The Music Behind The Magic is a rare, expensive and hard to find collectorâ€™s item consisting of 4 CDâ€™s with work tapes, demo and final recordings of the music and score from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. In a 66 page included booklet both Alan Menken, Howardâ€™s sister Sarah and the many people Howard and Alan worked with and for including former-high Disney officials, voice actors and the director of Mermaid and Aladdin and many other praise working with Howard Ashman.
While Menken recalls mostly of him and Howard working on Mermaid and Beauty he and Tim mention the cut songs from an early story version of Aladdin.
Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim, Proud of Your Boy , Humiliate The Boy, How Quick they Forget and You Can Count On Me where part of that story idea originally written by Howard Ashman. In that version a younger Aladdin had a bunch of pals he hang out with and he had a mother. The included booklet â€œThe Musical Artistry of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman & Tim Riceâ€ had the only picture of this character. Itâ€™s been roaming around the Internet since the late 90â€™s when it first appeared in the Aladdin Mailing List to the Aladdin-fandom. It wasnâ€™t until years later the Aladdin SE revealed Aladdinâ€™s mother to the general public.
In that early adaptation of the 1001 Arabian Nights tale there were 2 Genies, a Genie of the Lamp and a Genie of the Ring at some point Jafar gets hold of the Ring Genie and uses him against our hero. Alan and Howard and Alan and Tim tried multiple times to make a villain song for Jafar but due to story changes the earlier songs where scarped. In the final version of the film Jafar has only a reprise to Prince Ali. Music Behind the Magic Mentions 3, Humiliate the Boy and Why Me and Master of the Lamp while the December 1992 issue of Entertainment Weekly mentions My Finest Hour and My Time Has Come.
Also worth noting, Howard and Alan attempted at a song for a selfish Princess Jasmine called â€œCall Me A Princess.â€ Strangely enough it is the only mention of a song for Jasmine in all the publications regarding the Making of Aladdin. Aladdin has a song and a reprise, Genie has two songs, Jafar has a reprise but Jasmine has nothing besides the movie’s love song in a duet. While itâ€™s understanding the creative team didnâ€™t want to insert a song to introduce Jasmine so soon after One Jump Ahead I personally feel the One Jump Reprise couldâ€™ve been combined with a song for Jasmine.
To be continued in The Music Behind the Magic Part 3 : Inspirations and homageâ€™s