Alice In Wonderland: Music from the Score, Conducted By Camarata
Camarata Chorus and Orchestra
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One of the best Disney albums ever recorded for the label
This landmark production was Disney’s first in-house produced "studio cast" score album, which arguably surpasses the actual soundtrack. It features graceful, moving solo performances by the talented teen Darlene Gillespie, when she was an original Mouseketeer. It also showcases the diverse talents of Disney Legend Salvador "Tutti" Camarata (1913-2005), one of the music world's greatest arranger/conductor/composers, who worked with the greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Mary Martin and many others.The famed Camarata famous tempo change, which gave Jimmy Dorsey such hits as "Amapola" and "Yours," can be heard on ALICE IN WONDERLAND in "'Twas Brillig." Tutti was also one of the founders of London Records and was equally adept at classical and jazz as he was at rock and folk. In his decades as the first A&R and Musical Director of Walt Disney Records, he was instrumental in the musical success of Annette Funicello. All as one of the kindest and most giving people remembers him in the business. Unavailable in the U.S. for many years, except for a brief period in Disney Theme Parks, this was also Camarata’s personal favorite.
For those over 30, this is the "Alice" soundtrack we remember
For years, this re-recording of the Alice in Wonderland score featuring Darlene Gillespie (of Mickey Mouse Club fame) was the only "soundtrack" of the film available. It apparently was intended to supplant the true (but inferior) soundtrack album of the film since that title fell out of print after this record's release. Until well after the start of the CD era, this version is all that was available. The problem with the true soundtrack is, of course, that the girl portraying Alice didn't sing well. So Mousketeer Darlene was given a go at re-recording the songs, and the results are amazing. What a voice! Suddenly the awkward, half-spoken, truncated songs of the film's soundtrack blossom into beautiful, fleshed out melodies, delivered with style and feeling by professional singers. Darlene was definitely the most talented Mouseketeer, pegged by nearly everyone to be the breakout star at the start of The Mickey Mouse Club's run. She was even cast as Dorothy in a never-filmed Disney "Wizard of Oz" sequel. It's a tragedy that, for reasons we may never fully know, that early promise was not fulfilled. But here is a glimpse of the wonderful work this talented young lady was capable of.
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The movie takes my breath away every time I see it, and part of it is due to the music. I love the oldfashioned qualities of it. You shoul totally get this!!!!