The Jungle Book
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The Jungle Book' was the last animated feature personally produced by Walt Disney. Initially released in 1967 the film received an Oscar nomination for the song 'The Bare Necessities'.This CD contains for the first time the entire original soundtrack plus an interview with Academy-award winning songwriters Robert and Richard Sherman. The interview segment features demo material and 2 rare songs; 'Baloo's Blues' and 'It's A Kick'.Original score composed by George Bruns. Original songs composed by Richard M. Sherman Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson.Originally recorded between February 1964 and June 1967. Includes liner notes by Randy Thornton and Ted Kryczko.Digitally remastered by Bruce Botnick (Digital Magnetics Hollywood California) and John Polito (Audio Mechanics Los Angeles California).Digitally remastered by Bruce Botnick (Digital Magnetics Hollywood California); John Polito (Audio Mechanics Los Angeles California).The best-loved songs from this album have become
At the height of Beatlemania, the Disney folks were teaching kids how to really swing with this soundtrack to their adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Of course, it's Phil Harris (the voice of everyone's favorite hipster bear Baloo) who steals the show with the original slacker anthem, "The Bare Necessities," but his scat match with an inspired Louis Prima on "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" is also not to be missed. Songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman--who clearly enjoyed playing the irony card on songs like "Trust in Me (The Python's Song)" and "That's What Friends Are For" (The Vulture Song)"--offer entertaining reminiscences about the project in a 12-minute bonus track. George Bruns's wonderful underscore, a couple early song demos, and two post-soundtrack Baloo numbers round out a collection that suggests, in the most charming way imaginable, that it really is a jungle out there. --Bill Forman
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I was very surprised since a lot of the songs on the Sherman Brothers Songbook do not sound better than other versions, some sound worse, some are exactly the same, but this one is just incredible. It's not just brighter, and not just louder, in fact, I used Sound Studio to reduce the volume to compare them fairly, and found it's just amazingly better. It really comes to life compared to this Soundtrack CD. So I HOPE that Disney does a Legacy Edition release of this Soundtrack soon.
HOW I COMPARE THE QUALITY OF DIFFERENT RECORDINGS
1. I put on my Beyerdynamic DT990 Studio Pro Headphones (that I got used for a good price).
2. I open both identical song files from different releases (remastered at different times) in QuickTime 7 on the computer.
3. I start them both playing at the same time and use a keyboard command to switch back and forth between the two of them many times.
It's also possible to see if they are identical visually with Sound Studio.
There are a few songs that made me love the soundtrack. Of course, anyone will recongize the infamous "The Bare Nesscities (sp?)" that features Phil Harris, along with "Trust In Me" and the vulture song "We Are Friends". These tracks are all unique, but the best one that touches my soul very deeply is "My Own Home", featuring Darleen Carr, an actress that definitely had a talent for singing. That track, to me, is the best one on there, because it is classic Disney and the absoletuely beautiful voice (done by Darleen Carr) is simply haunting, but beautiful. The music is pure brillance in "My Own Home" as well, thus making it as my favorite track on the soundtrack.
A lot of people believe that the soundtrack for "The Jungle Book" is most definitely pure Disney magic. I have to agree with them. It is highly recommanded, for Disney fans, to own this soundtrack, for it not only contains the hit songs that made the movie a success, but it also includes a couple of unreleased hits, two demos, and a 12-minute interview with the composers behind this masterpiece.