Music by: Alan Menkin
Lyrics by: Glenn Slater
Distributed by: Hollywood Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the musical comedy fantasy television series, Galavant, Joshua Sasse is Sir Gary Galavant, a down on his luck knight determined to reclaim his reputation and the love of his life by destroying the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). Aided by Princess Isabella (Karen David), a woman whose kingdom was conquered by Richard and his squire Sid (Luke Youngblood), Galavant sets out on a journey to prove his worth and take his revenge against his sworn enemy. The series lasted two seasons until it was canceled in 2016.
However, the songs of Galavant live on through the soundtracks in January 2015 and January 2016. Unfortunately for fans of the series, these soundtracks were missing some of the hilarious songs. Now, Hollywood Records is releasing Galavant: The Unreleased Collection featuring twenty previously unreleased songs from the series with music by Alan Menkin (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Tangled) and lyrics by Glenn Slater (Home on the Range, Tangled).
I never watched Galavant when it aired on ABC in 2015 Ė it looked a tad silly for my tastes, but listening to Galavant: The Unreleased Collection gave me pause. I now knew what it was that made this television series successful. The songs poked fun at the audience as much as it did the characters in the show. There are some really funny moments on this album like Manlyology, a song about manning up in the face of danger; Moments in the Sun, a ballad by Galavant that keeps getting interrupted at the most inopportune times; I Love You (As Much As Someone Could Love Anyone), a ballad in which Madalena (Mallory Jansen) exposes the truth about her inability to truly love anyone and more.
As I listened to Galavant: The Unreleased Collection, I found myself laughing with almost every track. I began to wonder if I hadnít missed out by not watching this television series when it aired. One thing I do know for certain is that fans are going to love getting their hands on this album, if for nothing else than to complete their collection of songs from the show they loved.