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Discussion in 'Archive' started by Greg Ehrbar, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Greg Ehrbar

    Greg Ehrbar Member

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    I really liked Disney's Princess Christmas Album.

    Whether you're into princesses or not, how can you go wrong with outstanding holiday music sung by some of today's greatest voices, including Paige O'Hara, Jodi Benson, Judy Kuhn and Lea Salonga?

    The selection of songs is fresh, with familiar songs that haven't been done to death on other Christmas albums, like "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "The Christmas Waltz," and "Christmas Island," plus a wealth of original songs like "I'm Giving Love for Christmas."

    Each princess gets her time in the spotlight, i.e. Snow White twitters along with comments from the Dwarfs, Cinderella is joined by the mouse chorus, etc. and the orchestrations are lavish and pure Disney, much like the great Disney albums of the past 50 years.

    Among the talents behind the album are songwriters Don Grady and Marty Panzer, who really deliver something special here -- not a mere piece of merchandise to tag onto a billion dollar franchise, but something really inspired. Grady in particular has a long connection with Disney, first as a Mouseketeer and then as Disney favorite Fred MacMurray's son Robbie on the long-running comedy series, "My Three Sons." Grady has been making great music for Disney on countless videos, games and, most recently, on the Fox and the Hound II website.

    My favorite selection on the album is Pocahontas's towering version of "Silver and Gold," with lyrics slightly altered for her character. Judy Kuhn's interpretation added a dimension to this already-great song that I'd never imagined before.

    When a lot of budget, a large orchestra, and loving care is put into a classic-style project like this, it's important for it to do well so others like it can have a chance too.

    Here's the amazon link:
    ttp://www.amazon.com/Disneys-Princess-Christmas-Album-Disney/dp/B000B8I8T6/sr=8-1/qid=1166673629/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-9966363-1984866?ie=UTF8&s=music

    You can also download it from iTunes.
     
  2. SpectroPluto

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    I bought this album last year and fell in love (I left a review back then also)... I THINK, though, that Belle is voiced by Susan Egan, and not Paige O'Hara... though I could be wrong!

    Enjoy the disc! My personal fav is "Holly and the Ivy" by Lea Salonga!

    *T
     
  3. almandot

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    I'm just wondering what on earth happened with the prince/princess voices in Dream Along With Mickey. They sound horrible and yet in the shows that they took the music from in Tokyo, the voices sounded great. Peter Pan has really gotten good though, and can be heard in that as well as the parade.

    I may go get this album. ha Wayne Brady sings with Ariel? done.
     
  4. SpectroPluto

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    with Dream Along with Mickey, there are certain disney approved voices that MUST be used for recordings (like Hook, Smee, Maleficent) while Disney will let local talent cover more "non-descript" voices like Cinderella and Aurora.
    As for Pan, TRUST ME when I say that the voices for parade and show are two totally different people. I LOVE the show voice while the parade one sounds a little too adolescent to me.
    Bill- I love that you pointed out Judy Kuhn's slight lisp. LOL! But she does have a beautiful instrument!

    Happy Holidays everyone!

    *T
     
  5. almandot

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    Parade and Show pan sound the same to me. They sound vastly different from how he did back when they recorded SDCT and Wishes and I thought it was a different person from that but after listening to Dream Along enough and comparing it I think it's the same guy but he's gotten better.
     

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