Frozen – Side A – Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, Katie Lopez – “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” / Side B – Josh Gad – “Summer” [Walt Disney Records D002102521, 7″ 33-1/3 single, 2014.]
Hey, it’s not all vintage vinyl in my collection! I thought it’d be fun to toss in something brand new just in case any of my kids are reading this. The music from the Disney film Frozen is big in our house: the kids love it and my wife, Sarah, loves it and will avail herself of any opportunity to belt out those catchy tunes, especially when she’s baking.
This is a beautiful little 7″ single picture disc featuring two songs from the film. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” is not quite a Christmas tune, but it has a wintry enough theme and I thought it was apropos for the season. I’m not sure this will enter the Christmas music canon as other snowman songs have, but it’s a great tune and it’ll likely become a winter holiday staple at our house. This picture disc was just put out in a limited edition for this year’s Record Store Day special release celebration on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It’s interesting that this 7″ plays at 33-1/3 rpm and not 45 rpm as most 7″ records do. I’m not sure why they chose to format it that way.
I think it’s cool how many new picture discs are being released these days as vinyl makes a resurgence in popularity. Way back when in my youth, a picture disc album was something you didn’t come across all that often and they were typically extremely limited releases. There are some really fantastic looking picture discs being produced these days. I couldn’t resist picking it up when I saw this lone copy sitting there on the rack at one of my local record stores! Many retailers are sold out of it at this point.
I had really thought of buying it for Sarah as a little Christmas present, but even with her love of the movie and its music, I knew she’d only feel lukewarm at best about having a vinyl record, even this swell looking picture disc, so I gave it to myself as an early gift. It was the right thing to do!
Here’s a nice little video on the Disney site about how the song almost got cut from the movie: “Snowman” Clip – THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC
I can’t imagine the movie without that song. And it really is an excellent movie. It’s a great story – funny and smart and moving, in all the best ways – and it has great music and songs. The songs were written by the husband and wife team of Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who appear to be continuing the long tradition of superb songwriting at Disney. Here’s a nice interview with them on NPR’s Fresh Air radio show in April of 2014: Songwriters Behind ‘Frozen’ Let Go Of The Princess Mythology
Just in case you don’t know this song as well I do, you can take a listen now:
As they say at Disneyland, “Have a magical day!”