With The Walt Disney Company celebrating 90 years of magic this year, Walt Disney Records is celebrating with over eight decades of music with a new four-CD box set.
The set’s title, Disney Classics, truly says it all — from “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” to the High School Musical series, this is a walk through the breadth of Disney musical treasures. Randy Thornton, who curated the set, gave us all the details!
Each disc contains 23-25 songs and has its own theme: Television Classics, Theme Park Classics, Timeless Classics, and Modern Classics. According to Randy, “Television Classics is the most eclectic disc because it ranges from the ‘Ballad of Davy Crockett’ and the original ‘Mickey Mouse Club March,’ through the ‘Darkwing Duck Theme’ (which has never been released on CD before), and then into The Cheetah Girls, Lizzie McGuire and A High School Musical. It covers decades of wildly different musical styles.”
Fans of long-gone treasures can turn to Theme Park Classics, which offers an irresistible mix of favorite current attractions (“Yo Ho! A Pirate’s Life for Me”, the Space Mountain theme, “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room,” and “Grim Grinning Ghosts”) along with music from attractions that live on only in our memories. If you miss The Land pavilion or the original Journey Into Imagination, relive them through their musical themes whenever you please.
According to Randy, the biggest challenge with putting together the two film discs was deciding what to include! “So many of our films often have many more than one great song! It was really hard to narrow down them all to fit in a manageable set and still represent as many films, TV shows, and attractions as possible. We were concerned about how songs flowed into the songs before and after them on the CDs. So, for example, we chose ‘Whistle While You Work’ from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to follow ‘Who’s Afraid the of Big Bad Wolf’ from Three Little Pigs because it flowed nicely.”
Randy adds, “Our music is an integral part of our legacy. Disney music has become entwined in world culture. You can walk up to anyone and hum a few bars of just about any of these songs, and they would not only recognize them but probably sing ‘em to you! We’ve done greatest hits albums before, but this is the first collection we’ve done that covers such a diverse collection of styles and covers so much time. Trying to pick my favorite song from the set is like trying to find the shiniest gold coin in a bucket of shiny gold coins – it’s overwhelming.”
Disney Classics is available online and at select Disney Parks locations.