Title - ‘The Essential Disney Collection’
Artist - Stars of The London Stage
It was Walt Disney himself who said, “There’s a terrific power to music. You can run any of these pictures and they’d be dragging and boring, but the minute you put music behind them, they have life and vitality they don’t get any other way.” And that sentiment has been born out to be a very true one, given the massive success of (abortively) all that Disney turned his animated flare to.
So here on ‘The Essential Disney Collection’ from the Stars of The London Stage are 20 tracks that sum up Disney’s glory years; along with, of course, one or two newer ones. I mean, what Disney-inspired musical piece would be anything of value if it were not opened by ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen, pray tell? This one is, and it’s rightly backed by ‘See The Light’ from Tangled.
Paying tribute to some of the best songs from cinema’s greatest animation studio, this wonderful CD continues on with ‘Almost There’ (The Princess and The Frog), ‘We’re All In This Together’ High School Musical), ‘Reflection’ (Mulan), and both ‘Go The Distance’ (Hercules) and ‘Colors of the Wind’ from Pocahontas.
With particular emphasis on the last 25 years, it moves sprightly along with the Randy Newman classic, ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ from Toy Story, ‘A Whole New World’ (Aladdin), ‘Tale As Old As Time’ (Beauty And The Beast), and two songs from The Little Mermaid, ‘Part Of Your World’ and ‘Under The Sea.’
With some featured performers as Louise Dearman, whose West End roles include Wicked and Kiss Me Kate, and Helen Hobson who has appeared in Mamma Mia! And Aspects of Love, the breezy album wraps up is musical fruits with some true, old school classics: ‘Ev’rybody wants To Be A Cat’ (The Aristocats), two from The Jungle Book in ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ and ‘The Bare Necessities,’ two from Mary Poppins in ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ and ‘A Spoonful Of Sugar,’ and then the trio of ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’ (Song Of The South), ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,’ and the finally, ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ from ‘Pinocchio.