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The Lion King: The Legacy Collection [Soundtrack]

Elton John , Tim Rice , Hans Zimmer Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Circle of Life/Nants' Ingonyama
2. Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Play With Your Food Score
3. We Are All Connected Score
4. Hyenas in the Pride Land Score
5. I Just Can't Wait to Be King
6. Elephant Graveyard Score
7. I Was Just Trying to Be Brave Score
8. Be Prepared
9. Simba, It's to Die For Score
10. Stampede Score
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Morning Report
2. Warthog Rhapsody
3. We Are All Connected Score Demo
4. I Was Just Trying to Be Brave Score Demo
5. Stampede Score Demo
6. Mufasa Dies Score Demo
7. This Is My Home Score Demo
8. The Rightful King Score Demo
9. Circle of Life Instrumental Demo
10. Circle of Life
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Walt Disney Records' newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, will celebrate the anniversaries of Disney's most cherished and classic properties that have been enchanting audiences for generations. Through 2015, Walt Disney Records will celebrate 12 anniversaries including 'Pinocchio' (75th), 'Fantasia' (75th), 'Cinderella' (65th), 'Lady and the Tramp' (60th), 'Sleeping Beauty' (55th), 'Mary Poppins' (50th), 'The Lion King' (20th) and 'Toy Story' (20th), among others.

To honor these musical landmarks, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection will feature the beloved original soundtracks, plus valuable documentary content that tells the story behind the music. Each album will feature newly created artwork from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios ('Tangled,' 'Winnie the Pooh,' 'Wreck-It Ralph'). The illustrations, inspired by the original properties, will celebrate Disney's rich heritage and create a unified look for the entire collection.

The first release in the series is The Lion King, a two-disc set bound in high quality packaging featuring the original motion picture soundtrack, 30 minutes of previously unreleased score, plus liner notes by Don Hahn (producer) and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Lion King Soundtrack June 24, 2014
By XZero
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In 1994, The Lion King served as one of Disney's crowning achievements. Based on Shakespeare's Hamlet and some Bible stories, the movie enjoys a degree of timelessness perfectly capturing the spirit of the late-1980s and early-1990s Disney animated musical era films.

One of the key aspects of the movie was its soundtrack. Instant hits like Can You Feel the Love Tonight, I Just Can't Wait to Be King, and Hakuna Matata became touchstones of Disney's music library practically overnight. However, it was Hans Zimmer's score that gave the film its direction when the singing stopped and the drama and comedy emerged. The sweeping, memorable orchestral music incorporates necessary musical stylings to capture the African safari feeling while simultaneously giving the grandiose qualities attendant to the story of a king. The tragedy of the original release is that a great amount of music from the score has heretofore remained unavailable. Until now.

This is the definitive collection of music. The quality is outstanding, and listening to the soundtrack in all its glory, a listener can hear certain instruments that got muted or muffled when the music volume was balanced against the sound effects and voiceover in the film. Hans Zimmer is a modern day master of film scores, and this music is a shining example of his use of themes and musical styles to effectively communicate to the listener what is going on in the movie. To the best of my knowledge, this is the complete soundtrack to the movie. All of the tracks are in the correct order, including placing the vocal tracks at their proper place with reference to the score pieces.

Additional musical features are a few extra songs and demo tracks, essentially early recordings of some of the film's music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The FULL Lion King Experience! June 24, 2014
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This may sound corny, but the Lion King is, has always been, and most likely always will be my all-time favorite movie! It was one of the very first movies I remember seeing in a movie theater (I was only 5 years old at the time), and I've gone to every single theater re-release of it. I've had many people ask me what it is about this movie that I love so much... And I've had several different answers over the years, particularly as I've grown and my tastes have changed.

But since the beginning, the one thing about this movie that has never changed for me is the music. From the opening scene to Hakuna Matata to seeing Simba take his place on Pride Rock. As in most things, this movie simply wouldn't be what it has become without its unforgettable music. And now as the ultimate Lion King fan, I finally have in my possession the ultimate Lion King music experience! I thought I knew all the music and that I wouldn't be surprised by what I heard in this collection-- But I was very wrong! Honestly, it's like experiencing the movie in a whole new way! There are so many little tunes & sounds in the background that even I, who has seen the movie hundreds of times, didn't even realize were there! (It probably didn't help that even some of the originally released music is slightly different from the actual movie versions.)

