Tarzan [1999] [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Tarzan [1999] [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by Phil Collins
     
 

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The last time Disney hired a mainstream pop star to pen tunes for an animated jungle-themed blockbuster, the result was Elton John’s mega-selling soundtrack to "The Lion King." Here, Phil Collins does the honors, and his zestful, African-spiced songs make TARZAN one of the more listenable Disney soundtracks inSee more details below

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The last time Disney hired a mainstream pop star to pen tunes for an animated jungle-themed blockbuster, the result was Elton John’s mega-selling soundtrack to "The Lion King." Here, Phil Collins does the honors, and his zestful, African-spiced songs make TARZAN one of the more listenable Disney soundtracks in recent memory. Fans of the diminutive Brit will kvell over Collins' double versions of nearly every tune, including a vocal-percussion number, "Trashin' the Camp," performed with monster boy band 'N Sync; actress Glenn Close, as the apeman's adoptive gorilla mom, is sweetly nurturing in her lullaby duet with Collins, "You'll Be in My Heart." Also included here is the always-engaging composer Mark Mancina's graceful, evocative instrumental score.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Undoubtedly inspired by Elton John and Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for The Lion King, the soundtrack for Tarzan, Disney's summer 1999 blockbuster, has little of the freshness that makes the film a visual treat. It follows the same formula that's informed every Disney soundtrack since The Lion King -- take two sweeping ballads and one up-tempo dance number, and surround them with reprises and re-recordings for radio, as well as excerpts of the score. It's an exercise in recycling, essentially. As recently as Aladdin, Disney's animated films had rich soundtracks filled with robust songs and surging, dramatic scores. Tarzan is symptomatic of this decline. The core elements, however reminiscent of The Lion King they may be, aren't bad in and of themselves (apart from "Trashin' the Camp," a jive lyric-less doo wop parody). The excerpts from Mark Mancina's score may push the melodrama buttons a little hard, but they are effective blends of African and movie music. Meanwhile, Phil Collins' songs are surprisingly strong, much more melodic and appealing than anything he's done since But Seriously. The main theme, "Two Worlds," is a particular standout, eerily echoing his former colleague Peter Gabriel's worldbeat explorations at times, but all of the songs (exception: "Trashin' the Camp") are quite strong. The only problem is, they're repeated and repeated and repeated. "Two Worlds" is included no less than four times, "You'll Be in My Heart" comprises two tracks, and "Trashin' the Camp" is here twice, once as a duet between Collins and *NSync. All the different versions are designed to appeal to different markets, but it makes listening to the album a chore -- especially since there is no marked difference between the film version of the song and the radio version, apart from Collins' vocals. Of course, this is hardly a new situation for Disney; it's just that the repetition and recycling have never been so blatant or tiresome. It would have been better to include a main version of each song, then surround it with more of Mancina's score -- it probably would have resulted in a stronger listen -- but as it stands, Tarzan is a soundtrack with potential, yet is undone by its formula.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050086064571
catalogNumber:
860645
Rank:
454

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Collins   Primary Artist,Drums,Vocals,Noise,Track Performer
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Luis Conte   Percussion
Nathan East   Electric Bass
Walt Fowler   Trumpet
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
Don Harper   Conductor
Michael Landau   Guitar
John Pierce   Electric Bass
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Rob Cavallo   Acoustic Guitar
Fred Selden   Flute
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
Glenn Close   Vocals,Track Performer
'N Sync   Vocals,Track Performer
Rosie O'Donnell   Vocals,Track Performer
Wil Donovan   Percussion
Jo Ann Turovsky   Harp

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Kim Bullard   Programming
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Don Harper   Vocal Arrangements
Mark Mancina   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chris Montan   Executive Producer
Carmen Rizzo   Programming
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Johnny Blas   Art Direction
Chris Ward   Producer
Luis M. Fernández   Art Direction
Steve Kempster   Engineer
Dave Metzger   Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements
Federico Tio   Art Direction
Daniel Clark   Cover Art
Bonnie Arnold   Producer
Bolhem Bouchiba   Cover Art
David Metzer   Orchestration,Choir Arrangement
Tab Murphy   Screenplay
Bob Tzudiker   Screenplay
Noni White   Screenplay
Gil Morales   Engineer

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