtrack from start to finish!!!! ;) Having been one of those evil people who bought a pirated soundtrack months ago (shame on me!), I was a bit surprised by the real thing. I had to keep reminding myself that, yes, NORMAL musical soundtracks DO take out all that pesky dialogue spoken over the music! ;) There were also a subtle but distinct differences from the aired versions of the songs. Some of these were obvious--no dialogue, some songs have extended intros or codas that were edited from the full-length aired episode, etc. But if you've obsessed over these songs as much as I have, you'll also notice some nuances of the vocal performances that differ, as well as details of the background music that weren't audible before. Which brings me to the MAJOR difference--the balance between background and vocals. At first, I was a bit distressed by the fact that the background music tends to all but overwhelm the singers on a semi-regular basis. After all, in the aired version, it was pretty important for us to be able to understand the lyrics (or we'd be VERY confused!), so I'm sure they tweaked the balance in favor of the vocals....and that's what I've gotten used to! Somewhere during "Standing," however, it hit me. The sheer genius of Joss. The man is brilliant! This album is almost as much a series of karaoke tracks as it is a soundtrack. And honestly--isn't that what most of us really want: to be able to sing along? To let all our love for these characters, their pains, their joys, and all their fascinating stories all come pouring out in the lyrics? I say again: Joss Whedon is a man of genius. A karaoke soundtrack. Who'd'a thunk it? ;) The bonus tracks are equally impressive, and whoever was in charge of choosing which earlier episodes deserved mention also needs to be applauded. The suite from "Hush" is equal parts disturbing, dignified, and majestic--and really, doesn't the music from the episode with virtually NO spoken dialogue deserve some recognition? The excerpts from "Restless" are equally haunting and alien, instantly evocative of the barren landscape prowled by the First Slayer. And to any and all true fans of the show (you know who you are, even if you won't admit it!): I *dare* you not to tear up while listening to "Sacrifice," the track from "The Gift." The demo track of "Something to Sing About" is also a lot of fun. Kudos to Kai Cole for her lovely performance--so different from Sarah Michelle Gellar's!--as well as to the Man himself, for teaching himself to play the piano so well in only a few months! In short, there is not a single bad track on this entire album. If you're a diehard fan....well, you already KNOW you're gonna buy it, so why are you still reading? If you're an occasional Buffy buff....I guarantee you'll be humming these tunes after a few days, and singing along within a week (and probably watching the reruns on FX a few days after that). And if you can't stand the show....well, I'm not sure why YOU'RE reading this, either, but if you take a chance and buy it, you won't be disappointed. It's a must-have for everybody! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Joss Whedon shows us how clever and extremely talented he is "Once More, With Feeling" is not only wonderful musically it's well written and beautifully transformed by the cast and crew, Buffy continues to raise the bar for all other television shows there will never be another like it.To me they have broken the mold.Long may she slay
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far, the best episode ever! And Amber Benson(I'm under your spell)was perfect. She has such a beautiful voice.:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been one of the most consistently great TV series ever produced, and even the most casual fans will love this collection. Hats off to all involved: the actors for bravely stepping up and singing(even if it's not something they'd normally care to do), the musicians and arrangers that refined Joss Whedon's brilliant vision so beautifully, and of course Joss himself for writing and directing it. No one else on TV has the courage and genius to make this happen, and we should show our appreciation by buying the CD. It's well worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Once more with Feeling episode has got to be one of the best 70 minutes of TV you'll ever see. Joss Whedon is brilliant. THis man can do anything...seriously!! If your a Buffy fan, you'll love the CD. THe sound is clear, and all the interuptions you heard while watching the episode is taken out, so all your left with are these great tunes. My faves are: Under your Spell, Standing, Rest in Peace, and Walk through the fire!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't even know what to say. Get this CD any way you have to. Beautifully written and sung. Props and thanks to Joss and Co.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without question, Once More With Feeling was one of television's finest moments, and the best hour of TV that I have ever seen. Funny, moving, this episode has everything. The songs have great lyrics and a great feel. The added bonus of the truly spectacular track, Sacrifice (from The Gift) makes this CD one that every Buffy fan should have. My only complaint is that I want more CDs featuring the score from the show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole cast has singing talent, but Amber Benson just takes your breath away! Her performance on I'M UNDER YOUR SPELL is tara-iffic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best albums ever!Great tracks-and humorous lyrics.Im happy that they put some other music in it from 'Restless' and 'Hush'as It has been long saught after.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this soundtrack for Buffy. It cut out all of the conversations of the episode, so it just goes through all the songs. It's one of my favorite episodes and albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous cd!! I LOVED the Buffy musical episode, and I am a big snob regarding musicals; I didn't think anything could come close to Les Miserables, but I play this soundtrack almost as much as that one! The songs are well crafted, catchy, sing-along-tunes that you can't seem to get out of your head, and the performances of all of these actors are fabulous, you won't be disappointed with this one!!! Great bonus tracks too, you won't find yourself scanning through any of the songs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have listened to this CD over and over and cannot get the songs out of my head. It is definitely one of my favorites...EVER.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The freakish difference to anything else out at the moment is what makes this so fantastic. The opening track is a cool blend of a pop vibe abd a Broadway musical feel and is a perfectly reflection of what is to come on the album. All the tracks are classics especially the smoking hot and death by coolness that is What You Feel, Sweet (the demon) is "cool" on legs and Michelle Trachtenberg plays the mixed up teenager wonderfully. Also my personal favourite, Rest in Peace needs a mention, this song is absolutely fantastic I have never heard anything so thought provoking before it is so refreshing in its ability to break away from the music industry's conveyor belt of loved up songs or hopeless broken hearted weepys. This track is so different because Spike is telling Buffy to leave him be, even though he's in love with her, he still wants his self respect intact and I find it so easier to relate to this. There are only two words fitting for the whole album : Pure Genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listening to the CD is like watching a show. I love how the character's personalities comes through so clear in the music. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buffy is not only my favorite show, but now my favorite CD. I saw the musical episode and had to get the CD. It is great, the songs are funny, and the cast sings great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would give this more then five stars if I could. The Buffy cast really out did themselves in "Once More, With Feeling"! I'm so glad they made that musical episode into a soundtrack. It's one of those soundtracks that you can listen to over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome soundtrack! All of the actors really can sing and the arrangements are new and catchy! Thanks, Joss, for such a great take on the musicals!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN THE BEST INDICATION OF WHAT A STRNAGE MIND JOSS WHEDON HAS TO CONTINUE COMING OUT WITH SUCH AMAZING STORY LINES YOU HAVE SHOWS LIKE THE GENTLEMAN HTEN OTHER EPPS LIKE SOMETHING BLUE THEN HE THROWS IN SOMETHING LIKE ONCE MORE WITH FEELING ALL I CAN SAY IS WHAT A SCARY PLACE JOSS WHEDONS MIND MUST BE, SADLY IT STOPS AT FIVE STARS I FEEL THERE SHOULD BE MORE
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great soundtrack to an absolutely wonderful episode of one of my favorite shows. Now, I can carefully listen to what the characters are singing and pick up the nuances that I missed on television.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finally got this cd...Once with More With Feeling showcases the singing talents of the actors from Buffy. My favourite songs are...heck, I love 'em all. If your a die-hard Buffy fan, buy this cd. You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome idea! When I first saw the episode, I thought it was hilarious! Then I listened to the songs themselves, and it was surprisingly good! It's set a trend, as numerous other series have started doing musical episodes, too. The best song on here, of course, is "Let Me Rest in Peace," James Marsters. He's hot, can sing, and has that killer accent! 2 thumbs up!