Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Disney Picture Disc 45 RPM Singles

With the resurgence in vinyl records, we are seeing more and more Disney related vinyl releases, and two of my favorite recent releases are two Disney 7 inch picture disc 45s.

The first was released on November 28th, 2014, as part of a special Black Friday Record Store Day event. It is the Frozen Holiday release with Side A "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and Side B "In Summer".

The second was released along with the release of the Big Hero 6 soundtrack. This record has the Fall Out Boy song "Immortals" on both sides of the disc.

I am not a real fan of picture disc LPs, but I do love picture disc 45s. The reason being that with a 45, chances are I won't ever bother playing it - although I did play both of these just for the fun of it (I think this may have been the first time my new turntable has ever been switched to the 45 speed). With an LP, I will almost assuredly play it a bunch, and the regular vinyl albums tend to sound better than the picture disc releases which often sound scratchy even on a first play. And, to me, a LP is supposed to be black.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hot Topic Does Disney Vinyl

The Little Mermaid soundtrack picture disc vinyl from Hot Topic

Circle of Life. Collect these limited edition vinyl records - and take your favourite characters for a spin.

I joined the Hot Topic mailing list because they carry heavy metal vinyl albums and I wanted to keep up with all their sales. To my surprise, today's email said that Hot Topic is now selling Disney vinyl! The first two are picture discs for The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. Not sure if these will be available in the stores, or just though mail order, but I'll be checking out my local brick and mortar store to see if these show up.

Disney The Little Mermaid film soundtrack double sided picture disc vinyl LP Hot Topic exclusive, limited to 4,500 copies. $26.50

Disney The Lion King film soundtrack double sided picture disc vinyl LP Hot Topic exclusive, limited to 4,500 copies. $26.50

The Little Mermaid and The Lion King picture disc vinyl LPs

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Frankenweenie Amazon Exclusive Double Vinyl

I have been buying more vinyl albums recently, as more and more stores are starring to carry vinyl again. I have been a little disappointed that Disney does not seem to be getting in on the vinyl resurgence. I would love to be able to buy a copy of the newest Disney soundtrack such as Frozen, on vinyl, but no such luck.

Then I happened to stubble upon a new Disney vinyl album on Amazon today, the Frankenweenie Unleashed! Original Soundtrack - 2 LP exclusive, released October 2012.

"Karen O has written an original song which will be featured in the end credits to Disney's highly anticipated movie, Frankenweenie, directed by Tim Burton. Strange Love is included on Frankenweenie Unleashed!, a 14-track compilation of music from and inspired by the film.

As singer/songwriter/composer and the lead singer for the rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O has collaborated with artists in music and film over the past ten years, including Spike Jonze, Trent Reznor, David Lynch, Flaming Lips, Barnaby Clay, Carter Burwell and many others. Karen composed the score for the acclaimed 2009 film Where The Wild Things Are (with Carter Burwell,) and she co-wrote the song All is Love (with Nick Zinner) which was nominated for a GRAMMYƂ® Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture. Most recently, Karen contributed vocals to the Trent Reznor produced cover of Led Zeppelin s Immigrant Song for David Fincher s feature The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Karen O told Rolling Stone, 'Tim [Burton] wanted an unconventional unconditional love song. My music inspiration came out of the same era of B movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film. I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically because it's quirky, good vibes music of that era and when you throw in a theramin solo it's a marriage made in heaven. I remember Beetlejuice introducing me to the genius of Harry Belafonte's calypso record so I wanted to give a nod to that too. We ended up with a love song for the end of the film to the film! Frankenweenie is so special, it's an unbelievable honor to be involved with it.'

In addition to Karen O's 'Strange Love', the Frankenweenie Unleashed! collection features original songs and one cover inspired by the stop-motion film event. The diverse range of artists includes Robert Smith, Neon Trees, Mark Foster, Plain White Ts and Kimbra.

Amazon's first Vinyl Exclusive also contains two additional bonus tracks from Finger Eleven and Sleeper Agent.

From creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. Presented by Disney, Frankenweenie is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on an original idea by Tim Burton."

