Aladdin [Original Soundtrack] [Disney] [2004]

Aladdin [Original Soundtrack] [Disney] [2004]

by Tim RiceTim Rice

CD(Bonus Tracks / Special Edition)

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The soundtrack to Disney's Aladdin features another first-rate score by composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, who helped Menken complete the score when Ashman died before it was finished. "A Whole New World" (the film's hit single) and Robin Williams' bravura performance as the magic lamp on songs such as "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" are justifiably credited as the album's highlights. Aladdin's score is consistently good, rivaling the best of Disney's other animated musicals from the '90s. The manic "One Jump" and "Arabian Nights" are cut from the cloth of classic Broadway show tunes, while Menken's instrumental cues range from the sweetly cartoonish "To Be Free" to the romantic "Kiss" to the ominous "Jafar's Hour" and "On a Dark Night." While it's not quite as brilliant as the music from The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin is still a fine soundtrack and an auspicious debut for Menken and Rice's collaboration. This "special edition" of the soundtrack, released to coincide with the appearance of the film as a two-disc DVD, contains two intriguing bonus tracks, Menken and Ashman's demos of songs that didn't make it into the final version. "Proud of Your Boy," which Menken sings effectively, is an earnest ballad in the style of "A Whole New World" in which Aladdin addresses his mother, promising to mend his errant ways. "High Adventure" is a quick-tempo production number sung by Menken and Ashman (also in good voice) in which the genie encourages Aladdin to act heroically. Either song could have served well in the score if the episodes they musicalize had been included in the final film.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2004
Label: Walt Disney Records
UPC: 0050086116379
catalogNumber: 861163
Rank: 12697

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Rice   Primary Artist
Robin Williams   Vocals
Peabo Bryson   Vocals,Track Performer
Bruce Adler   Vocals
Howard Ashman   Vocals
Regina Belle   Vocals,Track Performer
Jonathan Freeman   Vocals
Brad Kane   Vocals
Alan Menken   Vocals
Lea Salonga   Vocals
David Friedman   Conductor

Technical Credits

Peabo Bryson   Duet
Howard Ashman   Composer,Lyricist
Regina Belle   Duet
Bruce Botnick   Engineer,Engineering,Scoring Engineer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger
Dana Jon Chappelle   Engineer
Michael Farrow   Engineer,Engineering
Alan Menken   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Score Producer,Audio Production
Michael Starobin   Orchestration
Tim Rice   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Walter Afanasieff   Producer,Audio Production
Jordan Foley   Art Direction
Daniel Troob   Arranger,Score Orchestration

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