Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Whether you regard him as one of the greatest storytellers in American history or a cold-hearted marketing genius who forced a set of prepackaged consumerist myths on several generations of unsuspecting youth, there's little argument that the films of Walt Disney have become an indelible part of our collective subconsciousness. Then again, for every child who delighted in the antics of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, there's another who had the bejesus scared out of him by the Wicked Queen or went into hysterics after Bambi's mother was shot; there's a mingled joy and tragedy in Disney's best work that's helped to give his films a cultural resonance Bugs Bunny or Tom & ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Whether you regard him as one of the greatest storytellers in American history or a cold-hearted marketing genius who forced a set of prepackaged consumerist myths on several generations of unsuspecting youth, there's little argument that the films of Walt Disney have become an indelible part of our collective subconsciousness. Then again, for every child who delighted in the antics of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, there's another who had the bejesus scared out of him by the Wicked Queen or went into hysterics after Bambi's mother was shot; there's a mingled joy and tragedy in Disney's best work that's helped to give his films a cultural resonance Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry have never achieved. Consequently, different people have wildly different perspectives on Disney's work, and producer Hal Wilner, a man who joyously revels in diverse perspectives, made the most of that on Stay Awake, in which 21 songs from classic Disney films are reinterpreted -- sometimes faithfully, sometimes radically -- by a startling array of artists brought together by Wilner. Some of these tunes are barely recognizable from their sources most notably Tom Waits' predictably clanky version of "Heigh Ho [The Dwarfs Marching Song]", while others are faithful yet idiosyncratic Syd Straw's jaunty "Blue Shadows on the Trail," and Los Lobos's rollicking "I Wan'na Be Like You [The Monkey Song]", but just about everyone seems to find a different angle from which they approach these tunes. Bonnie Raitt gets soulful on "Baby Mine," Buster Poindexter's take on "Castle in Spain" is high camp at it's most eyebrow wagging, Sun Ra and His Arkestra take "Pink Elephants on Parade" to the spaceways, the Replacements pull "Cruella De Ville" from a puddle of stale beer, and Sinead O'Connor invests "Someday My Prince Will Come" with a desperate longing that's just a bit disturbing. For every nightmare there's a moment of genuine beauty, and when Ringo Starr wraps it up with "When You Wish Upon a Star" the cynics and the incurable optimists join hands and all get along just fine for a moment, just the way Uncle Walt would have wanted it. A fascinating look at a massively influential and little explored treasure trove of music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 075021391826
  • Catalog Number: 3918
  • Sales rank: 15,066

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Scott Piano
Yma Sumac Track Performer
Herb Alpert Trumpet, Track Performer
Al Anderson Guitar
Dr. John Keyboards, Track Performer
Chris Mars Drums
Aaron Neville Vocals, Track Performer
Harry Nilsson Vocals, Whistle (Instrument), Track Performer
NRBQ Track Performer
Buster Poindexter Vocals, Track Performer
Bonnie Raitt Vocals, Track Performer
The Replacements Track Performer
The Roches Vocals, Track Performer
Ringo Starr Vocals, Track Performer
Syd Straw Vocals, Track Performer
James Taylor Guitar, Vocals, Whistle (Instrument), Track Performer
Suzanne Vega Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Waits Vocals, Track Performer
Was (Not Was) Track Performer
Betty Carter Vocals, Track Performer
John Gilmore Tenor Saxophone
Don Grolnick Piano
John Jorgenson Guitar, Mandolin
Marty Krystall Multiple Reeds
Ken Nordine Vocals
John Patitucci Bass
Marc Ribot Guitar
John Scofield Guitar
Steve Swallow Bass
Lennie Niehaus Conductor
Don Braden Saxophone
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sweet Pea Atkinson Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Mark Bingham Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Track Performer
Ralph Carney Clarinet, Ocarina, Narrator
Arto Lindsay Electric Guitar
Richard Todd French Horn
Larry Taylor Bass
Marshall Allen Flute, Alto Saxophone
Paul Westerberg Guitar, Vocals
Alex Acuña Percussion
Fred Adams Trumpet
Terry Adams Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Tom Ardolino Percussion, Drums
Israel Baker Violin
Martin Banks Trumpet
Steve Berlin Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Michael Blair Percussion, Chimes, Cymbals, Drums, Marimbas, Tambourine, Washboard, Timpani
Sir Harry Bowens Background Vocals
Jimmy Bralower Drums
Owen Brown Violin
Dennis Budimir Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Vincent Chancey French Horn
Crispin Cioe Baritone Saxophone
Ira Coleman Bass
Troy Davis Drums
Slim Dunlap Guitar, Background Vocals
Bruce Edwards Guitar
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Henry Ferber Violin
Bill Frisell Banjo, Guitar, Track Performer
Mitchell Froom chamberlain
Bob Funk Trombone
Tony Garnier Bass
Charlie Giordano Piano
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Catherine Gotthoffer Harp
David Hidalgo Guitar, Accordion, Vocals
Reginald Hill Violin
Tyrone Hill Trombone
Wayne Horvitz Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Track Performer
Garth Hudson Synthesizer, Accordion, Keyboards, Track Performer
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Arthur Jenkins Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Peter Kent Violin
Myra Kestenbaum Viola
Raphael Kramer Cello
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Ronald Langinger Multiple Reeds
Los Lobos Track Performer
Conrad Lozano Bass
Tony Machine Drums
Jay Dee Maness Steel Guitar
Branford Marsalis Tenor Saxophone
Natalie Merchant Vocals, Track Performer
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Buell Neidlinger Bass
Sinéad O'Connor Vocals, Track Performer
Don Palmer Violin
Pat Patrick Bass
Richard Perissi French Horn
Lenny Pickett Flute, Soprano Saxophone
Sun Ra Piano, Track Performer
Ivy Ray Vocals
Michael Ray Trumpet
Luis Resto Keyboards
Cesar Rosas Vocals, cuatro
Andy Rourke Guitar
Sheldon Sanov Violin
Peter Scherer Synthesizer
Haim Shtrum Violin
Joey Spampinato Bass, Background Vocals
Tommy Stinson Bass, Background Vocals
Michael Stipe Vocals, Track Performer
Robert Sushel Violin
Fred Tackett Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
David Was Flute
Don Was Synthesizer
Shari Zippert Violin
Alan DeVeritch Viola
Tommy Hunter Drums
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Fred Walcott Percussion
Brian Koowin Guitar
Jorge Mirkin Harmonica
Jackie Mullen Cello
Elo Omo Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Aveeayl Ra Amen Drums
Jay Rubin Cymbals
Slinkey Rutherford Piano
Rachel Van Vjorhees Harp
Kenny Williams Baritone Saxophone
James Jacson Bassoon
Arno Hecht Tenor Saxophone
Earl "Buster" Smith Drums
T-Bone Wolk Accordion
Donald Ashworth Multiple Reeds
Ralph Morrison III Violin
Paul Litterall Trumpet
Technical Credits
Mark Bingham Contributor
Michael Blair Contributor
Tchad Blake Programming
Jimmy Bralower Programming
Hal Willner Producer, Liner Notes
Val Kuklowsky Special Effects
Louie Pérez Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Grunge Disney CD

    I feel this CD would appeal to someone who enjoys 1990s alternative music. I bought my copy back in 1991 or 1992, and I feel it reflected the music at that time. It is definitely a darker CD than your typical Disney complilation.

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