Various - Classic Disney Box Set

My daughter is about a month shy of turning four and song lyrics no longer pose much of a problem to her. Unsurprisingly, then, my Dr Dre, Big Black, Cypress Hill and Revolting Cocks albums are drifting towards the back of my collection, only to be brought out late at night when the kids are in bed. Worse are the long car journeys in which the shout of, "Turn that droning off!" comes from the back seat when attempting to pass the time and the miles with Radios 3, 4 or 5.

Imagine, then, my joy in finding this - a 5x disc box set containing the very best songs from sixty years of Disney, beginning with 1937's Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs and closing with 1998's Mulan. Of course, as Disney has released soundtrack albums over the years, this box set only offers the very best of what's available. Even looking at only the first ten songs on the track list - from Aladdin's A Whole New World, through three songs from both The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, a couple from Mary Poppins and the title track from Beauty And The Beast - the quality of this release should be absolutely clear.

The five discs here had been individually released before being compiled in this box set and with the set being planned to extend beyond one or two albums, there's a consistent number of what one might call big songs across each of the five discs. So, whilst discs one, two and three include all of the songs from The Lion King, songs from Beauty And The Beast, for example, are included on disc five. Meanwhile, the last two discs in the set include such great and occasionally unexpected songs as Oogie Boogie's Song (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Give A Little Whistle (Pinocchio), I'm Wishing/One Love (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs), Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat (The Aristocats) and When I See An Elephant Fly (Dumbo, obviously). Along the way there are some chances to remember just how good, and in some instances how odd, Disney's animated films have been. So, whilst there are the songs of the villains, such as Scar's call to the hyenas to Be Prepared, Gaston's rousing of the villagers in The Mob Song and Kaa's serenading of Mowgli as a prospective meal in Trust In Me, the strangest and spookiest song of all is Pink Elephants On Parade from Dumbo, which is an unsettling little song that scores the oddest sequence in any film produced by Disney.

Then again, being Disney, there are such a large number of uplifting songs that this box set ranks alongside Phil Spector's Back To Mono for sheer enjoyment. Toy Story's You've Got A Friend In Me is such a wonderful song about lifelong friendship that one is tempted to go back to Randy Newman's back catalogue in search of similar songs. Similarly, The Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You, both of which are from The Jungle Book, have surprisingly witty lyrics and, like the later songs from The Aristocats, mix jazz with the kind of pop that will get even the most reluctant kids moving. And, whilst the songs from Peter Pan - Following The Leader, The Second Star To The Right and You Can Fly! - sound slightly better once removed from the film, songs like Once Upon A Dream, Let's Go Fly A Kite, Heigh Ho and Thomas O'Malley Cat are simply wonderful regardless of appearing in their respective films on these discs.

Sadly, there are a few tracks missing from the boxset, the presence of which would have made it complete. For example, whilst it would have been great to have had the reprise of Feed The Birds (Tuppence A Bag) from Mary Poppins, which scores the genuinely affecting sequence in which Jane and Michael's father, George, returns to the bank for his telling off from the old Mr Dawes, it's understandable that it has not been included given that it would have been considered as part of a score rather than a song. What is much less forgivable, however, is the lack of any songs from The Rescuers, which is particularly odd given that Someone's Waiting For You was nominated for an Academy Award and that both The Journey and Tomorrow Is Another Day are amongst the best songs ever to grace a Disney film.

Priced at anywhere between £16.99 (Play) and £20.99 (Amazon), this is tremendous value, containing, as it does, one of the highest ratio of great songs to filler that is seen on any box set anywhere. When priced alone, each individual disc sells for £8.99 so to get all five for the price of two is remarkable.

Undoubtedly, you'll have one last fear that will be, as with the Top Of The Pops albums of the late-seventies and early-eighties, that each of the songs avoid paying royalties to the original artists by employing stooges who sound nothing like we imagine they should. For that, worry not, these are the original songs taken from the soundtrack albums recorded for the original films and each one sounds fantastic. It there is one problem with this box set, it's that the box that holds the five discs is a little flimsy, but otherwise, this is a wonderful release from track one through to track one-hundred-and-twenty-five.

With Christmas coming, you could do so much worse than to buy this box set, it really is terrific. Since it came into our house, trips out in the car have been endless singalongs to Chim Chim Cher-ee, Let's Go Fly A Kite and Following The Leader. Awfully cute that may well sound but when the previous months saw the McCusker family drive along in silence but for the telling of remembered stories, the best of Disney is a blessed relief - fantastic stuff indeed.

Full Track Listing

There are simply too many to list in the sidebar to the left so here they are, all one hundred and twenty five tracks on the Classic Disney Box Set. Enjoy!

