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Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films

Steve WeisbergAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hi Diddle Dee Dee (An Actor's Life For Me)/Little April Shower... - Ken Nordine, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Natalie
2. Baby Mine - Bonnie Raitt & Was (Not Was)
3. Heigh Ho (The Dwarfs Marching Song) - Tom Waits
4. Stay Awake/Little Wooden Head/Blue Shadows... - Suzanne Vega, Bill Firsell, Wayne Horvitz
5. Castle In Spain/I Wonder - Buster Poindexter & The Banchees Of Blue , YMA Sum
6. Mickey Mouse March - Aaron Neville
7. Feed The Birds/Whistle While You Work/I'm Wishing... - Garth Hudson, NRBQ, Betty Carter, The Replacements
8. Someday My Prince Will Come - Sinead O'Connor
9. Pink Elephants On Parade/Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Harry Nilsson
10. Second Star To The Right - James Taylor
11. Desolation Theme/When You Wish Upon A Star - Ken Nordine, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Ringo St

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Interpretations of Disney Tunes January 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There's a lot more in the music of Disney films than one--than _I_--thought, and the musicians here do a fine job of making it clear, giving you a different point of view but always with respect for the music. You can tell that in Tom Waits's vision, the dwarfs sweat, belong to the UMW, and head out for a beer after a day at the mines. Buster Poindexter's utterly over-the-top "Castles in Spain" is as much fun to listen to as it clearly was for him to sing. "Feed the Birds" is heartbreakingly beautiful, as is Bonnie Raitt's "Baby Mine." Ken Nordine's soundscapes set the mood at the beginning and especially near the end. Disney film music is not just for kids, and this CD proves it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mouse never roared like this ... January 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Disney Music can sometimes seem a little too ... well ... Disney. Neat, catchy little tunes sung by voices that you just KNOW have never seen a zit in their lives. Subject matter that is trite at best, portraying characters so cute that they're almost embarrassing.
Embarrassing, because even at thirty years old, you still whistle Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah from "Song of the South" when you're happy.
Don't you?
Fear not, closet Disney-phile. This album takes all those songs from your favorite movies, and gives them an adult twist. This album will serve a two-fold purpose. First, you can get your fix of Disney anytime your middleaged-child heart desires. But most importantly, if you get "caught" by your friends, you can pass it off as serious music.
Whether a mere fresh coat of paint (as with "I Wanna Be Like You" from Jungle Book) to a slight sarcastic tone on old favorites (Sinead O'Conner singing "Someday My Prince Will Come" -- 'nuff said there!), to downright spooky versions of bettime songs (Suzanne Vega's acapella version of "Stay Awake"), to absolutely twisted rehashes of formerly tired standby's (Tom Waite rebuilds "Heigh Ho" in his own graven image), this album is a fantastic work. It not only transforms these scores into wonderful new pieces of art, but it also remains true to the basic spirit of Disney. Perhaps it is irreverent in places. Yes, it may even poke a little fun at our favorite childhood icon. But it is still a respectful tribute to the original artists who put these tunes in our heads in the first place.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I found that listening to this work end to end is going to put you in some peculiar moods. The overall feeling is definitely downbeat, even the up-tempo songs have a decidedly ironic and dark bent. My favorite song in this album has to be the exceptionally soulful rendering of "Baby Mine" by Bonnie Raitt; it turns the sentimental mother-child ballad into something more on the romantic side. I have often slow-danced this one with the wife, and you can really feel a hot intensity under the surface of this number. James Taylor's "Second Star To The Right" is exceptionally wistful in his trademark style. Sun Ra's cover of "Pink Elephants" remains true to the original while retaining the peculiar spacy Sun-Ra vibe. One of the more "accessible" Sun-Ra performances I've ever heard.

Tom Waits and Ken Nordine are commanding presences as well. The Tom Waits version of "Hi-Ho" made my wife's imagination conjure nightmare images of murderous doings in Gacy's basement; it creeps her out so badly, she refuses to hear one note of it. I prefer to imagine the dwarves in manic, Fred C. Dobbs-like pursuit of their underground treasure, working too fast in a mine full of hazards and fearsome environments... with a workplace like that, it's no wonder they'd really appreciate a Snow White coming into their lives. Perfect music if you are on your way to a job you hate...

I agree the Sinead O'Connor piece (Someday My Prince Will Come) and Suzanne Vega "Stay Awake" tracks are here mostly for their postmodern ironic effect, and I find them hard to listen to with patience. In Sinead's case, the shock value of her performance of this particular song choice gets dulled over time as people forget who she is and why her singing this is supposed to be funny.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worldwide appreciation October 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well... it's not that easy to add something significant to the other reviews as I share very similar feelings with all people loving this album. I found this vinyl, earmarked as "second choice", in a clearance shop in the periphery of Rome, Italy in spring 1990, paying some $3 for it (!!!), and since then it became one of my favourite albums. Were it not worth listening for the superb renditions of Susanne Vega or Sinéad O'Connor, it is just amazing to hear Michael Stipe doing backing vocals in "Little April Shower" or discover Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz performing in the opening medley and two more tracks. Were it only one reason to own this album, it would be the Tom Waits track, that with the parallel Brecht version in "Lost in the stars" (the 1985 album dedicated to Kurt Weill) are absolutely necessary to be able to own the complete Tom Waits hell collection. Last but not least, it's the eclectic producer Hal Willner that has to be credited for this incredible, everlasting music that unveils the very nature of disney world. It's very good news that this album is available in cd, I would have never believed. Quality wins at the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a classic & a must-have for the young-at-heart.
Published 2 months ago by Auntie M
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it.
Eclectic. Excellent.
Published 2 months ago by david h. farwell
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite...
I used to own a cassette of this collection over twenty years ago and well, you probably know what happened to it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Though Dreams Do Come True…
Dreams are a fundamental theme throughout the history of music, and have become a staple in modern song. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beatlenik
4.0 out of 5 stars Found this hard to find CD at Amazon. Fun interpretations of Disney...
You will recognize many tunes on this CD as well as the artist. These are more mature versions of songs originally intended for children's enjoyment. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Haberbush
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
The song by Bonnie Raitte, "Baby Mine", is the best. And other songs are hauntingly beautiful as well. I recommend this album to any Disney fan.
Published 12 months ago by jrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten masterpiece.
We had this album on a cassette and it was a family favorite on trips. Just remembered it and it is so much fun to hear great performers play the classic Disney tunes. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark Inman
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic compilation
This delightful compilation stands up to the tests of time. Willner puts together an amazing group of artists that come up with classicly original versions of these tunes
Published 15 months ago by Seth Kaplan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of artists
I had this on cassette when it first came out. I liked it then, when it felt like I was always discovering a new song or hearing it in a new way on each play thru. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD but the Wrong MP3s!
I had this album when it first came out and then lost it somewhere between moving from my bachelor pad to my marriage house. Read more
Published 16 months ago by C. Romeo
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