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THE LITTLE MERMAID Original Soundtrack (1989)

THE LITTLE MERMAID

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Howard Ashman
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1989
20
43:17
Walt Disney Records

THE MUSIC BEHIND THE MAGIC: The Musical Artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Rice

THE MUSIC BEHIND THE MAGIC
The Musical Artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Rice

Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
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1994
20
62:43 [3h, 39min, 41sec (4 discs)]
Walt Disney Records

THE LITTLE MERMAID Original Soundtrack (re-edited) (1997)

THE LITTLE MERMAID (re-edition)

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Howard Ashman
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1997
20
43:17
Walt Disney Records

THE LITTLE MERMAID Original Soundtrack: Special Edition (2006)

THE LITTLE MERMAID: Special Edition

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Howard Ashman
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2006
24
55:53
Walt Disney Records

THE LITTLE MERMAID Original Soundtrack: The Legacy Collection (2014)

THE LITTLE MERMAID: The Legacy Collection

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Howard Ashman
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2014
44
107:03
Walt Disney Records

REVIEW

The Little Mermaid (ENGLISH)

The Little Mermaid (Alan Menken y Howard Ashman). The composer Alan Menken is, after Alfred Newman, the most Oscar winning composer, being achieved a total of 8 awards. Named in addition a Disney Legend in 2001 (award that is given to the persons with great contribution for the history of the The Walt Disney Company), obtained his 8 Oscar awards for his work in 4 movies, winning both awards to Best Song and Best Score simultaneously for The Little Mermaid, The Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. In addition, the obtaining of these 8 awards took place in the small space of time between the production of The Little Mermaid (1989) and Pocahontas (1995), with the enormous merit that it imply.

The soundtrack of The Little Mermaid has been edited several times with different contents: the original one from 1989 and the extended editions of 2006 and 2014. Apart, in 1997 the original album was re-edited with identical content but different cover art, whereas in 1994 there were commercialized an extended version inside the compilation The Music Behind the Magic. This compilation included the music of Menken, Ashman and Rice for the movies The Little Mermaid, The Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, and in witch numerous demos were included. The summary of albums here established obvious the versions in other languages that with Disney are always produced and that multiply the compilations that, in occasions, contain even more tracks than the original English version.

The Music Behind the Magic was a great idea in its concept, but the listening of the disc turns out to be some muddled, since the tracks order includes the demo and final versions one after another. The Legacy Collection reordered successfully this content and sent the demos to the disc 2, allowing a "clean" listening of the soundtrack as it is listened in the movie. The demo song Silence is Golden, which was eliminated of the montage in favor of Poor Unfortunate Souls, is the only song that is included in The Music Behind the Magic but that, incomprehensibly, omitted in The Legacy Collection.

The 2006 Special Edition was edited to coincide with the DVD release of the movie. This 2-CD edition includes the classic soundtrack previously edited in the first disc, and, on the second disc, 4 songs featured by groups and soloists related to the Disney youth of that moment, besides a couple of musical videos. The content does not adds anything new of Menken and Ashman, and turns to this edition in a similar product to the special edition of 2003 of The Lion King, which, as this one, was adding remixes of songs but not original extra content. In 2014, The Legacy Collection included Menken's extended score and the tracks arranged chronologically, being from afar the best edition of all.

Menken's value for Disney's music of the modern age might declare as a cornerstone that marked generations of persons with the extreme perfection of his melodies and songs. And the proof of it is that win the Oscar award for the best song and best score 4 times is a merit difficultly describable. Apart, the children and not so children's legion captivated by Menken's music is a legacy of the composer for Disney of enormous value.

La Sirenita (ESPAÑOL)

La Sirenita (Alan Menken y Howard Ashman). El compositor Alan Menken es, tras Alfred Newman, el compositor más galardonado en los premios Oscar, habiendo logrado un total de 8. Nombrado además como Leyenda Disney en 2001 (premio que se concede a las personas de gran contribución para la historia de las películas Disney), obtuvo sus 8 premios Oscar por su trabajo en 4 películas, ganando ambos premios a Mejor Canción y Mejor Partitura de forma simultánea para La Sirenita, La Bella y la Bestia, Aladdin y Pocahontas. Además, la obtención de estos 8 premios se produjo en el pequeño lapso de tiempo entre la producción de La Sirenita (1989) y Pocahontas (1995), con el enorme mérito que ello conlleva.

La banda sonora de La Sirenita se ha editado en varias ocasiones con distintos contenidos: la original de 1989 y las ediciones ampliadas de 2006 y 2014. Aparte, en 1997 se reeditó el álbum original con idéntico contenido pero distinto arte para las carátulas, mientras que en 1994 se comercializó una versión ampliada dentro de la compilación The Music Behind the Magic. Dicha compilación incluyó la música de Menken, Ashman y Rice para las películas de La Sirenita, La Bella y la Bestia y Aladdin y en la que se incluyeron numerosas demos. El resumen de álbumes aquí establecido obvia las versiones en otros idiomas que con Disney siempre se producen y que multiplican las compilaciones que, en ocasiones, contienen incluso más pistas que la versión original en inglés.

The Music Behind the Magic fue una gran idea en su concepto, pero la escucha del disco tal cual resulta algo embarullada, ya que el orden de las pistas incluye las versiones demo y finales unas detrás de otras. The Legacy Collection reordenó con acierto este contenido y envió las demos al disco 2, permitiendo una escucha "limpia" de la banda sonora tal cual se escucha en la película. La demo de la canción Silence is Golden, que se eliminó del montaje en favor de Poor Unfortunate Souls, es la única canción que se incluye en The Music Behind the Magic pero que, incomprensiblemente, se obvia en The Legacy Collection.

La edición especial de 2006 se editó para coincidir con la salida a la venta del DVD de la película. Dicha edición de 2 CDs incluye la banda sonora clásica anteriormente editada en el primero de los discos, y, en el segundo disco, 4 canciones interpretadas por grupos y solistas afines a la juventud Disney del momento, además de un par de vídeos musicales. El contenido no aporta nada nuevo de Menken y Ashman, y convierte a esta edición en un producto similar a la edición especial de El Rey León de 2003, que, como ésta, añadía remixes de canciones pero no contenido original extra. En 2014, The Legacy Collection incluyó el score ampliado de Menken y las pistas ordenadas cronológicamente, siendo de lejos la mejor edición de todas.

El valor de Menken para la música de Disney de la era moderna podría declararse como una piedra angular que marcó a generaciones de personas con la extrema perfección de sus melodías y canciones. Y la prueba es que ganar el premio Oscar por la mejor canción y el mejor score 4 veces es un mérito difícilmente calificable. Aparte, la legión de niños y no tan niños cautivados por la música de Menken es un legado del compositor para Disney de enorme valor.

TRACK LISTINGS
THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989 / 1997)
Total Time: 43:17
  1. Fathoms Below (1:41)
  2. Main Titles (1:26)
  3. Fanfare (0:30)
  4. Daughters of Triton (0:40)
  5. Part of Your World (3:15)
  6. Under the Sea (3:15)
  7. Part of Your World (Reprise) (2:18)
  8. Poor Unfortunate Souls (4:51)
  9. Les Poissons (1:36)
  10. Kiss the Girl (2:43)
  1. Fireworks (0:38)
  2. Jig (1:34)
  3. The Storm (3:20)
  4. Destruction of the Grotto (1:55)
  5. Flotsam and Jetsam (1:25)
  6. Tour of the Kingdom (1:27)
  7. Bedtime (1:23)
  8. Wedding Announcement (2:19)
  9. Eric to the Rescue (3:43)
  10. Happy Ending (3:11)
THE MUSIC BEHIND THE MAGIC
The Musical Artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
(1994)
Total Time: 62:43
  DISC 1: THE LITTLE MERMAID   (62:43)   DISC 2: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 
  1. Fathoms Below, Main Titles (demo) (4:39)
  2. Fathoms Below (final) (1:41)
  3. Main Titles (final) (1:26)
  4. Fanfare (final) (0:26)
  5. Daughters of Triton (final) (0:37)
  6. Part of Your World (work tape) (0:46)
  7. Part of Your World (demo) (0:47)
  8. Part of Your World (final) (3:12)
  9. Fireworks (final) (0:38)
  10. Jig (final) (1:32)
  11. Under the Sea (work tape) (1:20)
  12. Under the Sea (demo) (2:32)
  13. Under the Sea (final) (3:12)
  14. Sebastian and Triton (final) (1:41)
  15. Part of Your World (Reprise) (demo) (1:32)
  16. The Storm (final) (3:18)
  17. Part of Your World (Reprise) (final) (2:15)
  18. Silence Is Golden (demo) (2:35)
  19. Poor Unfortunate Souls (demo) (5:06)
  20. Poor Unfortunate Souls (final) (4:48)
  21. Les Poissons (demo) (2:07)
  22. Les Poissons (final) (1:32)
  23. Tour of the Kingdom (final) (1:24)
  24. Kiss the Girl (demo) (1:05)
  25. Kiss the Girl (final) (1:35)
  26. Bedtime (final) (1:20)
  27. Wedding Announcement (final) (2:16)
  28. Eric to the Rescue (final) (3:40)
  29. Part of Your World / Happy Ending (work tape / final) (2:34)
Tracks not listed.
  DISC 3: ALADDIN
Tracks not listed.
  DISC 4: ALADDIN (The Original Score)
Tracks not listed.

