Walt Disney Records (60728-)
Release Date: 2001
|1.||Winnie the Pooh|
|2.||Little Black Rain Cloud|
|3.||The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers|
|4.||Up, Down and Touch the Ground|
|5.||Rumbly in My Tumbly|
|6.||The Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down, Down|
|7.||A Rather Blustry Day|
|8.||Heffalumps and Woozles|
|9.||Hip, Hip, Pooh-Ray|
|10.||Never Alone (Eeyore's Lullaby)|
|12.||Wherever You Are|
|13.||(Your Friendship Is) The Best Present Ever|
|14.||I Wanna Scare Myself|
|15.||Pooh Christmas: The Twelve Days of Christmas|
|17.||Pooh's Colorful Present|
|18.||Winnie the Pooh (Long John Baldry version)|
|19.||The End: A Winnie the Pooh Reading by Christopher Plummer|
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|by Dan Goldwasser
October 5, 2001
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman are truly Hollywood legends. They brought us the timeless songs heard in Mary Poppins, Bednobs and Broomsticks, Charlotte's Web and the "Winnie the Pooh" films and television shows, among others. Now, Walt Disney Records pays tribute to their work with that cuddly 'ol bear with "The Best of Pooh and Tigger, Too".
The album starts out with the song we all know, "Winnie the Pooh". The song is upbeat and introduces us to all of the major characters: Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl and of course Winnie the Pooh. (Tigger is missing, but he comes in later on the disc.) Pooh's solo, "Little Black Rain Cloud" is followed by the boisterous song, "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers". Afterwards, a selection of songs that children will enjoy (and find meaning in) are presented for our listening pleasure. "Up, Down, and Touch the Ground" and "Rumbly in my Tumbly" talk primarily about being fat and hungry - something Winnie the Pooh most certainly is! Other songs included range from the lengthy tome "The Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down, Down" to the march-like anthem "Hip, Hip, Pooh-Ray".
The remaining half of the album is filled with contemporary songs from various sources. "Never Alone (Eeyore's Lullaby)" is a nice pop song belted out by Tyler Collins. Kathy Lee Gifford even has a tune on here, with "My Balloon". "Wherever You Are", a nice upbeat duet, is well-performed by Barry Coffing and Vonda Shepard.
Two songs ("(Your Friendship Is) The Best Present Ever", "I Wanna Scare Myself") performed by Tigger are clever and fast-paced, and then the Christmas classic "Twelve Days of Christmas" gets the Pooh treatment with different gifts. After two more songs, and a nice reading by Christopher Plummer, the album comes to a close. But there's more! Put the disc into your computer and you will be treated to a video of "Your Friendship Is) The Best Present Ever" - complete with live action performers in costume!
This album contains a nice chunk of the material done for the Winnie the Pooh series of films and shows. I can't really find anything bad about the album, but should point out that I enjoyed the older Sherman Brothers material much more than the contemporary stuff. The sound quality on the older material is quite impressive, and I would venture to say that some remastering has been done on the older recordings. Running almost 40-minutes long, this album will delight children of all ages.
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