Last year, 2009, was what many would consider, the year of the Haunted Mansion. Back in September, on 9/9/09 to be exact, the Mansion over on the west coast celebrated its 40th birthday. While I was, unfortunately, unable to make it out to the festivities, I was lucky enough to have my good friend,
When we were back at home, we would flip through the pages of the book that also served as the album cover and listen intently to the story of the Haunted Mansion. We were far braver at that point than during our actual visit to the Mansion, but nonetheless just as excited.
Like so much of my vintage Disney vinyl, this album is now framed and hanging on my wall. Yet, with the newly released CD of this recording, I am able to once again enjoy the spooky story of The Haunted Mansion and the newly re-mastered recording of Grim Grinning Ghosts, which is also found on the disk. The new CD also doubles as a CD-ROM with fantastic images of Collin Campbell’s original paintings of the images from the accompanying book.
Whether you are a long time Mansion fan, or just long to bring a bit of the parks into your everyday, I highly recommend this album. It has certainly stood the test of time and is as good today as it was 40 years ago.