Los Lobos

Los Lobos Goes Disney

Disney Sound

lobosThere’s no shortage of single- and various-artist Disney tributes: “Dave Digs Disney” (Dave Brubeck), “Let’s Fly With Mary Poppins” (Louis Prima), “Disney Songs the Satchmo Way” (Louis Armstrong), “Stay Awake,” “Heigh-Ho! Mozart,” “Bossa Disney Nova” and “Got No Strings” (Michelle Shocked) are but a few over a half-century.

So was Los Lobos thinking “Why not?” Sort of. The group’s paean to classic Disney movies and theme-park attractions wasn’t conceived until its contract with Hollywood Records was finished and the Disney-owned label asked, “What about that kids record you were supposed to give us?” A one-album deal with the Mouse’s children’s imprint was drawn up and the rest is history.

But “Goes Disney” is as much for a boomer’s inner child as it is for kids. Few youngsters are likely to be begging their parents to buy it because they were floored by the rockin’ cover of “Ugly Bug Ball,” originally sung by Burl Ives in 1963’s “Summer Magic.”

Other selections along subversive/obscure lines include the ska version of “Grim Grinning Ghosts” (Thurl Ravenscroft would be proud of Conrad Lozano’s vocals) and the mariachi-infused “Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room.”

Elsewhere, there’s the bilingual “Heigh-Ho” that emulates the dwarf chorus but in a lower register, complete with whistling but also wonderfully anachronistic electric guitar and congas. And 20 years after the boys did “I Wan’na Be Like You” for the various-artist tribute “Stay Awake,” they cover it again — albeit at a slower tempo and almost Brazilian-style.

Both Roger Miller compositions from “Robin Hood” are a pleasant surprise; hearing the slowed-down “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” is like the first listen to the Beatles’ “Revolution 1” after hearing the B-side of “Hey Jude” 20 gazillion times; and the closing surf instrumental “When You Wish Upon a Star” gives way at the end to an abbreviated Tex-Mex “It’s a Small World.”

Definitely not your father’s — or your grandfather’s — Disney.gnm_end_bug

1. Heigh-Ho (“Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs”)
2. I Wan’na Be Like You (“The Jungle Book”)
3. Not In Nottingham (“Robin Hood”)
4. The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room (The Enchanted Tiki Room)
5. Grim Grinning Ghosts (Haunted Mansion)
6. I Will Go Sailing No More (“Toy Story”)
7. The Ugly Bug Ball (“Summer Magic”)
8. Cruella De Vil (“101 Dalmatians”)
9. Bella Notte (“Lady And The Tramp”)
10. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (“Song Of The South”)
11. The Bare Necessities (“The Jungle Book”)
12. Oo-De-Lally (“Robin Hood”)
13. When You Wish Upon A Star/It’s A Small World (“Pinocchio”/It’s a Small World)

Total time: 38:45

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John Williams and others

Lost in Space: 40th Anniversary Edition

La-La Land

Even if GNP Crescendo’s three discs of music from this classic 1960s sci-fi TV show weren’t already out of print, La-La Land’s limited-edition double album would hardly be redundant: It contains more than 65 minutes of previously unreleased music.

The first disc is comprised of the four Season One episodes scored by “Johnny” Williams, whose bold arrangements are light on strings and heavy on brass, woodwinds, chimes and kettle drums, with some of the motifs foreshadowing his work for the “Star Wars” franchise.

The second disc is made up of music written by the 11 other composers who worked on the series, spanning all three seasons. Highlights include scores from the third season’s two “hippie” episodes, “Collision of Planets” and “The Promised Planet.” For completists, Warren Barker’s unused main title for the second season is thrown in.

A real attraction of the album is the editing of sections into individual suites, by associate producer James Nelson, who also earns mega kudos for his superb remastering.

1. LOST IN SPACE Season I Main Title (John Williams)

2. Smith’s Entrance
3. Final Countdown
4. Escape Velocity/Meteor Storm
5. Weightless Waltz
6. Monster Rebels
7. Walk In Space/To Be Continued*

ISLAND IN THE SKY (John Williams)
8. Strange Planet*/John’s Descent*
9. Helmet It*
10. Strangle Hold/Landing
11. Lil’ Will And The Robot*
12. Search For John
13. Monkey’s Doo*
14. Operation Rescue*
15. Personal Chauffeur/Electric Sagebrush/Will Is Threatened

THE HUNGRY SEA (John Williams)
16. Earthquake
17. Temperature Rising*/Boring Company*/Don’s Rays*
18. Warming Rays*/Sun Storm
19. Land Ho/Kid’s Play-Off*

MY FRIEND MR. NOBODY (John Williams)
20. Wonderland Discovery/Penny’s Problem/Gathering Wild Flowers
21. New Galaxy

22. LOST IN SPACE Season I End Title (John Williams)

Total time: 1:18:55


1. “CBS Presents This Program In Color”

2. LOST IN SPACE Season III Main Title (John Williams)

THE DERELICT (Herman Stein / Hans J. Salter†)
3. Derelict Title/Frontal Robotomy†/Family

4. Microscope/Pod Almighty

WELCOME STRANGER* (Herman Stein and Frank Comstock†)
5. Stranger/Friend Or Foe/Permission/Spore Sprayer/The Robinsons/Upper-Ration/Hapgood/Star Charts†/Tall Tail/ Blast Off†

6. LOST IN SPACE Season III Bumper*(John Williams)

7. The Family/Quake/Mine Entrance/Galaxies Wins/Spilled Cosmonium/It’s Alive/Cosmonium Fiend/One Last Check/ Family/Blast Off/Thruster Control Short/Thruster Control Continued/Freeze Frame

8. Mississippi Shuffle
9. Little Joe’s Yes

10. Mulberry Bush/What A Knight

CAVE OF THE WIZARDS* (Alexander Courage)
11. Mummy’s Boy/Draconian Anthem/King Queen

12. The Aliens/Sampson March/Lover Boy Smith

13. Space-A-Delic
14. a) Senior – from 
THE SKY PIRATE (Leigh Harline) /
b) Introduction – from GHOST IN SPACE (Leigh Harline) /
c) The Search – from THE SKY PIRATE (Lionel Newman)

15. A Nice Little Bank/Investigation – from THE SKY PIRATE (Cyril Mockridge)

16. Terror Stinger/Another World/Ominous Signs/ Awful Monster/Silly Monster – from SPACE CIRCUS (Fred Steiner)

FORBIDDEN WORLD (Robert Drasnin)
17. Space Walk*

18. LOST IN SPACE Season II Main Title (unused) (Warren Barker)

19. LOST IN SPACE Season III End Title (John Williams)

Total time: 1:17:32

*previously unreleased material

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