Tarzan


Walt Disney Records (4029758024720)
Movie | Released: 1999 | Format: CD, Download
 

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# Track Artist/Composer Duration
1.Two WorldsPhil Collins & Mark Mancina3:18
2.You'll Be in My HeartPhil Collins & Mark Mancina1:36
3.Son of ManPhil Collins2:44
4.Trashin' the CampPhil Collins2:16
5.Strangers Like MePhil Collins3:00
6.Two Worlds ReprisePhil Collins & Mark Mancina0:51
7.Trashin' The CampPhil Collins2:23
8.You'll Be In My HeartPhil Collins4:18
9.Two WorldsPhil Collins2:42
10.A Wondrous PlaceMark Mancina5:18
11.Moves Like an Ape, Looks Like a ManMark Mancina2:57
12.The GorillasMark Mancina4:28
13.One FamilyMark Mancina3:48
14.Two Worlds RepriseMark Mancina1:16
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Tarzan - 06/10 - Review of Tom Daish, submitted at
As with The Lion King and Mulan, Disney have once again opted to employ the services of different composers for the score and the songs. In this instance, the songs composer of choice is ex-Genesis member Phil Collins. While I'm convinced I read that Phil Collins was the UK's most successful solo male artist, he is apparently not all that well known elsewhere. Anyway, his style is usually quite recognisable and these efforts are no different. Whereas Elton John wrote songs for characters to sing, Collins performs all of the songs as more of a narrator - although the result is that the sequences come out more like a pop video in the film.
Two Worlds is evidently the centre piece song and it (like the others) bounces along at a fair old pace. In fact, all of the songs are very upbeat indeed. Son of Man and Strangers Like Me are favourites, but both are arranged in a very similar fashion. Indeed, those two and Two Worlds are mainly done with close harmony with Collins providing his own backing vocals. They have a very 80's sound to them, which is fine for me since I quite like that kind of thing, but it may put others off. You'll Be in My Heart has a brief bit of Glenn Close singing as well as a small bit of Collins singing, but evidently the film version was designed to be very short. It's rather a shame, as the pop version that Collins sings later on is much longer and certainly turns into a fairly appealing song. Collins' more poppy rendition of Two Worlds is very similar to the film version and is perhaps a little redundent. Trashin' the Camp builds from typewriter keys clicking away with a vocalised scat backing. Difficult to describe well; put it this way, there are no lyrics, just single syllables. There is another version feating N'Synch (whoever they are), which is also redundent. Liking of the songs basically depends on whether you like Phil Collins or not. I do, but I would have liked the songs to have more variable arrangements and there are really too many versions of the same songs and too many reprises. They are all good when taken seperately, but in a row, they end up blurring into one too much.

Although not having many stunningly good projects to work on, Mark Mancina has always done pretty well to produce some decent music for pretty weak movies (Twister has an extremely enjoyable action/Americana score for example). Tarzan gives him a chance to recreate Hans Zimmer's success with his stupendous score to the Lion King. While Mancina's score is by turns primitive (wooden percussion), exciting and introverted, it doesn't really approach Zimmer's in terms of quality. Zimmer's unique grasp of idiomatic African music certainly gave him a head start. Mancina really tries to evoke the jungle with drums and chorus, but to nowhere near the same spectacular level. There are no great set pieces either. The Gorilla's is a thundering action cue in typical pseudo-Zimmer style (although Mancina has enough of his own to just about remain interesting.) The other problem is that there are no very strong themes in the score. Zimmer didn't really use Elton John's themes, but created and used many of his own, Mancina has a motif or two that is always helpful, but nothing that will stick in the mind all that much. I can imagine that with the apparently stunning visuals in the film, it will work superbly well, but on CD it just comes across as a bit more non-descript than it ought to. The very brief running time for the actual score portion doesn't help at all either. Overall, an enjoyable CD as long as you like Phil Collins songs, but for score-only fans, I really don't think there's quite enough to warrant purchasing the entire disc due to the short running time and lack of many memorable moments.
Tarzan - 08/10 - Review of Andreas Lindahl, submitted at
Although there are only four score tracks by Mark Mancina on the soundtrack for Disney's Tarzan, this CD is not the big disappointment I had expected it to be. Mainly because Phil Collins' songs are so good. The songs for previous Disney films have mostly been musical oriented (and there is noting wrong with that). Collins' approach, however, is very fresh. The songs for Tarzan are basically pop songs, with a classic Phil Collins' sound, all with attractive, catchy melodies and good arrangements. Collins wrote five songs for the film, being "Two Worlds", "You'll Be in My Heart", "Son of Man", "Strangers Like Me" and "Trashin' the Camp". The latter being the only one without lyrics, although there are vocal parts, performed by Collins and other singers. "You'll Be in My Heart" is the films' big love song, and it's quite good. It does not have the soppy sound that the majority of the love songs written for films nowadays have - "My Heart Will Go On" comes to mind... Instead it's a nice, soft song. "Son of Man" is the best song on the album - a classic Phil Collins' ditty. Very upbeat and very catchy. "Trashin' the Camp", "You'll Be in My Heart" and "Two Worlds" are each featured twice on the soundtrack, which feels a little unnecessary, I must say. Different versions of course, but anyway...

On to Mark Mancina's part of the CD then. With four tracks and a total time of roughly 16 minutes it would of course have been nice if more music by the composer could have been included, especially as the score is very, very good. Mancina wrote the incredibly beautiful music for Return to Paradise, and parts of the score for Tarzan are in the same vein. Very vibrant, emotional and beautiful. Mancina employs different kind of exotic flutes - this is after all the jungle - to great effect. But what would Tarzan be without some action? "Moves Like an ape, Looks Like a Man" is an entertaining action cue, where Mancina makes great use of the brass section of the orchestra. And the usage of wordless choir in some of the cues, lends the music a sometimes magical sound.

Overall a very good soundtrack release, the only drawback being the small portion of included score. With a running time of 40 minutes, some more music by Mancina could, and should, have been included. Some of Collins' songs have been arranged by Mancina, in the same style as the score. So, instead from detracting from the instrumental cues, the songs fit the mood and sound of Mark Mancina's score quite good.

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