Thursday, November 27, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas -- New CD Additions to the Walt Disney "The Legacy Collection" -- Makes Great Stocking Stuffers (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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"Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, celebrates the anniversaries of Disney’s most cherished and classic properties that have been enchanting audiences for generations.  Through 2015, Walt Disney Records will celebrate 12 anniversaries including “Pinocchio” (75th), “Fantasia” (75th), “Cinderella” (65th), “Lady and the Tramp” (60th), “Sleeping Beauty” (55th), “Mary Poppins” (50th), “The Lion King” (20th) and “Toy Story”  (20th), among others.

To honor these musical landmarks, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection will feature the beloved original soundtracks, plus valuable documentary content that tells the story behind the music.  Each album will feature newly created artwork from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Tangled,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Wreck-It Ralph”).  The illustrations, inspired by the original properties, will celebrate Disney’s rich heritage and create a unified look for the entire collection.

The first release in the series was The Lion King, a two-disc set featuring the original motion picture soundtrack, 30 minutes of previously unreleased score, plus liner notes by Don Hahn (producer) and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, that hit store shelves back on June 24th."

The track listing of this CD release includes:

Disc One
1. “Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama” Performed by Carmen Twillie, African Vocals Performed by Lebo M
2. “Didn’t Your Mother Tell You Not to Play With Your Food” Score
3. “We Are All Connected” Score
4. “Hyenas in the Pride Land” Score
5. “I Just Can't Wait to Be King” Performed by Jason Weaver with Rowan Atkinson and Laura Williams
6. “Elephant Graveyard” Score
7. “I Was Just Trying to Be Brave” Score
8. “Be Prepared” Performed by Jeremy Irons with Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings
9. “Simba, It’s to Die For” Score
10. “Stampede” Score
11. “Mufasa Dies” Score
12.” If You Ever Come Back We’ll Kill You” Score
13. “Bowling for Buzzards” Score
14. “Hakuna Matata” Performed by Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella with Jason Weaver and Joseph Williams
15. “We Gotta Bone to Pick With You” Score
16. “Kings of the Past” Score
17. “Nala, Is It Really You?” Score
18. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Performed by Joseph Williams and Sally Dworsky with Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella and Kristle Edwards
19.Remember Who You Are” Score
20. “This Is My Home” Score
21. “The Rightful King” Score
Disc Two
 1. “The Morning Report” Performed by James Earl Jones, Jeff Bennett and Evan Saucedo 
2. “Warthog Rhapsody” Performed by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella
3. “We Are All ConnectedScore Demo
4. “I Was Just Trying to Be Brave” Score Demo
5. “Stampede” Score Demo
6. “Mufasa Dies” Score Demo
7. “This Is My Home” Score Demo
8. “The Rightful King” Score Demo
9. “Circle of Life” Instrumental Demo  
10. “Circle of Life” Performed by Elton John
11. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” Performed by Elton John
12. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (End Title) Performed by Elton John

Following this successful first release, Walt Disney Records followed up with the following Walt Disney The Legacy Collection release --

Here is the track listing for this 3-CD collection:

