"An ape like me can learn to be human, too."
Oh my goodness, I almost forgot about the Children's section of the Library! Way, way in the corner past the little kid chairs and little kid tables they had a wall of CDs for little kids. Of course there is a lot of gobbeldygook like Barney and Rafi CDs, but there's also a lot of cool stuff like this. When I told L. Chupacabra that I was going to put this up he seemed pretty excited about it. I hope you are too because it's a fun thing to listen to and it will make you cool. Walt Disney's: The Jungle Book. This version is a fancy schmancy one that has been remastered and includes Demos and a 12 minute interview with the Sherman Brothers, the guys who did the music and lyrics.
The story goes that originally they were somewhat following Rudyard Kipling's 1894 story, "The Jungle Book" and Terry Gilkyson was brought in to do the music and lyrics. In an about face, Walt stepped in (This was the last movie Walt Disney oversaw. He died during production) and decided to lighten up the movie and Gilkyson's music was labeled too dark and heavy. So he brought in the Sherman Brothers to do the film score. They did however leave one Gilkyson penned song, "The Bare Necessities" on the film score that was nominated for an Oscar. This collection includes two original Gilkyson demos that were never released. They're both pretty gloomy, specially the first one, "Brothers All" and you can see why they didn't fit into Walt's light hearted vision of, "The Jungle Book." I never heard of Terry Gilkyson until now but he seemed to be a pretty interesting guy. From Eliza Gilkyson's site, his Daughter, "His work has been recorded by Johnny Cash, the Kingston Trio, Burl Ives, Dean Martin, Doris Day, Harry Connick, Jr., Louis Armstrong, Mitch Miller, the Brothers Four, Chad Mitchell Trio, Tony Bennet, Harry Belafonte, the Sandpipers, the New Christy Minstrels, and hundreds of others."
The Sherman Brothers weren't any slouches either, "In 2003, four Sherman Brothers' musicals ranked in the "Top 10 Favorite Children's Films of All Time" in a (British) nationwide poll reported by the BBC. The Jungle Book (1967)_ranked at #7, Mary Poppins (1964) ranked at #8, The Aristocats (1970) ranked at #9 and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968) topped the list at #1."
If you want to read Rudyard Kipling's, "The Jungle Book", the whole dang thing is here:
For super cool kids, here's the sound track to the 1943 version of, The "Jungle Book" by Miklos Rozsa at kiddierecords.com.
(Thanks to Marxbert for the link)
3. Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song)
4. The Bare Necessities
5. I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)
6. Monkey Chase
7. Tell Him
8. Colonel Hathi's March (Reprise)
9. Jungle Beat
10. Trust in Me (The Python's Song)
11. What'cha Wanna Do
12. That's What Friends Are For (The Vulture Song)
13. Tiger Fight
14. Poor Bear
15. My Own Home (The Jungle Book Theme)
16. The Bare Necessities (Reprise)
17. Interview with the Sherman Brothers
18. Baloo's Blues
19. It's A Kick
20. Brothers All (Demo Recording)
21. The Song of the Seeonee (Demo Recording)
Walt Disney's Jungle Book
pw = Mowgli