Saturday, August 20, 2011

Brian Wilson Sings Tunes From Toons

Even if you're a fan of Brian Wilson, if you don't have kids, this may not be very interesting news. I'm a father of two young boys, and one of them is a Disney fanatic. So, I'm ecstatic. On Oct. 25, the legendary Beach Boy is releasing an album of Disney tunes. 'In the Key of Disney' is Wilson's second release on the Disney Pearl imprint and the first to feature songs from Disney movies. You may recall the first album he did for ol' mouse ears was his take on Gershwin tunes. Wilson is again backed by Paul Von Mertens, Jeffrey Foskett, Wondermints and the rest of the usual suspects. That's always good news.

As a parent and lover of music, it's always great when bands you like release albums geared for the kid in all of us. This one will be fun to pop on in the minivan. Try Wilson's version of 'Heigh-Ho/Whistle While You Work' here. Von Mertens' arrangement, as well as the production, sound out of sight. More on this one as we approach fall, I'm sure. In the meantime, here are a few more nuggets on the project from USA Today. This news reminded me of a fun cover the Replacements did back in the day. Check that one out below.

'In the Key of Disney' Tracklist
1. You've Got a Friend in Me ('Toy Story')
2. Bare Necessities ('The Jungle Book')
3. Baby Mine ('Dumbo')
4. Kiss the Girl ('The Little Mermaid')
5. Colors of the Wind ('Pocahontas')
6. Can You Feel the Love Tonight? ('The Lion King')
7. We Belong Together ('Toy Story 3')
8. I Just Can't Wait to Be King ('The Lion King')
9. Stay Awake ('Mary Poppins')
10. Heigh-Ho/Whistle While You Work ('Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs')
11. When You Wish Upon a Star ('Pinocchio')

The Replacements - Cruella De Ville (mp3)

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