Cinderella - An Original Walt Disney Records Sountrack
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, October 24, 2005
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Contrary to its modern reputation as an overarching, megasuccessful entertainment monolith, the original Disney legend was built on a sometimes shaky foundation seemingly forged out of equal portions of nerve, talent, and luck. From Snow White and Fantasia to theme parks and his long television legacy, Walt Disney's greatest achievements were often high-risk ventures that frequently flew in the face of both critics and conventional wisdom. With Hollywood's postwar fortunes slipping, television on the rise, and his studio deep in debt, Disney largely bet his future on Cinderella. The resultant animated classic is a timeless romantic fairytale featuring a lively slate of songs by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston (crucially framed by the effective, dramatic orchestral score of Oliver Wallace and Paul J. Smith), highlighted by the classic "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and the ever-delightful "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo." Praise is due the producers of this CD, who, by carefully sequencing and editing the film's songs and score to replicate its original impact, have created a virtually seamless listening experience. Collectors should note an added bonus on this edition: a spry demo recording of "I'm in the Middle of a Muddle," a jaunty tune for a never-produced musical number from the film. --Jerry McCulley
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If you love the film or like Disney you can't go wrong with this terrific soundtrack.
Many of the pieces are instrumental used in the background of the movie. The songs with vocals are straight from the film as well. "Cinderella" doesn't stand on its own apart from the movie the way "Beauty and the Beast" does. However, it is a worthwhile addition to ones Disney collection.