Title - 'In The Key Of Disney' (Disney Pearl)
Artist - Brian Wilson
Wouldn’t it be nice if Brian Wilson put his inimitable stamp on the Disney songbook?
Well, you're in luck for that’s exactly what the Beach Boys co-founder and musical living legend has done on 'In the Key of Disney', Wilson’s new Disney Pearl collection of songs from seven decades of Disney films.
Featuring hits from early-animated classics such as "Snow White" and “Pinocchio,” up through last year’s "Toy Story 3," the new album boasts Wilson’s trademark harmonies, lead vocals and brilliant pop arrangements.
Kicking things off is 'You’ve Got a Friend In Me, the Oscar®-nominated hit from "Toy Story." On Wilson's new version, his voice (not to dissimilar from Randy Newman's, in truth) he adds his trademark Beach Boy 'whoo hoos' and also gives it a new funky twist. Then comes a true Disney classic in 'Bare Necessities,' which he re-envisions in a Tin Pan Alley style. A little different to actually listen to, he certainly brings home his own rendition of the 1967 track from "The Jungle Book."
On 'Baby Mine,' the gentle ballad from "Dumbo," Wilson takes it upon himself to udnertake it as a doo-wop lullaby - completely in the fashion of the Beach Boys’ 'In My Room,' no less! Next is 'Kiss the Girl,' one of the stand out songs from "The Little Mermaid." Aside from Wilson's obvious harmonies, the song isn't a stand out here.
On 'Colors of the Wind,' the signature song from "Pocahontas" (and winner of the 1995 Academy Award for Best Original Song), Wilson again reinterprets as only he can, before the Oscar®-winning ballad (composed by Wilson’s friend Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice) from "The Lion King," the outstanding 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight.' This time, now complete with Wilson’s flawless choral harmonies, the song isn't improved, but isn't harmed either!
On 'We Belong Together,' Wilson tackles the Oscar®-winning Randy Newman classic from "Toy Story 3." Taking the the chance to add a lil' rock ‘n’ roll to the track, it actually works in grand style. 'I Just Can’t Wait to Be King' is one of the score songs from "The Lion King,” and then 'Stay Awake' - the lullaby from "Mary Poppins" - comes forth. Not such a go-to choice of inclusion on a Disney album in this day and age, Wilson's intimate take on it is truly beautiful.
"Heigh Ho/Whistle While You Work/Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me)," 'In The Key Of Disney's only instrumental. A somewhat fun, breezy-lite medley drawn from "Snow White” (and, we're led to believe, the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction!), the last song is “When You Wish Upon a Star," the classic song from "Pinocchio."
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