•The Lion King 20th – June 24, 2014 •Mary Poppins 50th – August 26, 2014 •Sleeping Beauty 55th – October 7, 2014 •The Little Mermaid 25th – November 17, 2014 •Fantasia 75th – January 3, 2015 •Pinocchio 75th – February 3, 2015 •Toy Story 20th – March 17, 2015 •Disneyland 60th – April 7, 2015 •Lady and the Tramp 60th – May 12, 2015 •Pocahontas 20th – June 23, 2015 •Aristocats 45th – August 14, 2015 (Available first at D23 Expo) •Cinderella 65th – August 14, 2015 (Available first at D23 Expo)
It's a shame that this glory couldn't go to Intrada, but assuming the price is right I will be picking up a good handful of these
Well there goes my hopes of Intrada putting it out complete. Still, this is promising...
I'm not intimately familiar with the score, but it looks nearly complete, if not complete.
Sounds good to me! Realistically, I wondered whether this score might have been too costly to release by Intrada with the songs included, so it's nice to see this coming out on Disney. This is the only score in the list that really appeals to me. In particular, I note that there's no Mulan in that list... hmmm.
Comparing this new release to the single CD 14-track 2003 "Special Edition" of THE LION KING, when you eliminate all of the songs that are on both, you have these additional tracks on the Legacy Collection:
2) ‘Didn’t Your Mother Tell You Not to Play With Your Food’ Score 3) ‘We Are All Connected’ Score 4) ‘Hyenas in the Pride Land’ Score 6) ‘Elephant Graveyard’ Score 7) ‘I Was Just Trying to Be Brave’ Score 9) ‘Simba, It’s to Die For’ Score 10) ‘Stampede’ Score 11) ‘Mufasa Dies’ Score 12) If You Ever Come Back We’ll Kill You’ Score 13) ‘Bowling for Buzzards’ Score 15) ‘We Gotta Bone to Pick With You’ Score 16) ‘Kings of the Past’ Score 17) ‘Nala, Is It Really You?’ Score 19) ‘Remember Who You Are’ Score 20) ‘This Is My Home’ Score 21) ‘The Rightful King’ Score
2) ‘Warthog Rhapsody’ Performed by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella 3) ‘We Are All Connected ‘Score Demo 4) ‘I Was Just Trying to Be Brave’ Score Demo 5) ‘Stampede’ Score Demo 6) ‘Mufasa Dies’ Score Demo 7) ‘This Is My Home’ Score Demo 8) ‘The Rightful King’ Score Demo 9) ‘Circle of Life’ Instrumental Demo
In addition to the songs, the Special Edition has 4 score tracks, which apparently are going by different names in the Legacy Collection:
7. This Land (02:53) (Instrumental) 8. ...To Die For (04:16) (Instrumental) 9. Under The Stars (03:43) (Instrumental) 10. King Of Pride Rock (05:57) (Instrumental)
The Special Edition also has the "Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Remix) (04:08) performed by Elton John," which doesn't seem to be on the Legacy Collection.
The second CD of the Legacy Collection has one song ("Warthog Rhapsody"), which appeared on the 1995 Disney album Rhythm of the Pride Lands: Music Inspired by The Lion King. The balance of new material on the second CD is demo versions of seven tracks on the first CD.
From the tracklist it might look like it's actually quite complete. At least in number of tracks. It says 30 min. of previously unreleased score, so unless that means AT LEAST 30 minutes (and in reality closer to 35 minutes), I guess perhaps there's been some (short) edits here and there (?)!, and/or the score tracks fade with eachother, or the songs ... but hopefully not that.
The demo tracks also sounds very interesting, certainly the instrumental of Circle Of Life, among others...
I'm *very* happy with these releases, even though I'm not 100% certain right now if we'll get of HZ's score for THE LION KING.
The score portions that are/were available between US and international releases amount to 21 minutes. The recording sessions (?) that leaked last year are 56:30 in length (excluding all songs/demos). Below I'm trying to line up the new version with track times from the rec sessions:
2) ‘Didn’t Your Mother Tell You Not to Play With Your Food’: 2:13 3) ‘We Are All Connected’: 3:03 4) ‘Hyenas in the Pride Land’: 4:00 6) ‘Elephant Graveyard’: 4:47 7) ‘I Was Just Trying to Be Brave’: 2:16 9) ‘Simba, It’s to Die For’: 0:49? 10) ‘Stampede’: 3:26 11) ‘Mufasa Dies’: 3:29 12) If You Ever Come Back We’ll Kill You’: 2:11 13) ‘Bowling for Buzzards’: 1:09 15) ‘We Gotta Bone to Pick With You’: 1:14 16) ‘Kings of the Past’: 1:40 17) ‘Nala, Is It Really You?’: 4:17 19) ‘Remember Who You Are’: 7:53 20) ‘This Is My Home’: 2:29 21) ‘The Rightful King’: 11:43
The arrangement of tracks (split vs. mixed together) is likely to not be the same between the rec sessions and the new release, so the listing above should be taken with a pillar of salt. There's also the issue of the score having reportedly been slowed down for the soundtrack, but I don't know if this also goes for the sessions (or would go for the new release).
If we take the sessions as the complete score as it was heard in the movie (again, different mixes and demo versions not withstanding), there is about 35 minutes of unreleased score. Without any further information and because I tend to be pessimistic, the official statement of "30 minutes of previously unreleased score" would seem to imply that we might not get everything. That would be a small bummer, but I'm completely ecstatic, 20 years after TLK started my interest in and love for film music, to FINALLY have all the most important moments (Scar and Simba's Fight, Rafiki's realization that Simba is still alive, Simba waking up in the desert to Richard Harvey's gorgeous pan flute). The five minutes or so that might be missing won't drag the experience down for me.