Disc: 1:
1. Buena Vista Fanfare
2. Overture
3. One Man Band
4. Sister Suffragette (Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, and Reta Shaw)
5. The Life I Lead (David Tomlinson)
6. The Perfect Nanny (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber)
7. Air Mail / Admiral Boom / The Not-So-Perfect Nannies / Mary Poppins Arrives
8. A Spoonful of Sugar (Julie Andrews)
9. Pavement Artist (Dick Van Dyke)
10. Jolly Holiday (Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Bill Lee, Ginny Tyler, Paul Frees, Marc Breaux, Marni Nixon, and Thurl Ravenscroft)
11. Jolly Holiday (Reprise) (Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke)
12. Penguin Dance (Irwin Kostal and Richard Sherman)
13. The Carousel Horses
14. Supercailfragilisticexpialidocious (Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke)
15. Pavement Artist (Reprise) (Dick Van Dyke)
16. Stay Awake (Julie Andrews)
17. Trouble at Uncle Albert's
18. I Love to Laugh (Ed Wynn, Julie Andrews, and Dick Van Dyke)
19. A British Bank (The Life I Lead) (David Tomlinson and Julie Andrews)
20. Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) (Julie Andrews)
21. Father's Footsteps
22. Fidelity Fiduciary Bank (David Tomlinson and Nackvid Keyd)
23. Panic at the Bank
24. Chim Chim Cher-ee / March Over the Rooftops (Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Karen Dotrice, and Matthew Garber)
25. Step in Time (Dick Van Dyke, The Chimney Sweep Chorus, and Cast)
26. A Man Has Dreams (The Life I Lead/A Spoonful of Sugar) (David Tomlinson and Dick Van Dyke)
27. Mr. Banks Is Discharged
28. Let's Go Fly a Kite (David Tomlinson, Dick Van Dyke, and the Londoners)

Disc: 2:
1. The Perfect Nanny (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
2. Jolly Holiday (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
3. The Pearly Song [Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious] (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
4. Stay Awake (Richard M. Sherman)
5. Chim Chim Cher-ee (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
6. I Love to Laugh ( Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
7. Tuppence a Bag [Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)] ( Richard M. Sherman)
8. Let's Go Fly a Kite ( Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
9. Mary Poppins Melody [Pre-Demo] (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
10. Mary Poppins Melody [New Recording] (Kate Higgins)
11. Admiral Boom [Demo] (Richard M. Sherman)
12. Admiral Boom [New Recording] (Randy Crenshaw, Jeff Gunn, and Dennis Kyle)
13. The Right Side [Pre-Demo] (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
14. The Right Side [New Recording] (Juliana Hansen)
15. The Chimpanzoo [Demo] (Richard M. Sherman)
16. The Chimpanzoo [New Recording] (Bob Joyce, Jeff Gunn, Randy Crenshaw, and Dennis Kyle)
17. The Land of Sand [Pre-Demo] (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
18. The Land of Sand [New Recording] (Kate Higgins, Juliana Hansen, Jeff Gunn, and Bob Joyce)
19. The North Pole Polka [Pre-Demo] (Richard M. Sherman)
20. The North Pole Polka [New Recording] (Jeff Gunn, Bob Joyce, Richard M. Sherman, Kate Higgins, and Dennis Kyle)
21. The Eyes of Love [Pre-Demo] (Richard M. Sherman)
22. The Eyes of Love [New Recording] (Juliana Hansen)
23. Overture [Album Version]

Disc: 3:
1. Cherry Tree Lane
2. Mr. Banks Decided to Hire a Nanny Himself
3. The Children Write Their Own Advertisement
4. The Line of Applicants and Mary Poppins Arrives
5. Notes on Mary Meeting the Banks
6. Up to the Nursery
7. Bert and the Talking Pictures
8. A Carousel Horse Ride to the Seashore
9. The Return Home
10. The Next Morning We Meet the Sweep
11. Uncle Albert's
12. A Change in the Wind and an Adventure with Admiral Boom
13. The Bird Woman
14. Mr. Banks and the Compass
15. The Compass Sequence: Timbuktu
16. The Compass Sequence: The Land of Sand
17. The Compass Sequence: Tea in China
18. The Compass Sequence: The North Pole
19. The Return Home
20. Everyone Descends on Cherry Tree Lane
21. Mary Departs
22. Hollywood Spotlight

