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

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mini Sleeping Beauty Story Tape with Songs

I just picked up there two very cool mini "Story Tape with Songs" booklets, minus the cassette tapes. They look just like the regular, larger 7 inch version, but these are only 5 inches square, and because of the size, they came only with cassettes, not records. The Sleeping Beauty one has a date of 1965 and the Snow White one has a date of 1966. On the inside back cover it lists 12 of these mini "Story Tape with Songs" titles. The first photo shows the size comparison of the mini ones with the regular 7 inch version. The second photo is the back of each. A photo of the inside front page of each. A listing of the other titles in the series. And another photo showing the size comparison.

Story Tape with Songs, 24 page story book
Back cover, This package includes a 24-page book with Full-color illustrations

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Story Tape with Songs & 24 Page Story Book
Complete series listing of story tapes

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Story Tape with Songs & 24 Page Story Book

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Disneyland Records Children's Corner Display

Here are some photos I found online years ago of a Disneyland Records store display rack. At the time I remember contacting the person who had posted the photos and they said it was for sale, but for some reason the offer didn't seem legitimate, so I passed on it. I have seen the photos pop up a few times since then in various different places. I always wished I could have added this to my collection. Check out the photos and the following info that accompanied the photos the last time I saw them online.

"You are bidding of a vintage 1960's? Disneyland Records store display, from a nonsmoking collector. I do not have any information of this display, I have not been able to find any information online about it. it is in good condition but does have wear. The wire hangers were painted gold originally but have rusted with age, they could easily be sanded and repainted if desired. It had been disassembled and well packed for sae shipment in a large box. The display is about 5 feet high and 3 feed wide. I did not get an exact measurement before boxing the display.
It was saved from the stage area of a record store that had closed after being in business for forty years, that was 10 years ago."

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Two More Sleeping Beauty Records

Sleeping Beauty is my favourite Disney movie and I love collecting any records related to the movie. Yesterday we went for a drive and ended up walking around a old timey main street in a town we had not been before. I was happy to find a record shop and even more happy to see they not only had a kids section, but everything was priced affordably. I come home with a few new Disney records for my collection including these two Sleeping Beauty records.
Official Mickey Mouse Club vinyl LP Record MM-32 1959

First is the Official Mickey Mouse Club LP (MM-32) Songs from Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty from 1959, with Darlene Gillespie as Briar Rose.
Side 1:
Hail to the Princess Aurora
I Wonder
Once Upon a Dream
Side 2:
Sing a Smiling Song
and Sleeping Beauty
A Disneyland Long-Playing Record 1972

Next is A Disneyland long-playing record from 1972, Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty (FS-917), with four complete songs;
Once Upon a Dream
I Wonder
Hail to the Princess Aurora
Also included is the story of Sleeping Beauty with Disneyland story reader Robie Lester.

Neither of these is in great condition, but at just a dollar each, it was a great bargain. And my copy of Songs from Walt' Disney's Sleeping Beauty is a one of a kind as the kid who owned it used a red pen to very neatly colour in the black and white back cover.
Official Mickey Mouse Club vinyl LP Record MM-32 1959

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Great Disney Vinyl Collection

Here are three Disney vinyl albums I would love to add to my collection! These are just a few of the awesome designs created by a graphic designer named Guillaume Cote. I'm not able to read his web site, but it looks like this a designer who is a huge Disney fan and has created an entire catalogue of faux Disney vinyl albums. You can check out all of this work on his web site. If only these actually existed!
Sleeping Beauty vinyl album

The Princess and the Frog vinyl album

Disney's Frozen vinyl album

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Blanca Nieves Y Los Siete Enanos

This is the Spanish version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Chile,  1966 [STC-9001-X].
I love the cover artwork which manages to get Snow White, the Prince, the seven dwarfs and the woodland creatures all in one great scene.
Something that makes this album a little different is that the cover is just a folded piece of cardboard. The top and bottom of the cover is not sealed like a normal album jacket. This one can just be folded open. The inside is completely blank.

