Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corp.
Pages: 254 (288 in 7th Edition)
“Disney songs (are) eminently hummable and totally unforgettable.”
A book must be good when it’s available in 7 printings (as of 2018)! You can pick up a copy today on most book selling sites. However, the volume I am sharing and reviewing here is a First Edition from 1993. Each edition contains a written history of Disney music up to the time of publishing and a selection of Disney sheet music arranged in chronological order.
The cover art was changed for each edition with this edition having the simplest design. Paperback copies are also available.
There are 71 songs in all. Each has the musical sheets so that you can play along with a piano. Many have lyrics printed out as well. And there are also some wonderful illustrations and stills depicting key moments from the films being represented.
This edition ends with songs from Aladdin, which was released in 1992. But there are also songs from television and the Parks. Again, each subsequent edition would have additional songs up to the year of release.
Does this book have any value to those who do not play a musical instrument? Yes and No. If you are interested in the songs of Disney, you may enjoy seeing the lyrics of some of your favorites. But beyond that, there isn’t much here.
I would give this book a 4 out of 5 Stars for those who do play music (5 Stars would go to the latest edition for being up to date) but only 2.5 out of 5 Stars for the average Disney fan.