1. A Whole New World - Aladdin
2. Circle Of Life - The Lion King
3. Beauty And The Beast - Beauty And The Beast
4. Under The Sea - The Little Mermaid
5. Hakuna Matata - The Lion King
6. Kiss The Girl - The Little Mermaid
7. I Just Cant Wait To Be King - The Lion King
8. Poor Unfortunate Souls - The Little Mermaid
9. Chim Chim Cher-ee - Mary Poppins
10. Jolly Holiday - Mary Poppins
11. A Spoonful Of Sugar - Mary Poppins
12. Lets Get Together - The Parent Trap
13. The Monkeys Uncle - The Monkeys Uncle
14. The Ugly Bug Ball - Summer Magic
15. The Spectrum Song - Walt Disneys Wonderful World Of Color
16. Colonel Hathis March - The Jungle Book
17. A Whale Of A Tale - 20000 Leagues Under The Sea
18. You Can Fly You Can Fly You Can Fly - Peter Pan
19. The Work Song - Cinderella
20. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes - Cinderella
21. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Song Of The South
22. Dance Of The Reed Flutes - Fantasia
23. Love Is A Song - Bambi
24. Some Day My Prince Will Come - Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
25. Minnies Yoo Hoo - Mickey Mouse Theme Song
26. Be Our Guest - Beauty And The Beast
27. Can You Feel The Love Tonight - The Lion King
28. Part Of Your World - The Little Mermaid
29. One Jump Ahead - Aladdin
30. Gaston - Beauty And The Beast
31. Something There - Beauty And The Beast
32. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Mary Poppins
33. Candle On The Water - Petes Dragon
34. Main Street Electrical Parade - Disneyland
35. The Age Of Not Believing - Bedknobs And Broomsticks
36. The Bare Necessities - The Jungle Book
37. Feed The Birds (Tuppence A Bag) - Mary Poppins
38. Best Of Friends - Fox And The Hound
39. Let's Go Fly A Kite - Mary Poppins
40. It's A Small World (After All) - New York's World Fair
41. The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room - Disneyland
42. Mickey Mouse Club March - Mickey Mouse Club
43. On The Front Porch - Summer Magic
44. The Second Star To The Right - Peter Pan
45. Ev'rybody Has A Laughing Place - Song Of The South
46. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo - Cinderella
47. So This Is Love - Cinderella
48. When You Wish Upon A Star - Pinocchio
49. Heigh-Ho - Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
50. Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf - The Three Little Pigs
51. Colours Of The Wind - Pocahontas
52. You've Got A Friend In Me - Toy Story
53. Be Prepared - The Lion King
54. Out There - The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
55. Family - James And The Giant Peach
56. Les Poissons - The Little Mermaid
57. Mine Mine Mine - Pocahontas
58. Jacks Lament - The Nightmare Before Christmas
59. My Name Is James - James And The Giant Peach
60. Heffalumps And Woozles- Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day
61. The Mob Song - Beauty And The Beast
62. Portobello Road - Bedknobs And Broomsticks
63. Stay Awake - Mary Poppins
64. I Wanna Be Like You - The Jungle Book
65. Oo-De-Lally - Robin Hood
66. Are We Dancing - The Happiest Millionaire
67. Once Upon A Dream - Sleeping Beauty
68. Bella Notte - Lady And The Tramp
69. Following The Leader - Peter Pan
70. Trust In Me - The Jungle Book
71. The Ballad Of Davy Crockett - Davy Crockett
72. I'm Professor Ludwig Von Drake - The Wonderful World Of Color
73. Pink Elephants On Parade - Dumbo
74. Little April Shower - Bambi
75. The Silly Song (Dwarfs Yodel Song) - Snow White
76. One Last Hope - Hercules
77. A Guy Like You - The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
78. On The Open Road - A Goofy Movie
79. Just Around The Riverbend - Pocahontas
80. Home - Beauty And The Beast
81. Fantasmic - Disneyland
82. Oogie Boogies Song - The Nightmare Before Christmas
83. I Will Go Sailing No More - Toy Story
84. Substitutiary Locomotion - Bedknobs And Broomsticks
85. Stop Look And Listen I'm No Fool - The Mickey Mouse Club
86. Love - Robin Hood
87. Thomas O'Malley Cat - The Aristocats
88. That's What Friends Are For - The Jungle Book
89. Winnie The Pooh - Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree
90. Femininity - Summer Magic
91. Ten Feet Off The Ground - The One And Only Genuine Original
92. The Siamese Cat Song - Lady And The Tramp
93. Enjoy It - In Search Of The Castaways
94. Although I Dropped 100000
95. Give A Little Whistle - Pinocchio
96. Oh Sing Sweet Nightingale - Cinderella
97. I Wonder - Sleeping Beauty
98. Looking For Romance - Bambi
99. Baby Mine - Dumbo
100. I'm Wishing/One Song - Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs)
101. I'll Make a Man Out of You - Mulan
102. I Won't Say (I'm In Love) - Hercules
103. God Help The Outcasts - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
104. If I Can't Love Her - Beauty and the Beast: A Broadway Musical
105. Steady As The Beating Drum - Pocahontas
106. Belle - Beauty and the Beast
107. Strange Things - Toy Story
108. Cruella De Vil - 101 Dalmatians
109. Eating The Peach - James and the Giant Peach
110. Seize The Day - Newsies
111. What's This? - The Nightmare Before Christmas
112. Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly) - Dilly Dilly
113. The Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down - Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery day
114. A Step In The Right Direction - Bedknobs and Broomsticks
115. Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too) - Pete's Dragon
116. Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me) - The Pirates of the Caribbean
117. My Own Home - The Jungle Book
118. Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat - The Aristocats
119. In A World Of My Own - Alice in Wonderland
120. You Belong To My Heart - The Three Caballeros
121. Humphrey Hop - In the Bag
122. He's A Tramp - Lady and the Tramp
123. Song Of The South - Song of the South
124. When I See An Elephant Fly - Dumbo
125. I've Got No Strings - From Pinocchio



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