Vinyl (October 30, 2012)
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Disney
ASIN: B00963198O


1. Strange Love by Karen O
2. Electric Heart (Stay Forever) by Neon Trees
3. Polartropic (You Don t Understand Me) by Mark Foster
4. Almost There by Passion Pit
5. Pet Sematary by Plain White T s
6. With My Hands by Kimbra
7. Everybody s Got a Secret by AWOLNATION
8. Immortal by Kerli
9. My Mechanical Friend by Grace Potter featuring The Flaming Lips
10. Lost Cause by Imagine Dragons
11. Underground by Grouplove
12. Building a Monster by Skylar Grey
13. Witchcraft by Robert Smith
14. Praise Be New Holland by Winona Ryder
15. Minds on Fire - Finger Eleven (Bonus Track)
16. Hind Legs - Sleeper Agent (Bonus Track)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

California Advenuture Park Music CDs

Friends of ours just got back from their first ever trip to Disneyland. There were two park CDs that I wanted, so I called Disneyland merchandise to find out where they were available and what they cost. Armed with the name of the store that sold them (Elias and Co. in California Adventure) and a $50 bill, my friends came through and brought home both CDs as well as park maps from both Disneyland and California Adventure. A BIG thank you to our friends, who it turns out have now been bitten by the Disney bug and can't wait for their next Disneyland trip!

The two CDs are:

The Music of Cars Land  (34 minutes) $14.98
The CD features 13 tracks of music inspired by the film Cars. The final track is the Radiator Springs Racers attraction ride through which is five and a half minutes.

The Circle Sessions, The Music of Carthay Circle (37 minutes) $17.98
This CD features 12 jazz style versions of Disney classics including Ev'rebody Wants to Be a Cat, Alive in Wonderland, He's a Tramp and You've Got a Friend in Me.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Princess and the Frog Read-Along with CD

I recently picked up this neat new Disney book with CD. It is part of a new Disney Read-Along series from 2009, which includes a read-along book and CD. This is the current version of the Disneyland Records book and record series that I loved so much from my childhood.
I loaded the CD onto my sons iTunes collection and he occasionally listens to the story while getting ready for bed. The actual book and CD are in my collection, but we did sit and read along with it the first time we played it.
I don't think he will get nearly the repeat playability that I did as a child, but then again, I only had a handful of records that I could listen to, while he has thousands of items in his iTunes collection that he can listen to with a couple of clicks of the mouse.
The inside back cover has an ad for the other titles in the collection which include: Cars, Winnie the Pooh, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Tinkerbell, and Mickey Mouse, as well as 3 different 3 stories in 1 books.
The one thing that I found very disappointing about all of these current Read-Along Storybook and CD sets is that they have used glue to attach the CD pouch to the inside front cover, and the glue has left a stain though the cover. I noticed this on my copy, as well as all the other titles they had at my local book store. You can see it on my scan of the cover right behind the frogs head.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Los Tres Caballeros

Yesterday I took a trip down to Marysville, WA to have dinner at the Golden Coral Buffet, which was amazing as always. On the way there I stopped at a few thrift stores and picked up a pile of really cool records including a lots of Disney records. My favorite of the bunch is this Spanish edition of The Three Caballeros which is on Disneylandia Discos. Its always cool finding something a little different, and this Spanish album is certainly something I have not seen before. My other two favorites are the America The Beautiful LP and the Babes in Toyland mini record with book. I didn't notice until I got home, but the Babes in Toyland record looks like it had never been opened, and it even had the business reply card inside with return postage to Disneyland Records, PO Box 407, Pramount, Calif., 90723, USA. Its always nice to find something that is in such pristine condition, especially in a thrift shop for just 50 cents!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Snow White Cassette Tape

I don't usually look though the cassette tapes at thrift shops, but this one was sitting on the shelve in such a way that it caught my eye while I was walking by. This purchase was a no brainer as cassette tapes in this store are usually 10 cents, and everything in the store was 50% off this day, so I ended up paying 5 cents for this tape.
This particular cassette tape is the soundtrack from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and is from 1985, manufactured and distributed by Disneyland/Vista Records and Tapes, Burbank, CA.
Back when cassette tapes were a popular format, I never bought them. I was always an LP buyer. I also never bought 8-Tracks, although I remember having a friend who had an 8-Track payer in his car and I always laughed them a song would stop in the middle while the 8-Track changed tracks! No wonder that format failed.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Boxing Day Bonanza at Goodwill

On Boxing Day (December 26th) we took a trip down to Marysville, Washington to partake of the Golden Coral "All You Care to Eat" buffet.  It was amazing as always. If you have never been to a Golden Coral, and you have one within driving distance (our closest one is about 1 1/2 hour drive), you have to check it out. After lunch, we driving around checking out various malls and stores. Along the way we found two Goodwill stores where they are having a 50% everything sale, which meant that 99 cent records were now 50 cents, and 10 cent cassette tapes were now 5 cents... Yippee!

