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The Music Behind the Magic: The Musical Artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice.

Alan Menken, Va-Music Behind The MagicAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B000001M4M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Fathoms Below Main Titles [Demo Version]
2. Fathoms Below [Final]
3. Main Titles [Final]
4. Daughters of Triton
5. Part of Your World [Work Tape]
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Belle [Demo/Final]
2. Prologue [Final]
3. Belle (Reprise) [Demo Version]
4. Belle (Reprise) [Final]
5. Wolf Attack [Unreleased Master]
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Arabian Nights [Final]
2. Legend of the Lamp [Final]
3. On a Dark Night [Final]
4. One Jump Ahead [Final]
5. Street Urchins [Final]
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Arabian Nights, Reprise #1
2. Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim
3. Arabian Nights, Reprise #2
4. Proud of Your Boy
5. How Quick They Forget
See all 8 tracks on this disc

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CD features Features the musical artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashman and Menken truly created magic February 15, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
These CDs show the workings of an incredible duo. It also contrasts greatly with the current Disbey animated movies and makes me miss Howard Ashman's wonderful lyrics. His work spoiled the new Disney animated musicals for me. This set shows that even in the rough stages both Ashman and Menken are better than Stephen Schwartz in final stages. Disney needs a new lyricist! As one can hear on this set Tim Rice fills in wonderfully. If you love Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast,or The Little Mermaid, this set is a must! END
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm afraid I've been thinking. February 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This box set features the music that Alan Menken and Howard Ashman wrote for three Disney animated films, plus copious bonus tracks. First, there is The Little Mermaid, which features many demos in addition to the regular soundtrack. Second is Beauty and the Beast, again with the addition of several demos. Lastly, there is Aladdin. Tragically, Howard Ashman died before this film was completed, so Tim Rice was brought in to help Menken finish the songs. Many Ashman/Menken demos of songs that did not make it into the movie are included. These songs were not dropped because of lack of quality, but rather because the storyline of the movie changed. For example, "Proud of Your Boy" is a great song that Aladdin would have sung to his mother, but it couldn't be used because the mother character was cut from the movie. This collection serves as a wonderful tribute to the late great Howard Ashman.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Disney could not go wrong with this set! OMG, what a great treat this CD truly is! I will start with each Disc to rant and rave about the CD, starting with The Little Mermaid! :)
The Little Mermaid
Disc: 1
1. Fathoms Below Main Titles [Demo Version) 10/10 What a great Demo! :)
2. Fathoms Below [Final] - Howard Ashman 10/10 The Original is always the best! ;)
3. Main Titles [Final] - Howard Ashman 10/10
4. Fanfare [Final] - Howard Ashman 10/10
5. Daughters of Triton - Howard Ashman 9/10
6. Part of Your World [Work Tape) 8/10 This is to short for me! They need room on the CD but they could have cut out some original songs. :)
7. Part of Your World [Demo Version) 9/10 This one is a little better and longer. :)
8. Part of Your World [Final] - Jodi Benson 10/10 Music to your ears!
9. Fireworks - Howard Ashman 10/10
10. Jig [Final] - Howard Ashman 10/10
11. Under the Sea (Work Tape) - Howard Ashman 9/10 again to short but they had to cut this.
12. Under the Sea [Demo Version] - Howard Ashman 9/10
13. Under the Sea [Final] - Samuel E. Wright 10/10
14. Sebastian and Triton [Final] - Howard Ashman 9/10
15. Part of Your World (Reprise) [Demo Version] 10/10
16. Storm [Final] - Howard Ashman 10/10
17. Part of Your World (Reprise) [Final] 10/10 What a great Reprise!
18. Silence Is Golden [Demo Version] 5/10 This song was rewritten as Poor Unfortunate Souls, thank God they did that because it stinks lol. Great song to have your collection though!
19. Poor Unfortunate Souls [Demo Version] 7/10 Thank God they rewritten this song as well. This version really isnt that good but also great for your collection.
20. Poor Unfortunate Souls [Final] - Pat Carroll 10/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight February 14, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This set shows through work tapes, demos, and final takes how the great music from The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, and Aladdin was composed. If you love Disney music, I recomend it. Comes with a great book containing commits by Alan Menken. END
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