Beauty And The Beast Soundtrack
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Soundtrack, September 14, 2010
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After the success of their score for The Little Mermaid, the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken returned to Disney for their second fairy-tale adaptation. Sadly, it was the duo's last completed score before Ashman's untimely death at age 41. This soundtrack contains more-conventional show music than The Little Mermaid, owing in large part to Broadway stalwart Angela Lansbury and to Jerry Orbach's Yves Montand impersonation. Most of the songs here were included in the subsequent Broadway adaptation and its cast album, but this disc is superior in its studio polish and cast, which is better suited to the score. --John Sanchez
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This is exactly like the original 1991 release except for the addition of "Human Again" and some demos tacked onto the end. This should have been rearranged so that the album blends score and song in the order that it appears in the film, and then put the demos on. But with this release -- and also the original -- the vocal songs aren't even presented in order. Why "The Mob Song" is presented here BEFORE "Beauty and the Beast" is beyond me.
Another flaw is the "deluexe packaging." Mine has completely fallen apart, and I've been extremely careful with such a great soundtrack. Beware the packaging!
On the plus side for the Special Edition is "Human Again," originally written for but never used in the 1991 animated feature. When Disney decided to transform the movie into a Broadway musical, a number of new songs were written to extend the show's length to the time required for a Broadway performance. In addition to all the newly created songs, this one was dusted off and used as well, and it became an instant hit with audiences and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST fans everywhere. With this in mind, the song was fully animated and interrigated into the film when it was reformatted for its January 2002 IMAX giant screen theater release. The song is sung by all of the film's original cast members, and it is a joy to have it part of the cinematic version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and its soundtrack.
All in all this is wonderful music -- much better then the Broadway cast album; if you get one of the two, make it this one -- but the album is poorly organized. I'd reccomend this instead of the 1991 version just for "Human Again," but other then that and the demos there really isn't that much difference.
Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites and I have wanted the soundtrack for a while now. With some Disney movies I could get away with just buying one or two songs from their soundtracks on iTunes, but for this one I needed the whole soundtrack. I am very glad that I got it. I love all the songs! I already know all the words to a few of them and I love singing along. I even enjoy listening to the five instrumental songs (no vocals).
I definitely recommend this to fans of the movie!
- It is an understatement to say this thing is pretty. We weren't even sure we were going to use it since it looked so nice.
- Contains all songs/talks from movie
- Sound was great and no defects!
- No cover included. We will be using our own.
Excellent music. Delivered on time. Nicely protected in packaging inside box. And not a scratch or problem with the brand new CD.