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The Music Of Galavant

I do think "Comedy Gold" was very memorable, although I didn't actually like it that much.

 

What was the one with Madalena singing to her reflections in the mirrors?

"No One But You" - not my favorite from S1.

There are plenty of really memorable songs from S1, in my opinion.  I love "Lords of the Sea", "Jackass in a Can" (which is really the perfect song about a horrible boss, lol), "Love Is Strange", "Maybe You're Not the Worst Thing Ever", "Hero's Journey", both of the Chef/Gwynne duets, "Goodnight, My Friend", "Secret Mission", "Togetherness", and, of course, "Galavant".  So, I'd say that 2/3 of the S1 songs were very memorable to me.  The only song from S1 that I routinely skip when listening to that soundtrack is "A Day in Richard's Life".

 

I'll have to put some thought into my S2 list.  I definitely will routinely skip "A Different Kind of Princess" and probably will skip, more often than not, "Love Makes the World Brand New" because while I think the lyrics are hilarious and watching it on screen with the fluttering birds cracks me up, Vinnie Jones' voice just isn't good enough to make the song enjoyable while only listening to the soundtrack.  I will say that "A Real Life, Happily Ever After" is going to be high on my list just because I'm a total Galabella sap and if this is the last season for Galavant, I'm never going to not get a little weepy over their happy ending.

 

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^ I quite enjoy "A Day in Richard's Life," probably I cannot a particular line out of my head and for the chanting crowd.

"SHUT UP YOU!!!! SHUT UUUUUPPP!"

every time I hear "shut up" or even think of it, I automatically sing it in that tune.

Same with whenever I see or hear the word "secret."

Secret, Secret, Hush Hush, Hush

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I loved "No One But You", but then again, I kind of worship Mallory Jansen and Madalena is my favorite character on the show by far. (Galavant and Izzie were kind of boring this season, probably because they have been trapped in their clichéd fairy tale love story and Sid didn't get a whole lot to do, )

 

I asked one of the producers on Twitter whether they are going to release the unreleased songs on iTunes. The only thing she wrote is that they keep asking ABC about that, so let's hope those songs will eventually be released. Maybe it would make sense to keep writing/texting to ABC to show that there is an interest in these songs.

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After having the S2 soundtrack on a near constant replay for the last 6 days, and of course seeing the last two episodes, plus starting a S2 re-watch tonight, I've come up with my tentative ranking of the 29 songs (I'm including the "World's Best Kiss" reprise by Isabella because, of all the reprises not included, this one really should have been).

 

1) "What Am I Feeling?" - this is, for me, season 2's "Goodnight, My Friend".  It's a really lovely and poignant ballad that just embraces the heart.  Galavant is such a special show and most of the songs are really funny, with some twisted, keeping it real lyrics, but when the show allows itself to be a little serious and exposes it's soul, we wind up with a true gem like "What Am I Feeling?"  It doesn't hurt that Mallory Jansen just nailed the vocals and the staging, plus the build-up of the episode's plot to this beautiful ballad, was just perfectly executed.

 

2) "A New Season" - if there was ever an earworm that could replace season 1's "Galavant", this is it.  Really, I can't get it out of my head.  I'm not sure what Menken & Slater can do for season 3 (yes, I believe, super-believe, we'll get a 3rd season) to push this earworm out of our heads.  It's a great song that sets up the 2nd season and makes you think they've revealed the big season finale without actually doing so.  I can't escape how much joy and hope I had playing this song over and over for the month or so before the actual debut.

 

3) "I Don't Like You" - I suppose I might not like this one so much if I listened to rap regularly.  As I don't, this light-princess-rap-battle works for me entirely.  Mallory & Karen David really sell this one well and, like Gareth says, "I've been waiting two seasons for this".  We've been waiting for these two to go at it and as a climax to an unsuccessful truce meeting, it's awesome.  Everything about this song works for me.

These next four are almost interchangeable to me, because they are all great, and hard to rank...

4) "A Real Life, Happily Ever After" - Galabella shipper to the end that I am, this one gets ranked at the top.  Joshua Sasse & Karen David harmonize so beautifully, and there's a freakin' proposal!  I know others prefer "World's Best Kiss" but this one ranks higher (by a lot) for me.  We got one humorous duet and another humorous quartet from Gal & Izzy in S1, so I really didn't necessarily need another one this season, even if that is this show's bread and butter.  As far as I'm concerned, we've been waiting two seasons to get a true, honest romantic ballad for what has always been the show's romantic endgame, and, like "What Am I Feeling?", this show really hits it out of the park when they play it straight on the emotional front.  There's still some humor, because, hello, this is "Galavant", after all, but this one still makes me teary because of the journey we've gone on with Galavant & Isabella for two seasons now.

