Friday, March 26, 2021

A World of Disney on Disneyland Records

Here is another cool Disneyland Records sign I found online. I fixed it up a bit in photoshop as the original photo was kinda poor quality, and then I printed it out and attached it to some corrugated cardboard. It's now on top of my Disneyland Records 45 display rack. Looks kinda cool don't you think?

Wednesday, March 24, 2021


I saw this auction of Disneyland items (dated 1969-72) online about a year ago. I have the Disneyland box sets of records, Volume 1 and 2, but I had never seen the greeting card records or the "Official Dealer" sticker for sellers of Disneyland Records. I did some quick Googling and read that there were 12 of the greeting card records. Each 6 x 6 inch cardboard greeting card came with a perforated flexi-disc record attached to the inside of the card, complete with music, sound effects and Disney characters talking to you!

I also liked the dealer sticker so much that I printed it out on glossy card stock and added it to my collection.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Micky & Minnie's Runaway Railway on Record

D23 Gold member 50 Years of Walt Disney World 45 rpm record

I received my 2021 D23 membership kit today and inside were all kinds of amazing goodies, including an  exclusive D23 Gold member 45 RPM record with "Bear Band Serenade" from Country Bear Jamboree (October 1, 1971) on Side A, and "Nothing Can Stop Us Now" from Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (March 4, 2020) on Side B.

D23 Gold Member Exclusive 45 RPM vinyl record

Mickey & Minnie's Runway Railway on vinyl 45 record

D23 Walt Disney Records exclusive "Bear Band Serenade"

D23 Walt Disney Records exclusive "Nothing Can Stop Us Now"

I realize there are those who would have kept this record sealed, but it took me just a few seconds to bust off the shrink wrap and place it on my turntable to give it a whirl. After all, its a record, and isn't that what they are made for!?

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Stories and Songs of Uncle Remus

Walt Disney's Stories and Songs of Uncle Remus
Walt Disney's Stories and Songs of Uncle Remus

I found a bunch of cool Disney records today, including this nice Stories and Songs of Uncle Remus the complete album on cassette with 12 page full color read-along book. Its always fun to find one of these story teller cassette albums that actually has the tape nestled in its little holder on the front cover. I do find the covers occasionally but almost never with the correct cassette included, so this was a great find. 
It features the academy award winner Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah which has sadly been erased by Disney from its theme parks recently with removal of Beer Rabbit and his pals from Splash Mountain as Disney removes all ties to Song of the South. Next time I visit Disneyland I'll have to make sure I have "Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah" and "How Do You Do" loaded on my phone so that after I try the new Princess and the Frog Log Ride, I can rid it again with the music that will forever be the Splash Mountain music for me!

Walt Disney's Stories and Songs of Uncle Remus
Walt Disney's Stories and Songs of Uncle Remus
Walt Disney's Stories and Songs of Uncle Remus
Walt Disney's Stories and Songs of Uncle Remus
Walt Disney's Stories and Songs of Uncle Remus
Walt Disney's Stories and Songs of Uncle Remus
How Do You Do?
Words and Music by Robert MacGimsey
Performed by James Baskett & Johnny Lee
(and other uncredited characters)
© 1944 Walt Disney Music Company

How do you do? Fine! A friendly greetin'.
How do you do? Say it when you're meetin'.
How do you do? With everyone repeatin':
Pretty good, sure as you're born.

What goes up is sure to come down,
Penny lost is a penny found,
I'll "howdy" you, you'll "howdy" back,
This for that an' tit for tat.

Chorus: How do you do?
Fine, how are you?
How you come on?
Pretty good, sure as you're born.

Uncle Remus:
Stop jumpin', Br'er Rabbit,
you'll run out of breath.
Why don't you sit down an' calm yourself?

Brer Rabbit:
Well the grasshopper jump,
and so do the flea.
I do what I like, and I suits me!

[Repeat Chorus]

Uncle Remus:
The weather's good, the fishin's fine.
Now what do you do with all your time?

Brer Rabbit:
Oh, I zigs and I zags, I to's and I fro's.
That's what you're askin'
and that's what you knows.