So basically, if you LOVE the Lion King and you LOVE the music, buy this collection. I promise, you will not be disappointed!!

UPDATE: Now that I've listened to it several times over, I can give a specific example that I found of sounds in the background that are lost in the movie. In the scene when Simba, Nala, & Zazu are walking to the "watering hole" (technically, Elephant Graveyard, unbeknownst to Zazu), when Zazu brings up the "betrothal" issue, there's a subtle variation of Can You Feel the Love Tonight that plays for a few seconds! (I never knew that was there, because it's lost behind the dialogue.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must own July 5, 2014
This is the soundtrack that movie music fans have been waiting for - no more two minutes of score and 40 minutes of covers of bad pop songs but the next no-name Disney "singer" girl/boy who will be nobody again a year from now. This album is non-stop orchestral background music from start to finish - with the normal movie songs included. Disc 1 is especially fantastic. Disc two has more of the vocal tracks. Some great information in the very nice booklet that holds the discs, as well. If you are a fan of Disney music, the Lion King, or soundtracks in general you MUST purchase this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's best just got even better. July 1, 2014
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To start off, I have been a fervent fan of the movie ever since it's theatrical release in 1994, 20 years ago. It's Disneys highest grossing hand drawn animated feature film for good reason. It's now cliche to call it over-rated but I will politely disagree with you. From the opening song, to the most pivotal scene to Simba's ascension to throne this is Disney's most human-like movie in spite of the stars being lions and other animals.

The fantastic soundtrack by Tim Rice, Elton John, and Hans-Zimmer just got better. The sound quality is exceptional. the new parts to Hans-Zimmer's score fit and it's a real pleasure to listen to.

My main disappointments are that the song "the lion in the moon", a tender lullaby sung by Sarabi to young Simba is absent. I have been searching for this song for well over a decade but now i'm starting to think it never went past the planning stages.

Another disappointment is that "he lives in you" which was originally made for the movie, and put into Simba's Pride, is absent.

I can only hope that The Lion Guard has a soundtrack half as good as this one. For many in my generation The Lion King was THE animated movie. This soundtrack has surprises for those who even have seen the movie a few hundred times and that is no easy feat.

Here's to another 20 years for the reign of king Simba!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars great graphics, wrong music mixes.
great packaging, but new sound mixes. Not the original version has heared in the film. What a pity.
Published 16 hours ago by ivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was I expecting!
This CD is great and better than what I was expecting. The shipment was fast which is nice since you can't find this in stores!
Published 3 days ago by Enrique A Mattison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy, Nice Delivery, Awesome Music
I am a big fan of the lion king and when I first saw this soundtrack, I knew I had to get one. I looked at other sites for it, amazon had the best price based on what I searched. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Michael David Lewallen
5.0 out of 5 stars so He was waiting something like this, great sound
My son, is a tremendous fan of the lion King, so He was waiting something like this, great sound, great music, even the album cover ...magnificent.
Published 5 days ago by Oliver Hernandez Cardona
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10!

I am a Lion King FANATIC and it was everything I expected it to be!

It came with minimal packaging to ensure no damage was caused and arrived on... Read more
Published 6 days ago by drefrancis
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound quality is just awesome! I love hearing the voices of the...
WOW! The sound quality is just awesome! I love hearing the voices of the actors of the movie blended with the play! Face it, I'm a Lion King Fan!. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Janell
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome music
I love the music from this movie. It really cool to see concept art and music. Some I like better then the final Read more
Published 14 days ago by SpeedingCheetah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 24 days ago by buddhaforwicked
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 26 days ago by Juan M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
The Lion King was the first movie I'd seen in theatres and I remember having the cassette soundtrack on me at all times as a kid. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Ali B.
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