Home on the Range

Home on the Range

by Alan Menken


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Disney's Home on the Range, which chronicles the (mis)adventures of a group of animals trying to save their farm, is one of the studio's first big-screen animated features to have a heavily song-based soundtrack in several years. While the movies Pixar made with Disney featured one or two memorable songs apiece, they usually weren't intrinsic to the films' action in the way that they were in Disney films from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Tarzan. Home on the Range is a partial return to that style of soundtrack, and also the return of composer Alan Menken, who teams up this time with lyricist Glenn Slater. Menken and Slater take their cue from classic Western musicals like Oklahoma! and Paint Your Wagon as well as the spacious, sweeping feel of the scores from vintage Westerns. Home on the Range isn't as song-oriented as Aladdin or even Mulan were, but the songs that are here are quite enjoyable. k.d. lang lends some Western swing flair to "Little Patch of Heaven," which is the soundtrack's most charming song, although the chorus' "(You Ain't) Home on the Range" and Randy Quaid's "Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Ooo" are nearly as much fun. Bonnie Raitt's "Will the Sun Ever Shine Again" is Home on the Range's best ballad, a simple but heartfelt song that Raitt keeps simple and heartfelt. The same can't be said for Tim McGraw's "Wherever the Trail May Lead," which is slick and overblown in the way that too much contemporary country is, or for the Beu Sisters' "Anytime You Need a Friend," which has a glossy, teen pop production that goes against the grain of everything else on the album. Alan Menken's version of the song closes the album, and while it sounds unfinished, it's still an improvement over the Beu Sisters' rendition. Menken's score continues the soundtrack's Wild West theme, but sounds a little bland and faceless compared to the vocal tracks (although "Cows to the Rescue," which moves from subdued to cartoonish, is a notable exception). It may not be as consistently brilliant as Disney's soundtracks were in the late '80s and early '90s (to say nothing of the '40s and '50s), but Home on the Range is still a fun and well-made soundtrack that doesn't insult or bore its audience.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2004
Label: Walt Disney Records
UPC: 0050086106677
catalogNumber: 861066

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Menken   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals
Randy Erwin   yodeling
Randy Quaid   Vocals
Tim McGraw   Vocals
David Campbell   Conductor
k.d. lang   Vocals
Wilbur Pauley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jason Graae   Vocals,Actor
Michael Kosarin   Conductor
Gregory Jbara   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Actor
William Parry   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Peter Samuel   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
David Burnham   Vocals,Actor
Beu Sisters   Vocals,Group
Kerry Christenson   yodeling
Timothy Blevins   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tim McGraw   Producer
Douglas Besterman   Orchestration
David Campbell   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement,String Conductor
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Mark Hammond   Producer
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Dave Marquette   Engineer
Alan Menken   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Score Producer
Chris Montan   Executive Producer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Glenn Slater   Composer,Lyricist
Michael Starobin   Arranger,Score Orchestration
Paul Wertheimer   Engineer
Bill Whittington   Engineer,Engineering
Frank Wolf   Engineer,Engineering
Johnny Blas   Cover Art
Michael Kosarin   Vocal Arrangements,Score Conductor
Sandy De Crescent   Score Conductor
Ricky Cobble   Engineer,Engineering
Luis M. Fernández   Art Direction
Reggie Wilson   Song Contractor
Glen Lajeski   Creative Consultant,Marketing
Daniel Gaber   Orchestration
Arnaldo DAlfonso   Cover Art
Charlie Paakkari   Engineering
Daniel Troob   Orchestration
Arnaldo D'Alfonso   Cover Art
John Blas   Cover Art

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Home on the Range 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Home on the Range is soooo funny I saw it last nite and I luved it! I'm sure the soundtrack will be as good as the movie! COWS RULE!!!!!!! I LUV COWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!