5) "Galavant Recap" - Ben Presley's got some wicked pipes.  Given how many fans were clamoring for our season 1 earworm, it is great that they brought it back to start the season 2 finale.  There were some rhymes that didn't quite work for me but I hear Ben Presley's final note and I'm sold all over again.  Plus, the video of the song, with Presley in the center of the coming battlefield, his heel tapping along with the beat as he brought the song home...  Love it so much.

6) "Will My Day Ever Come" - my favorite Richard song of the entire season.  Alfie Simmons is a great talent and I give immense kudos to the casting director for finding such a good vocal match for Timothy Omundson.  As a song, there's something Sondheim-esque about it that I really love.  And, again, lyrically, this song relies more on heart and emotion than it does on the humor, which I appreciate.  The funny songs are brilliant but the emotional ones...  Well, like Omundson said in an interview, they "punch me in the feels".

 

7) "A Good Day to Die" - I love how they use the entire cast.  It's an even better song visually, which is why it ranks so high for me.  Has there ever been a battle song so fantastic?

8) "World's Best Kiss (Reprise)" - I hadn't watched 201/202 in about 5 weeks until tonight and I still teared up at David's reprise.  She just killed it - her best vocals of the season, and her acting in that scene...  KILLED IT.

9) "Serenade" - who doesn't love a good mariachi ballad?  This is a song in the same vein as many of season 1's - playing it straight with the music but the lyrics are absolutely hilarious.  It wins simply because it rhymes ex, herpes simplex, and sex.

 

10) "A Good Day to Die (Reprise)" - this one rounds out my Top 10 because it has the best line of all of songs in 209/210 - "Oh please, this isn't Game of Thrones".  And, cutting off on "a huge cliffhanger" was both wrong and perfect for this show.

11) "As Good As It Gets" - listening to this song on the soundtrack, it always gets my foot to tapping and I truly love it.  The reason it didn't make my Top 10 is mostly because, as I recalled when I watched 204 again tonight, the song just doesn't work in the episode.  It wasn't believable to me that Chef was able to convince Gwynne that she should be happy with how good they've got it in Hortensia with an upbeat, swing tune. 

12) "Do the D'Dew" - I have the same issue with this song as I do with "As Good As it Gets" - on the soundtrack, it charms the heck out of me and I love it, but in the episode, it comes off, somehow, flat.  They cut some of it to fit the time restraints of the episode and it somehow takes away from the song.

The next five are fairly interchangeable, and I'm sure they'd wind up in a different order if I made this list tomorrow or in a week or a month...

13) "My Dragon Pal and Me" - no reason this song is ranked near the middle of the season's songs, except that I like all 12 songs ahead of it more for a variety of reasons.  This song makes me smile, in that cheesy, '70s "Up With People" sort of way, and I absolutely crack up laughing every time I watch the video, with Richard's hand movements & growls.

14) "Goodbye" - who doesn't love a little soft-shoe, classic Broadway tune?  Plus, I love the use of the main cast (well, the ones who can sing).  Easily the best guest "one-off" song appearance of the season, plus it really advances the plot - something, okay, "true love", has to enable Galavant to give Death a good old knee to the groin.

15) "Today We Rise" - I love this song's lyrics, so much.  I feel like joining the rebellion, even if I know I'm going to die, lol.  And nothing will ever make me stop laughing at the choreography for "pee and poo".  So wrong.  So "Galavant". 

16) "World's Best Kiss" - this song feels a retread of "Love is Strange" or "Maybe You're Not the Worst Thing Ever" in some ways.  Fine, we get it, your romance isn't perfect but you still love each other.  Furthermore, in retrospect, with the way the season played out, this Galabella duet felt like a bone thrown to pacify the fans. 

17) "He Was There" - the rhymes in this one are what gets it ranked so high.  Plus, I love the circus-y moment of "random backflip in the air".  It's just a cute, airy song that I appreciate.

18) "Let's Agree to Disagree" - I thought this one would have ranked higher but Vinnie Jones' weak vocals really dropped it in my overall rankings.  The flip side of that is, it would have been even lower had it not been for Mallory Jansen's strong vocals, lol.  Plus, I love me some Cole Porter and this is a great homage to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.

19) "Off With His Shirt" - this one has grown on me, especially listening to it on the soundtrack.  It might be straight pop but it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb with the rest of the season's music as much as one might expect.  Plus, it really works in episode 201.  I surprised myself with this ranking but I think it's better than I thought the first time I heard it.

20) "The Happiest Day of Your Life" - I had a tough time with this one because, while I adore Gen Allenbury (especially on Twitter - she's just great!) as Queen of Valencia, she's not a great singer and, well, you'll see how I feel about weaker vocalists later on in my rankings, but...  It's a conga!  And I really like the song a lot more listening to it on the soundtrack than I did when I first saw it on screen in 203.  That probably has a lot to do with my complete hatred of that stupid enchanted tiara plot.

 

21) "Time Is of the Essence" - not a bad song at all but it doesn't beat out the 20 songs above it.  I do appreciate the rhyming and the performance of the song, which is what gets it ranked this high.

22) "Season 2 Finale" - I'm glad they were able to get Weird Al back to marry Gal & Izzy but...  This song should have been the Jester's, and not just because Jester has sung most of the versions of the "Galavant" theme but because Presley is a far stronger singer than Yankovic, and it really, really, really shows on this song.  Otherwise, this song would probably be way higher on my list.

23) "Finally" - so, "Grease" has never been my favorite musical, and I think that homages like "Finally" and "Dwarves vs. Giants" are a little too spot on for my taste, even on a super-meta show like Galavant.  I prefer just a bit more subtlety and, frankly, I expect a show as smart as Galavant, to be able to pull that off.  No need to bash the viewers over the head with their "Grease" homage.  That's really the only reason this song ranks so low on my list. 

 

24) "Dwarves vs. Giants" - this song would be SOOOO much higher, way higher, in all honesty, if I didn't hate the counter-melody from Clare Foster so much.  Her voice really bugs me in this song - she alternates between being flat and then sharp and then flat again and pretty much ruins the whole song.  I love Sasse & Omundson's parts.  And, I love the choreography for both of them & their choruses so much that it makes it really easy to overlook that it's such an obvious homage to "West Side Story".  But, then I get to hear Foster's really bad singing and the song just drops in my overall rankings.

25) "A Dark Season" - as catchy of an earworm as the season 2 theme song is, I think this song is fairly unremarkable, plus, again, Foster's voice just bugs the crap out of me.  But, bonus points for having Galavant sing in the third person - love that call back to season 1.

26) "Love Makes the World Brand New" - Vinnie Jones really can't sing.  He does his best with his limited instrument and Galavant's writers did a smart thing by making it into a Disney sing-a-long video.  Albeit, a slightly dirty Disney sing-a-long video...  I mean, they have a freaking fountain exploding behind Gareth's head as he sings the line "there's sparkly fizz in my nethers".  How did that make it past the censors?  LMAO!

27) "If I Were a Jolly Blacksmith" - cute song and, like "Build a New Tomorrow", perfectly serviceable and amusing in the Galavant way but, in comparison to Richard's other songs this season, this one is the weakest.  It ranks below "Dwarves vs. Giants" and "Love Makes the World Brand New" because, well, I really, really, really, love the choreography and the non-Foster parts of "Dwarves vs. Giants", and I love that the show made a bit of fun at Disney with "Love Makes the World Brand New."

28) "Build a New Tomorrow" - I like this song and I fully expected it to rank higher but it doesn't really hold up in comparison to the ones above it.  It's perfectly serviceable and is amusing in the Galavant way but it's not nearly as superb as so many others from the season.

29) "A Different Kind of Princess" - hate this song.  I didn't care for Sheridan Smith, didn't care for the rock anthem - I've heard better from other Broadway songwriters.  And, well, we've discussed it before, the visit to Princess Jubilee was pointless since that stupid enchanted tiara could have been knocked off Isabella's head in Hortensia just as easily as it was by Jubilee.  And, if it had happened in Hortensia, we would have probably gotten a Karen David solo - maybe even a rock anthem about how she was one pissed off princess - instead.

Edited by HighQueenEB.
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I wanna rewatch the season before I really rank my favourite songs, but my top five are 

5) Goodbye

Some random guy shows up because Galavant ran out of friends. Hilarious. Amazing. Also, Gal must have hated to die and ended up in a musical number. 

 

4) As Good As it Gets

Chef and Gwynne are the true otp of this show. They are adorable and they sound amazing together. 

 

3) Finally

Always down for a good Grease homage. Also Bobbi is adorable and she and Richard are adorable.

 

2) What Am I Feeling?

Definitely forgot how amazing Madelena is. She was woefully underused last season, imo. (although I Love You (As Much As Someone Like Me Can Love Anyone) is my favourite song ever and I wished it had been released) also, this is how I feel about feelings.

 

1) Maybe You Won't Die Alone.

The song I'm going to use at my wedding. I'm a real sucker for a good Kiss the Girl homage, and I love how begrudgingly Galavant start the number.

 

honorary mentions for Off With His Shirt, a true earworm, and I Really Don't Like You, an amazing princess rap battle. 

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^ I quite enjoy "A Day in Richard's Life," probably I cannot a particular line out of my head and for the chanting crowd.

"SHUT UP YOU!!!! SHUT UUUUUPPP!"

every time I hear "shut up" or even think of it, I automatically sing it in that tune.

Same with whenever I see or hear the word "secret."

Secret, Secret, Hush Hush, Hush

Oh, it's so good to know that I'm not the only one!  On both counts.  Plus, I sometimes sing-think "I want to shoot him with a crossbow . . ." when someone's really getting on my nerves.

 

There's a guitar moment in "A Day in Richard's Life" that takes me right back to watching "Labyrinth" as a kid; I will always love the song just for that.

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I wish to report that I've had My Dragon Pal and Me on a loop in my head for 2 days now, occasionally supplanted by She'll Be Mine.

doo doo doo doo dragon pal...

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Based on how often it's played in my head and how often I've rewatched the video, Today We Rise is my favorite of the season. I know all the words except the line after "PEE and POO!" because I'm laughing too hard to hear it properly every single time.

 

Also playing in my head: A New Season, Let's Agree to Disagree (beer beer beer beer beer!), Jolly Blacksmith, Serenade, My Dragon Pal and Me, Goodbye, I Don't Like You, and Will My Day Ever Come. I won't attempt to rank them, but these were my favorites. Honorable mention to Dwarves Vs Giants. Love to watch the choreography.

 

It seems Different Kind of Princess is universally the least favorite (I agree). I will say I don't hate it as a stand alone song, but it didn't fit in the show stylistically or plot wise. It would have benefited from having just the smallest bit of set up. When Wormwood said they needed an RSVP from Jubilee, the parents should have said something like, "Jubilee? Ugh, she's the worst. Horrible person. Terrible influence. Why did we even invite her? We don't want her there, and she won't come anyway. Just mark her as a No." Then Wormwood the Horrified Wedding Planner could have said, "You can't uninvite someone or assume they won't show! What if they did? Then the seating chart would be boy-girl-boy-girl-girl! We can't let that happen!" and send Izzy off. It still would have been an unnecessary plot point, but at least the punk rock princess wouldn't have come completely out of left field. An even better scenario that someone else put forth would have been losing the tiara in Hortencia and IZZY singing a pissed off punk rock princess song.

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It's still pretty useless, but I would have tolerated "Different Kind of Princess" a lot more if an actual famous rock star sang it.

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It's still pretty useless, but I would have tolerated "Different Kind of Princess" a lot more if an actual famous rock star sang it.

I've gotten my niece's friend hooked on Galavant and she loves "Different Kind of Princess." She made me suffer through it twice yesterday while I took her home. I guess to each her own but I'm still with you in the opinion that it is a truly useless song and doesn't fit with the tone and tenor of the rest of the show's music.

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It's hard to choose, but "Maybe You Won't Die Alone" is one of my favorites, not only because of the melody and lyrics, but for Joshua Sasse's movements (I don't think you can call it dancing) during the song.

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It's hard to choose, but "Maybe You Won't Die Alone" is one of my favorites, not only because of the melody and lyrics, but for Joshua Sasse's movements (I don't think you can call it dancing) during the song.

when he sings "believe me, trust me, she knows" and hes under the table and he moves is head from side to side? gets me every time. 

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when he sings "believe me, trust me, she knows" and hes under the table and he moves is head from side to side? gets me every time. 

Yup!  I sway right along with him and the other mariachi minstrels. 

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Yup!  I sway right along with him and the other mariachi minstrels. 

 

It helps that Josh and the minstrels are really hot.

 

But I loved how Josh pops up from all sides in this.

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So I saw on the release schedule something called Galavant: The Unreleased Collection was released today in Asutralia. So I rush over to iTunes and there it is. I then click on Cast of Galavant hoping that everything else has finally been released in Australia But nope, just the new album. So it seems Australia is only allowed Unreleased material. The released material is too sacred for us to have access to.

