Disney's Superstar Hits: Ultimate Collection Of Movie Hits CD (2004)

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Label Walt Disney Records
SKU 63912475
UPC 050086123179
UPC 14 00050086123179
Format CD
Release Date 11/2/2004
Sales Rank 1069
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Author Disney
Compilation Appearance Disney's Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Compilation Appearance Disney's Greatest Hits Vol. 2
Compilation Appearance Dancin' Tunes
Compilation Appearance Best Of Silly Songs
Compilation Appearance Best of Children's Favorites: Mickey's Top 40 Tunes
Compilation Appearance Disney Princess: Ultimate Song Collection
Compilation Appearance Little Mermaid & Friends
Compilation Appearance Disney: Music Behind The Magic
Compilation Appearance More Silly Songs
Compilation Appearance 20 Simply Super Singable Silly
Compilation Appearance Lullaby Album Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Handy Manny
Compilation Appearance Mulan:songs Story
Compilation Appearance Disney's Dance Along
Compilation Appearance Walt Disney Takes You To Disneyland
Compilation Appearance Cars-Lightning McQueen's Fast Tracks
Compilation Appearance Cars
Compilation Appearance Disney's Karaoke Series:little Mermai
Compilation Appearance Disney's Birthday Party Album
Compilation Appearance Children's Favorites Vol 1
Associated Artist/Work Danny DeVito
Associated Artist/Work Disney Read-Along
Technical Info
CatalogID 861 231
Lable Name Walt Disney
Released 11/02/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00050086123179
Album Notes and Credits
No small part of the reversal of fortune enjoyed by the animated-film division of the Walt Disney company starting in the late 1980s and continuing through the '90s and into the 2000s was the decision to make movie musicals using proven writing and performing talents from the worlds of musical theater and, particularly, adult contemporary pop. The renaissance really started in 1989 with show music writers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's music for The Little Mermaid, which resulted not only in a box-office hit, but also a multi-platinum soundtrack. An important next step occurred with Menken and Ashman's Beauty and the Beast (1991) -- the title song sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson -- producing a Top Ten pop hit. The rest was history, and that history is reprised on this disc, which presents the work of pop stars on subsequent Disney animated features including The Lion King (1994; Elton John's "Circle of Life," written by John and show music veteran Tim Rice); Pocahontas (1995; Vanessa Williams' "Colors of the Wind," written by Menken and show music veteran Stephen Schwartz); Mulan (1998; Christina Aguilera's "Reflection," written by Matthew Wilder and show music veteran David Zippel); Tarzan (1999; Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart" and "Strangers Like Me"); and The Emperor's New Groove (2000; Sting's "My Funny Friend & Me"). All of those tracks reached the pop and/or adult contemporary charts, and they are accompanied by the work of such distinguished and venerable pop figures as Lyle Lovett, Sarah McLachlan, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, and Wynonna. While the likes of John, Collins, and Sting no doubt wrote with a sense of the film characters and plots in mind, for the most part these songs do not seem tied specifically to those elements to the same extent that songs in the average Broadway musical are. Rather, they sound like the same kind of pop/rock these artists write and perform generally. The great exception here is the work of Newman, who has more of a movie background. True, from the first note his songs ("When She Loved Me," "You've Got a Friend in Me," "If I Didn't Have You") sound like Randy Newman songs, but the lyrics also relate to the characters in the films Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Monsters, Inc., especially "When She Loved Me," in which McLachlan sings touchingly in the voice of a doll abandoned by a little girl who has outgrown her. Still, for anyone unfamiliar with the use of these songs in the films with which they are associated (if there is such a person in existence), this album would sound more like a collection of 1990s to early-2000s adult contemporary/lite-FM rock than anything related to animated children's movies. (Oddly, Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle's "A Whole New World [Aladdin's Theme]" is missing from the collection.) ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Beauty and the Beast - (Beauty and the Beast, with Celine Dion/Peabo Bryson)
2 You'll Be in My Heart - (Tarzan, with Phil Collins)
3 Circle of Life - (The Lion King, with Elton John)
4 Reflection - (Mulan, with Christina Aguilera)
5 My Funny Friend and Me - (Emperor's New Groove, with Sting)
6 Colors of the Wind - (Pocahontas, with Vanessa Williams)
7 True to Your Heart - (Mulan, with 98ø/Stevie Wonder)
8 Strangers Like Me - (Tarzan, with Phil Collins)
9 He Lives in You - (The Lion King II, with Tina Turner)
10 When She Loved Me - (Toy Story 2, with Sarah McLachlan)
11 You've Got a Friend in Me - (Toy Story, with Randy Newman/Lyle Lovett)
12 Look Through My Eyes - (Brother Bear, with Phil Collins)
13 If I Didn't Have You - (Monsters Inc., with Billy Crystal/John Goodman)
14 Burning Love - (Lilo & Stitch, with Wynona)
15 Will the Sun Ever Shine Again - (Home on the Range, with Bonnie Raitt)
16 I'm Still Here - (Treasure Planet, with Johnny Rzeznik)
Product Attributes
Artist Disney
Label Walt Disney Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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