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Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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The soundtrack to the movie, Aladdin
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The Final Collaboration.

  • May 4, 2004
ALADDIN was the third animated hit that Disney had in a relatively short time during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The music of the movie was created largely by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Ashman, who had been one of the keys to the success of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST died of AIDS during the production of Aladdin. Tim Rice was brought on board to finish the work that Ashman had begun, which give the soundtrack to ALADDIN a very unique feel unmatched, in my opinion, my any Disney soundtrack since then. The songs in ALADDIN carry a full range of emotion from the heartfelt "A Whole New World" to the triumphant "Prince Ali" to the manic "Friend Like Me". The score is just as lovely including pieces full of despair, such as in "The Battle" to the joyous "Happy End in Agrabah".

I've already mentioned most of my favorite tunes, but the opening number "Arabian Nights" is another number that deserves mention. But, my favorite song on the whole album by far is "Friend Like Me". Robin Williams helped make ALADDIN the huge success it became (and also started a bit of controversy, putting Eisner's Mouse in its place) and listening to his hyped antics on some of the tunes is always a pleasure.

I have heard that the re-issued copy of this soundtrack has changed some lyric and deleted parts to songs. I can't say for sure about that because the copy I have is from the 1992 original release. However, knowing Disney's troubled recent history, I will say that if you can get your hands on a copy of 1992 release that's the one you want.

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Label: Walt Disney Records
Release Date: March 27, 2001

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