More than four years ago, Disney Music Group closed the doors of its country music label, Lyric Street Records. Despite its size, it represented some of the largest acts in country music including SHeDAISY and — most notably — Rascal Flatts. While Disney attempted to shift most of its acts to other music divisions, the most successful of the lot took the news by leaving Disney altogether.
After introducing several older (and current) theme park-only albums to the digital download sector this year, Walt Disney Music continues the trend with the soundtracks to two of the Disneyland Resort’s traditions — ‘Haunted Mansion Holiday‘ and ‘“it’s a small world” Holiday.’ Both soundtracks will be available beginning September 10, 2013 and are currently listed on Amazon.
Initially released in 2003, ‘Haunted Mansion Holiday‘ features the vocal talents of Corey Burton. Jack Skellington of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas fame, who temporarily takes up residence in the parks’ classic Haunted Mansion attraction, pays tribute to several classic Christmas carols with a nightmarish twist. The album also features a recorded ride-through of the holiday overlay.
Featuring music from and inspired by The Little Mermaid, the album will also feature two additional covers by contemporary recording artists Carly Rae Jepsen and American Idol semi-finalist, Felicia Barton. Jepsen, whose video will also be featured on the Blu-ray bonus features, has covered ‘Part Of Your World’ which has just been released as a single via both iTunes and Amazon. Barton, meanwhile, will tackle ‘Kiss the Girl’ in a track titled ‘The Real Thing.’
Australian video remix artist Nick Bertke (aka Pogo) has just released his latest Disney collaboration, ‘What I Likes’ featuring audio and video from the Walt Disney classic, Mary Poppins, featuring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. You can find the video embedded below.
‘What I Likes’ comes as Mary Poppins is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary and as Disney is preparing to release a film based on the actual events that lead to its production, Saving Mr. Banks in which Walt Disney attempts to court author P.L. Travers in his quest to turn her stories into a film.
Ahead of any official announcement and without many details, Amazon.com has begun listing the official original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks for a release date of December 10. The film is slated to open in limited release beginning December 13 with a wide release, a week later on December 20. Composed by Thomas Newman, the Saving Mr. Banks soundtrack, deluxe edition, consists of two CDs and is now available for pre-order.
Amazon.com has updated its listing for the original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s Planes, available to own on August 6, 2013, just ahead of the theatrical release of the film on August 9.
With a whopping 29 tracks, most of the music is the instrumental score as composed by Mark Mancina, but also features some original songs by the likes of Mark Holman, Chris Classic with Alana D, Jon Stevens as well as songs from film co-stars Carlos Alazraqui (El Chupacabra) and Dave Wittenberg.
The track listing is as follows:
In conjunction with the Blu-ray release of The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition, available to own on August 13, 2013, Amazon.com is now advertising that Walt Disney Records will also be re-issuing the Muppet Movie soundtrack as well. No further details in way of track list or description have yet to be made available so whether it’s a straight release or a special edition remains to be seen.
From the very first ‘plunk!’ of Kermit’s banjo playing ‘The Rainbow Connection’ (Oscar nominee, Best Original Song, 1979), to the hysterical road trip that brings our fearless frog together with Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal and most importantly of all, Miss Piggy, join the jam-packed heartwarming hilarity, outrageous antics and big-shot Hollywood cameos.
On June 4, Walt Disney Records will digitally release The Circle Sessions (Piano Performances from Carthay Circle), a new soundtrack that highlights some of the music that can be found at the Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure in the Disneyland Resort.
This is the second title from the popular restaurant whose background music consists of Disney favorites with styles that transition seamlessly as diners move between seating areas. The first title, The Circle Sessions (The Music of Carthay Circle) was released online last year after being available in the park.
Amazon.com has listed begun listing the track list for the soundtrack to Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University.
Primarily featuring the music of composer Randy Newman, the soundtrack also features an appearance by Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia. It will be available to own on June 18, 2013 and is now available for pre-order.
The track list is as follows:
1. Main Title
2. Young Michael
3. First Day at MU
4. Dean Hardscrabble
6. Scare Pig
7. Wasted Potential
8. Oozma Kappa
9. Stinging Glow Urchin
10. Field Trip
11. Rise and Shine
12. The Library
13. Roar (Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia)
14. The Scare Games
15. Did You Do This?
16. Human World
17. The Big Scare
19. Mike and Sulley
20. Monsters University
Today, via an Amazon.com listing, we have learned that ‘Roar’ will be getting its own digital EP which will feature remixes by MC Yogi and Style of Eye.
The ‘Roar’ track along with its remixes will be available for digital download on June 4 according to the listing, while the film’s soundtrack will be available June 18, just a few days prior to the film’s theatrical release on June 21.