Disney Soundtracks
Tarzan


4.5
superb

Review

by Nathan Flynn CONTRIBUTOR (68 Reviews)
November 14th, 2010 | 32 replies | 9,108 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best Disney movie soundtrack

Remember when you were 5 years old and the only things in the world that mattered were your family, your best friend and your box of crayons? When all the girls had cooties, wetting your pants wasn’t necessarily taboo and depression came in 5 minute increments called “time out”? That magical period of my life was when Tarzan was released in theaters and, for the first time I can remember, I listened to music. At my urging, my parents purchased the Tarzan soundtrack and were forced to listen to it more than anybody should have to. It means a different thing to everyone in my family and although it isn’t perfect, the nostalgia it provokes makes it feel like it is.

One of the problems with a movie soundtrack is that some of the power of the songs lies in the visuals that it supplements; a perfect example of this being “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan. While it works very well in the context of the movie, not even Donny Osmond can make it sound good on CD. Tarzan’s soundtrack does not suffer from such problems. Oscar winning track ’You’ll Be In My Heart’ elicits a response each time one hears it, whether while viewing Tarzan or not. It’s a very strong vocal performance from Collins, with tender lyrics that make it stand out not just as the song that beat South Park for the Oscar but as a very powerful song with the right amount of schmaltz so that it’s neither overbearing or excessively cheesy. A lesser musician would struggle to walk this line but Collins, who began his career in 1967, is a savvy veteran with great talent. Collins also displays his talent on the silly fun ’Trashing the Camp’. Teamed with the talent less Rosie O’Donnell and myriad jungle animals, Collins somehow crafts a soundscape of typewriters, pots, pans and various other human items coupled with O’Donnell’s chants to great success. This track actually is better when taken outside of the context of the film because of its ambitiousness.

On the whole, this soundtrack sounds more like a concept album then a soundtrack. While experimentation has not always been kind to Collins (see: Abacab), he takes the framework given to him and makes it his own. It sounds like he’s enjoying what he’s doing and that the music is for himself, not for a movie. The variation in sounds of the tracks as well of the inclusion of 4 Mark Mancina scored pieces, including highlight ’The Gorillas’ make this a very enjoyable listen. However, it would have worked better to include the Mancina parts as interludes between the Collins segments, to avoid the repetition. Collins incorporates the use of chanted background vocals to great success, it sounds as if he is leading a tribe of people, a vibe that works well given the feel of the songs. All in all, this is a very good listen, whether or nor it already means something to you.

Recommended Tracks: You’ll Be In My Heart, Two Worlds



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ConsiderPhlebas
November 14th 2010



6157 Comments


Donny Osmond couldn't make anything sound good

Romulus
November 14th 2010



8411 Comments


The best Disney movie soundtrack


lion king my man

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2010



7141 Comments


Interesting idea for a review, and you did a great job overall; that said, there's this feeling that you really could have had a lot more fun with this...

Nagrarok
November 14th 2010



8169 Comments


lion king my man [2]



FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2010



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was never a fan of Lion King, maybe I should watch it again while on my nostalgia kick

tiesthatbind
November 14th 2010



7371 Comments


Nice. Haven't seen this movie in a long long time. It did have a great soundtrack.

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2010



15332 Comments


This is an amazing soundtrack. Well done, FromDaHood

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patriciojuan
November 14th 2010



18 Comments


I resent this simply because it beat Aimee Mann in the Oscar for best song. But good review.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2010



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for all the positive feedback everybody

Hep Kat
November 14th 2010



15006 Comments


ew, definitely NOT the best disney soundtrack



noooo way

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2010



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Name two soundtracks better than this one

Hep Kat
November 14th 2010



15006 Comments


the jungle book, the sword in the stone, beauty and the beast, fan-fucking-tasia in all it's turdtastic glory, every pixar movie, the lion king my man[3], lilo and stitch, the rescuers, the rescuers downunda, all have better soundtracks than phil collins' stuff


and that's just a mix of classic songs from "i wanna be like you" to the just musically sick soundscapes

Mordecai.
November 14th 2010



8270 Comments


really good review, but there are better disney soundtracks out there.

aladdin omfg

PanasonicYouth
November 14th 2010



7411 Comments


YOU GOT A FWIEEEEND IN ME

Mordecai.
November 14th 2010



8270 Comments


^^^

yeh and that

PanasonicYouth
November 14th 2010



7411 Comments


no one fucks with randy newman

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2010



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wasn't counting Pixar movies or else Toy Story would be the best. I could also argue Aladdin or The Lion King I guess, but they still don't touch this IMO

couldwinarabbit
November 14th 2010



6996 Comments


fantasia is by far the best...but that doesn't really count

Lion King is awesome this is pretty good.

Romulus
November 14th 2010



8411 Comments


yeah lion king is the best but there's nothing wrong with this one. i mean think of all the classic songs that came off of the lion king soundtrack

foreverendeared
November 14th 2010



14678 Comments


Lion King ftw
Toy Story is a close second
buuuuut if you were only 5 when this came out I guess I can see the statement based on nostalgia. I was like 16 so...



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