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The Lion King: Special Edition [Enhanced, Soundtrack, Special Edition]

Hans Zimmer , Various Artists Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: Hans Zimmer, Various Artists
  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack, Special Edition
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B0000CABJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Circle Of Life - Carmen Twillie
2. I Just Can't Wait To Be King - Rowan Atkinson
3. Be Prepared - Cheech Marin
4. Hakuna Matata - Ernie Sabella
5. Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Ernie Sabella
6. The Morning Report - Jef Bennett
7. This Land - Hans Zimmer
8. To Die For - Hans Zimmer
9. Under The Stars (Instrumental) - Hans Zimmer
10. King Of Pride Rock - Hans Zimmer
11. Circle Of Life - Elton John
12. I Just Can't Wait To Be King - Elton John
13. Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
14. Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Remix) - Elton John

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This is a Hyper CD which contains which contains regular audio tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.Principally recorded at Media Ventures and Ocean Way Studios Los Angeles California; Townhouse Studio London England; BPO Studios Mmabatho South Africa.All songs written by Tim Rice and Elton John. Instrumental score written by Hans Zimmer.'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance; 'Circle Of Life' won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals; and THE LION KING won the Grammy for Best Musical Album For Children. 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' and 'Circle Of Life' were also both nominated for Song Of The Year and Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or Television; and the album's instrumental tracks were nominated for Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television.The heady influence of Paul Simon Peter Gabriel

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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Special? I think not, good .. yes. February 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
As an owner of the Special Edition Lion King DVD, I was at first quite curious to see that there was a Special Edition Lion King CD as well as I couldn't imagine what they would have put on here to make it "Special". But besides a fancy package and the inclusion of the over hyped, but still catchy, "Morning Report" song that is found within said special edition DVD there is really very little to make this a 'Special Edition' CD. Yes they have a remix of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" by the writer of the song and famous musician Elton John, Which isn't bad, but still is this enough to warrant a whole new CD that has exactly what the original soundtrack has on it besides? I would have to say both yes and no.

A yes, if you never bought the original soundtrack and just got into the music and movie with the re-release of the DVD. It's a great buy as you get the new song you will have heard in the DVD of the movie that goes with this, as well as all the original iconic soundtrack songs.

A no, if you like millions of people own the original soundtrack and aren't that crazy about a very short song of the "Morning Report" and can't get all excited about a CD having 3 versions of the same exact song on it, just slightly differing.

It still is a great overall soundtrack though. It has "Circle of Life", "I Can't Wait to Be King" "Hakuna Matata" and all the other songs you will remember from the movie. It has the instrumentals and the Elton John versions of the main songs from the movie. The only special thing though is the addition of two songs and one of them being short and not that fulfilling.

So the choice is yours. If you already own this it isn't worth buying again.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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My father bought me the initial edition of this soundtrack when I was an 8-year-old pupil, and I was attracted by it, then I listened to it before I went to bed every night. After The Lion King's platinum edition series have been published, I bought the DVD, and also collected this special edition soundtrack. In fact, the songs in this special edition soundtrack are not very different from the ones in the initial, except the new song "The Morning Report". But I think this special edition soundtrack is really collectable to Lion King fans.

Actually, till today, I can't say which song is the theme song of this movie, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" or "Circle of Life"? They're both so good and very famous, they have wonderful melody and excellent backgroud music. "Circle of Life" has faithful and beautiful lyric that tell us the endlessness and strength of life. "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" has romantic lyric, and the romantic atmosphere often attract our attention and will always be remembered by everyone. When I was young, the song "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" was the most impressive and attractive to me. Maybe it was because that I was at the age of Simba and had the emotions and thoughts that Simba had. Besides, the tune and vocals of this song are great and funny. "Be Prepare" is a good song too, it expressed the absolute careerism of Scar, the rhythm and musical instruments that used are good and suitable. "Hakuna Matata" is a very humorous and comical song, it makes me feels that leading a problem-free life is wonderful. The new song "The Morning Report" is funny, but I think Simba's dubber in this song was not very good, the voice was too different from the initial dubber's of Simba. The scores are so glorious, sometimes I think they feel like symphony!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE LION KING! July 12, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Lion King is a great movie with great music! First there's the full-of-spirit "Circle of Life", performed by the wonderful Carmen Twillie and Lebo M., and another version performed by Elton John, as well. Then there's the lively "I Just Can't Wait To Be King", performed by Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson as Zazu and Laura Williams as Nala. "Be Prepared" is the song that warns us about Simba's evil uncle's plans of becoming king. "Hakuna Matata" will always be a classic,with Timon and Pumbaa telling about how to live a worry-free life. And the lovely "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" as a perfect love song, also performed beautifully by Elton John. It's a great soundtrack for fans of the movie or beautiful music!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated March 16, 2006
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
( im not a kid, i just don't want to give my email )

I have read probably every review on this soundtrack and on the other lion king soundtrack, and i see everyone talking about the songs like "cant wait to be king","can you feel the love tonight" and all those other songs with lyrics and how good they are blah blah blah.

I think the true spirit and grace of this album comes COMPLETELY from mista Hans Zimmer.

Only 4 tracks!!!??? i think thats a crime, and he should've said something. I own almost every one of his soundtracks and the lion kings is one of (if not THE best) soundtrack he's made. There was just to little. I think they should have made a completely seperate soundtrack for JUST HIS music, and the music from the EXPANDED scores, which i thought was screwed up becuase i REALLY like the music when simba and scar fought, and now i can't get it. Turst me, if he put ALL his songs on one album, it would be quite a decent size soundtrack and worth EVERY penny from every lion king fan out there. Zimmer was underated on this one, simple as that. So for all you out there who listen to nothing but the Elton John stuff etc.m instead try listening to tracks:

6. This Land, 8. Under the Stars,...and

YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST listen to the End of 9.King of Pride Rock

fast forward to 4:18 into the song for (in my opinion) the most powerful and beatiful part of the WHOLE album.

You'll remeber the scene from the movie INSTANTLY, trust me ;)

Listen to those tracks, and you'll understand Zimmer's true gift of expression through the sound of music.

( i would give ZIMMER'S songs 1000/5 stars if i could :P )
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Songs get stuck in your head! ;-)
Who doesn't love the Lion King!
Published 6 days ago by D. K. Haddad
5.0 out of 5 stars King of Music
My students love the music as much as I do
Published 18 days ago by Laura H. Feigelstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great music
Disney's The Lion King is my favorite animated film, possibly my favorite film ever. I love the soundtrack -- both listening to it and playing it on the piano. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cjpizzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Bought this for my wife who loves the Lion King and she loves it a lot. Great album for any fan of Disney.
Published 1 month ago by The Dudeman
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition to my Disney collection
These songs never get old! If you love Disney, you must treat yourself to this CD! It is so nice!
Published 1 month ago by Fun Babysitter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good soundtrack.
Had always wanted this soundtrack, so of course it is good. Just finally decided to buy it for English lessons.
Published 1 month ago by Wang Hui Ling
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
Five stars for the cd!! Exactly what I was looking for.Got the item promptly. The kids like to listen to it every day.
Published 2 months ago by Alisa Scalia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-girling!
I love everything to do with the Lion King movies, and I especially love their soundtrack. They’re so soothing! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marga R.
5.0 out of 5 stars songs are great
If your child loves music from the films they will love this. As my great-grandchild plays with her lion king toys, she listens to the soundtrack and pretends she is in the movie.
Published 2 months ago by Busy Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love It!
The Lion King has been a big part of my life. Many good memories are tied to both the movie and the soundtrack. The music is timeless and a great way to life a downed mood.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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