According to the Disney Wiki: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is a stage show featuring an audio-animatronic version of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, best known for being presented at Disneyland since 1965. It was originally showcased as the prime feature of the State of Illinois Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. One year after its debut at the World’s Fair, the show opened at Disneyland, where it has undergone several changes and periods of hiatus over the years. Today Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is an element of the Disneyland attraction The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, which opened in 2009.
As was customary for Disney, a soundtrack was released. Although I have put the term ‘LP’ (long-play) in the title of this post, the record in question is the size of a 45 and not a 33 1/3. But to put more content on this disc, basically what would now be called an EP, the slower speed was applied to the smaller size. Not at all uncommon, albeit a bit confusing at times!
Let’s have a look at the cover:
A great artistic rendering of the show itself with Lincoln standing to address us.
Buena Vista was the ‘adult’ label for Disneyland Records and so was the obvious choice for a soundtrack release of this sort.
Side 1 begins with a little mood music with vocal accompaniment and then we are treated to some background information on how both the attraction and the soundtrack came to be, narrated by Frees. Side 2 gives us the entire show speech as it was first heard back in 1964. The record ends with the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
FUN FACTS: Lincoln had only one year of formal education. He worked as a clerk and Post Master before moving to Illinois. There he contemplated becoming a Blacksmith but instead decided to study Law. Being entirely self-taught, Lincoln passed the bar and started to practice Law. From those beginnings rose the 16th President of the United States, serving from 1861 until his assassination in 1865.
Lincoln can also be seen in Walt Disney World at The Hall of Presidents. And for more LP fun, why not check out our earlier post on a fantastic 78 rpm record featuring Disney’s Zorro!