[Repeat Chorus]

Brer Frog:
Mind now, Br'er Rabbit, better mend your ways.
You's headin' for trouble one of these days.

Uncle Remus:
Warnin' that rabbit is wastin' your breath!

Brer Rabbit:
Don't worry about me;
I can take care of myself!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Snow White in French and English

 I found this unusual album today at a local thrift shop. Its Walt Disney Presents songs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in French and English, from Walt Disney Productions, 1963.  The front of the album declares it's Educational and Entertaining! 

Walt Disney Presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in French and English

Songs include: Je Souhaite, Un Sourer En Chantant, Sifflez En Travaillant, Un Jour Prince Viendra, Un Chant, I'm Wishing, With a Smile and a Song, Whistle While You Work, Some Day My Prince Will Come, and One Song. 

Music by Frank Churchill, Words by Lary Morey. French versions by Marcel Ventura, assisted by Alfred Fatio.

This album is DQ-1237, and manufactured in Canada by Walt Disney Music of Canada Limited.

Walt Disney Presents songs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in French and English

Walt Disney Presents songs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in French and English

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Walt Disney's Disneyland Album Prop

Walt Disney's Disneyland "Pinocchio" Album Screen-Used Prop (Walt Disney, 1955). This 78 RPM Pinocchio album may look fairly ordinary at first glance, but it is so much more than that. This is an extremely rare hand-painted prop held by Walt Disney himself for the 9/28/55 episode of the Walt Disney's Disneyland television series, titled "Jiminy Cricket Presents Bongo." Walt is shown in his office at the beginning of the show, where he takes the album from his bookcase to play "When You Wish Upon a Star," to identify and introduce Jiminy Cricket. The actual typed script Walt reads is taped to the inside front cover of the jacket. There are four 78 RPM records inside the jacket; the first sleeve is stamped "WDP Record Library." The front cover was altered by hand-painting over parts of the print (an identical, unaltered green and red print is on the back cover), to make it more attractive for screen use. It's an incredible piece of Disney TV history! There is a minor split and tape on the spine, marked with a library number, and there is some light handling wear, but the overall condition remains Fine.

This item sold on the Heritage Auctions site for $1314.50.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Bed knobs and Broomsticks


Walt Disney Procutions Songs from Bedknob and Broomsticks

Here is a copy of the "Songs from Bedknobs and Broomsticks" album from 1971 with music and lyrics by Richard M. Shaerman and Robert B. Sherman. I picked this up mostly for the sticker on the front "Direct Import, Factory Sealed" along with the price sticker from Woodward's Records.  As you can see the original price was $5.98, but it was marked down to $5.05. I also noticed it was downgraded from a B to a C, whatever that means. 

Growing up, Woodward's music department was one of my favourite places to buy records, along with "Planters" music at the Bay. Later Sam the Record Man and then A&B were THE places to buy music.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Disneyland Records by Sparton of Canada Ltd


Walt Disney's Westward Ho the Wagons!

I picked up this copy of Walt Disney's Westward Ho the Wagons! some time ago on one of my trips to the USA (before Covid struck) but didn't notice until yesterday that it was something unusual. Apparently it is a Canadian company that was releasing Disneyland albums here in Canada. Printed on the centre record label it says in large letters, CANADIAN PRESSING BY SPARTON OF CANADA LTD. RECORDED BY WALT DISNEY MUSIC CO.  On the outside of the record cover, at the top righthand corner is a large gold stamp that says SPARTON. The back of the cover still says Printed in U.S.A. 

Sparton logo
Walt Disney's Westward Ho the Wagons!

Walt Disney's Westward Ho the Wagons!

Strangely, The Golden Age of Walt Disney Records 1933-1988 book by R. Michael Murray, says, "Be aware that any Disney record with "Spartan" listed on the cover is a Canadian pressing. He spelled Spartan with an "A" instead of an "O" which is how it is spelled on my copy. I wonder if it was a spelling mistake in the book, or if both spelling were used? Being as I am a Canada, I would assume that I must have other albums in my collection that are Canadian pressings, so now I will have to be on the lookout for this stamp on the covers of my albums. I think its funny the the first Canadian pressing that I noticed was purchased at a thrift store in the USA!

