Title: Disney's On The Record Band: Original Cast Recording Producer: Frank Filipetti, David Chase, Chris Montan Label: Walt Disney Records Parental Advisory: No If You Can Only Buy One Song Make It: Track 25 (look it up online)
Since the release of their highly acclaimed "Beauty & The Beast" production Disney has been a force to be reckoned with on Broadway. Many of their shows feature high production values, catchy songs, and win a bunch of Tony's. Shows like "The Lion King," "Aida," and "Tarzan" have become staples of the Broadway scene. Then there was "On The Record," one of their few outright failures on Broadway. The story of the play was that a bunch of singers were trying to make the greatest record in the world using...you guessed it: Disney's entire song catalog. From "Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs" to "Home on the Range," they're all here.
People responded negativly to this though because for what the show cost to see the story was horribly forced, with the songs standing above and beynod the story. Had Disney launched this as a concert tour and cut the story out altogether reception may have been better. I use the Broadway recording as proof of that. There's great music on this set. Pretty much every Disney song you can think of is on this thing, with many of the songs sliced together in clever ways. I'm not sure how "A Whole New World" and "Second Star To The Right" got mixed together so wonderfully, but it was and it works.
Plus, being a Broadway production, many of these songs have never sounded better. This is a collection that could make you want to throw all those Disney soundtracks away (if it weren't for the fact that some of the songs are criminally short). For people who are purists the rearangements might be more bothersome then fun, but for those who know these songs by heart and are up for a little invention are bound to find this collection more then worthy to add their collection. It might not be art, but it sure is a lot of fun.
Note: This album has since been discontinued by the manufacturer, so copies of it are getting rare.