||From the Vault...
"Meets The Mouse"
© Walt Disney Records
Year of Release: 1998
Chim Chim Cher-ee
Under The Sea
Go The Distance
The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
You've Got A Friend In Me
When You Wish Upon A Star
Mickey Mouse March
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"Meets The Mouse"
Chip Davis' Mannheim Steamroller returns this week, as they take a look at various Disney song classics. For those who remember these tunes from
their original Disney movies, prepare for an updated sound; not only updated, these songs are transferred into the New Age Jazz style. Obviously,
the familiar kid versions are not here. Yet in the style of New Age Jazz, these songs bring a breath of fresh air to each and everyone one of these
As mentioned, these songs are really no comparison to the originals from the movies, especially the ones that I remember. The Mary Poppins
classics I remember, such as "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and "Supercalifragilicexpialidocious" have always brought back these versions sung by
Dick Van Dyke. Others to mention are "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" (from Song of the South), and the original hit version by Bill Hayes, "The
Ballad of Davy Crockett." And how can we not forget the Seven Dwarfs and their immortal "Heigh-Ho." Likewise, Jiminy Crickett's "When
You Wish Upon A Star" from Pinocchio. All of these songs that I do remember from the original Disney movies are all re-developed in the
great Mannheim Steamroller style, and fitting easily into the New Age Jazz format.
Upon reaching my more adult years, I, along as many my age, tended to drift away from the Disney fame. (Unless as a grown-up, you are still a huge
fan of Disney.) Of course, the other movies did reach their own popularity with young and old alike -- The Little Mermaid, The Lion King (which
I did see, knowing of Elton John's huge hit "Can You Feel The Love Tonight"), Hercules, and another movie I did see (which is what everyone
else was talking about and seeing), Toy Story, and Mulan. I did see both The Lion King and Toy Story, both movies were
exceptional, as everyone else enjoyed. I really didn't remember the music of Toy Story, but Elton John from The Lion King -- yes, being an
Elton John fan, for being a keyboardist as myself, and growing up listening to his music in the 1970s. (I have to admit, the song from Toy Story
on this album, is a great version, and it wants me to go back and hear the original.) And the Pinocchio classic "When You Wish Upon A Star" is
almost close to the original, yet it's New Age Jazz touch makes it even more beautiful.
Lastly, the "Mickey Mouse March" everyone remembers, as we all used to sing and spell out Mickey's name: "M-I-C... See you real soon...
K-E-Y... Why? 'Cause we like you... "M-O-U-S-E..." (The spoken word parts mentioned are even included.) And again, the version here is different as
the others on this album, giving a unique and beautiful concept to this song, and the entire album.
Mannheim Steamroller has recorded many great albums, and Mannheim Steamroller adds to this great list. For the Disney fan in all of us, this
is an album of uniqueness and greatness. Mannheim Steamroller does it again, an exceptional sound, an excpetional album.
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