It follows the same format as every other entry in the series. So let’s just get to it:
This was the ninth release and it came out on June 16, 2015, to coincide with the 65th anniversary of Cinderella. The album includes the film’s original soundtrack, seven demo recordings, seven “Lost Chords” recordings, and nine bonus tracks.
The Production Notes contain some wonderful insights, such as: “A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.” Okay, but what I want to know then, is just what is a nightmare?!?
“I cannot think about the pictorial story without thinking about the complementary music which will fulfill it.” – Walt Disney
The Lost Chords section of the booklet is perhaps my favorite. Each song is reviewed and many of the lyrics are given. Unused songs are also highlighted.
Below is a sampling of one of the unused songs from Cinderella. First is a demo recording of a very fun song that was meant to be sung by Cinderella herself:
Now let’s hear a more polished version:
Another fun song was for Jacques and Gus Gus entitled simply ‘The Mouse Song’ and it regaled us with how the mice felt about being dressed in their spiffy clothes. Spoiler Alert: They loved it!
A close second for my favorite section of the booklet is the Concept Art. In each release these beautiful sketches are given the most space. And it’s easy to see why!
This edition has only two discs (some have three) but they are packed with content:
Each edition in this series came with an Internet link that is now inactive. You can still insert Disc 2 into your computer and it will open a browser. But the site it activates is basically disneymusic.disney.com with a further extension highlighting the particular film in question, in this case, Cinderella. But the extension is greyed out and it caused my laptop to freeze. I had to press ‘Esc’ to return control and then it gave me a ‘404’ error message with an animated Wreck it Ralph animatic. Long story short: Don’t try to access the bonus content!
Even without the Internet content (although I can’t say I’m not disappointed that Disney is not maintaining the links!) these CD sets are awesome! They go way beyond any soundtrack version ever released for these movies.
I have three more to share, starting with the LC Pinocchio CD Set, so watch for them in the near future.