Manufacturer: Walt Disney Records
Brand: Disney by Dorel
From "Heigh-ho" ( Snow White -1937) to "Strangers Like Me" (Disney's Tarzan -1999), this collection spans more than 60 years of timeless songs. The 20 tracks include your favorites from Disney movies, television shows, and theme parks--all in the original versions you know and love. Features a booklet with beautiful artwork and complete song lyrics too.
Disney's "Descendants" stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains. With a knowing wink at traditional fairy tales, the live-action movie fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations. The notable cast also includes Mitchell Hope, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Maz Jobrani, Kathy Najimy and the Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth. Emmy Award-winning Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") directs, choreographs and executive-produces Disney's "Descendants." The movie's soundtrack showcases a broad range of music -- from the opening number, a pulsating electronic dance song "Rotten to the Core," and the percussion dance number "Did I Mention?" written by GrammyÂ® and EmmyÂ® Award winner Adam Schlesinger, to the stirring ballad "If Only" written by Adam Anders ("Glee") and performed by Dove Cameron, and the finale anthem "Set It Off." It also features a hip-hop a capella take on "Be Our Guest" (from Disney's "Beauty & the Beast") and the showstopper, a comedic Broadway-esque tune "Evil Like Me" written by TonyÂ® Award nominee Andrew Lippa (Broadway's "The Addams Family," "The Wild Party") and performed by "Descendants" stars Kristin Chenoweth and Dove Cameron. A bonus track reprises "Rotten to the Core" performed by the movie's Sofia Carson.
Songs include 14 adult oriented ballads and classics that create a soothing environment for both mother and child. Track list includes songs like; "What A Wonderful World", "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "A Mother's Prayer", "Brahms' Lullaby" and a brand new track worked at radio called "Miracle". In collaborating on Miracle, Celine Dion and her partner in baby love Anne Geddes carefully sidestepped the L-word--a smart move, considering that the songs captured here, despite their electric-blanket warmth, aren't always lullaby-like in their delivery. Though the collaboration is about babies--the liner notes to this CD provide a sneak peek at Geddes' visual wizardry available in both the expanded box set and book--Miracle is not necessarily for them. Which works out great for Celine fans who have made contact with their maternal sides. More than anything, the disc plays as a valentine to new mothers: "Le Loup, La Biche et le Chevalier (Une Chanson Douce)," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," and John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" get the trademark melt-away vocal treatment, causing the need to keep a box of tissues at the ready. While tenderness flows from each track as consistently as formula from a baby bottle, though, the chanteuse doesn't shy away from the passion and note-pounding that are also her trademarks. Thus, the miracle of Miracle lies not in its ability to soothe the tiny creatures it swollen-heartedly celebrates, but in its ability to set the sentiments of listeners who love them to song. --Tammy La Gorce
Ten Years Together: The Best of Peter, Paul & Mary
Manufacturer: Rhino Records
One of American music s most legendary acts, Peter, Paul and Mary bothdefined and transcended the 1960s folk revival. The trio s stellar harmoniesdelivered classic recordings that topped the charts and communicated theirpassionate commitment to peace and social justice. This thirteen songcompilation, originally released in 1970 andnow over double-platinum, is a definitiveintroduction to the group s seminal songs.Among the highlights are the GRAMMYÂ®-winning BillboardÂ® Top 10 singles Blowin InThe Wind and If I Had A Hammer, the #1smash Leaving On A Jet Plane, the timeless Puff (The Magic Dragon) and othersignature classics including 500 Miles and I Dig Rock & Roll Music.
Laurie Berkner's most charismatic disc to date, Buzz Buzz, opens with a salvo that kids will immediately relate to: "I Really Love to Dance." If the title doesn't say it all, the insistent blues-and-bluegrass beat and Berkner's buoyant chorus fill in the blanks. That same vocal energy surfaces again and again on Berkner showstoppers like "Pig on Her Head," the a cappella "Telephone," and the Bee-happy title track. As always, a steady stampede of funny originals and kiddie classics ("Eerie Canal," "I've Been Working on the Railroad") ensure that this collection rockets to the top of the preschool hit parade. Seth Kaufman Anybody who's gotten a boogie-inducing earful of Buzz Buzz will back the claim that Laurie Berkner sailed right past the sophomore slump. On this, her 1998 release, the Ani DiFranco of kids' music, as she's been tagged, inspires still more hands-in-the-air at-home hoe-downs among the 6-and-under set with her evenhanded blend of zany, zingy original songs and well-chosen traditional numbers. Crying out for special mention in the former category are "The Pretzel Store," on which a gang of "twisty, curly, hole-y, and straight" salty characters escape from the clutches of eager snackers in a variety of inventive ways; "Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)," a surefire vehicle for revving up round-the-living-room arm-flappers; "Ice Cream Cone," a handy directive for Ben and Jerry's beginners ("You can eat it from the side / You can eat it from the top / You can lick it round and round / Like you're never gonna stop"); and "The Cookie Bakers of the Night,"which is bound to get a brood of wannabe cookie monsters mixing pretend batter and waving wooden spoons in the air. Traditionals, especially the rocking rendition of "The More We Get Together," the voices-only "Rum Sum Sum" with its souped-up lyrics, and the bass- and alto-sax enhanced "Erie Canal," roundly impress. Berkner's much-lauded flair for firing up little ones' imaginations aside, what's perhaps best about her is her sharpshooting when it comes to crowd plea...
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Records
Brand: Disney by Dorel
Never was the magic of Disney more truly magical than in Mary Poppins , whose soundtrack was one of the most celebrated and successful of all time. Well, get ready for more magic: here, on 2 CDs, are over four hours of music, interviews and commentary by its stars and creators, including 14 unreleased tracks and a 30-page booklet. A Spoonful of Sugar; Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious; Chim Chim Cher-ee; Let's Go Fly a Kite ...it's practically perfect in every way! Winner of five Oscars (including two for Richard and Robert Sherman's memorable slate of songs), Disney's 1964 adaptation of British author P.L. Travers' beloved children's tales melded live action, animation and music more successfully than any film before or since. Containing the most complete version of the Sherman Brothers' score and a wealth of previously unavailable behind-the-scenes treasures, this double-disc, 40th anniversary soundtrack edition becomes the ultimate musical tribute to the beloved family masterpiece. The Sherman's memorable songs are showcased here in a more comprehensive musical context than ever before; indeed, a number of the expanded or previously unreleased pieces of the Irwin Kostal-arranged underscore now included were truncated in editing the film itself. The generous bonus disc contains the set's greatest historical treasure: a 40+ minute pre-production story meeting between the Shermans, gag writer Don DaGradi and author Travers herself. Also included is a lengthy 1964 audio documentary featuring the Shermans and stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, an audio montage of the songwriting team reminiscing and playing their original demos for the project and an illustrated 40-page companion booklet containing a history of the project as well as complete song lyrics. -- Jerry McCulley