The Legacy Collection The Little Mermaid CD Set

The fourth volume in The Legacy Collection was assigned to The Little Mermaid. It was released as a two-disc album on November 24, 2014, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the film. The album features the film’s complete original soundtrack, as well as work tapes and demo recording sessions performed by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman.

At this point, I have ten of the fifteen volumes released for the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland. Each volume also celebrates an anniversary of the subject being featured.

Let’s dive in and become a part of The Little Mermaid’s world:

This 1989 film is given credit for breathing life back into Disney animated films after some disappointing box office struggles. It also marked the start of the era known as the Disney Renaissance.

As we will see later, the concept art for this film was breathtaking! The pictures cards at the beginning and ending of this box set gives us a taste of what is to come.

But first, feel free to enlarge the following Production Notes and enjoy some inside information on how the film came to be:

Next we have a very large section dedicated to the Music. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (“Under the Sea”). If you again enlarge the text you will be able to read some of the lyrics of your favorite songs:

Now we get to the ‘Ooh’ and ‘Ahh’ section of the box set, the Concept Art:

More money and resources were dedicated to The Little Mermaid than any other Disney animated film in decades and it shows! It was the last Disney feature animated film to use the traditional hand-painted cel method with later films being done with a digital process.

Above you can see the full listing of songs you will find on this CD set. I highly recommend these Legacy offerings even if you already have the original soundtrack in some form or other. It’s the extra stuff you get that really makes it worth the investment!

For example, note how raw this demo recording is but while still giving an idea of what it would become. Imagine being a director and trying to envision the finished product:

Under the Sea Synth DemoHoward Ashman & Alan Menken

This next demo is more polished:

Kiss the Girl Synth DemoHoward Ashman & Alan Menken

Again, hearing the demo recordings is wonderful as they give you an insight into the development of the music for the film. Sometimes songs are dumped and other times tweaked. But never thrown away!

As this image from the back cover of the CD set shows, much of the concept art makes it into the final film. I’m sure you remember this iconic moment as Ariel sings about her yearning to be a part of our world! Isn’t that neat?

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