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"Just the Music"

Discussion in 'Archive' started by Dirk, Dec 14, 2002.

  1. Dirk

    Dirk Member

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    Hey there, Hi there, Ho there,

    during my visit to Disneyland Anaheim (in late November) I finally bought the two volumes of "Just the Music" - and came up with a few questions after listening to them repeatedly:


    Vol.1:
    Track 9: "What Child Is This?" - listed without any credits. From which Disney production is this song supposed to be?

    Track 11: "Hero of the Story" - by Chris Martin from 1999. Again which Disney production is this supposed to be from?

    Track 12: "A Gift to You" - by Debbie Gates and Gary Powell from 1993. Is this a song from the "Toy Story" read-a-long/sing-a-long CDs? I remember that a similar titled song was found on the "To Infinity and Beyond"-song-collection.


    Vol.2:

    Track 8: "What If Hippos Danced Ballet" - by Chris Martin and Gery Powell from 1998. Again: I've got no clue from what production this is supposed to be.

    Track 10: "I Think I'd Be Perfect For You" - by Gary Powell from 1989. Once more a track I can't connect to any Disney production.


    I'd appreciate all help.

    Overall I really love the two CDs and wish they would produce new volumes adding more of the classical Disney material, if they do so I would just hope that they leave out the chorus which ocassionally pops up on these two CDs.


    Yours
    Dirk
     
  2. will

    will Member

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    Good question.

    I saw this release too and question the song titles also. "WHAT CHILD IS THIS" is one of my favorite Christmas songs, yet I couldn't tell you what Disney feature this is from. Anyone else know the answer?
     
  3. SharonKurland

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    I'm just totally guessing on this one but could it be The Small One? That's Christmasy.

    -Sharon-
     
  4. DisneySpirit

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    The Song "A Gift For You" is from the 1993 Disney Read-A-Long Book and cassette tape called "Beauty and the Beast - One Magical Christmas" The song is sung by Paige O'Hara and is credited to Gary Powell and Debbie Gates (Lyrics) and Gary Powell (Music) Song produced by Gary Powell
     
  5. Dr. Know

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    Hi there

    I just obtained volumes 1 and 2 of Just the Music. Based on discussions in this thread and elsewhere, I was really looking forward to these cds. But I am sorely disappointed. Why did I assume that these cds would include full orchestral arrangements of the themes, rather than watered down synthesizer/small ensemble versions that in some cases sound like muzak. Ugh... maybe I can sell them on ebay....

    ???
     
  6. X-S Tech

    X-S Tech Active Member

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    I felt the same way when I first got these CD's. What I've always wanted are the instrumental portions of the songs in the film, exactly as you hear them, sans vocals. Sadly, I have never seen an album that accomplishes this. I don't have the Disney Karaoke discs but from what I've heard they come pretty close to duplicating the orchestrations in the film. Can anyone confirm this?
     
  7. Dr. Know

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    X-S, the closest thing I have to what you described is a Pocahontas "Sing-Along" cd, which contains the orchestral scoring to the songs from Pocahontas, exactly as they appear in the film, without the vocals. I thought "Just the Music" was going to be like this, but no, its a big letdown.
     
  8. Dirk

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    Hey there, Hi there, Ho there,

    while I can't say anything regarding the Karaoke-CDs (even so I might be interested in them, if they are as good as X-S Tech indicates) I may point out that there is a quiet simple reason that most "instrumental Disney"-CDs do NOT recreate the orchestral movement from the movies which you would get if you just take the vocals of the songs: it is not what a conductor / producer is looking for. Most conductors / producers who are coming up with an instrumental Disney CD (no matter wether it is an large orchestra version as done by Erich Kunzel or a small scale version as on "Just the Music", which I still enjoy very much especially because it is small scale) do want to create something new, something there own. By just copying the orchestra from the original soundtrack they can't really create anything new or their own, so they go for new arrangements, new medleys and especially their personal style ... and just from the artistical point of view they inhabit I can totally understand their wish not to copy someone else. The release of a slavish copy (or even the original orchestral tracks) therefor is something I would only expect either on a Karaoke-CD (as you indicated) or if for some strange reason their is a major market out there for this kind of release, and I don't see the later one.



    Yours
    Dirk
     
  9. X-S Tech

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    Dirk,

    Couldn't they just release the original instrumental from the film. I would assume that even when the vocals are recorded with the orhcestra present, that the two elements are recorded on seperate channels, so that mixing later is possible. This would be the ideal CD.
     
  10. Dirk

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    X-S Tech,

    I think they might have some legal problems with that ... In the thread "Make it Longer" at http://www.magicmusic.net/discuss/index.ph...ay;threadid=483 thx99 explained the legal and financial problems behind score releases if the score is recorded in the US with unionized orchestra members, which is the case for most Disney movies as far as I know.


    Yours
    Dirk
     

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