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Mannheim Steamroller
"Meets The Mouse"

© Walt Disney Records
Year of Release: 1998

track listing
  • Chim Chim Cher-ee
  • Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
  • Under The Sea
  • Hakuna Matata
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Go The Distance
  • The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
  • Heigh-Ho
  • You've Got A Friend In Me
  • When You Wish Upon A Star
  • Reflection
  • 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 well-known songs.

    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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    Bob Moore--Mexico