Disneyland Record - 1289
18 favorite folk songs sung by Disneyland Boys Choir. Under the direction of Paul Salamunovich, arrangements by Willard Jones, produced by Camarata.
Accoding to the Boy Choir and Soloist Directory:
The Disneyland Boys Choir was formed to provide the music for the Small World attraction in the park, and there was only one album and one single to come from that project. The choristers were primarily drawn from Paul Salamunovich's church choir, St. Charles Borromeo in North Hollywood, California. Salamunovich later became director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Mr. Salamunovich can still be found here.
I was a little disappointed that it's just a collection of folk songs and not a collection of foreign language versions of It's a Small World. But maybe not as disappointed as Australia being represented by Paddy Whack. Visiting Disney World, I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed the It's a Small World ride. It's a pleasant and relaxing boat ride through simplistic animatronics and -- I have to admit -- it's a very catchy tune. Reading BoingBoing today, I learned Disney is making what sounds like some unfortunate changes to the ride:
And in one of the most egregious and downright disgusting decisions in Disney theme park history, the gorgeous New Guinea rainforest scene, replete with some of Mary Blair’s most whimsical character creations (a crocodile with an umbrella, colorful birds hatching from eggs) and her drummer children with Tiki Masks on the opposite shore will be replaced with a Hooray for U.S.A sequence.
There's no confirmation on this at Jim Hill Media, so if this turns out to be false, I'll delete the rumor.
Straight from the fabulous year of 1965 (songs will open in new window):
- It's a Small World (USA)
- Oranges and Lemons (England) Because when I think of England, I think of citrus
- The Ash Grove (Wales)
- Comin' Thru the Rye (Scotland)
- Frere Jacques (France)
- Alouette (France)
- Santa Lucia (Italy)
- Funiculi, Funicula (Italy) Sounds like an STD you'd catch from a Mouseketeer
- Cuckoo (Austria)
- Children's Prayer (Germany)
- Silent Night (Germany)
- Paddy Whack (Australia)
- Kookaburra (Australia)
- Sukiyaki (Japan)
- Meadowlands (Russia)
- Arirang (Korea)
- Cielito Lindo (Mexico)
- Aloho Oe (Hawaii)
- Home On the Range (USA)
- Same as the first