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The Princess and the Frog
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jonathan Sacks
Randy Kerber

Featured Solos by:
Terence Blanchard
Terrance Simien
Gabe Witcher

Co-Produced by:
Mitchell Froom
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Walt Disney Records
(November 23rd, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
The Dr. John version of the song "Down in New Orleans" was nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you have been dispirited by Randy Newman's relatively sparse output in the 2000's, because The Princess and the Frog is a perfect assignment for the rowdy bluesy and jazzy aspects of the composer's style.

Avoid it... if the rhythms and instrumentation of the Bayou, both absolutely saturating the atmosphere of these songs and (much of) the score, have never appealed to you.
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WRITTEN 12/17/09
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The Princess and the Frog: (Randy Newman) Many critics and audiences have argued that there is no coincidence between Walt Disney Pictures' abandonment of their traditional animation formula (in story and animation technique) and the general decline in the quality of their feature films as the 2000's have progressed. Proof in the form of The Princess and the Frog is interesting ammunition against strictly computer-generated films without a musical format. The 2009 film represented a journey to Disney's recent past, turning to the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin to help resurrect the magical charm that the studio so often enjoyed in its musical offerings. Along with a compliment of songs comes a story based on a familiar fairy tale, a slice of romance, and colorful supporting characters that don't distract from the sincerity of the narrative. Much has been made about the fact that The Princess and the Frog finally adds an African American princess to the collection of other ethnicities to star in a Disney animation, though the setting of New Orleans almost demanded such casting. When a visiting prince is transformed into a frog by a local voodoo master at the turn of the century, he mistakes a waitress for the princess he must kiss to return himself to human form. In so doing, she becomes a frog as well, and the two, along with the help of a few other animals, seek a voodoo priestess who can save them while eluding creatures under the control of the villain. The film's representation of the Bayou is one of its major attractions, with colorful flair and snazzy music almost omnipresent. An important aspect of the Disney musical machine that contributed to the resurrect the studio in the early 1990's was composer Alan Menken, whose banishment from the collaboration late in the decade officially signaled the downward movement for the studio's musical ventures. Despite Menken's very positive recognition for Enchanted more recently, Disney made the wise move of hiring Randy Newman to write the songs and score for The Princess and the Frog. While Menken probably would have handled this assignment well enough to suffice, Newman was a much more inspired choice. His roots in Louisiana and natural blend of jazz and blues in his style of writing are a perfect match for The Princess and the Frog, his first non-Pixar-related association with Disney. Add to that Newman's relatively sparse composing schedule in the 2000's and this combination of score and songs is really a treat. It's an exhibit of a composer snugly in his element, and the enthusiasm inherent in his music seems all the more genuine in this stylish romp.

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Total Time: 55:48
• 1. Never Knew I Needed - performed by Ne-Yo (3:38)
• 2. Down in New Orleans - performed by Anika Noni Rose (0:27)
• 3. Down in New Orleans - performed by Dr. John (2:26)
• 4. Almost There - performed by Anika Noni Rose (2:24)
• 5. Friends on the Other Side - performed by Keith David (3:34)
• 6. When We're Human - performed by Michael Leon-Wooley, Bruno Campos, and Anika Noni Rose (2:22)
• 7. Gonna Take You There - performed by Jim Cummings (1:46)
• 8. Ma Belle Evangeline - performed by Jim Cummings (1:55)
• 9. Dig a Little Deeper - performed by Jenifer Lewis and the Pinnacle Gospel Choir (2:47)
• 10. Down in New Orleans (Finale) - performed by Anika Noni Rose (1:37)
• 11. Fairy Tale/Going Home (4:17)
• 12. I Know This Story (5:27)
• 13. The Frog Hunters/Gator Down (6:04)
• 14. Tiana's Bad Dream (6:22)
• 15. Ray Laid Low (3:21)
• 16. Ray/Mama Odie (4:01)
• 17. This is Gonna Be Good (3:20)

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The insert includes lyrics for every song and an advertisement card, but no extra information about the score or film. The cover is printed on a heavier, super-shiny paper stock.
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