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Elton John World News: A Beach Boy is Reinterpreting Disney Classics

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Wednesday 19 October 2011 @ 16:21 - GMT

As previously reported, Brian Wilson's In The Key of Disney is to be released on October 25. Meanwhile, it is available for pre-order at EJW's ''Shop'' link to Amazon.com.

The pop veteran performs 11 numbers from the venerable studio's canon, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Pinocchio standards up to more modern material.

"The Disney people came to me and said, 'We'd like to do an album of Disney songs,' " Wilson says. "They're beautiful songs. We took each one separately and interpreted them...so we could make each one appropriately done.

"I was nervous because I wanted to do it appropriately so that people could really appreciate these songs. When they said, 'We're gonna do an Elton John song,' I said, 'Hey, I want to do a good job on this,' you know? These are great songs by great writers, so I wanted to do them right."

The singer produced the album and handled all the vocal arrangements, collaborating on band arrangements with Paul Von Mertens. They applied a Bo Diddley-style beat to I Just Can't Wait to be King from The Lion King and a New Orleans flavour to the first Toy Story's You've Got a Friend in Me.

Can You Feel The Love Tonight is also on the disc, and a sample can be heard at

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