I came home with 29 LPs and 1 cassette tape, with the bulk of them being Disney albums. My favorites are:
1) Walt Disney Presents Ferede Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite
2) Walt Disney Presents Songs From All Around the World
3) Walt Disney Presents Best of Broadway
4) Walt Disney Presents The Story of Treasure Island
5) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
6) Walt Disney Presents Rudyard Kilpling's Just So Stories (Narrated by Sterling Holloway)
7) Walt Disney's Story and Songs from Pinocchio (Narrated by Jiminy Cricket)
8) Walt Disney Presents the Stories of Hans Christian Anderson
9) Walt Disney Presents Acting Out The ABCs.

Although a few of them are in rough condition, they all had the original LPs inside and once I put them into shinny new record sleeves, they all looked great, and are ready to be added to my collection. Total cost for these 9 LPs was $4.50.

If you would like to check out the other non Disney albums I picked up, check them out over at Ronn's Big Pile of Stuff.

Friday, December 23, 2011

TRON Translucence Ltd Edition 10″ Vinyl

I just saw this tonght while surfing the net looking for Disney albums...

Daft Punk – Translucence is a limited edition 4-track vinyl 10" record released on Record Store Day, April 16th 2011. Translucence features 3 tracks from Daft Punk’s soundtrack for Tron: Legacy.  The 4th track, Castor, was previously only available on the special edition bonus CD. The translucent vinyl features the design of the Tron: Legacy Identity Disk and will be available in 3 colours; orange, blue and yellow.

I have contacted a few online record shops in hopes of getting a 'blue' one for my record collection!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pinnocchio... Final Sale

Back in January, the Cloverdale Antique Mall closed for good. I used to stop by on a semi regular basis and always found lots of interesting stuff and came home with some of it.  We made a point of visiting the store before they closed. We were there on the second to last day and there were all kinds of great deals on all remaining items. I found this very cool Walt Disney Pinocchio RCA Victor 3 record set and wondered what the price would be since it did not have a price on it. After looking around and finding most of the shelves were pretty bare at this point (they would close the next day), this was the only item I was interested in and so we headed to the cash to make my purchase. We waiting in a line of about 15 people until it was our turn. The lady took a look and said how about $1? I said, sounds good to me! I pulled some change from my pocket to make my purchase.
Once I got home I had a look though my Disney record price guide and could only find one listing that seemed to match. It was at the beginning of the book in a section titled "Disney records valued at over $150".  The listing says: Victor P-18: "Pinocchio"; recorded January 19, 1940, released in February 1940; MST; three record set; 78 RPM; cover notes: "Recorded from the original sound track of the Walt Disney Production, Pinocchio; this was the first use of the term "original sound track"; individual records numbered 26477, 26478, and 26479
First issue: Light blue, die-cut front cover with eight color picture panels on ten inner jacket and sleeves; internal sleeve artwork is beautiful; initially sold for $2.00....... $150
My copy has slightly different record numbers, 45-5138, 45-5139, and 45-5140. There is also no artwork on the inside sleeves. And although the cover says "printed in the I.S.A.", the 3 records say "Made in Canada by RCA Victor Company Limited Montreal", so it would seem that my copy is pretty much the same thing, but a Canadian pressing from around the same time at the US one listed in the book.
My copy does have an interesting addition, as there is a gold and blue metalic sticker on the inside which says " Everything in Music, Fletcher's, Victoria, BC" which must have been the music store that this record was originally purchased in. I looked up Fletcher's on Google, but it doesn't seem they are still around.
I must say, that I am pretty happy with my $1 purchase.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Limited Edition The Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Album Set

