Beauty & The Beast CD (1996)

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Label Uni/disney/duplicate Numbers
SKU 60334796
UPC 050086086177
UPC 14 00050086086177
Format CD
Release Date 9/3/1996
Author Original Cast Recording
Technical Info
Engineer Bruce Botnick
Producer Alan Menken; Bruce Botnick
CatalogID 60861
Lable Name Walt Disney
Released 04/26/1994
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 72m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00050086086177
Album Notes and Credits
Principal cast includes: Wendy Oliver (Enchantress); Harrison Beal (Young Prince); Terrence Mann (Beast); Susan Egan (Belle); Kenny Raskin (Lefou); Burke Moses (Gaston); Sarah Solie Shannon, Paige Price, Linda Talcott (Three Silly Girls); Tom Bosley (Maurice); Heath Lamberts (Cogsworth); Gary Beach (Lumiere); Stacey Logan (Babette); Beth Fowler (Mrs. Potts); Brian Press (Chip); Barbara Marineau (Madame de la Grande Bouche); Gordon Stanley (Monsieur D'Arque); David Ogden Stiers (Voice of Narration).
Recorded at Sony Music Studios, New York.
All music written by Alan Menken. All lyrics written by Tim Rice or Howard Ashman.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A NEW MUSICAL was nominated for Best Musical Show Album in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
Personnel: Stacey Shames (harp); Ann Labin, Rudy Perrault, Belinda Whitney-Barratt, George Wozniak, Dale Stuckenbruck, Evan Johnson, Sheila Reinhold, Cecilia Hobbs, Sanford Allen, Cenovia Cummins , Charles Libove, David Nadien (violin); Barry Finclair, Maria Kitsopoulos, Gerald Tarack, Joe Kimura, Caryl Paisner, Frederick Zlotkin (cello); Alva Hunt (flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet); Julius Baker (flute, piccolo); Keri Ann DiBari (flute, clarinet); Dominic Cortese (accordion); Vicki Bodner (oboe, English horn); Marc Goldberg (bassoon, contrabassoon); Tony Kadleck (trumpet, piccolo trumpet, cornet); Neil Balm (trumpet, cornet); Tony Cecere, Glen Estrin, Jeff Lang (French horn); Paul Faulise (bass trombone, tuba); Gerry Ranck, Ken Cooper (harpsichord); Kathy Sommer, Glen Kelly (synthesizer); Janet Weber (upright bass); John Redsecker (drums); Joe Passaro (percussion); John Rafael Carlotto (sound effects).
Recording information: Sony Music Studios, New York, NY.
Director: Robert Jess Roth.
Editor: Bruce Botnick.
Arranger: Michael Kosarin.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is not the kind of film that needs a direct-to-video sequel, though one has already been made. Every spin-off product which falls short of this classic serves only as a mockery. The best idea by far was to carry the film to Broadway, where it has developed into one of the best examples of a true theater experience, and a classic in its own right. There is no gimmick, no distortion of the tale or of the film; everything that made the film so magical is right there on stage -- it is not an addition to the film, but a tribute. What is added is a grander experience, including a song which was originally intended for the film, but left out due to time constraints and editing tugs. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (Little Shop of Horrors) had hoped to take the film to Broadway, but plans were stalled when Ashman passed away in 1991. Menken then collaborated with Tim Rice to develop new material that would extend the musical into a full-length play. There may not have been reason to own the Broadway Cast Recording, aside from being a fan of Susan Egan's (voice of Belle), if not for these extra songs. Each one could have fit in perfectly with the film -- they aren't simply shoveled in as bonuses, but make the whole picture bigger and fuller. Every major character has their own new song, the standout being "Home," which is sung by Belle upon arriving at the Beast's castle. "Me," sung by the handsome and evil Gaston, is a boisterous love song to himself, stuffed with witty lines like "women can have their uses too/mainly to extend the family tree." Even the Beast has his solo moment with the dark, mournful ballad "If I Can't Love Her." The household objects who gave Disney World a new theme of "Be Our Guest," reveal their longings to return to human form in "Human Again," the only new song which was written by Howard Ashman. There is something for all fans here, even those who prefer the clear-cut original versions and voices from the animated film. What is better: throwing in a new, weaker story line and lesser animation to pop out sequels on video or taking originals like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King to 42nd street, where they can shine? ~ Peter Fawthrop
Disc 1
1 Prologue (The Enchantress)
2 Belle
3 No Matter What
4 No Matter What (Reprise)/Wolf Chase
5 Me
6 Belle (Reprise)
7 Home
8 Home (Reprise)
9 Gaston
10 Gaston (Reprise)
11 How Long Must This Go On?
12 Be Our Guest
13 If I Can't Love Her
14 Entr'acte/Wolf Chase: Entr'acte
15 Something There
16 Human Again
17 Maison Des Lunes
18 Beauty And The Beast
19 If I Can't Love Her (Reprise)
20 Mob Song, The
21 Battle, The
22 End Duet/Transformation
23 Beauty And The Beast (Reprise)

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