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Lyrics by:
Stephen Schwartz

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Danny Troob
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Walt Disney Records
(October 27th, 1995)

Walt Disney Records
(August 7th, 2015)
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All albums are regular U.S. releases. A remastered album with identical contents to the 1995 version was released on March 27th, 2001.
The song "Colors of the Wind" and the score won Academy Awards. That song also won a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award. The score was nominated for a Golden Globe as well.
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Buy it... if you do not maintain a complete collection of Alan Menken's music for Disney animation of the 1990's and seek one with abnormally consistent melodic and instrumental quality and a convincingly spiritual heart.

Avoid it... if you prefer Menken's musical numbers of show-stopping grandeur or comedy and slapstick material in both the songs and score, neither of which emphasized on this more even-keeled, dramatic entry.
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WRITTEN 6/24/03, REVISED 11/29/15
Pocahontas: (Alan Menken) By the middle of the 1990's, the Disney animated film franchise was once again a powerhouse in Hollywood, and some critics argue that the studio's animation was at its historic peak during that era. After the first trilogy of films featuring music by Alan Menken dating back to 1989 proved more successful with each entry, Disney scored another major success with The Lion King in 1994. With The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin on his resume, Menken wasn't yet to lose his position atop the musical pillar of strength for Disney's animated features. In 1995, Pocahontas received the same critical success as Menken's previous projects, winning Academy Awards for both the score and the main song, a feat that had become somewhat normal for the franchise. But The Lion King had opened a new door in Disney's mind, allowing for major Hollywood composers to collaborate with pop artists for the music in their films. Only two years later, Menken's reign over the musical scene at Disney fizzled to an inglorious end (until his resurrection more than a decade later, though still with diminished popularity), and the studio would consistently rotate between big name composers for their animated features thereafter. It's not controversial to say that Pocahontas represented the beginning of the end for Menken, although Disney fans would be quick to respond that The Hunchback of Notre Dame had considerable merit and that it was 1997's universally intolerable Hercules that killed the Menken/Disney collaboration until its revival in the mid-2000's. No matter the overarching situation, Pocahontas remains a very typical example of Menken's style at the time, with trademark songs of simplistic harmonic construction and a score rich with light orchestral action and a varied use of slapstick breaks. The overall packaging of these usual elements, however, was slightly different in Pocahontas than it had been in either Menken's previous or following efforts. As a whole, Pocahontas has a much more balanced and steady tone in its songs and score than either Aladdin or The Hunchback of Notre Dame, emphasizing the dark coloration of the film with a more serious, dramatic stance in its demeanor.

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1995 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 56:12
• 1. The Virginia Company (song) (1:30)
• 2. Ship at Sea (2:43)
• 3. The Virginia Company (Reprise) (song) (0:35)
• 4. Steady as the Beating Drum (Main Title) (song) (1:46)
• 5. Steady as the Beating Drum (Reprise) (song) (0:45)
• 6. Just Around the Riverbend (song) (2:28)
• 7. Grandmother Willow (1:27)
• 8. Listen With Your Heart (Part 1) (song) (1:27)
• 9. Mine, Mine, Mine (song) (3:05)
• 10. Listen With Your Heart (Part 2) (song) (2:44)
• 11. Colors of the Wind (song) (3:33)
• 12. Savages (Part 1) (song) (1:43)
• 13. Savages (Part 2) (song) (2:14)
• 14. I'll Never See Him Again (1:54)
• 15. Pocahontas (1:23)
• 16. Council Meeting (1:11)
• 17. Percy's Bath (0:51)
• 18. River's Edge (1:27)
• 19. Skirmish (2:02)
• 20. Getting Acquainted (1:30)
• 21. Ratcliffe's Plan (1:46)
• 22. Picking Corn (0:54)
• 23. The Warriors Arrive (1:22)
• 24. John Smith Sneaks Out (1:14)
• 25. Execution (1:34)
• 26. Farewell (4:45)
• 27. Colors of the Wind (End Title) - performed by Vanessa Williams (4:17)
• 28. If I Never Knew You - performed by John Secada and Shanice (4:11)
2015 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 128:35

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The insert of the 1995 album includes lyrics, but has no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2015 "Legacy Collection" features extensive notation about both, as well as lyrics, lists of performers, and production sketches.
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