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This CD includes two excellent bonus tracks, "Proud of Your Boy" and "High Adventure," by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman. I actually find Menken's rendition of "Proud of Your Boy" quite enjoyable. "High Adventure" is spectacular and also gives great insights into characters that were planned for the original version of the movie and then deleted following sweeping changes.
The thing I don't understand about this special edition soundtrack is that it seems like they could have included so much more. My Windows Media Player gives the total length of the CD as 43:50. Now there are several deleted songs that are included on the DVD, including the superb "Humiliate the Boy" and "Why Me," as well as new music videos, so why could these not be included on the special edition soundtrack? I know they want to pedal the DVD, but if this is the special edition, let's get it all out there! Let's get Jafar's deleted songs, let's get the Clay Aiken version of "Proud of Your Boy" and lets get any other demo tracks that might be floating around, if there are any. Let's get the additional versions of Arabian Nights as well.
As for this CD's special edition CD-ROM features, I rather like it.Read more ›
The short answer: if you're a big Disney or Alan Menken fan, a definite yes, especially considering the relatively low price tag.
"Proud of You Boy" is a sweet, yearning ballad in the same vein as "Part of Your World" and "Out There." It's decent, but nothing to get wowed over.
"High Adventure," however, immediately became one of my favorite Menken/Ashman songs. It's a romp of a track, and it doesn't have any close analogues in the remainder of Menken's songbook, at least, not that I can think of. The performance itself is a duet between Menken and Ashman, and the two of them are obviously having a blast (and dig those ultra-cheesy synthesizers!). This track, in my opinion, makes the CD a must-buy.
I pulled up the track number and found only Menken's voice for the song. While Menken has an okay voice, I would have much rather prefered Clay's voice over anybody's!
I love ALADDIN, and am definitely buying the DVD on Tuesday. The soundtrack is great, including reprises and underscoring.
Not having Clay on there will pull Disney's expected income down for this CD, I know it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My children listen to this soundtrack almost daily. My only problem with the product is that when it arrived the CD case was broken and the CD was scratched so we aren't able to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leslye D
Favorite Disney movie, own it on VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray and digital. The music is amazing, if only they included the original version of Arabian Nights, but that can be found... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trevor Johnson
Just as I remember is as a kid. My kids love singing along to this disk.Published 1 month ago by A. Shelby
Only a few good songs on this. Its wasn't what I expected. To much instrumental music.Published 3 months ago by Patrick
I thought I had ordered the sound track and instead got the movie, but everything is fine , I gave the movie to a friend and downloaded my favorite song from iTunes .Published 3 months ago by Edie E. Graham
This soundtrack brings me back to my youth! I love this movie and being able to listen to this soundtrack never fail to make me smile.Published 3 months ago by Amy North