Hollywood Lost and Found

"Mouse Tracks:
The Story of Walt Disney Records"

It may be hard to believe, but authors Tim Hollis and Greg Ehrbar have found an aspect of the Disney organization that did not have its history already thoroughly documented in a single volume. To fill the hole, they have written "Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records" (University Press of Mississippi, 2006) - an entertaining and detailed look at the recordings that have been enjoyed by countless Disney fans.

In an era before home video, phonograph records were one of the only ways to take home a piece of entertainment to relive again and again. I myself spent many hours of my childhood listening to the soundtracks from Disney films and the attractions at Disneyland. And one of the very first collections of sound effects I had was the Disney album "The Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House." This book details the creation of these records and many more, with the stories of the creative people behind them - some never having received public credit for the work before.

Disney favorites Annette Funicello and Hayley Mills, prolific songwriters the Sherman Brothers, and famous voices Paul Frees, Thurl Ravenscroft and Sterling Holloway are all included - most are featured in their own sidebar biographies.

The only major criticism I would offer is that the book lacks a discography. Regardless, it is a fun, well-researched look into a previously undocumented aspect of the Disney Empire, and a welcome addition to the library of all Disney fans and entertainment history buffs.
- Steve Lee
30 July 2006
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