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Various Artists - Disney: The Silly Symphony Collection 1929-1939

 (Numbered Limited Edition 8 Albums on 16 LPs + Slipcase + Download Code)


Walt Disney Records



Product No.:
AWLT 3103
UPC: 050087323103

Vinyl Box Sets

No. of Discs: 16

The definitive audio tribute to Disney's renowned short film series!

A first-of-its-kind box set featuring restored soundtracks for all 75 "Silly Symphony" shorts from 1929-1939

16 vinyl LPs - more than eight hours of music!

Tip-on gatefold jackets, foil-stamped and numbered slipcase

Includes downloads for all 75 tracks in the set

Walt Disney's Silly Symphony shorts shaped the future of animation forever, and Disneyland Records has just rolled out all the stops with an ultimate tribute to the series. The hefty set has almost everything a fan could ask for.

The Silly Symphony Collection compiles all 75 shorts into 16 vinyl records, with each short accompanied by notes from historians J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt. One could spend many an afternoon playing the records and sifting through Kaufman and Merritt's commentary. The set (and its medium) gives a complete picture of a special moment in not just the history of Disney, but the history of entertainment itself.

The Silly Symphony series is nearly as old as Mickey Mouse, debuting in 1929 with The Skeleton Dance. The shorts were produced by the Disney artists in parallel with the Mickey shorts through 1939, meaning they are an accurate look into the Disney Studio's formative years: a decade filled with innovation, excitement, experiments, hardships, and, triumphs. Almost every Silly Symphony is inspired by a familiar fairy tale or fable, setting the stage for the full-length projects Disney would later tackle. Each short, as its series title implies, keeps music at its center, with the score driving the story. It is with this idea in mind that experiencing the entire series strictly aurally, without its visual accompaniment, is a testament to the success of composers Frank Churchill, Carl Stalling, and Leigh Harline in clearly weaving the shorts' stories through their music.

The series jumps from being as cartoony as "The Tortoise and the Hare" to as artistic as "The Old Mill" to as dark as "Hell's Bells" to as expressive as four shorts representing each of the four seasons. Music follows these tones with diversity and expertise. Sometimes there is a concrete plot, other times not, but there is always an emphasis on music as a storyteller. It's got that distinct sound that just oozes vintage Disney in the best way... the kind of music that accentuates a visit to Toontown in Disneyland and immediately relays the message that you've been transported to a different time. Each track has been fully restored, sounding better than ever but still retaining its distinctly bygone-era feel.

The presentation of the entire collection is gorgeous. From the barage of images chosen to the bright, popping colors to the texture of the keepsake box, this set is truly a treasure.


Volume 1: 1929•1930
The Skeleton Dance
El Terrible Toreador
Hell’s Bells
The Merry Dwarfs
Cannibal Capers
Frolicking Fish
Arctic Antics
Midnight In A Toy Shop

Volume 2: 1930•1931
Monkey Melodies
Playful Pan
Birds of a Feather
Mother Goose Melodies
The China Plate
The Busy Beavers
The Cat’s Out
Egyptian Melodies
The Clock Store
The Spider And The Fly

Volume 3: 1931•1933
The Fox Hunt
The Ugly Duckling
The Bird Store
The Bears and the Bees
Just Dogs
Flowers and Trees
Bugs In Love
King Neptune
Babes In The Woods
Santa’s Workshop
Birds In The Spring
Father Noah’s Ark

Volume 4: 1933•1934
Three Little Pigs
Old King Cole
Lullaby Land
The Pied Piper
The China Shop
The Night Before Christmas
Grasshopper and the Ants
The Big Bad Wolf

Volume 5: 1934•1935
Funny Little Bunnies
The Flying Mouse
The Wise Little Hen
Peculiar Penguins
The Goddess of Spring
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Golden Touch
The Robber Kitten

Volume 6: 1935•1936
Water Babies
The Cookie Carnival
Who Killed Cock Robin?
Music Land
Three Orphan Kittens
Cock O’ The Walk
Three Little Wolves
Elmer Elephant

Volume 7: 1935•1937
Broken Toys
Toby Tortoise Returns
Three Blind Mouseketeers
The Country Cousin
Mother Pluto
More Kittens
Woodland Café
Little Hiawatha

Volume 8: 1937•1939
The Old Mill
Wynken, Blynken & Nod
Moth and the Flame
Farmyard Symphony
Mother Goose Goes Hollywood
The Practical Pig
The Ugly Duckling

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