With a Disney vacation only a couple of months away, I’ve been trying to get my kids in the mood for the trip by breaking out some of my Disney albums that have been collecting dust.
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Disney has released an abundance of albums over the years containing many of the selections from their film’s catalogs. One such offering was a three disc set released between 2001 and 2002 which covered 60 of their greatest (and not so great) songs from their films and theme parks. The second album in the set was called Disney’s Greatest Hits Volume 2 and featured the following track list:
1. You’ll Be in My Heart
2. I’ll Make a Man Out of You
3. Go the Distance
4. Bells of Notre Dame
5. Colors of the Wind
6. Hakuna Matata
7. Be Our Guest
8. Under the Sea
9. Winnie the Pooh
10. The Bare Necessities
11. Chim Chim Cher-ee
12. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
13. Mickey Mouse March
14. The Ballad of Davy Crockett
15. It’s a Small World
16. He’s A Tramp
17. The Second Star to the Right
18. Little April Showers
19. I’ve Got No Strings
20. Some Day My Prince Will Come
At face value, this is a top quality CD featuring music spanning nearly 7 decades of Disney history. It features a few of the most recognizable songs in Disney’s catalog, such as recent hits in “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast and “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid, as well as classics like “The Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book. My children haven’t even seen The Jungle Book and they know the song, which speaks volumes.
There is something for everyone, with songs from Lady and the Tramp, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi. Younger kids and teenagers will recognize the more recent songs from films like Mulan, Tarzan and Hercules, even if they are far less necessary to a collection like this.
Still, while this is a great album on its own, most true Disney fans will own many of the songs already from previous collections or the film’s original soundtracks. While it is nice to have “The Ballad of Davy Crockett”, do I need yet another copy of “Hakuna Matata?” On the other hand, could you sell an album of one without the other?
Overall, this is a great starter album for fans of Disney music that don’t have most of the songs already. With personal favorites like “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and “Little April Showers” surrounded by a nice mix of classics and recent fare, you could do far worse than picking up this album for the $10 it is going for today. Just be aware that most Disney fans will have many of the offerings provided here on one album or another already.
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