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Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films

Stay Awake: Various Interpretations Of Music From Vintage Disney Films


Whether you regard him as one of the greatest storytellers in American history or a cold-hearted marketing genius who forced a set of prepackaged consumerist myths on several generations of unsuspecting youth, there's little argument that the films of Walt Disney have become an indelible part of our collective subconsciousness. Then again, for every child who delighted in the antics of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, there's another who had the bejesus scared out of him by the Wicked Queen or went into hysterics after Bambi's mother was shot; there's a mingled joy and tragedy in Disney's best work that's helped to give his films a cultural resonance Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry have never achieved. Consequently, different people have wildly different perspectives on Disney's work, and producer Hal Wilner, a man who joyously revels in diverse perspectives, made the most of that on Stay Awake, in which 21 songs from classic Disney films are reinterpreted -- sometimes faithfully, sometimes radically -- by a startling array of artists brought together by Wilner. Some of these tunes are barely recognizable from their sources (most notablyTom Waits' predictably clanky version of "Heigh Ho [The Dwarfs Marching Song]"), while others are faithful yet idiosyncratic (Syd Straw's jaunty "Blue Shadows on the Trail," and Los Lobos's rollicking "I Wan'na Be Like You [The Monkey Song]"), but just about everyone seems to find a different angle from which they approach these tunes. Bonnie Raitt gets soulful on "Baby Mine," Buster Poindexter's take on "Castle in Spain" is high camp at it's most eyebrow wagging, Sun Ra and His Arkestra take "Pink Elephants on Parade" to the spaceways, the Replacements pull "Cruella De Ville" from a puddle of stale beer, and Sinead O'Connor invests "Someday My Prince Will Come" with a desperate longing that's just a bit disturbing. For every nightmare there's a moment of genuine beauty, and when Ringo Starr wraps it up with "When You Wish Upon a Star" the cynics and the incurable optimists join hands and all get along just fine for a moment, just the way Uncle Walt would have wanted it. A fascinating look at a massively influential and little explored treasure trove of music. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB St Paul
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  • Label: A&M (USA)
  • UPC: 075021391826


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Track listings

  • 1. Opening Medley (I'm Getting Wet And I Don't Care At All): Hi Diddle Dee Dee (An Actor's Life For Me) / Little April Shower / I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) Natalie Merchant/Michael Stipe/Mark Bingham/The Roches/Los Lobos
  • 2. Baby Mine Bonnie Raitt/Was (Not Was)
  • 3. Heigh Ho (Dwarf's Marching Song) Tom Waits
  • 4. Medley Two (The Darkness Sheds Its Veil): Stay Awake / Little Wooden Head / Blue Shadows On The Trail Suzanne Vega/Bill Frisell/Wayne Horvitz/Syd Straw
  • 5. ...Wonderful Height): Castle In Spain / I Wonder Buster Poindexter/Yma Sumac
  • 6. Mickey Mouse March Aaron Neville
  • 7. Medley Four (All Innocent Children Had Better Beware): Feed The Birds / Whistle While You Work / I'm Wishing / Cruella De Ville / Dumbo And Timothy Garth Hudson/Nrbq/Betty Carter/The Replacements/Bill Frisell/Wayne Horvitz
  • 8. Someday My Prince Will Come Sin‚Ad O'connor
  • 9. Medley Five (Technicolor Pachyderms): Pink Elephants On Parade / Zip A Dee Doo Dah Sun Ra/Arkestra/Harry Nilsson
  • 10. Second Star To The Right James Taylor
  • 11. Pinocchio (Do You See The Noses Growing) Medley: Desolation Theme / When You Wish Upon A Star Bill Frisell/Wayne Horvitz/Ringo Starr
 
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
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