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September 30

September 30, 2003 – The Lion King: Special Edition Soundtrack is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“It’s enough to make kings and vagabonds believe the very best.”

On September 30, 2003, The Lion King: Special Edition version of the soundtrack was released through Walt Disney Records. This special edition version was released to promote the special edition release of the animated feature film; it featured the full soundtrack of the film, and a bonus remix of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” as performed by Elton John.

September 23

September 23, 1955 – The Vinyl Record Firehouse Five Plus Two Plays for Lovers is Released Through Good Time Jazz

On September 23, 1955, the vinyl record Firehouse Five Plus Two Plays for Lovers was released through the Good Time Jazz label. The Firehouse Five Plus Two was a Dixieland band composed of members of the Walt Disney Company, led by Nine Old Men animator Ward Kimball, and featured Danny Alguire (assistant director at Disney), Harper Goff (Imagineer), Clarke Mallery (animator), Monte Mountjoy (jazz musician), Ed Penner (story writer), and Frank Thomas (Nine Old Men member). Later members included George Bruns (composer), Eddie Forest (Disney Studios orchestra drummer), Don Kinch, Jimmy MacDonald (head of the sound department and voice actor for Mickey Mouse), George Probert (assistant director), and Dick Roberts (professional banjo player). The album featured classic songs such as “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “Love Songs of the Nile.”

September 20

September 20, 2004 – The Compilation Album Disney Magic is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“A collection of all time favorite Disney hits.”

On September 20, 2004, the compilation album Disney Magic was released through Walt Disney Records. The album features pop versions of classic Disney songs, with several of these songs featured during the end credits of modern Disney animated features. Artists range from Phil Collins, to Louis Armstrong, to Julie Andrews. The 44 songs are split over two discs.

August 26

August 26, 2014 – The Legacy Collection: Mary Poppins is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Feed the birds, that’s what she cries, while overhead her birds fill the skies.”

On August 26, 2014, the second entry in Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection, featuring the music from the Disney live-action feature film Mary Poppins, was released. This release was done to coincide with the film’s 50th anniversary, and featured three discs: disc one features the full soundtrack from the film, disc two is a combination of demos by the Sherman Brothers and “Lost Chords,” and disc three features recordings of story meetings and reminiscing on the making of the film. The release also comes with a 20-page booklet with liner notes. The release also features artwork by visual development artist Lorelay Bove.

August 11

August 11, 1991 – The Television Documentary Queen: The Days of Our Lives Premieres

“An informative and sometimes tragic look into the lives of four childhood friends that would come to form the band Queen.”

On August 11, 1991, the television special Queen: The Days of Our Lives premiered on television. Directe by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, and hosted by Guns And Roses front man Axl Rose, the documentary is a 90-minute look at the lives of the band members and how they formed the group Queen. It featured interviews with the members of the band, as well as special concert footage and behind-the-scenes clips. This documentary was especially poignant, as lead singer Freddie Mercury would pass away a few months later on November 24th.

August 2

August 2, 2011 – The Tribute Album Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney is Released

On August 2, 2011, the tribute album by classical violinist Jenny Oaks Baker, titled When You Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney was released through Shadow Mountain Records. The album contains classical interpretations of classic Disney songs ranging from “When You Wish Upon a Star” to “God Help the Outcasts.”

July 25

July 25, 2007 – Hollywood Records Announces CDVU+ Format

On July 25, 2007, the Walt Disney Company record label Hollywood Records announced the new CD format CDVU+ (also known as CD View Plus), which provided listeners a variety of extras on each disc, including a variety of digital extras such as lyrics and photos, which can be offered on and offline. This new format also releases CDs in a recyclable format. The first band to use this new format was the Jonas Brothers, with their album released on August 7. The format was scrapped after only a few releases.