Continuing in Walt Disney Records celebrated “Legacy Collection” is their latest deluxe 2-CD release for LADY AND THE TRAMP, 1955’s animation masterpiece about warm, funny romance between pampered female cocker spaniel and male stray mutt. With robust, tuneful Oliver Wallace symphonic score surrounded by delightful songs authored by Sonny Burke, sung by Peggy Lee, this delightful movie ushered in Disney’s foray into CinemaScope animation storytelling. As new process proved challenging for animation as well as theater presentation, Disney prepared both widescreen versions, “standard” versions with optical sound. This new 2-CD set, presented from flawless original optical mono scoring session elements (as originally recorded), plus stereo imaging of vocals (also as originally presented), captures rousing musical odyssey with crystal clarity! CD 1 offers score, songs from actual soundtrack. CD 2 offers compact disc premiere of original fifties Disneyland Records album of studio re-recorded songs from movie plus “Home Sweet Home” which premiered on Disney’s 1997 single disc release. Finally under one roof are all the beloved songs and scoring sequences from an equally beloved animation film icon! As with previous Legacy Collection titles, packaging is “Deluxe” collectable book style with full color illustrations, concept art, notes and more. A fabulous piece of Disney history! Available exclusively from Intrada plus select dealers and Amazon until wide release slated for August 2015.

Set in a quaint Middle American small town in the early 1900s, the 1955 Walt Disney film Lady and the Tramp centers on the charming romance between a pampered pooch and a bone-a-fide mutt. Told from a dog’s-eye point of view, Disney’s classic canine caper features unforgettable songs and a memorable score that is the musical tail wagging his beloved dog story.   Following Cinderella, this time around Disney wanted songs that would convey emotions and personality, as well as to help the Disney artists tell their cinematic story.  Disney turned to a fresh and invigorating source of songs: movie, radio, television and recording great, Peggy Lee, the sensuous songster who was a top-of-the-charts star.  Along with the talents of song writer Sonny Burke, the film featured a plethora of effervescent vocals.  Combined with the cracking score by composer Oliver Wallace, a nostalgic classic was born.

In 1997, the actual soundtrack elements were released on an album for the first time. The original Disneyland Records LP release were studio recordings and not the recordings from the original soundtrack (except for “Home Sweet Home”) that ultimately premiered in 1997.  Walt Disney Records has included those versions as bonus tracks on disc two following The Lost Chords for their premiere CD release.  Although the movie is a CinemaScope film and in stereo (at least the dialog and sound effects are), the music elements have always been in mono.  For this release, Disney music expert and restoration genius Randy Thornton has turned out the cleanest and brightest soundtrack version of this heartwarming classic.  Combined with the deluxe packaging of the Legacy collection featuring gorgeous new custom artwork, this new release is the ultimate edition and not to be missed.

Label: Walt Disney Records D002066192
Date: 1955
Disc 1
01. Main Title (Bella Notte)/The Wag of a Dog’s Tail
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Soundtrack Version) [Disney Studio Chorus]
02. Peace on Earth
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Soundtrack Version) [Donald Novis; Disney Studio Chorus]
03. It Has a Ribbon/Lady to Bed/A Few Mornings Later
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
04. Sunday/The Rat/Morning Paper
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
05. A New Collar/Jock & Trusty/It’s Jim Dear
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
06. What a Day!/Breakfast at Tony’s
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
07. Warning/Breakout/Snob Hill/A Wee Bairn
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
08. Countdown to B-Day
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace
09. Baby’s First Morning/What Is a Baby/La La Lu
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Soundtrack Version) [Peggy Lee]
10. Going Away/Aunt Sarah
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
11. The Siamese Cat Song/What’s Going on Down There
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Soundtrack Version) [Peggy Lee]
12. The Muzzle/Wrong Side of the Tracks
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
13. You Poor Kid/He’s Not My Dog
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
14. Through the Zoo/A Log Puller
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
15. Footloose and Collar-Free/Bella Notte
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Soundtrack Version) [George Givot; Disney Studio Chorus]
16. It’s Morning/Ever Chase Chickens/Caught
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
17. Home Sweet Home
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Soundtrack Version) [The Melomen]
18. The Pound
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
19. What a Dog/He’s a Tramp
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Soundtrack Version) [Peggy Lee; The Melomen]
20. In the Doghouse/The Rat Returns/Falsely Accused/
We’ve Got to Stop That Wagon/Trusty’s Sacrifice
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
21. Watch the Birdie/Visitors
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Score) [Oliver Wallace]
22. Finale (Peace on Earth)
(From “Lady and the Tramp”/Soundtrack Version) [Disney Studio Chorus]
Disc 2
01. I’m Free As the Breeze (Demo) [Disney Studio Vocalist]
02. I’m Free As the Breeze [Jeff Gunn]
03. I’m Singin’ (‘Cause I Want to Sing) [Jeff Gunn]
04. What Is a Baby [Teri York]
05. La La Lu [Teri York]
06. The Siamese Cat Song [Robie Lester]
07. Bella Notte [Bob Grabeau]
08. He’s a Tramp [Teri York]
09. Peace on Earth [Teri York]