The Little Mermaid Soundtrack
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Vinyl, Soundtrack, Limited Edition, August 26, 2016
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Before Broadway was Disneyfied and Times Square became a mall, the best Broadway musicals were being written for Disney animated features by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman. Their songs for The Little Mermaid created the mold from which their even more popular work (Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin) would be cast. Almost every tune in Mermaid has its (slightly inferior) counterpart in Beauty, for example. But there's no topping the Oscar-winning calypso show-stopper, "Under the Sea"--in which a Caribbean crab convinces you that "Darlin' it's better/Down where it's wetter." Other songs, just as delightful, are even more impressive in the context of the movie. The rapturous "Kiss the Girl" accompanies a scene in which, despite the whispered urgings of creatures all around, the romantic hero does not act on the title's advice! That's the kind of abstract dramatic (OK, comedic) conceit you'd expect from Harold Pinter rather than Disney. And the gruesomely hilarious "Les Poissons" gives us a fisheye view of a kitchen where the seafood chef is a sort of French Ed Gein--a sadistic murderer who brutally tortures and chops up his victims, then eats them! Who says Disney never did black comedy? "...I stuff you with bread/It won't hurt, 'cause you're dead/And you're certainly lucky you are...." Lyricist Ashman may not have been Cole Porter, but he was the next best thing. --Jim Emerson
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Needless to say it was a huge hit at Christmas. We laughed, cause lets be honest, what grown man (a grandfather no less) gets The Little Mermaid CD. But on the serious side, it legit was in their car the next day being played.
Hands down a great purchase!
Here are a few little notes:
- On the first side of the record it has all the songs with vocal lyrics.
- The side B just has the music.
- There is no record box cover, it just comes in a plastic sleeve.
Fathoms Below (1:41)
Main Titles (1:26)
Daughters of Triton (0:38)
Part of Your World (3:13)
Under the Sea (3:12)
Part of Your World (Reprise) (2:15)
Poor Unfortunate Souls (4:49)
Les Poissons (1:33)
Kiss the Girl (2:41)
The Storm (3:18)
Destruction of the Grotto (1:52)
Flotsam and Jetsam (1:22)
Tour of the Kingdom (1:24)
Wedding Announcement (2:16)
Eric to the Rescue (3:40)
Happy Ending (3:11)
While the arrangement could have been better, it's still better than many soundtracks. Now I've been discussing the originally released soundtrack, but what about the two disc special edition? It really isn't much better. The "special edition" really is just the soundtrack but with an additional disc of four of the songs sung by Ashley Tisdale, the Jonas Brothers, Jessica Simpson, Raven-Symore and two music videos with Ashley Tisdale and the Jonas Brothers. So there's nothing special about the "special edition" CD.
The Little Mermaid is a special movie, and so is the score and this soundtrack delivers all of the memorable scores and songs so I can easily recommend this as a great buy.
With this version of the LITTLE MERMAID SOUNDTRACK, you receive two discs. The first is the original soundtrack from the LITTLE MERMAID. This CD contains the entire score with all of those wonderful, memorable, toe-tapping songs. The second CD contains remakes of some of the same songs by some of Disney's current, popular teen artists. Now, while this disc may not be my thing, the four-year olds at my daughter's party loved it. They don't know, and they don't care, who is singing, but the updated, upbeat versions of the songs were perfect for an impromptu dance party. On the spur of the moment, we put 40 air filled balloons on the floor of the family room, cranked up the volume on disc 2, and had a fantastic time watching 13 4-year olds rock out. It was hysterical. The kids had great fun, and the adults laughed so hard, they cried. It was the best party ever, and completely unplanned.
This version of LITTLE MERMAID SOUNDTRACK is a must for any Disney collection. You will love it, your kids will love it, and you can make some wonderful dance memories. RECOMMENDED.
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