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Disney Orchestra Collection [Import]

Discussion in 'Disney Recordings' started by SorcererCliff, Aug 20, 2002.

  1. SorcererCliff

    SorcererCliff New Member

    Aug 20, 2002
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    Disney Orchestra [Import] Question

    Hello all,

    As an avid off-and-on again collector of Disney music for many years, I was wondering if any of you could help me with a question. After finding the "Disney on Classics 100th Anniversary" Import CD at the Virgin Megastore, I have renewed my search for Instrumental Disney CDs. I have come across a trio of CDs, which I am considering for purchase. They are:

    Disney Orchestra Collection, Vol. 1-3

    They are imported from Tokyo, circa 2000. After an extensive search online, both here and elsewhere, I have come across few details about them, except that they exist. Has anyone listened to these CDs? What do they sound like? What are the track listings? Are they similar to "Disney on Classics," "Color, Rhythm, & Magic," "Instrumental Impressions," or perhaps even the ever elusive DL Gallery or Club 33 music from DL Forever? If this was posted when they came out, I apologize; I couldn't get that far back in the archives. Thank you for any assistance you can provide!


  2. hfink

    hfink Member

    Mar 15, 2002
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    Re:Disney Orchestra [Import] Question

    First, the details:

    Disney's Orchestra Collection Vol. 1
    Released 9/20/2000

    1. A Whole New World - Aladdin
    2. It's Not Easy - Pete's Dragon
    3. Once Upon a Dream - Sleeping Beauty
    4. Love Is a Song - Bambi
    5. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Song of the South
    6. Alice in Wonderland - Alice in Wonderland
    7. It's a Small World
    8. Heigh-Ho - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    9. Give a Little Whistle - Pinocchio
    10. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? - Three Little Pigs
    11. So This Is Love - Cinderella
    12. Just Around the Riverbend - Pocahontas
    13. Bella Notte - Lady and the Tramp
    14. Be our Guest - Beauty and the Beast
    15. A Spoonful of Sugar - Mary Poppins
    16. With a Smile and a Song - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    17. God Help the Outcasts - The Bells of Notre Dame
    18. The Second Star to the Right - Peter Pan

    Disney's Orchestra Collection Vol. 2
    Released 9/20/2000

    1. Mickey Mouse Club March
    2. Part of Your World - The Little Mermaid
    3. Dumbo Theme ~ Baby Mine - Dumbo
    4. Chim Chim Cher-ee - Mary Poppins
    5. Cruella De Vil - 101 Dalmatians
    6. The Unbirthday Song - Alice in Wonderland
    7. Can You Feel the Love Tonight - The Lion King
    8. Someone's Waiting for You - The Rescuers
    9. Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee - Pinocchio
    10. Beauty and the Beast - Beauty and the Beast
    11. Main Street Electrical Parade
    12. You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! - Peter Pan
    13. Little April Shower - Bambi
    14. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes - Cinderella
    15. Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) - Mary Poppins
    16. La La Lu - Lady and the Tramp
    17. Some Day My Prince Will Come - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    18. Go the Distance - Hercules

    Disney's Orchestra Collection Vol. 2
    Released 9/20/2000

    1. Someday - The Bells of Notre Dame
    2. The Circle of Life - The Lion King
    3. Winnie the Pooh - Winnie the Pooh
    4. Minnie's Yoo Hoo!
    5. Whistle While You Work - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    6. Candle on the Water - Pete's Dragon
    7. My Own Home - The Jungle Book
    8. Love - Robin Hood
    9. Casey Junior - Dumbo
    10. Under the Sea - The Little Mermaid
    11. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song) - Cinderella
    12. Following the Leader - Peter Pan
    13. All in the Golden Afternoon - Alice in Wonderland
    14. Saludos Amigos - Saludos Amigos
    15. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Mary Poppins
    16. Colors of the Wind - Pocahontas
    17. Ave Maria, Op. 52 D.839 - Fantasia
    18. When You Wish Upon a Star - Pinocchio

    I find the CDs very refreshing to listen to. As Bill pointed out, these are not just the instrumental tracks of our favorite songs sans vocals. Each one is has its own special arrangement. The styles vary from Jazz (With a Smile and a Song) to pop (Beauty and the Beast) to orchestral (A Spoonful of Sugar), but none have the feeling of a really "full" orchestra. Many of the tracks do contain synthesized instruments.

    However, I think these are unique selections (in a good way). For example, I'm not a big fan of Little April Shower as it appears in Bambi, but I love the version here. Among my other favorites in this set are Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Mickey Mouse Club March, and Casey Junior (which deserves playing over and over again).

    Henry Fink
  3. SorcererCliff

    SorcererCliff New Member

    Aug 20, 2002
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    Hello all,

    I want to thank Bill and Henry Fink for their insightful posts. I think the set sounds like it is worth a listen. It seems to lie in a vein with Naxos' Heigh-Ho Mozart and such. I agree that sometimes the Japanese CD's can be hit or miss. If only I could more easily acquire them by going to Tokyo!

    I do have one other question. Bill, when did you acquire "Disney Strings Fantasy?" I wonder if it is still in print. Being a former cello player myself, it sounds like an interesting rendition.

    Again, thanks to all for helping me with my questions!

  4. chris

    chris Member

    Apr 21, 2002
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    Just wanted to chime in and say that I, too, enjoy these Orchestra recordings. I own two of them and they are really beautiful, especially tracks like "It's Not Easy", "God Help the Outcasts", "Once Upon a Dream", and "Chim Chim Cheree". They are certainly worth tracking down. Wish they were released here in the States. I know that they would be enjoyed by many.

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