Lion King 1 1/2
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Disney's penchant for quickie, video-only sequels to its animated features has earned the studio its fair share of criticism. But the soundtrack to the Mouse House's latest small screen follow-up to its classic The Lion King deftly dodges the chronic sequelitis that has undermined similar efforts. Reworking the original's "That's All I Need" and "Hakuna Matata" for star Nathan Lane's turn as the antic meerkat Timon (assisted on the latter track by the stellar vocal harmonies of Ernie Gabrell, Jason Weaver and Joseph Williams) casts both in an energetic new light. Elsewhere, the emphasis is on vintage r&b covers infused with contemporary production sheen (Raven's slinky take on Ramsey Lewis' "Grazing in the Grass," The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by Lebo M, Drew K. & French's faithful take on Kool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie"), performances that give the project a familiar, inviting aura for kids of all ages. Composer Don Harper rounds the collection out with a selection from his original orchestral score and a remarkably faithful take on Morricone's classic theme to The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. --Jerry McCulley
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While the album itself only has 8 songs, the songs they use capture the flavor the movie quite well and for the price paid, it is more then worth it. The opening song is performed by Raven, who is quite popular in the Disney fan base right now. And the song seems to fit into the theme of the rest of the LK 1 1/2 songs and ideas in the movie. The best song though that I think most will want this soundtrack for is the Digga Tunnah Dance done by Lebo M who did most of the songs in the second movie. Again he comes through with flying colors in an impressive and up beat song that expands on the actual song we see in the movie. The other original song is the Timon sung, That's All I need , which was sung in the movie as well.
The other songs are not really original and have been heard before. hakuna Matata is from the first album and isn't a new version of the song and The Lion Sleeps tonight is from the Simba's Pride soundtrack, and sung by Lebo M but still is one of the best versions of the song I have heard and it does appear in this film so both work nicely.
Overall its a great album for anyone who wants the complete Lion King trilogy music wise, this is a must have. Could it have had more? Absolutely. Still pretty good what we do wind up getting as 3 or 4 of the songs along on it are great and will be listened to often by anyone who enjoyed this film or the Lion King music in general.
Side Note: To those who have had trouble using this on the comptuer. Press help after it loads. It won't automaticaly play as it has something to register the CD with Disney. if you press help on that screen that autoloads, it will tell you how to play it on the comptuer and that worked fine for me. It also works fine on any non computer CD rom player if you can't get it to work on the computer, but you should be able to if you follow the directions.
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1. Grazing In The Grass - I'm not too fond of Raven, so I naturally didn't really like this...Read more
Music is good with the exception of the 1st track which I don't remember from the movie.Read more