Ever few years, Disney releases a new official album for the park attraction songs, and of course the 50th anniversary of Disneyland was the perfect time for a new one in 2005 and 2006. Disney never misses the chance for one celebration or another and this one was celebrated at all the Disney parks around the globe. But for that milestone anniversary of the first park it needed to be better than usual, and also represent the history of the park. After all, times change and some shows and attractions are phased out and changed, but fans remember the old ones fondly even if they are gone. For those that have never owned one of these Disney attraction CD's, these are the songs and sounds from the actual attractions, rides, shows, parades, and firework displays at the park. They usually excerpt an abbreviated part of the show or favorite song on these CD's, and sometimes they add in a few sound effects from the attraction. There are many new tracks on this release that were not on previous CD compilations from the past 15 years, and overall I think this has much more content than previous compilations prior to 2005. A separate version available in the park as a 2 disc set had even more tracks, but that set is no longer available.
Rather than list all the tracks, which you can find above, I wanted to focus on the NEW tracks which include: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters music; the daytime music track of Space Mountain (by the composer that did The Incredible's soundtrack); There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (from the days that Carousel of Progress was located at Disneyland after the Worlds Fair. This is mostly the queue music and the opening); the LeeAnn Rimes Disneyland Anniversary song from the fireworks show; Walt's original 1955 dedication of Disneyland speech; the new Winnie the Pooh Ride music, and ironically two songs from the Country Bear shows it replaced; Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin; a portion of the Disneyland Railroad arriving at Main Street Station, with sound effects; a 3 minute portion of the Indiana Jones attractions music, without dialogue or sound effects; a short bit of the music medley from Tarzan's Treehouse, but strangely missing the most fun part of the music you hear when you first climb up; a song from Main Street USA's background music loop called "Meet Me Down on Main Street", by the Mellomen, a barbershop quartet that performed at Disneyland and on Disney TV shows in the 50's and 60's (the group included Thurl Ravenscroft, whose voice is also used in some Disneyland attractions); a song from Rod Miller, the ragtime pianist that has played at Coke Corner since 1969; and a rare treat from a long gone Frontierland attraction called Mine Train through Natures Wonderland, in the form of the music from a portion of the attraction called the Rainbow Caverns.
Now the version of Small World on this CD just does not sound good in comparison to other CD,s, the engineers were playing around with the levels and it sounds kind of warped. And a correction is in order, as the track listing here says that the Pecos Bill song Golden Horseshoe Revue is on this CD, but it is not on the copy I bought here. Again, since there is a different version of this CD you can buy in person at the Parks, that may explain this difference. The rest of the tracks are usually on every CD since they are so popular. By adding all these new tracks they took out some songs that were on previous annual CD's like the Fantasyland Castle Medley; Ballad of Davey Crockett; the Mickey Mouse March; Illuminations Fireworks show; Main Street Electrical Parade; and the finale from the "Fantastic!" Show. The cover art is a compilation of the different castles from every Disney park, as it was sold at all Disney parks to celebrate the event.
As many reviewers will point out, if you are a Disneyland completist and you want it all, including attractions long gone and complete ride-throughs with all songs and sound effects intact, you need to track down the old "Disneyland Forever" CD's made on kiosks at the park.
Alternatively, you can buy the 6 CD mega-set that is offered at Amazon.com titled "A Musical History of Disneyland" (ASIN: B000AA4MHM [...].
As for this CD, if you want some casual listening to remember your visit with for the car or music player, this is a very adequate CD to have, they did a good job.