Not sure how I missed this one. While surfing the net today, I came across this Limited Edition The Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Vinyl Album & CD Set from the Disney Store Online. Unfortunelty it is already Sold Out on the official Disney Store site, so I'll have to see if I can get one from eBay or some other reseller.
What is it? In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of the album The Story and Song From the Haunted Mansion comes this deluxe limited edition set featuring a faithful reproduction of the original gatefold album and two CDs. Created especially for Disneyland Resort, Limited Edition of 1000.
Originally released in 1969, this Disneyland Records Storyteller was a promotional album to commemorate the opening of the Haunted Mansions attraction. Long since out of print, this recording has become a cherished childhood memory for many Disneyland guests.
Set Includes:
  • The Story and Song From the Haunted Mansion vinyl album featuring a gatefold sleeve and including an 11-page book of color illustrations by Collin Campbell
  • The Story and Song From the Haunted Mansion CD
  • The Haunted Mansion CD
  • The album cover and Hat Box Ghost painting are included as separate prints suitable for framing
  • Presentation box
Additional Information:
The CD version of The Story and Song From the Haunted Mansion includes a bonus track if the official Disneyland Park Grim Grinning Ghosts.
CD also contains a digital image gallery containing the high qualoty images of the original painiting which are viewable and printable from your computer
The Haunted Mansion CD includes:
An all new ride-through mix showcasing the various musical elements of the Haunted Mansion with never-before-released recordings.
A hauntingly elegant music box version of Grim Grinning Ghosts
The many variations of the organ score assembled from the original recording sessions
The unearthly scrore from the rollicking graveyard scene
The Graveyard Band version of Grim Grinning Ghosts
A special mix of Grim Grinning Ghosts spotlighting each of the graveyard's ghostly duets
The album concludes with the Phantom Manor Suite, a special mux of John Debney's orchestral interpretations of Buddy Baker and X. Atencio's classic score

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Disney Collectors CDs

Here is some pretty cool news from Intrada. Our new CD of Michael Giacchino's Oscar-winning score for Walt Disney/Pixar's animation hit UP headlines a new series of soundtracks on CD, co-branded by Walt Disney Records & Intrada. This title was selected as the debut release with the hopes of reaching a wider audience than we have with our core group of soundtrack collectors. As with the Grammy Award-winning download program, we hope this CD will appeal not only to our soundtrack audience but to listeners who may not share a passion for Alex North, Jerry Fielding, Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith... yet love good music just the same. And Mr. Giacchino's tuneful, soaring and exciting score is just the perfect score to offer such appeal.
For our smaller group of core collectors, we have more great news! Disney is already restoring elements and preparing fully-restored masters for titles we'll be releasing just for you! (Coming next: a digitally-restored, newly-expanded genuine fan favorite!)
And Intrada will continue licensing great scores from other Disney-owned properties such as John Scott's powerhouse score for the Touchstone Pictures outdoor action film SHOOT TO KILL, which also just now makes its debut release on CD.
I truly feel this Walt Disney/Intrada series is great news for all of us who love music from the movies!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Let's Fly with Mary Poppins

After seeing the Disney's Archive Collection ad that I posted a while back, I went on the hunt for the 3 CDs listed in the ad. The first one I have acquired is Let's Fly with Mary Poppins (1965) which I was able to get from Amazon Market Place for $12.48. And after a few listens, I can say it was well worth the effort. It is a great listen from beginning to end filled with a great upbeat retro jazz / lounge sound that I am becoming a big fan of. I will certainly be on the lookout for this one on vinyl.
From the liner notes of the CD:
May I take this opportunity to pay a tribute to the Walt Disney Studio for giving us this great movie Mary Poppins, and may I pay tribute to Richard M. Sharman and Robert B. Sharman for giving us the most wonderful and delightful tunes ever to go into a movie. When I first heard these tunes, I flipped and immediately recorded "Stay Awake" and "Spoonful of Sugar."
We had the pleasure of introducing these two great tunes to our Las Vegas audiences. I then called in Gia Miaone (Mrs. Louis Prima) and together we went ahead and recorded the balance of these tunes to complete this album. We hope you will enjoy our treatments. In all my years of show business, I have never had so much fun. I do hope when you play this album over and over that you will enjoy the same kind of pleasure. Especially listen to Gia's interpretation of "Sister Suffragette"... WOW!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Apollo Music $1 Record Sale!

