Little Mermaid Legacy Collection Review, plus Giveaway!
I received the Little Mermaid Legacy Collection CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
As a musician and parent of two young children, I am always on the look out for new and encouraging music to introduce my children to. From classical to pop to broadway, Field Trip Boy and Field Trip Girl enjoy a wide span of musical genres in our household.
One of Field Trip Girl’s all time favorite show tunes is Part of That World from the movie The Little Mermaid. Part of That World depicts the story of a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel who dreams of one day living above the sea in a new world of awe and wonder.
When I first received word that The Little Mermaid was celebrating its 25th anniversary since its release, my heart skipped a beat! It brought me back to a time when I was a sophomore in high school and saw the movie for the first time in the theaters. Afterwards, I remember feeling all gitty inside! I was in “la la land”, because I was dating a young lad at the time and hoped we too would live happily ever after just like Ariel and Prince Eric did! Looking back, I now blame my state of disillusionment on my teenage hormones!
In honor of the 25th Anniversary of The Little Mermaid, Walt Disney Records has released a new version of the movie soundtrack titled Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid.
Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid takes you on a musical voyage you will never forget. This beautiful book-bound two disc collectible set features the award winning music from the film, never before released demos and working tapes from Howard Ashman and Alan Menken and more. Exclusively illustrated by the talented Lorelay Bove, WDR The Legacy Collection is a musical masterpiece every fan will enjoy.
Songs included are:
1. Fathoms Below Performed by Ship’s Chorus
2. Main Titles Score
3. Fanfare Score
4. Daughters of Triton Performed by Daughters of Triton
5. Intro Ariel Score
6. Intro Ursula Score
7. Triton Reprimands Score
8. Sebastian’s Dilemma Score
9. Part of Your World Performed by Jodi Benson
10. Fireworks Score
11. The Storm Score
12. Part of Your World (Reprise) / Ursula Plots Performed by Jodi Benson
13. Ariel in Love Score
14. Under the Sea Performed by Samuel E. Wright
15. Sebastian and Triton Score
16. Destroying the Grotto Score
17. Flotsam and Jetsam Score
18. Ursula’s Lair Score
19. Poor Unfortunate Souls Performed by Pat Carroll
20. She’s Got Legs Score
21. Sebastian Relents Score
22. On Land Score
23. Miss Manners Score
24. Les Poissons Performed by René Auberjonois
25. Crab On a Plate / Bedtime Score
26. Tour of the Kingdom Score
27. Kiss the Girl Performed by Samuel E. Wright
28. Ariel Left Behind Score
29. Poor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise) Performed by Pat Carroll
30. The Truth Score
31. Interrupting the Wedding / Ursula’s Defeat Score
32. Happy Ending Performed by the Disney Chorus
1. Fathoms Below Work Tape Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
2. Daughters of Triton Synth Demo Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
3. Part of Your World Synth Demo Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
4. Fireworks / The Gigue Score Piano Demo Performed by Alan Menken
5. The Storm Score Piano Demo Performed by Alan Menken
6. Under the Sea Synth Demo Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
7. Poor Unfortunate Souls Basic Synth Demo Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
8. Poor Unfortunate Souls Final Synth Mockup Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
9. Les Poissons Work Tape Demo Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
10. Les Poissons Synth Demo Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
11. Kiss the Girl Synth Demo B Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
12. Happy Ending Score Piano Demo Performed by Alan Menken
Our family especially enjoyed listening to disc two in the series, which contains the original musical outtakes from the movie. We had a great conversation about how musical scores are composed. I shared with Field Trip Boy and Field Trip Girl that when you first record a song it is called a cut. Typically a cut only includes one singer and one instrument. From there, the composer refines the song by adding additional instrumentation and vocal harmonies. Once the orchestra and vocalists have had a chance to practice the song together, they each go into the studio individually to record and lay down their tracks. The final outcome is a beautiful recording like the Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid.
Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken said “The Legacy Collection reorganizes the material and allows the listener to be able to draw more out of it and enjoy it on another level. Technology has improved over the decades and going back to the masters results in better representations of the material on these CDs.”
Commenting on disc two Menken adds, “I hope listeners experience some of our memories and I hope they take away, as I do, a lot of re-discoveries. The demos of some of the song moments take the listener through the process of how they were developed, understanding what the authors wanted to communicate, and ultimately leading into what the song became.”
To learn more about The Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid 2-disc set, please visit The Disney Music Emporium.
Giveaway time! Now it’s your chance to enter and win a copy of Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: The Little Mermaid for your listening enjoyment!
If it comes to SoCal Field Trips’ attention that the winner of this giveaway has won on an additional blog for this same prize, we reserve the right to choose another winner.
Enjoy the musical journey!
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Disclosure: I received the Little Mermaid Legacy Collection CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Picture copyrighted and used by permission from Walt Disney Records. Contest rules and regulations can be found in the Rafflecopter link above.