- Audio CD (August 21, 2001)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Kid Rhino
- ASIN: B00005N836
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
That's All Folks! Cartoon Songs from Merrie Melodies & Looney Tunes
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The two Stalling discs are wonderful in their way, but I have always suspected that a great many people buy them attracted to the cover art and concept but then are rather bored listening to, say, Road Runner cartoon scores which, without the picture, are in essence rather abstract bits of this and that, and excerpts from the soundtracks of cartoons only diehard buffs have even heard of. These CDs strike me as best aimed at people who combine being Looney Tunes fanatics and trained musicians, and that's a small bunch.
One always wished there were a CD with the Looney Tune music that the layman fan remembered. The BUGS BUNNY ON BROADWAY CD takes care of much of this, which left a particular gap: a CD with music from cartoons not exactly blockbuster common coin, but still enjoyable to the ordinary listener. That is not this CD.
As for the shorter excerpts, there are many gems. I dare anyone not to grin listening to Red Riding Hood's "The Five O'Clock Whistle", for instance, and there are many similar moments. But the first reviewer is right -- there is too much key stuff missing. No disc could satisfy everybody; everyone would wish something were there that they cherish. But the people putting this one together could have come closer to the mark for everyone by trimming the great many clips from, again, cartoons no one has heard of beyond the hardcore fans who patronize the Looney Tunes websites, etc.Read more ›
My only complaints would be the fact that not enough Harman-Ising era cartoons are included, and the songs are put together on long, themed tracks, rather than as individual tracks that are easily navigable. There is also a lot more they could have included, and I hope more volumes of this are planned, it would be a sin to stop here.
The songs that this collection contains are wonderful, but you may be disappointed when you find that your favorite tune is not here. Each of the two disks is under 60 minutes long. Since CDs can hold 80 minutes of music, why not add more stuff? Some songs that should have been here, aren't...
The other negative aspect of this set is the overall sound quality. If you were expecting the surprisingly good sound of the Carl Stalling Project disks, you may want to listen to this one before you buy. It sounds like the tunes were lifted from prints of the films themselves (which they probably were). Since most hard-core collectors already have Hi-Fi video or laserdisk copies of these films in their collections, there is nothing here you haven't heard before.
There, now that the negative aspects are out of the way, let's look at what this set has going for it. First of all, the 100-page book is a trove of information. In addition to information on the WB composers and voice artists, composer credits for each song are given. This is something that has been long overdue. It's great to be able to learn exactly what Bugs was singing and who wrote it!
The compilers have included the complete soundtracks to six cartoons, including the classic "Three Little Bops". This is an often overlooked cartoon due to the fact that it doesn't feature any of the regular WB characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Entertaining collection with thorough notes on history of these amazingly creative and well produced
scores for cartoons. Read more
Some reviewers have complained about the sound quality of this splendid collection, but I am unable to figure out why. True, it's the original soundtracks, not remastered, etc. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Martinus Scriblerus
If you're interested in animation history, music or animation music history. I think you'll enjoy this collection. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Brian Diskin
classic bugs and co music from the movies, for young and old alike.bit pricey but its worth the money, quite a unique gift.Published on January 8, 2007 by Mr. Joseph Smith
This is a collection of songs from Warner Brothers cartoons. The CDs include six complete soundtracks (music, dialogue, sound effects and all), plus six "medleys" of songs from... Read morePublished on July 15, 2006 by Johnny Heering
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