This collection of music from Walt Disney animated films is so skimpy that it would be more accurately classified as an EP than an album, the nine tracks adding up to a mere 22 minutes. Lady and the Tramp and Friends is not exactly strong on focus either, built around five songs from Lady and the Tramp and filled out with a song apiece from The Little Mermaid ("Kiss the Girl") and Beauty and the Beast ("Something There"), as well as two mediocre adult contemporary-styled ballads of unidentified origin. The Lady and the Tramp songs are kind of fun in their pastiches of torch jazz, European opera, and Asian music, and "Something There" (from Beauty and the Beast) is perky enough, though the Caribbean pop-soul of The Little Mermaid's "Kiss the Girl" is weak. But it's a terribly patchy and brief collection, though at least it was sold at a budget price that was only around half the cost of an average CD.
Lady and the Tramp and Friends Review
by Richie Unterberger