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.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Walt Disney Legacy Collection Collectors Box

Here is an awesome addition to my collection. It is a nicely produced official box to house the complete twelve title series of Walt Disney Legacy Collection CDs. If you have not picked up this set, it is well worth the money. Titles include: The Lion King (2 Discs), Mary Poppins (3 Discs), Sleeping Beauty (2 Discs), The Little Mermaid (2 Discs), Fantasia (4 Discs), Pinocchio (2 Discs), Lady and the Tramp (2 Discs), Disneyland (3 Discs), Cinderella (2 Discs), Toy Story (2 Discs), Pocahontas (2 Discs), The Aristocats (2 Discs).
Each album has the original soundtrack as well as lots of great extras such as unused tracks, demos, and alternate versions of songs. They also come with lots of notes and information related to the music on the discs.
My favourites of the collection are the Disneyland and Aristocats collections. The Disneyland one because I love any chance to listen to park music, and this comes with 3 discs full of great pack music including music from Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. I also really love the Aristocats collection as it has so much great music including one of my favourites "Everybody Wants To Be a Cat", as well as some really fun "Lost Chords" and Bonus Tracks.
You can purchase the albums separately, or as a collection with the box, but it looks like the Disney Music Emporium web site is currently down with the following note; "We are working to enhance your experience and will be back soon with our full product line."

I look forward to seeing what new music they have in store in the near future!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Night on Bald Mountain / The Pastoral Symphony

Two of the albums I picked up last weekend caused me a bit confusion, as I didn't purchase any duplicate albums, and yet when I got home I found that I had two identical looking copies of "From Walt Disney's FANTASIA, The Pastoral Symphony". I then then realized that although the albums had the same music on side one and two, the cover of one had "Night on Bald Mountain" on the front and "The Pastoral Symphony" on the reverse. The centre of the record is red. The other album has "The Pastoral Symphony" on side one and the reverse has text talking about conductor Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as notes about the three songs on the album; The Pastoral Symphony", "Night on Bald Mountain", and "Ave Maria". The centre of this album is grey.
The Golden Age of Walt Disney Records 1933–1988 book pointed out that the "Pastoral" only cover with back cover folded flap with text is the mono version(WDL-4101C), and the version with "Night" front and "Pastoral" back cover is the stereo version (STER-4101C). I'm not sure why both of mine are WDL 4101C.
The only date to be seen is on the album with the text back cover which says "1961 Walt Disney Productions".



Sunday, May 8, 2016

Missed Exit Equals Big Disney Record Score!

Disneyland Records, LPs, Vinyl Albums
This past Friday night I drove down to Seattle, WA for a concert. I planned on stopping in Marysville to have dinner at the Golden Corral Buffet. I was having so much fun rocking to my music that I went right by the Marysville exit, and had to get off at the next exit which is Everett. I happened to notice a used music shop which the sign said had CDs, DVDs and Records. I decided to stop in and when I asked if they had any childrens records, in stead of showing me a small box with a few albums, he pointed me to the back of the store where there were piles and piles of kids records, mostly Disney. I spent a good hour digging though the piles. I think I made it about half way though the kids records before I had to go. What you see in the picture is what I ended up coming home with. And I can't wait to go back to continue hunting though the rest of the records to more additions to my collection. If you are looking for this place, it is at the corner of Broadway and 25th Street in Everett, Wa. And don't worry, I made it back to the Golden Corral with enough time to chow down before my concert!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sealed 1958 Sleeping Beauty Record and a Picture Book

Yesterday while out grocery shopping, I decided to check out the thrift shop next store, and came home with 7 records, including a sealed copy of Disneyland Records 3911, Walt Disney's Story of Sleeping Beauty, told and sung by Mary Martin. Anytime I find a sealed record in a thrift shop, I have to wonder, is this an actual still sealed, never played copy, or has someone resealed it at some point to make it seem more valuable. If that later is true, then how has it come to be sold for next to nothing in a thrift shop? I would love to open it and find that inside is a scratched up copy of a Village People album or some other album that someone has stuck in side and sealed up. But if it turned out that the album inside was truly the correct album and it mint condition, I would have just busted open a sealed album from 1958. So, in this case I guess I will have to just go with the idea that I have indeed found a sealed copy that is in the exact condition it would have been on the music store shelves back in 1958. What do you think? Have you found sealed albums in thrift shops etc? have you ever opened one that was sealed just for the fun of it? Have you ever sealed one yourself just because you could?