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Mouse Tracks mea culpas

Discussion in 'Archive' started by Greg Ehrbar, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. Greg Ehrbar

    Greg Ehrbar Member

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    Tim and I were fortunately enough to have someone who posts on this site, Joseph, take the time to comb through MOUSE TRACKS to make sure of its total accuracy. We sincerely appreciate Joseph's care and attention to our humble little book.

    These are the items he discovered:

    1) p. 11 "Green Grow the Lilacs" as recorded by Fess Parker was released on Columbia Records in 1955, not on Disneyland Records.

    2) p. 23 Decca may have passed on the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack album in 1951, but RCA released an album on 78rpm and 45rpm that year, which used many of the same actors who appeared in the film, so technically this would be a "studio cast" album.

    3) p.23 The "Alice in Wonderland" album by Tutti Camarata was released in 1957, not 1956.

    4) p.23 "Walt Disney Takes You to Disneyland: A Musical Tour of the Magic Kingdom" not "...A Musical Tour of Disneyland".

    5) p. 29 "We're the Mouseketeers", which was released in 1957, was not the last Mickey Mouse Club album to feature music from the MMC show. It was actually "Songs from Annette and other Walt Disney Serials" which was released in 1958. It contained music and songs from the various serials shown on the Mickey Mouse Club show.

    6) p.34 "Little Gems from Big Shows" was released in 1958, not 1957.

    7) p.35 The "Old Yeller" Mickey Mouse Club EP, recorded by Jerome Courtland and Kevin Corcoran, was released in 1957 when the film was released, not one year later.

    8 p.44 "From All of Us to All of You" was released Christmas 1957, not 1958.

    9) p. 46 The film "White Christmas" was released in 1954, not 1952.

    10) p.47 Annette's first album "Annette" was released on Buena Vista Records in the spring of 1959. It was not released on Disneyland Records in 1958 and reissued.

    11) p. 97 The "Pirates of the Carribean" Storyteller album was released in 1968, after the ride opened, not in 1966, before it opened. The numbering sequence seems to indicate it was released in 1966, but it must have been held back and released later. The copyright dates say 1968 and the booklet actually has photos of inside the ride, also showing patrons riding through on the boats.

    12) p. 108 "The Vulture Song" and "Watcha Gonna Do" were released on a Buena Vista single, not a Disneyland single.

    13) p. 116 "Jungle Book II" was released direct to video, it was not released in theaters.

    14) p. 121 Bill Lee is the voice of a British gentleman in a top hat in the Haunted Mansion, not the king. The king is on a teeter totter with the queen and has no audio.

    15) p. 134 Pat Boone recorded "The Sounds of Christmas"
    on a Buena Vista single in 1973. I don't believe it was released on an outside label as well, but I don't know this for certain.

    16) p. 191 The box set was titled "The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song", not "...A Legend in Song".

    These items will be addressed if a second edition of MOUSE TRACKS is planned. And if it is, I would also like to add these two important items:

    ? Clarence Nash was the sole official voice of Donald Duck until his passing in 1985. If he was unavailable or overlooked for a project, other performers may have filled in on a per-project basis, but were never considered Nash's "replacements." Tony Anselmo is now the official voice.

    ? In the last section of MOUSE TRACKS, we would have liked to more fully and accurately recognized A&R/producer/executive producer and occasional songwriter, Jay Landers, for his major contributions to the contemporary successes of Walt Disney Records, with record sales estimated at 35 million total.

    Writing nonfiction can be tricky stuff!
     
  2. merlinjones

    merlinjones Member

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    It's a great book. If you do a second edition, there are a few other things I'd love to hear about:

    Some background on the wonderful "Saludos Amigos" instrumental LP - - on the basis of the liner notes, it has a very interesting and different pedigree. Must be a good story there.

    Also, I'd love to hear more about the recording of "The Monkey's Uncle" and The Beach Boys involvement - - did Brian Wilson arrange the song as well? It's so good.
     

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