Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection CDs Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a set of the Legacy Collection CD’s as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links.

Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, celebrates the anniversaries of Disney’s most beloved and classic films. These collections will feature the original soundtracks, plus archived content that tells the story behind the music. A Disney music lover's dream come true! 

I received The Lion King, Sleeping Beauty and Mary Poppins collections. Upon opening the discs, my attention was immediately drawn to the beautiful artwork on the CD packages. Created by Lorelay Bove, the cover art delicately combines beauty & romance with the well-known historic Disney images.

Armed with green tea and the soft light of my MacBook, I began each morning, for 3 days in a row, with a different set of discs. The first release in the series, The Lion King, was the set I chose to review first. This two-disc set is fulled with pure nostalgia. For those of us with older children, these CDs will bring back the memories of the first time we shared this beautiful film with our children. This set features the original motion picture soundtrack and 30 minutes of previously unreleased score. The music is amazing, and the liner notes are outstanding. Written by Don Hahn (producer) and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, the liner notes are a bonus for any The Lion King or Disney fan.You will learn the history behind some of the greatest music moments in the film and how they came to life.

In this video Hans Zimmer, Chris Montan, Mark Mancina, Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff, and Don Hahn discuss the journey of making The Lion King.

The next morning, I began my day with the Sleeping Beauty collection. On this particular morning, my daughter joined me at our kitchen table and worked alongside me on her own project. It was so magical to hear her hum along to the songs she loved as a little girl. As we listened to the songs and Tchaikovsky-inspired score from the film on Disc One, I remembered my daughter's first meeting with Princess Aurora at Disneyland twelve years ago. Music has many gifts, and the gift of taking me back to another moment in time is priceless. The second disc is filled with rare-behind-the scenes recordings and never released demos and tracks. The Lost Chords of Sleeping Beauty consists of 3 demos and 3 newly recorded versions of those demos. The rich, fully orchestrated audio is exceptional and worthy of your best speakers. The cherry on top? A feast-for-the-eyes collectable 20-page booklet filled with history, artwork and interesting facts. 

What are The Lost Chords? "Lost Chord" is a name given to a song composted for a Disney film that, for some reason, did not make the final cut. The video below shares The Lost Chord "Evil Evil".

It is no secret that I fully believe Julie Andrews is the true Queen of England, so obviously my favorite set is the 50th Anniversary release of The Mary Poppins collection. This set features over 2½ hours of awesomeness spread across 3 discs. I listened to this set last - while all alone - early Saturday morning with no interruptions. I wanted to savor every last detail of each disc, starting with the Disc One: the original soundtrack.

First released in 1964, the Mary Poppins motion picture soundtrack featured 14 original songs by legendary Disney songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman. Initially, the brothers came to meet Walt with music Annette Funicello was to perform in The Horsemasters. Although they were brought onboard right away, and wrote songs for several projects, it wasn't until they presented Walt with their first rendition of Mary Poppins song sketches that they were actually offered a contract with Disney. The rest is history.

With insanely detailed liner notes by Randy Thornton, the 20-page booklet is a joy to read. I thought I knew everything about Mary Poppins, but I was wrong. The Lost Chords on Disc Two are a treasure. A historic, national treasure.

Disc Three is filled with over 40 minutes of recordings from meetings between Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, the Sherman brothers and screenwriter Don DaGradi as they discussed the original outline for the movie, including the music. That's not enough? Well, also on Disc Three is an interview with Julie AndrewsDick Van Dyke, the Sherman brothers and Irwin Kostal (who arranged the music for "Mary Poppins," "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music"). Want more? Disc Three concludes with a 1989 interview with Richard and Robert Sherman as they discuss their work creating the magical music of "Mary Poppins." I'm not kidding. This collection in amazing.

The Legacy Collection will continue to roll out with more CDs in 2014 and 2015. The release schedule for Walt Disney The Legacy Collection is as follows:

The Legacy Collection 2014:

The Lion King        20th     6/24/14

Mary Poppins        50th    8/26/14

Sleeping Beauty        55th    10/7/14

The Little Mermaid        25th    11/17/14

The Legacy Collection 2015:

Fantasia            75th     1/3/15

Pinocchio            75th    2/3/15

Toy Story            20th    3/17/15

Disneyland             60th    4/7/15

Lady and the Tramp        60th    5/12/15

Pocahontas            20th    6/23/15

Aristocats            45th    8/14/15*

Cinderella            65th    8/14/15*

*First to Market at D23

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