I finally got to Apollo Music today. I heard about them a few months back, but their hours are pretty much the same as the hours I work and they are not usually open on weekends. But I got an email from them this past week saying that they would be open today (Saturday) and that they had over 2500 new $1 albums, so I planned to make the trip to visit the store. I was not disappointed! I came home with 58 new albums, mostly Disney or Disney related.
Among my favorites, are:
  • A mint copy of Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean which still has its $5.98 Disneyland price sticker on it.
  • An RCA Camden album of Roy Rogers tells and sings about Pecos Bill from 1949.
  • Disneyland Records [DQ1296] Mary Martin Sings the Sound of Music from 1966.
  • Disneyland Records [3815] Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club Song Hits with a personal Mousketeer Cast Photo Album from 1975.
  • Buena Vista Records "Let's Get Together with Haley Mills" from 1962.
  • Somerset Records presents Favorite Songs from Walt Disney's Mary Poppins.
  • Columbia Records, The Dave Brubeck Quartet "Dave Digs Disney"
  • Official Mickey Mouse Club 78 R.P.M. Extra Play record of Walt Disney's The Littlest Outlaw from 1955.
  • Walt Disney "Little Gem" Record of The Aristocats.
  • A Pinocchio audio cassette that came with an LP sized booklet. Unfortunately the tape is missing, but I actually think I have an extra Pinocchio cassette somewhere that I can slip into this case.
I also got some more record sleeves to put my new records in. It is amazing how slipping an old beat up record into a glossy record sleeve can make it look so much more impressive!
As well as all the Disney records, I also picked up some other interesting albums incluidng an Art Linkletter album, a Reveen "Stop Smoking" album and a very cool Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker album.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Disney's Archive Collection

I used to be subscribed to the Disney Magazine for years before Disney stopped publishing it back in 2005. Recently while hunting though some local thrift shops, I came across a copy of the Spring 1998 issue of the Disney Magazine. I paid my 25 cent and took it home to have some fun rereading this 13 year old issue. What caught my eye was a full page story on the first 3 Disney Archive Collection CD's, as well as a half page ad for the albums.
Back in 1998, I didn't have much interest in these albums or the Disney Archive Collection, but today, I would love to add these to my collection. I am especially interested in finding a copy of the Lets Fly With Mary Poppins CD, as I downloaded a copy from iTunes and absolutely love it!
When Randy Thornton talks about the long- lost treasures in the Walt Disney Records archives, he
sounds more like a kid in a candy shop than a digital restoration producer. He takes master tapes of out-of- print albums and brings the sound quality up to today's standards. He uses words like "de-noise," "de-crackle," and "re-mix," but the mission is to present the music as it sounded in the studio.
He's done it with Disney's Classic Soundtrack Series, and he's doing it for the Archive Collection, due for its maiden release in March. "As long as I've been here, we've been getting letters from people asking about albums they had while growing up," says the 11 -year Disney veteran. Three albums will
launch the series. Originally released as Hayley Mills basked in the success of The Parent Trap, 1962's Let's Get Together With Hayley Mills contains her first commercial recording, "Jimmie Bean Song"
from Pollyanna. With British accent and spunky innocence, she sings of brave Jimmie, who "ain't afraid of nothing ... except a ghost, maybe."
Equally charming and also originally targeted for kids, 1964's Chim Chim Cheree and Other Children's Choices finds Burl Ives embracing old favorites and selections from Mary Poppins with a grandfatherly warmth that could soothe the wildest hellion. jazz trumpeter- singer-composer Louis Prima's Let's Fly With Mary Poppins from 1965 contains feisty renditions of the film's material. "Chim Cbim Cheree" won him the voice role of King Louie in The Jungle Book. These and subsequent releases will contain original cover art and liner notes.
Partly inspired by the resurgence of lounge music, the Archive Collection is an enthusiastic undertaking at Walt Disney Records. With a schedule calling for 10 releases this year and keepsakes from Fess Parker, Cliff  “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, and even Goofy's Dance Party on the docket, there will be new life for this lost art. "There's tons of stuff," says Thornton, "and it hasn't been available for 30 years. The time is right." (each CD, $16.98) -D. S.