Friday, August 7, 2020

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Mondo Who Framed Roger Rabbit Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
 Last year I purchased the Who Framed Roger Rabbit original motion picture soundtrack vinyl from Mondo. And along with the other various vinyl and CD Roger Rabbit albums I had, I thought I pretty much had it all when it came to what had been released from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. But, I've recently found two new items I really want to add to my collection. 

Jessica Rabbit "Why Don't You Do Right?" vinyl 45 rpm record

First off is a rare 1988 45 rpm picture sleeve of "Why Don't You Do Right?" (Jessica Rabbit) from the Netherlands. 

Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Merry Go Round Broke Down
Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Merry Go Round Broke Down

Second, we have a piano roll of The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down and Smile, Darn You Smile from Who Framed Roger Rabbit released by QRS Music Technologies of Seneca, PA. The Jessica 45 may be pretty tough to find, the the piano roll can be ordered from QRS Music, so I should have my copy soon!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Concept Drawings of the Disneyland Music Shop

Here are two great pieces of concept artwork for the Disneyland music shop on Main Street USA. First up is a piece of concept art for the Music Store done sometime before Disneyland's July 17th, 1955 opening. I love that there is a player piano in the shop along with a wall of what looks to be player piano rolls for sale - which Disneyland did sell early on. I also love the table and chair that look like they hung out here before their emergence in the séance room of the Haunted Mansion 14 years later.
20th Century Music Shop, Disneyland Records

Next is a commemorative poster (Disneyland 1999) featuring the concept art of Imagineer Sam McKim, that was created to mark the opening of the "20th Century Music Company" on Main Street on June 20, 1999. Over the years, the shop has sold limited edition pins, Disney sheet music, cds, and other souvenirs, and this concept art provides a fantastic look at the inside of this unique location.
Disneyland 1999, Sam McKim concept artwork poster

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Official Mickey Mouse Club Records

I found a bunch of Walt Disney's Official Mickey Mouse Club records today in an antique store. There were about 15 of them, but I decided to just pick out a few. I came home with two different copies of The Official Mickey Mouse Club March, and the Official Mickey Mouse Club Pledge. I had to buy three because two or four would not have made a Mickey head in my photo.
Orange vinyl records

Official Mickey Mouse Club March, Orange vinyl record

Sho-Jo-Ji A Japanese Play song, Orange vinyl record

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Les Robinson Des Mers Du Sud

I visited a record store the other day, they had a very tiny selection of Disney records, but they did have this odd record in their soundtrack section. It is a French Canadian Disneyland record of The Swiss Family Robinson titled Les Robinson Des Mers Du Sud which oddly looks fake. I could not find a date on the record, and when I looked on line, what I found was a French Canadian album listed as 1004-22 with a much more official looking album cover. I listened to my copy and found it to be a retelling of the story in French, with sound from the film, and very little music.
First, here is the album cover of the album I have, along with the record labels. I noticed that mine says SIDE 1, while the other says FACE 1.

French Canadian Disneyland Record Swiss Family Robinson, Front Cover

French Canadian Disneyland Record Swiss Family Robinson, Back Cover

French Canadian Disneyland Record Swiss Family Robinson, Side 1

French Canadian Disneyland Record Swiss Family Robinson, Side 2

And here is the more official looking album I found on line, which is listed at 1004-22.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Walt Disney's The Grasshopper and the Ants

I picked up these two really nice looking Walt Disney's The Grasshopper and the Ants records. Both records have lots of wear, but I was happy to pick them up for just $2 each!
A Capitol Record-Reader, 1949 and Disneyland Record 1962

The first is a 45 RPM Capital Record-Reader from 1949. It comes with two records and 20 page colour book. It was adapted and produced by Alan Livingston, with original Walt Disney score adapted by Billy May. Told by Don Wilson with members of the original cast.
A Capitol Record-Reader, 1949
A Capitol Record-Reader, 1949
A Capitol Record-Reader, 1949

The second one is a "Little Gem" Disneyland Record 45 RMP picture sleeve record with the song "The World Owes Me a Living" from 1962.
A Disneyland Record, 1962
A Disneyland Record, 1962