The Magic of Disney Reviewed

The music of Disney has been enchanting and entertaining audiences for generations, from the first time Mickey Mouse whistled a tune in Steamboat Willie to the modern-day phenomenon of the internationally popular Hannah Montana.

It's pretty safe to say that music was a key ingredient of Walt Disney's success. Here's an album that suitable for the young and old. Featuring hits and familiar tunes like "The Circle of Life" and "A Whole New World", many great artistes from the likes of Elton John and Peabo Bryson to even Celine Dion or Vanessa Williams have gone on to sing the themes of many great Disney classics.

The Verdict

Listening to this album not only brought back memories but it also reminded me just how powerful the lyrics of a Disney song was. It's the kind of album that transcends all genres and age groups, in fact I remember how the father of a friend of mind would constantly request for Vanessa William's Colors of the wind to played on radio. It really showed how that one sincere powerful tune really connected with him and I think that's the magic of a Disney song.

I'll be honest and say that not all the tracks will appeal to you but there will be a significant number that will bring back a moment in your life, spark a memory and perhaps draw a tear of joy or a smile of hope. For those with kids, share this album with them and show them how Disney used to touch the lives of so many children both young and old before 3D technology or the electronic tunes fill the thoughts of the current generation.

I think one track in particular will always stand out as a Disney magic tune and that's "When you wish upon a star". It makes you remember how when you were a kid that anything was possible and all dreams could come true just by wishing upon a star. Well of course we all grew up and you realise it's not possible but I guess this album gives you a chance to go back to that time even just for the duration of a song to remember how simple life was back then.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

A classic never dies, this truely is The Magic of Disney


Disc 1

1. Circle Of Life – The Lion King
2. Beauty And The Beast – Beauty And The Beast
3. A Whole New World – Aladdin
4. You've Got A Friend In Me – Toy Story
5. I Won't Say I'm In Love – Hercules
6. Colors Of The Wind – Pocahontas
7. Someday – The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
8. Once Upon A Dream – Sleeping Beauty
9. He's A Tramp – Lady And The Tramp
10. The Bare Necessities – The Jungle Book
11. Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah – Song Of The South
12. Hakuna Matata – The Lion King
13. Happy Working Song – Enchanted
14. Heigh Ho – Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
15. The Wonderful Things About Tiggers – The Tigger Movie
16. When I See An Elephant Fly – Dumbo
17. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes – Cinderella
18. Chim Chim Cher-Ee – Mary Poppins
19. The Aristocats – The Aristocats
20. I'll Try – Return To Neverland
21. Go The Distance – Hercules
22. Reflection – Mulan
23. Part Of Your World – The Little Mermaid

Disc 2

1. He's A Pirate – Pirates Of The Caribbean
2. Life Is A Highway – Cars
3. Under The Sea – The Little Mermaid
4. That's How You Know – Enchanted
5. Cruella De Vil – 101 Dalmatians
6. Candle On The Water – Pete's Dragon
7. Little April Shower – Bambi
8. You Can Fly – Peter Pan
9. Just Around The Riverbend – Pocahontas
10. Be Our Guest – Beauty And The Beast
11. If I Didn't Have You – Monsters Inc.
12. Bibbidi Bobbidi-Boo – Cinderella
13. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Mary Poppins
14. The Unbirthday Song – Alice In Wonderland
15. Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat – The Aristocats
16. Zero To Hero – Hercules
17. One Jump Ahead – Aladdin
18. I Wan'na Be Like You – The Jungle Book
19. Can You Feel The Love Tonight – The Lion King
20. Kiss The Girl – The Little Mermaid
21. Someday My Prince Will Come – Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
22. Best Of Friends – The Fox And The Hound
23. When She Loved Me – Toy Story 2
24. When You Wish Upon A Star – Pinocchi

The Magic of Disney Sparkling Music and Memories is out in CD Rama & Prologue stores now

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