Here is the track listing for this CD --

Disc 1:
1. Main Title / Once Upon a Dream / Prologue
2. Hail to the Princess Aurora
3. The Gifts of Beauty and Song / Maleficent Appears / True Love Conquers All
4. The Burning of the Spinning Wheels / The Fairies Plan
5. Maleficent's Frustration
6. A Cottage in the Woods
7. Do You Hear That? / I Wonder (Mary Costa)
8. An Unusual Prince / Once Upon a Dream (Mary Costa and Bill Shirley)
9. Magical House Cleaning / Blue or Pink
10. A Secret Revealed
11. Skumps (Drinking Song) / The Royal Argument (Bill Thompson and Taylor Holmes)
12. Prince Phillip Arrives / How to Tell Stefan
13. Aurora's Return / Maleficent's Evil Spell
14. Poor Aurora / Sleeping Beauty
15. Forbidden Mountain
16. A Fairy Tale Come True
17. Battle with the Forces of Evil
18. Awakening
19. Finale

Disc 2:
1. It Happens I Have a Picture Demo (Hans Conried and Bill Thompson)
2. It Happens I Have a Picture (Randy Crenshaw and Dennis Kyle)
3. Riddle, Diddle, One, Two, Three Demo (Verna Felton, Barbara Jo Allen and Coleen Collins)
4. Riddle, Diddle, One, Two, Three (Cindy Robinson and Linda Kerns)
5. Evil Evil Demo (Hans Conried and Bill Thompson)
6. Evil Evil (Randy Crenshaw, Jeff Gunn and Dennis Kyle)
7. Sleeping Beauty Overture (Tutti Camarata Orchestra)
8. Blue Bird / I Wonder Album Version (Mary Costa)
9. Woodland Symphony / Once Upon a Dream Album Version (Mary Costa and Bill Lee)
10. Love Theme from Sleeping Beauty (Tutti Camarata Orchestra)


Call me old fashioned, but I simply love all the classic Disney movies, especially Mary Poppins.  There is something about these family favorite movies that will last the test of time, and will continue to adults and children singing songs from these hit movies for years to comes.  Come on, don't tell me that when you hear a song like A Spoonful of Sugar (Julie Andrews), that you don't smile. :-)  Try finding an appropriate lyric in this or other Disney songs -- impossible.  While these songs will not find their way onto main stream radio anytime soon, fans of these movie will have full listening to these recent CD collection releases, while browsing through the valuable documentary content.

I was recently sent the three recent Walt Disney The Legacy Collection CD releases and have been loving listening to each of the CDs in the car when taking the girls to school in the AM. Not only is the music relaxing, but it is a great way to share music of Disney movies I grew up watching and love, with my girls.  I can't tell you how happy I get when I hear my girls singing along in the backseat or asking me to replay a song from one of these CDs.

When I first heard about the upcoming release of the Walt Disney The Legacy Collection CDs, I was so happy, as i would finally be able to add soundtrack CDs to my favorite Disney movies to my growing collection, which I plan to one day pass down to my girls.  I never expected, however, that each of these collections would be filled with so many songs.  Good luck in finding your favorite songs, as they will also become favorites once you start listening to these CDs.

In addition to the above recent Walt Disney The Legacy Collection CD releases, here is the release schedule for forthcoming Walt Disney The Legacy Collection CDs, that you will want to make note of and pre-order now:

The Legacy Collection 2014:

Walt Disney Records the Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid                  25th      11/17/14

The Legacy Collection 2015:
Fantasia                                  75th      1/3/15
Pinocchio                                75th      2/3/15
Toy Story                                20th      3/17/15
Disneyland                              60th      4/7/15
Lady and the Tramp               60th      5/12/15
Pocahontas                             20th      6/23/15
Aristocats                                45th      8/14/15*
Cinderella                                65th      8/14/15*
*First to Market at D23


You can order the available now Walt Disney The Legacy Collection CDs, as well as pre-order ones listed in the upcoming release schedule above by visiting

Honoring the continuing legacy of the Disney music catalog, Walt Disney Records' newly launched site, Disney Music Emporium (DME), is a destination for collectible Disney music products that also features monthly columns by guest writers, a News tab for fun Disney facts, plus videos that exclusively debut on DME including behind-the-scenes of beloved soundtracks, The Lost Chords and more.  The site will offer 15% off all purchases beginning Black Friday (Nov. 28) through Cyber Monday (Dec. 1).

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Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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