Just got the "Musical History of Disneyland" set
I am super impressed by the quality and extraordinary attention to detail that went into this set...no surprise there. What I am surprised about is how good these soundtracks actually sound. They are so accurate and clear that it makes you feel as if you are really there. On top of that, there are area and atmospheric sounds added that would strip the soundtracks of their feel if they weren't included. For instance, you can actually hear the paddling and steam releases in the background the entire time on the Mark Twain ridethrough! And the "barker bird" outside of the Tiki Room has Jungle Cruise sounds thrown in to make it sound like you are in the middle of Adenvtureland. So instead of feeling like you are just listening to a recording in your living room, it sounds more like you are listening to the true ride.
I could write a whole other posting on the amazing book and record that come with this set, but to anyone who hasn't bought this set, please buy it. It's not only worth the $125 from DisneyDirect, it's worth a WHOLE lot more than that. This album was made with the utmost respect for Disneyland and its loyal fans.
The new Space Mountain theme sounds way too much like the Incredibles for its own good. I like how it's paced exactly like the old Dick Dale soundtrack, but it just doesn't sound futuristic enough. I LOVE the Buzz Lightyear music, I'm not sure how the music fits into the ride since I haven't ridden it yet, but it sounds very good and just the music alone is excellent. I'll wait and see how Space Mountain feels after I've ridden it. I'm sure I would not have liked Dick Dale's soundtrack if I hadn't have experienced it on Space Mountain first. Plus, there's always Rockit Mountain which I'm sure will be more in tune with the old soundtrack and much more energetic.
Good, but could be better!
I love my complete Disneyland set, but what would have made it better if the Original Disneyland recording was not a LP but a CD. I want to play it so very badly but don't have the equipment! I think that it was a poor decision to reproduce the original even if it does seem special as it is an exact preproduction. I WANT TO HEAR IT! :( :( :(