Hey there, hi there, ho there, Disney fans and vinyl collectors. Walt Disney Records has released a must-have 10” collectors picture disc in limited quantities.
Celebrating Walt Disney Record’s 60th anniversary, they’ve pressed 3,500 copies of a Mouseketeer staple–the “Mickey Mouse March” accompanied by the club’s “Alma Mater” on side B. It comes with retro, original MMC logo and the nostalgic Disneyland Records seal of authenticity.
The two original tracks on the album debuted with the October 5th, 1955 debut of ABC’s popular series. That series, which aired intermittently from 1955 to 1996, introduced “the leader of the club who’s made for you and me” in sing-along style in each episode. This original version of the march was composed by lead Mouseketeer Jimmie Dodd and arranged by Buddy Baker (composer of some of my favorite Disney feature film scores including The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Shaggy D.A. and The Fox and the Hound). Adding to the authenticity of the release, the vinyl is presented in its original monophonic sound.
You could say I have a deep seeded emotional connection between music and “the mouse.” My first record player was a portable Mickey “concert hall” briefcase-style number in which his outstretched arm contained a probably disc-wrecking stylus.
I took that thing everywhere, including outdoors, unfortunately to the demise of many albums.
I’m still a big physical music release collector, mostly of vinyl, and I’ve since then upgraded my turntable and its corresponding hardware in search of the ultimate sound that only it can provide. I’m also, of course, still a big fanatic of retro Disneyland Records and Walt Disney Records rereleases.
Listening to this album brings me right back to 1977, in which my 5 year old self was fully entranced by the “All New Mickey Mouse Club.” That version of the series had this funkier, disco take on the march, which I repeatedly played off the Disneyland Records soundtrack to the show non-stop. It still helped firmly establish me as a member of the club. I still know every word, and every note…
The B-side of this release is the “Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater” which always bummed me out, as it signalled the “time to say goodbye to all our company.” Actually, even though Jimmie and the Mousketeer gang promised they’d “M-I-C, see you real soon,” it was never soon enough. Thankfully there’s side A to pick you right back up.
You can find The Mickey Mouse Club 10” Picture Disc exclusively at Disney Music Emporium. The DME has additional vinyl releases for sale, many of them exclusive, including the classic re-release of “A Day at Disneyland,” new picture-disc editions of animated feature scores, and of course my personal all-time fave “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House.” Be sure to also check out Walt Disney Record’s outstanding “Legacy Collection” CD releases as well, any of which I’ve reviewed previously on Forces Of Geek. Those definitive editions are must-haves for the series soundtrack collector.
And thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Records, we’re giving away a copy of the picture disc to a Forces of Geek reader!
To enter, please send an email with the subject header “Mickey Mouse” to geekcontest @ gmail dot com and answer the following:
The Mickey Mouse Club featured a different theme each day of the week. What was the theme on Thursdays?
Please include your name and address (U.S. Residents only. You must be 18 years old).
Only one entry per person and a winner will be chosen at random.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on February 19th, 2016.