Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films

Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films


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Whether you regard him as one of the greatest storytellers in American history or a cold-hearted marketing genius who forced a set of prepackaged consumerist myths on several generations of unsuspecting youth, there's little argument that the films of Walt Disney have become an indelible part of our collective subconsciousness. Then again, for every child who delighted in the antics of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, there's another who had the bejesus scared out of him by the Wicked Queen or went into hysterics after Bambi's mother was shot; there's a mingled joy and tragedy in Disney's best work that's helped to give his films a cultural resonance Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry have never achieved. Consequently, different people have wildly different perspectives on Disney's work, and producer Hal Wilner, a man who joyously revels in diverse perspectives, made the most of that on Stay Awake, in which 21 songs from classic Disney films are reinterpreted -- sometimes faithfully, sometimes radically -- by a startling array of artists brought together by Wilner. Some of these tunes are barely recognizable from their sources (most notably Tom Waits' predictably clanky version of "Heigh Ho [The Dwarfs Marching Song]"), while others are faithful yet idiosyncratic (Syd Straw's jaunty "Blue Shadows on the Trail," and Los Lobos's rollicking "I Wan'na Be Like You [The Monkey Song]"), but just about everyone seems to find a different angle from which they approach these tunes. Bonnie Raitt gets soulful on "Baby Mine," Buster Poindexter's take on "Castle in Spain" is high camp at it's most eyebrow wagging, Sun Ra and His Arkestra take "Pink Elephants on Parade" to the spaceways, the Replacements pull "Cruella De Ville" from a puddle of stale beer, and Sinead O'Connor invests "Someday My Prince Will Come" with a desperate longing that's just a bit disturbing. For every nightmare there's a moment of genuine beauty, and when Ringo Starr wraps it up with "When You Wish Upon a Star" the cynics and the incurable optimists join hands and all get along just fine for a moment, just the way Uncle Walt would have wanted it. A fascinating look at a massively influential and little explored treasure trove of music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021391826
catalogNumber: 3918

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Scott   Piano
Yma Sumac   Track Performer
Herb Alpert   Trumpet,Track Performer
Anderson   Guitar
Dr. John   Keyboards,Track Performer
Chris Mars   Drums
Aaron Neville   Vocals,Track Performer
Harry Nilsson   Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Track Performer
NRBQ   Track Performer
Buster Poindexter   Vocals,Track Performer
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Track Performer
Replacements   Track Performer
Roches   Vocals,Track Performer
Ringo Starr   Vocals,Track Performer
Syd Straw   Vocals,Track Performer
James Taylor   Guitar,Vocals,Whistle (Instrument),Track Performer
Suzanne Vega   Vocals,Track Performer
Tom Waits   Vocals,Track Performer
Was (Not Was)   Track Performer
Betty Carter   Vocals,Track Performer
John Gilmore   Tenor Saxophone
Don Grolnick   Piano
John Jorgenson   Guitar,Mandolin
Marty Krystall   Multiple Reeds
Ken Nordine   Vocals
John Patitucci   Bass
Marc Ribot   Guitar
John Scofield   Guitar
Steve Swallow   Bass
Lennie Niehaus   Conductor
Don Braden   Saxophone
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Mark Bingham   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Track Performer
Ralph Carney   Clarinet,Ocarina,Narrator
Arto Lindsay   Electric Guitar
Richard Todd   French Horn
Larry Taylor   Bass
Marshall Allen   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Paul Westerberg   Guitar,Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Fred Adams   Trumpet
Terry Adams   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Tom Ardolino   Percussion,Drums
Israel Baker   Violin
Martin Banks   Trumpet
Steve Berlin   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Michael Blair   Percussion,Chimes,Cymbals,Drums,Marimbas,Tambourine,Washboard,Timpani
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Jimmy Bralower   Drums
Owen Brown   Violin
Dennis Budimir   Acoustic Guitar
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Vincent Chancey   French Horn
Crispin Cioe   Baritone Saxophone
Ira Coleman   Bass
Troy Davis   Drums
Slim Dunlap   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bruce Edwards   Guitar
Henry Ferber   Violin
Bill Frisell   Banjo,Guitar,Track Performer
Mitchell Froom   chamberlain
Bob Funk   Trombone
Tony Garnier   Bass
Charlie Giordano   Piano
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Catherine Gotthoffer   Harp
David Hidalgo   Guitar,Accordion,Vocals
Reginald Hill   Violin
Tyrone Hill   Trombone
Wayne Horvitz   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Track Performer
Garth Hudson   Synthesizer,Accordion,Keyboards,Track Performer
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Arthur Jenkins   Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Peter Kent   Violin
Myra Kestenbaum   Viola
Raphael Kramer   Cello
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Ronald Langinger   Multiple Reeds
Lobos   Track Performer
Conrad Lozano   Bass
Tony Machine   Drums
Jay Dee Maness   Steel Guitar
Branford Marsalis   Tenor Saxophone
Natalie Merchant   Vocals,Track Performer
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Buell Neidlinger   Bass
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals,Track Performer
Don Palmer   Violin
Pat Patrick   Bass
Richard Perissi   French Horn
Lenny Pickett   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Sun Ra   Piano,Track Performer
Ivy Ray   Vocals
Michael Ray   Trumpet
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Cesar Rosas   Vocals,cuatro
Andy Rourke   Guitar
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Peter Scherer   Synthesizer
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Joey Spampinato   Bass,Background Vocals
Tommy Stinson   Bass,Background Vocals
Michael Stipe   Vocals,Track Performer
Robert Sushel   Violin
Fred Tackett   Acoustic Guitar
David Weiss   Flute
Don Was   Synthesizer
Shari Zippert   Violin
Tommy Hunter   Drums
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Fred Walcott   Percussion
Brian Koowin   Guitar
Jorge Mirkin   Harmonica
Jackie Mullen   Cello
Elo Omo   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Aveeayl Ra Amen   Drums
Jay Rubin   Cymbals
Slinkey Rutherford   Piano
Rachel Van Vjorhees   Harp
Kenny Williams   Baritone Saxophone
James Jacson   Bassoon
Arno Hecht   Tenor Saxophone
Earl "Buster" Smith   Drums
T-Bone Wolk   Accordion
Chris Ermacoff   Cello
Donald Ashworth   Multiple Reeds
Ralph Morrison   Violin
Alan de Veritch   Viola
Paul Litterall   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Mark Bingham   Contributor
Michael Blair   Contributor
Tchad Blake   Programming
Jimmy Bralower   Programming
Hal Willner   Producer,Liner Notes
Val Kuklowsky   Special Effects
Louie Pérez   Contributor

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Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel this CD would appeal to someone who enjoys 1990s alternative music. I bought my copy back in 1991 or 1992, and I feel it reflected the music at that time. It is definitely a darker CD than your typical Disney complilation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago