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The Five Americans - I See The Light (LP, Mono, Reissue)

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"I See the Light" is a song written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater for Walt Disney Animation Studios' 50th animated feature film Tangled (2010). A duet originally recorded by American recording artist and actress Mandy Moore and American actor Zachary Levi in their respective film roles as main characters Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, the folk-inspired pop ballad serves as both the film's love and theme song. Lyrically, "I See the Light" describes the developing romantic relationship between Rapunzel and Flynn, and is featured as the seventh track on the film's soundtrack album. Tangled was originally conceived by Disney animator Glen Keane. Subsequently, Walt Disney Animation Studios hired veteran Disney composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater to write the film's songs. Initially, Menken and Slater had written a more anthemic version of "I See the Light" before finally re-working it into a gentler, simpler and more folk-oriented song. Menken would later reveal that, out of Tangled's 5 songs and musical numbers, he is most proud of "I See the Light"."I See the Light" received polarized reviews from film and music critics, who were largely ambivalent towards the song's content, questioning its originality. However, the "lantern sequence", during which "I See the Light" is performed by Rapunzel and Flynn, received high critical acclaim, with journalists and commentators praising its visuals and use of 3-D. Critically, both the song and the scene have been compared to similar romantic musical sequences from preceding Disney animated films, including "Kiss the Girl" from The Little Mermaid (1989) and "A Whole New World" from Aladdin (1992), both of which are love songs also composed by Menken. In spite of its mixed reviews, "I See the Light" has garnered numerous awards and accolades. The song was nominated for the Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Original Song in 2011, losing both, the former to "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 (2010) and the latter to "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque (2010). Subsequently, "I See the Light" won both the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Song and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Since its release, the song has been recorded and covered by various musical artists, including musical theatre performers David Harris and Lucy Durack, and classical singer Jackie Evancho.

Release Info

Artist: The Five Americans
Label: Sundazed Music
Format: LP, Mono, Reissue
Country: US
Label: Sundazed Music
Released: 2012-06-00
Genre: Rock
Style: Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock


A1 I See The Light
A2 The Losing Game
A3 Goodbye
A4 I Know They Lie
A5 Twist & Shout
A6 She’s-A-My-Own
B1 The Train
B2 It’s A Crying Shame
B3 I’m So Glad
B4 Don’t Blame Me
B5 The Outcast
B6 What’d I Say

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