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TARZAN: SOUNDTRACK

With the musical all but extinct as a genre, or buried deep in the jungle at best, itís been left to these Disney animations to carry on the cinematic tradition of marrying cheerful, well-crafted songs with richly exuberant visual fantasies.

Fortunately, while these animated adventures are aimed predominantly at audiences of a tender age, Disney generally avoids the temptation of hiring young parvenu popsters with more trend than talent to provide the tunes.

The recent rage for jungle jaunts seems to be the doyens of British pop, with Phil Collins taking on Elton Johnís Lion King legacy with this production of Tarzan. Itís the perfect choice. Handing Collins a brief to evoke the deep rhythm of the jungle was like handing a banana to an ape; he was always going to know what to do with it. And the result is exactly what youíd expect: nothing too inventive but lots of detailed, playful percussion driving the Collins flair for strong, memorable melody. Itís all neatly glued with mature musicianship and the expected Genesis trademarks Ė especially, in the powerful anthem Two Worlds (which could definitely pass as the work of Colllinsí Genesis co-conspirator, Peter Gabriel).

The second half of the CD is devoted to the richly entertaining Mark Mancina score, which is by the book, but sublimely executed. Mancina also had a hand in the arrangement and production of Collinsís songs and Collins plays drums on the orchestral score so thereís a tight and pleasing uniformity to the entire soundtrack.

Perhaps the most fun is Collinsís Trashiní the Camp, a tongue-in-cheek a-cappella romp garnished with mischievous miscellaneous percussion (including elephant trumpet!) and the final reprise of Two Worlds Finale, which is bound to have even the most urbane sophisticates swinging from their chandeliers.
Brad Green

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SOUNDTRACK: TARZAN

ID: CA 91521
Arista/Miramax

COMPOSER: Phil Collins (songs), Mark Mancina (score)

PRODUCER: Phil Collins, Mark Mancina

FEATURED ARTIST: Phil Collins

TRACKS: 14

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