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Pocahontas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
     

Pocahontas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by Alan Menken
 

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Argue all you want, but soundtracks to contemporary Disney blockbusters just don't hold a candle to those of earlier classics, like "Mary Poppins" and "The Jungle Book." Sure, "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King" boast isolated songs that are catchy and clever enough. Rarely, though, do they stand up on their own, à la standards like "A Spoonful of Sugar"

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Argue all you want, but soundtracks to contemporary Disney blockbusters just don't hold a candle to those of earlier classics, like "Mary Poppins" and "The Jungle Book." Sure, "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King" boast isolated songs that are catchy and clever enough. Rarely, though, do they stand up on their own, à la standards like "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "The Bare Necessities." But the soundtrack to 1995's POCAHONTAS, beautiful and vivid as a Broadway musical, is filled with numbers that deserve classic status. There's the stirring centerpiece "Colors of the Wind," passionately delivered by stage luminary Judy Kuhn (which humbles Vanessa Williams's pallid pop-radio version). The lovely, flowing "Just Around the Riverbend," the rousing "The Virginia Company," and drama-rich "Savages," which sounds like an outtake from "West Side Story," also hold their own. Songwriters Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz had no comic relief to fall back on -- the film's crowd-pleasing animal sidekicks, a Disney movie tradition, don't even talk, much less sing. But the pair rises to the challenge of creating a soundtrack that's serious, yet still wholly engrossing, for kids as well as grown-ups.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Pocahontas isn't as memorable as the soundtracks for Disney's three previous films (The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) but the music is agreeable enough. It falls into the same tradition as its predecessors -- there's lots of grand ballads and humorous, up-tempo numbers -- but the songs aren't quite as memorably melodic or witty as those that have graced Disney's other '90s features.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050086087471
catalogNumber:
860874

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Menken   Primary Artist
Vanessa Williams   Track Performer
Shanice   Track Performer
Jon Secada   Track Performer
Mel Gibson   Vocals
Jim Cummings   Vocals,Track Performer
Lawrence Dermer   Percussion
Linda Hunt   Vocals,Track Performer
Bobbi Page   Vocals,Track Performer
Judy Kuhn   Vocals,Track Performer
David Ogden Stiers   Vocals,Track Performer
David Friedman   Conductor

Technical Credits

Chris Boardman   String Arrangements
Keith Thomas   Arranger,Producer
Douglas Besterman   Orchestration,Score Orchestration
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Producer
Dana Jon Chappelle   Engineer
Lawrence Dermer   Percussion Programming
Emilio Estefan   Producer
Alan Menken   Composer,Producer,Score Producer,Song Producer
Chris Montan   Executive Producer
John Richards   Engineer
Michael Starobin   Orchestration,Score Orchestration
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Aaron Zigman   Arranger
Martin Erskine   Arranger
Stephen Schwartz   Composer,Producer
Larry Dermer   Programming
Daniel Troob   Arranger,Orchestration,Score Orchestration,Score Conductor,Song Orchestration
David Friedman   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements

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Pocahontas [Original Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ilove Pocahontas so much!!! And the songs.My fav song is 'colour of the wind' its SO nice \^_^/
Guest More than 1 year ago
Normally, I would think a movie filled with Red Indians would be trash. But Alan Menken composes a score equal in greatness to that of "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin." Its truly amazing. Too bad they took "If I Never Knew You" out of the movie. I dont like the pop version, but the theme could be found in "Farewell" and "I'll Never See Him Again." Its truly beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its so cool to here the sound clips. I sing right along with them and some times I even sing past the sound clips. My Favorit would have to be ''Steady as the beating drum(reprise)''. The cheif is so serious. I could listen to it all day.