I originally bought this album on cassette, all of which I've since dumped. This is probably one of the most divers collections of music. Imagine James Taylor and Tom Waits on the same album...Aaron Neville and Sun Ra! Yet somehow this all works and provides fresh listening to songs we grew up with. The opening medley sets the mood with "Hi Diddle Dee Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)," spoken by Ken Nordine backed by circus asylum music by Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz, followed by Natalie Merchang, Michael Stipe, Mark Bingham (music producer and Hal Wilner pal), and The Roaches. The medley closes with the best possible version of "I Wan'na Be like You" by Los Lobos.
"Heigh Ho" by Tom Waits sounds more like the real seven dwarves might have sounded like as they march off to work. Sinéad O'Connor sings "Someday My Prince Will Come" as if she has come to doubt he ever will. "Baby Mine (Dumbo song)" is sung by Bonnie Raitt makes me wish I were her baby elephant.
A medley of "Pink Elephants on Parade/Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" will make you march around the house and act silly....until Harry Nilsson's funky "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." The medley of "Feed The Birds/Whistle While You Work/I'm Wishing" by the unlikely combination of Garth Hudson, NRBQ, Betty Carter, and The Replacements really works, from the slow harmonica-drenched beginning and the bluesy "Cruella de Vil" to Bill Frisell's and Wayne Horvitz's version of "Dumbo and Timothy."
The whole affair closes by coming full circle in a sense, with "Pinocchio Medley. "Desolation Theme" is spoken by Ken Nordine and backed by spacy music by Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz, followed by Ringo Starr singing an sincere rendition of "When You Wish upon a Star."
By the way, another great album of Disney music is "O Mickey, Where Art Thou."
- Audio CD (October 10, 1988)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: A&M
- ASIN: B000002GFM
- Customer Reviews: 79 customer ratings
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