Discos Disneyland Chile, Disneyland Records

Discos DIsneyland Chile, Disneyland Records

Discos Disneyland Chile, Disneyland Records

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Le Carnaval Des Animaux

While going through the records at a local thrift shop, I found this nice addition to my collection. It caught my eye because of the odd colour of the Disneyland Record logo on the top right corner. When I had a look at the cover I realized it was a French album from Walt Disney Music of Canada Ltd.
A Disneyland Record

A Disneyland Record

A Disneyland Record

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mickey Mouse Club 10 inch

I stopped by a downtown record shop this weekend to pick up some concert tickets and to my surprise found they have a small dedicated Disney section of records. They had lots of the current picture discs and a few other odds and ends, including this one which I didn't even know existed. Luckily for me they had 5 or 6 of this one and the price was reduced from $29 down to $9, so it was a no brainer purchase for me! I love the front, and when I turned it over, the back was just as retro awesome as the front. It was filed under 'Record Store Day', but I do not see anything on the album referring to Record Store Day. It does have the site listed on it.

Tracks include "Mickey Mouse March" and "Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater".
Mickey Mouse March, Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater,

Mickey Mouse March, Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater,

Mickey Mouse March, Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Disney Favorite Songs Record Store Day Vinyl

Record Store Day 2016
Back on July 9th I attended the Northwest Mouse Meet in Lynden, Wa, and while I was there I found a great record store called Silver Platters in the same parking lot as the convention centre. I found a few neat things, including this Record Store Day 2016 release called Disney Favorite Songs, featuring classic and new Disney hits.  The record was compiled by Randy Thorton.
Side A:
1. When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio)
2. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (from Cinderella)
3. Chim Chim Cher-ee (from Mary Poppins)
4. I Wan'na Be Like You - The Monkey Song (from The Jungle Book)
Side B:
1. Part of Your World (from The Little Mermaid)
2. Beauty and the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast)
3. I See the Light (from Tangled)
4. Lit It Go (from Frozen)

Record Store Day 2016

As well as this album, there was also a Skeleton Dane / Three Little Pigs vinyl single released and a really cool Disney record player from Crosley. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mary Poppins Album En Francais

I picked this up with a bunch or regular Disney albums and didn't notice until I got it home that it was Mary Poppins En Francais (in French). I then thought that the music would be the regular English versions, and just the album jacket would be in French. To my surprise, when I put it on my record player what I heard was the entire album in French. It made me giggle to listen to Supercalifragilisticexpidelilicieux, it sounded so similar and yet so different. If you want to hear it, just go to Youtube and copy and paste the title of the song. I found a number of versions available to listen to.
This album is Buena Vista Records [Monaural] BV-3335, Walt Disney Productions 1964.
Mary Poppins En Francais Front Cover

Mary Poppins En Francais Vinyl Record

As a side note: On the great inner sleeve which promoted "Exciting Sounds on Buena Vista Records", I noticed they listed the price for Monaural and for Stereo versions of each album. For instance the Fantasia original sound track three record and beautifully illustrated book was [WDX-101-MONAURAL] $9.50 and [STER-101-STEREO] $11.50. I guess this means that you could walk into a record store in 1964 and see a Monaural and a Stereo version of the same album sitting side by side on the shelve. More likely, most shops would probably just pick one or the other to keep on hand, and chances are many people didn't realize there was a difference.  It certainly took me many years to figure this out.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Walt Disney Records Presents By Request

Timeless Favorites Selected By The Disney Store Guest
Here's something I found in a thrift shop recently. Its a CD of Disney music to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Disney Store. Here is what is says inside the CD: Since The Disney Store first opened on March 28th, 1987, in Glendale, California, it has grown to more than 600 locations and 20,000 Cast Members in 11 countries. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, The Disney Store has teamed with Walt Disney Records to produce By Request, a commemorative CD with a numbered edition limited to 35,000. By Request has a history like no other product at Disney. In spring 1997, The Disney Store invited Guests throughout the United States and Canada to vote for their favorite Disney song. Thousands of ballots were cast for Disney tunes ranging from traditional favorites to current hits. The votes were tabulated and the top 12 songs were compiled to create By Request, a collection that evokes magical memories and toe-tapping fun. This copy is number 32391 of 35,000.

Songs in order are:
1. When You Wish Upon a Star
2. Beauty and the Beast
3. Winnie the Pooh
4. Circle of Life
5. It's a Small World
6. Kiss the Girl
7. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
8. The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers
9. Hakuna Matata
10. Under the Sea
11. A Whole New World
12. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes.