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Can You Feel The Love Tonight: 2-CD Expanded Edition of “The Lion King” Kicks Off Disney Legacy Collection

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Walt Disney Records Lion King cover art

With Walt Disney Records’ juggernaut soundtrack to Frozen preparing to enjoy its thirteenth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 – becoming one of only 39 albums in the history of the chart to have spent at least 13 weeks at pole position – the time has never been better for the record label to revisit the studio’s classic animated film library. Today, Walt Disney Records announced what’s arguably its most ambitious reissue program ever. The Legacy Collection will mark the anniversaries of Disney’s beloved animated films with expanded editions of its original soundtracks, and 12 such releases are already on the schedule kicking off this June and running through 2015.  This landmark line follows such Disney’s other recent initiatives as The Lost Chords and the ongoing series with film score specialist label Intrada.

The first release of the Legacy Collection, set for release on June 24, is a 2-CD expansion of the Academy Award-winning score to 1994’s The Lion King, featuring songs by Elton John and Tim Rice and score by Hans Zimmer. The album, certified 10x platinum in 1995, will grow from 12 tracks in its original release to 33 tracks here – including 30 minutes of previously unreleased music. In addition, the new release will include liner notes from Zimmer and producer Don Hahn. Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, provides new artwork for the release. Bove will create the look of the Legacy Collection by creating the covers for all releases. The Legacy Collection is being released by Walt Disney Records in conjunction with D23, The Official Disney Fan Club. D23 members will get a chance to preview tracks from the Legacy releases during the D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration roadshow, which will tour the U.S. later this year, and D23 members will also have the opportunity to purchase the complete set paired with club-exclusive lithographs for each title.

Following the release of The Lion King, the Legacy Collection will celebrate 12 anniversaries including Pinocchio (75th), Fantasia (75th), Cinderella (65th), Lady and the Tramp (60th), Sleeping Beauty (55th), Mary Poppins (50th), The Little Mermaid (25th), and Toy Story (20th), among others. Even Disneyland itself will receive a special title in the series in advance of its 60th birthday next year. After the jump, we have the complete list of the first 12 reissues plus the track listing for the new edition of The Lion King!

Disney’s Legacy Collection titles are currently slated for release as follows:

  • The Lion King – 20th – June 24, 2014
  • Mary Poppins – 50th – August 26, 2014
  • Sleeping Beauty – 55th – October 7, 2014
  • The Little Mermaid – 25th – November 17, 2014
  • Fantasia – 75th – January 3, 2015
  • Pinocchio – 75th – February 3, 2015
  • Toy Story – 20th – March 17, 2015
  • Disneyland – 60th – April 7, 2015
  • Lady and the Tramp – 60th – May 12, 2015
  • Pocahontas – 20th – June 23, 2015
  • The Aristocats – 45th – August 14, 2015 (*)
  • Cinderella – 65th – August 14, 2015 (*)

(*) to be sold first at the D23 Expo 2015

The Legacy Collection edition of The Lion King is due in stores on June 24, 2014. You can visit Disney’s new page at Facebook.com/DisneyMusicEmporium for more information, and pre-order links are available just below!

The Legacy Collection – The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

CD 1

  1. “Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama” Performed by Carmen Twillie, African Vocals Performed by Lebo M
  2. “Didn’t Your Mother Tell You Not to Play With Your Food” Score
  3. “We Are All Connected” Score
  4. “Hyenas in the Pride Land” Score
  5. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” Performed by Jason Weaver with Rowan Atkinson and Laura Williams
  6. “Elephant Graveyard” Score
  7. “I Was Just Trying to Be Brave” Score
  8. “Be Prepared” Performed by Jeremy Irons with Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings
  9. “Simba, It’s to Die For” Score
  10. “Stampede” Score
  11. “Mufasa Dies” Score
  12. “If You Ever Come Back We’ll Kill You” Score
  13. “Bowling for Buzzards” Score
  14. “Hakuna Matata” Performed by Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella with Jason Weaver and Joseph Williams
  15. “We Gotta Bone to Pick With You” Score
  16. “Kings of the Past” Score
  17. “Nala, Is It Really You?” Score
  18. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Performed by Joseph Williams and Sally Dworsky with Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella and Kristle Edwards
  19. “Remember Who You Are” Score
  20. “This Is My Home” Score
  21. “The Rightful King” Score

CD 2

  1. “The Morning Report” Performed by James Earl Jones, Jeff Bennett and Evan Saucedo
  2. “Warthog Rhapsody” Performed by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella
  3. “We Are All Connected” Score Demo
  4. “I Was Just Trying to Be Brave” Score Demo
  5. “Stampede” Score Demo
  6. “Mufasa Dies” Score Demo
  7. “This Is My Home” Score Demo
  8. “The Rightful King” Score Demo
  9. “Circle of Life” Instrumental Demo
  10. “Circle of Life” Performed by Elton John
  11. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” Performed by Elton John
  12. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (End Title) Performed by Elton John

CD 1, Track 1, 5, 8, 14, 18 & CD 2, Tracks 10-12 & portions of score tracks first released on The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Walt Disney Records 60858, 1994
CD 2, Track 1 first released on The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Special Edition, Walt Disney Records 60124-7, 2003
CD 2, Track 2 first released on Rhythm of the Pride Lands, Walt Disney Records 60871-7, 1995

Other tracks previously unreleased.

Written by Joe Marchese

May 6, 2014 at 16:16

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  1. I would love to see a 60th Anniversary collection for “The Mickey Mouse Club” next year, but I’m sure that’s not even on the radar. To my knowledge there has never been a CD release of any original Mouse Club music.

    Scott

    May 6, 2014 at 17:21

  2. Mark me down for Fantasia.

    galley99

    May 10, 2014 at 01:30

  3. Looks Interesting, glad they kept the tracks in the same order of the film on disc 1, with the demos/etc. on disc 2

    Michael Fortin

    May 10, 2014 at 10:49


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