THE LITTLE MERMAID: Special Edition (2006)
Total Time: 55:53
DISC 1 (43:17) DISC 2 (12:35)
  1. Fathoms Below (1:41)
  2. Main Titles (1:26)
  3. Fanfare (0:30)
  4. Daughters of Triton (0:40)
  5. Part of Your World (3:15)
  6. Under the Sea (3:15)
  7. Part of Your World (Reprise) (2:18)
  8. Poor Unfortunate Souls (4:51)
  9. Les Poissons (1:36)
  10. Kiss the Girl (2:43)
  11. Fireworks (0:38)
  12. Jig (1:34)
  13. The Storm (3:20)
  14. Destruction of the Grotto (1:55)
  15. Flotsam and Jetsam (1:25)
  16. Tour of the Kingdom (1:27)
  17. Bedtime (1:23)
  18. Wedding Announcement (2:19)
  19. Eric to the Rescue (3:43)
  20. Happy Ending (3:11)
  1. Kiss the Girl - performed by Ashley Tisdale (3:25)
  2. Poor Unfortunate Souls - performed by Jonas Brothers (2:29)
  3. Part of Your World - performed by Jessica Simpson (3:29)
  4. Under the Sea - performed by Raven-Symone (3:14)
THE LITTLE MERMAID: The Legacy Collection (2014)
Total Time: 107:03
DISC 1 (71:10) DISC 2 (35:53)
  1. Fathoms Below Performed by Ship’s Chorus (1:42)
  2. Main Titles (1:26)
  3. Fanfare (0:28)
  4. Daughters of Triton Performed by Daughters of Triton (0:52)
  5. Intro Ariel (3:12)
  6. Intro Ursula (2:38)
  7. Triton Reprimands (1:49)
  8. Sebastian's Dilemma (0:44)
  9. Part of Your World Performed by Jodi Benson (3:31)
  10. Fireworks (2:11)
  11. The Storm (3:18)
  12. Part of Your World (Reprise) / Ursula Plots Performed by Jodi Benson (3:03)
  13. Ariel in Love (0:23)
  14. Under the Sea Performed by Samuel E. Wright (3:23)
  15. Sebastian and Triton (1:40)
  16. Destroying the Grotto (1:55)
  17. Flotsam and Jetsam (1:47)
  18. Ursula's Lair (2:17)
  19. Poor Unfortunate Souls Performed by Pat Carroll (4:49)
  20. She's Got Legs (1:22)
  21. Sebastian Relents (0:28)
  22. On Land (2:25)
  23. Miss Manners (1:09)
  24. Les Poissons Performed by René Auberjonois (2:11)
  25. Crab On a Plate / Bedtime (2:20)
  26. Tour of the Kingdom (1:26)
  27. Kiss the Girl Performed by Samuel E. Wright (2:40)
  28. Ariel Left Behind (4:09)
  29. Poor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise) Performed by Pat Carroll (0:31)
  30. The Truth (1:23)
  31. Interrupting the Wedding / Ursula's Defeat (6:44)
    Performed by the Disney Chorus
  32. Happy Ending (3:22)
  1. Fathoms Below (Work Tape) (2:15)
    Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
  2. Daughters of Triton (Synth Demo) (0:56)
    Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
  3. Part of Your World (Synth Demo) (3:15)
    Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
  4. Fireworks / The Gigue (Score Piano Demo) Performed by Alan Menken (2:10)
  5. The Storm (Score Piano Demo) Performed by Alan Menken (2:35)
  6. Under the Sea (Synth Demo) (4:42)
    Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
  7. Poor Unfortunate Souls (Basic Synth Demo) (5:06)
    Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
  8. Poor Unfortunate Souls (Final Synth Mockup) (5:31)
    Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
  9. Les Poissons (Work Tape Demo) (2:09)
    Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
  10. Les Poissons (Synth Demo) (2:03)
    Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
  11. Kiss the Girl (Synth Demo B) (2:41)
    Performed by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
  12. Happy Ending (Score Piano Demo) Performed by Alan Menken (2:32)
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