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

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge's Money Rocket

Walt Disney Little Gem record, 45 RPM, Manufactured in Canada by RCA Victor Company, LTD, 1961

Here is a neat record I picked up on a trip downtown last week. It is Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge's Money Rocket - A Fun Story. This is a Walt Disney "Little Gem" record, 45 RPM, LG-702, 1961 Walt Disney Productions, with a price on the sleeve of 29 cents. This record was manufactured in Canada by RCA Victor Company, LTD.  The record sleeve was printed in the U.S.A.
I love the graphic of Donald and Uncle Scrooge flying in space on a rocket which is spewing money out if it! Side 1 has part one of the story and part two is on side 2. the Cast includes Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge and Jiminy Cricket.
From the back of the record: Walt Disney 12-inch long playing records for children. If you and your children enjoy this Walt Disney Gem record we know you'll be happy to learn that the Disney Studio had prepared a wonderful library of 12-inch LPs for children.
This Little Gem record, while complete in itself, is only a small portion of the high quality and good musicianship found on the Disney 12-inch LP line. We invite your attention to the following LP titles which are available at your favorite record store. (See picture below for complete listing of LPs.)

Walt Disney Little Gem record, 45 RPM, Manufactured in Canada by RCA Victor Company, LTD, 1961

Walt Disney Little Gem record, 45 RPM, Manufactured in Canada by RCA Victor Company, LTD, 1961

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Two New 'Still Sealed' Albums

On a recent trip to one of my favorite record stores in Washington State, I found these two Disney vinyl albums which were both still factory sealed.
First is ST-1911 "Walt Disney's Story of the Absent Minded Professor" featuring the "Flubber" song, sung by Fred MacMurray,  and narrated by Sterling Holloway. The album is from 1961 and has a large price sticker on the front which says "Fantastic Savings, 87¢"
The second album is ST-3952 "Walt Disney Presents the story of George and the Happiest Millionaire", a magnificent full-color illustrated book and long-playing record. Narrated by Mike Sammes, Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. This record is from 1967, and has a price tag on it that says Price "B".

Disneyland Records vinyl, ST-1911, Sterling Holloway,Flubber, Fred MacMurray, 1961, Front cover

Disneyland Records vinyl, ST-1911, Sterling Holloway,Flubber, Fred MacMurray, 1961, Back cover

Disneyland Records vinyl, ST-3952, A magnificent full-color illustrated book and long-playing record, 1967, Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Mike Sammes, Front cover

Disneyland Records vinyl, ST-3952, A magnificent full-color illustrated book and long-playing record, 1967, Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Mike Sammes, Back cover

It's always fun to wonder how and why there are 'still sealed' Disney albums to be found. Were these albums bought by a parent for a child, who didn't happen to like Disney music and didn't care to open and listen to it. Or maybe they didn't own a record player. Or possibly it was purchased by someone such as myself who bought it strictly as a collectors item. Of course, I would have opened it to play it (over and over)!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Record Store Day 2019

Record Store Day 2019 happened on Saturday, April 13th, and this year there were three Disney albums released; "Mickey Mouse Disco", "Disney Songs the Satchmo Way" by Louis Armstrong and "Simply Sherman, Disney Hits from the Sherman Brothers". I was lucky enough to find all three records at my local Sunrise Records store here in Canada.
I have noticed that my "Mickey Mouse Disco" album is slightly different from the ones I am seeing online. Mine says "Disney", while I see most online say "Walt Disney Presents", and the Disneyland Records logo is missing from the top corner of mine. So, I am guessing that the Canadian version is slightly different from the US version.
Here are pictures of my 3 records.
Record Store Day 2019

Record Store Day 2019

Record Store Day 2019

Record Store Day 2019

Record Store Day 2019

Record Store Day 2019