The Lion King (soundtrack)

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The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Elton John and Hans Zimmer
Released May 30, 1994
Recorded Fall 1993 – May 1994
Media Ventures, Los Angeles
Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles
Snake Ranch, London
Angel Studios, London
BOP studios, Mmabatho
Genre Pop, world, soundtrack
Length 46:21
Label Walt Disney
Producer Hans Zimmer, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Chris Thomas
Walt Disney Animation Studios chronology
Aladdin
(1992)
The Lion King
(1994)
Pocahontas
(1995)
Elton John chronology
Duets
(1993)
The Lion King; Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(1994)
Made in England
(1995)
Singles from The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
    Released: May 12, 1994
  2. "Circle of Life"
    Released: August 9, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]
Filmtracks 4/5 stars[3]
Vox (3/10)[4]

The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the original motion picture soundtrack for the 1994 Disney animated film, The Lion King. It contains songs from the film written by Elton John and Tim Rice, and a score composed by Hans Zimmer. Elton John has a dual role of performer for several tracks. Additional performers include Carmen Twillie, Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, and Sally Dworsky. The album was released on May 30, 1994 on CD and audio cassette. The soundtrack was recorded in three different countries: the U.S., the U.K. and South Africa. It is the best-selling soundtrack album to an animated movie in the U.S. with over 7 million copies sold, with 4,934,000 copies sold in 1994.[5]

An expanded version of The Lion King soundtrack, featuring 30 minutes of previously-unreleased material, was released as part of the Walt Disney Records: The Legacy Collection series on June 24, 2014.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

  1. "Circle of Life" – 3:59
    Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
    Arranged and produced by Hans Zimmer
    Performed by Carmen Twillie; African vocals performed by Lebo M and South African chorus
  2. "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" – 2:51
    Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
    Arranged and produced by Mark Mancina
    Performed by Jason Weaver with Rowan Atkinson and Laura Williams
  3. "Be Prepared" – 3:40
    Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
    Arranged and produced by Hans Zimmer
    Performed by Jeremy Irons with Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings
  4. "Hakuna Matata" – 3:33
    Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
    Arranged and produced by Mark Mancina and Jay Rifkin
    Performed by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella with Jason Weaver and Joseph Williams
  5. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" – 2:57
    Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
    Arranged and produced by Mark Mancina
    Performed by Joseph Williams and Sally Dworsky with Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella and Kristle Edwards
  6. "This Land" – 2:55
    Instrumental composed, arranged and produced by Hans Zimmer
  7. "...To Die For" – 4:17
    Instrumental composed, arranged and produced by Hans Zimmer
  8. "Under the Stars" – 3:45
    Instrumental composed by Hans Zimmer
    Arranged and produced by Hans Zimmer and Jay Rifkin
  9. "King of Pride Rock" – 5:59
    Instrumental composed, arranged and produced by Hans Zimmer
  10. "Circle of Life" – 4:51
    Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
    Produced and mixed by Chris Thomas
    Performed by Elton John
  11. "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" – 3:36
    Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
    Produced and mixed by Chris Thomas
    Performed by Elton John
  12. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight (End Title)" – 3:59
    Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
    Produced and mixed by Chris Thomas
    Performed by Elton John

Special edition[edit]

On September 30, 2003, Disney released a Special Edition of the soundtrack with two newly-added tracks:

  1. "The Morning Report" – performed by James Earl Jones, Jeff Bennett and Evan Saucedo
  2. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Remix)" – performed by Elton John

In addition, on the same day, a vinyl record picture disc of the original soundtrack was released in a limited edition of 4,000.

The Legacy Collection release[edit]

Walt Disney Records released an expanded edition of The Lion King soundtrack containing an additional thirty minutes of previously-unheard material from the film, as well as a collection of demo versions of cues.[6] This version of the score also contains an all-new mix by Alan Meyerson.

B-sides[edit]

Song Format
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Instrumental Version)" Can You Feel the Love Tonight 7"/CD (UK)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[29] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[30] Platinum 50,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[31] Diamond 1,000,000^
France (SNEP)[32] Gold 1,249,300[33]
Japan (RIAJ)[34] Gold 100,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[35] Gold 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[36] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[37] 2× Platinum 100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[39] Diamond 7,879,000[40]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[41] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Awards and acclaim[edit]

The soundtrack shipped over 10 million copies in the U.S. and eventually went 10x platinum in 1995, thus becoming the biggest-selling soundtrack ever from an animated film. Its certification was promoted to Diamond when the award was instituted in 1999. According to Nielsen Soundscan the soundtrack, as of April 2014, has sold a total of 7.873 million copies in the US.[5] It is also the best-selling vinyl album in the Nielsen SoundScan era (starting 1991), with 1,043,000 copies sold as of June 2014.[42]

In 2010, Rhapsody (online music service) called it one of the all-time great Disney & Pixar Soundtracks.[43]

Academy Awards[edit]

Award Recipient
Best Original Score Hans Zimmer
Best Original Song ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight") Elton John
Tim Rice
Nominated:
Best Original Song ("Circle of Life") Elton John
Tim Rice
Best Original Song ("Hakuna Matata") Elton John
Tim Rice

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Award Recipient
Best Original Score Hans Zimmer
Best Original Song ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight") Elton John
Tim Rice
Nominated:
Best Original Song ("Circle of Life") Elton John
Tim Rice

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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