But hey, at least I get A Hero's Journey and Secret Mission in studio form. 

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2 hours ago, Bill1978 said:

So I saw on the release schedule something called Galavant: The Unreleased Collection was released today in Asutralia. So I rush over to iTunes and there it is. I then click on Cast of Galavant hoping that everything else has finally been released in Australia But nope, just the new album. So it seems Australia is only allowed Unreleased material. The released material is too sacred for us to have access to.

But hey, at least I get A Hero's Journey and Secret Mission in studio form. 

I love you for drawing our attention there. I am so excited about this.

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I'm trying to hold out hope here. I'd definitely buy the series set, too, eventually, but the music set is a must. I never bought anything via iTunes because that's a last resort for me when a physical album isn't possible.

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The Unreleased album is available on Apple Music if you subscribe. :D

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Woo, great news. I shall hold off buying the Unreleased Collection now.

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My complete soundtrack has shipped from Amazon. Woooo! Get your order in. I have to imagine if sales for this are strong, it might convince them to release the whole show, or dare I say, revive it?

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I plan to get the physical version of the complete soundtrack but for an Aussies out there, it is also available digitally on our iTunes. Finally after what feels like years of waiting Australia has access to all the songs for purchasing.

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18 hours ago, TheRabbi said:

My complete soundtrack has shipped from Amazon. Woooo! Get your order in. I have to imagine if sales for this are strong, it might convince them to release the whole show, or dare I say, revive it?

I like your thinking. Josh Sasse is free now!

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Ordered the physical version of the Complete Collection the other day, but they had to revise my delivery date for next Saturday. Still, I'm glad to finally have it! :)

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16 hours ago, betsyboo said:

I like your thinking. Josh Sasse is free now!

OTOH, Timothy Omundson is currently recovering from a minor stroke - he's been in rehab for the last 5 weeks, and it's hard to say just what his status is at the moment.  :-(

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Tim seems to have a good attitude and is fighting his way back. I've noticed him more active on twitter recently again and he posted this not long ago:

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7 hours ago, HighQueenEB said:

OTOH, Timothy Omundson is currently recovering from a minor stroke - he's been in rehab for the last 5 weeks, and it's hard to say just what his status is at the moment.  :-(

I know. This made me so sad. Esp now as he starts tweeting - and it's clear his speech/spelling is a little garbled. WAH. But if anyone can smash recovery out of the park (as Clare Foster tweeted him), it's King Richard, with a wee bit o' Lassie. All good thoughts.

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2 hours ago, betsyboo said:

I know. This made me so sad. Esp now as he starts tweeting - and it's clear his speech/spelling is a little garbled. WAH. But if anyone can smash recovery out of the park (as Clare Foster tweeted him), it's King Richard, with a wee bit o' Lassie. All good thoughts.

Responding in the Media thread.

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Yes, I did download this as soon as it became available and no, I have no stopped listening to it.

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Got the Complete Collection soundtrack for Christmas and I've been listening to it every day! I think the season 2 songs were better, or at least more memorable. Its hard to pick because I love them all, but my top 10 favorites:

1) Serenade (Maybe You Won't Die Alone)

2) What Am I Feeling

3) Let's Agree to Disagree

4) Do D'Dew

5) Off With His Shirt

6) Finally

7) Dwarves vs Giants

8) I Don't Like You

9) Goodbye

10) Season Two Finale 

Also love for My Dragon Pal and Me, the World's Best Kiss reprise (Karen freaking nailed it) and any time the theme song was used.

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I love the Unreleased Collection - finally have "Hero's Journey" and "A Happy Ending for Us" (Chef & Gwynne's poison song) to listen to to my heart's content.  Plus, the Menken-voiced demo version of "Your Mother Is a Whore."  What I wouldn't give for ABC's censors to have allowed that song and scene.  It would have been hilarious!  But, the other gem on the Unreleased Collection is "Manlyology," which is the Gareth song from S1 that was cut.  The demo version they gave us has Vinnie, Tim and Darren singing and speaking during the song and I'm pretty sure that they actually filmed this song but cut it from the show after focus groups said they didn't think it was believable to have Gareth singing that early in the series (it would have been episode 2, in place of the dialogue where Gareth teaches Richard how to "man up").  It's a shame that there weren't any extras on the DVDs, because this scene would have been worth the price of the DVDs alone.

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