The Lion King (Special Edition)

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Label Walt Disney Records
SKU 60610126
UPC 050086012473
UPC 14 00050086012473
Format CD
Release Date 9/30/2003
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Author Soundtrack
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Technical Info
Engineer David Appelt; Jonathan Allen; Steve Price; Jay Rifkin; Michael Farrow; Paula Jones; Steve Kempster
CatalogID 860124
Lable Name Disney
Released 09/30/2003
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 9s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00050086012473
Album Notes and Credits
This is a Hyper CD, which contains which contains regular audio tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
Producers: Hans Zimmer, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Chris Thomas.
Compilation producer: Steven Stern.
Principally recorded at Media Ventures and Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles, California; Townhouse Studio, London, England; BPO Studios, Mmabatho, South Africa.
All songs written by Tim Rice and Elton John. Instrumental score written by Hans Zimmer.
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance; "Circle Of Life" won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals; and THE LION KING won the Grammy for Best Musical Album For Children. "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle Of Life" were also both nominated for Song Of The Year and Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or Television; and the album's instrumental tracks were nominated for Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television.
The heady influence of Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne--and all the other musicians who've introduced pop fans to the sounds and style of Africa--resonate subtly throughout the Hollywood flourishes of THE LION KING.
Part of THE LION KING's appeal can be traced to Hans Zimmer's imagistic evocative instrumental score. Instrumental excerpts such as "This Land" and "Under The Stars" are a vibrant amalgam of lush orchestral passages with flashes of idiomatic African vocal colors and ceremonial percussive textures (while "King Of Pride Rock" echoes elements of Mozart's REQUIEM and traditional African six-beat rhythms).
But it's THE LION KING's comic operetta songs and the Elton John/Tim Rice pop miniatures that ultimately distinguish this soundtrack and give it fresh legs for all holiday seasons. John's philosophical ruminations on "The Circle Of Life" are framed by power pop on a grand scale, with huge reverberant drum accents and massive sampled choruses and strings. But "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" is this collection's most engaging song, a sort of Afro-Rockabilly groove, tinted by the gospelish drive of John's Little Richard style piano.
Principal Cast: Tsidii Le Loka (Rafiki); Samuel E. Wright (Mufasa); Gina Breedlove (Sarabi); Geoff Hoyle (Zazu); John Vickery (Scar); Scott Irby-Ranniar (Young Simba); Kajuana Shuford (Young Nala); Tracy Nicole Chapman (Shenzi); Stanley Wayne Mathis (Banzai); Kevin Cahoon (Ed); Max Casella (Timon); Tom Alan Robbins (Pumbaa); Jason Raize (Simba); Heather Headley (Nala).
Producers: Mark Mancina, Lebo M, Jay Rifkin.
Recorded at Sony Music Studios, New York, New York.
THE LION KING won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
Producers: Hans Zimmer, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Chris Thomas.
Compilation producer: Steven Stern.
Principally recorded at Media Ventures and Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles, California; Townhouse Studio, London, England; BPO Studios, Mmabatho, South Africa.
All songs written by Tim Rice and Elton John. Instrumental score written by Hans Zimmer.
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance; "Circle Of Life" won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals; and THE LION KING won the Grammy for Best Musical Album For Children. "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle Of Life" were also both nominated for Song Of The Year and Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or Television; and the album's instrumental tracks were nominated for Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television.
Principal Cast: Tsidii Le Loka (Rafiki); Samuel E. Wright (Mufasa); Gina Breedlove (Sarabi); Geoff Hoyle (Zazu); John Vickery (Scar); Scott Irby-Ranniar (Young Simba); Kajuana Shuford (Young Nala); Tracy Nicole Chapman (Shenzi); Stanley Wayne Mathis (Banzai); Kevin Cahoon (Ed); Max Casella (Timon); Tom Alan Robbins (Pumbaa); Jason Raize (Simba); Heather Headley (Nala).
Producers: Mark Mancina, Lebo M, Jay Rifkin.
Recorded at Sony Music Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: Lebo M., Mbongeni Ngema (vocals); Davey Johnstone (guitar, background vocals); Richard Harvey (panpipes); Chuck Sabo (drums); Guy Babylon , Matthew Vaughn Gospel Choir, London Community Gospel Choir, Olle Romo, Bob Daspit (programming); Phil Spalding, Gary Barlow , Kiki Dee, Rick Astley (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Thomas ; Jay Rifkin; Steve Kempster.
Audio Remixers: Dave Reitzas; Jochem van der Saag.
Recording information: Angel Studios, Islington, London, England; Audio Department; BOP Studios, Mmabatho, S. Africa; EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Media Ventures, L.A; Ocean Way Studios, L.A; Olympic Studio, London, England; Signet Sound Studios; Snake Ranch, London, England; Townhouse Studio, London, England.
Arrangers: Jay Rifkin; Lebo M.; Mark Mancina; Hans Zimmer .
The dramatic, thoughtful, and rhythmically inspiring musical score for THE LION KING film was composed by soundtrack veteran Hans Zimmer, and enhanced with expressive songs by Tim Rice and Sir Elton John. This SPECIAL EDITION features a previously unreleased song, "The Morning Report," sung by James Earl Jones, Jeff Bennett, and Evan Saucedo, along with a version of Sir Elton John's "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," remixed and supplemented with extra percussion.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.178) - "...The kids loved the music. Basically, with lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber's old mate, Tim Rice, Elton John seized the chance to pen the big-budget musical that has always threatened to emerge from his songs anyway..."
Entertainment Weekly (12/19/97, p.79) - "...an instant theater classic..."
- Rating: B
Q (12/94, p.134) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Hans Zimmer's instrumental passages are as broad and breathtaking as the African landscapes they evoke..."
Disc 1
1 Circle Of Life - Carmen Twillie
2 I Just Can't Wait To Be King - Jason Weaver/Rowan Atkinson/Laura Williams
3 Be Prepared - Jeremy Irons/Whoopi Goldberg/Cheech Marin/Jim Cummings
4 Hakuna Matata - Nathan Lane/Ernie Sabella/Jason Weaver/Joseph Williams
5 Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Joseph Williams/Sally Dworsky/Nathan Lane/Ernie Sabella/Kristle Edwards
6 Morning Report, The - James Earl Jones/Jeff Bennett/Evan Saucedo
7 This Land - (TRUE instrumental)
8 To Die For - (TRUE instrumental)
9 Under The Stars - (TRUE instrumental)
10 King Of Pride Rock - (TRUE instrumental)
11 Circle Of Life - Elton John
12 I Just Can't Wait To Be King - Elton John
13 Can You Feel The Love Tonight (End Title) - Elton John
14 Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John (remix)

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