Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [Original Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Film producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli, who bought the film rights to Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, also picked up Fleming's children's book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a fantasy about a family and a flying car, and in the 1960s he hired children's author Roald Dahl to co-adapt it into a screenplay and stole away songwriting brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman from Walt Disney to write the score. The Shermans' most successful film had been Mary Poppins, which co-starred Dick Van Dyke, and Broccoli cast Van Dyke as the father, bringing the whole project to United Artists, the same studio that handled the Bond films. The resulting two-and-a-half-hour children's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Film producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli, who bought the film rights to Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, also picked up Fleming's children's book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a fantasy about a family and a flying car, and in the 1960s he hired children's author Roald Dahl to co-adapt it into a screenplay and stole away songwriting brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman from Walt Disney to write the score. The Shermans' most successful film had been Mary Poppins, which co-starred Dick Van Dyke, and Broccoli cast Van Dyke as the father, bringing the whole project to United Artists, the same studio that handled the Bond films. The resulting two-and-a-half-hour children's movie musical appeared for the 1968 Christmas season, at which time it was greeted with lukewarm reviews and a modest box office success, while the soundtrack album reached the Top 100 and stayed in the charts for six months. That might have been that, except for the emergence of home video, which gave the film a new life among later generations of undiscerning children. Thirty-four years later, the film served as the basis for a musical that opened in London's West End on April 16, 2002. West End star Michael Ball replaced Van Dyke, with Emma Williams stepping in for the film's Sally Ann Howes as the widowed father's love interest, Truly Scrumptious. Veteran British actor Brian Blessed had the small part of Baron Bomburst, and one of the villains, the Childcatcher, was played by Richard O'Brien, a long way from his days as creator and co-star of The Rocky Horror Show. The main element of the production, in an echo of The Phantom of the Opera's falling chandelier and Miss Saigon's helicopter, was the car, which flew out over the audience at the end of the first act. Of course, that isn't visible on the cast album, although the actors do their best in the 14th track, "Chitty Takes Flight," to describe it. The album is more about the Shermans' score, which is similar to much of their work for the Disney films of the '60s, especially Mary Poppins, which also has a pre-World War I English setting. From the Academy Award-nominated title song to "Toot Sweets," "Posh," and "The Roses of Success," the score is full of tuneful, catchy songs that aim for charm, but often settle for silliness. "Hushabye Mountain" is a lullaby that allows Ball, as it did Van Dyke before him, to pull the audience's heartstrings. The Shermans have dropped one song from the film ("This Lovely Lonely Man") and added a half a dozen that are either newly written or were dropped from the film, and the new songs are of a piece with the old. There's nothing as impressive as their best songs for Mary Poppins, but it's easy to imagine the music serving as the basis for many rousing production numbers in the show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969776322
  • Catalog Number: 97763

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oveture - The Orchestra (2:43)
  2. 2 Opening (The Paragon Panther Versus the Vulgarian Vulture) (4:26)
  3. 3 You Two - George Gillies (2:23)
  4. 4 Them Three - Anton Rodgers (0:43)
  5. 5 Toot Sweets - Emma Williams (4:37)
  6. 6 Think Vulgar! - Emil Wolk (2:05)
  7. 7 Hushabye Mountain (2:46)
  8. 8 Come to the Funfair (2:26)
  9. 9 Me Ol' Bamboo (2:35)
  10. 10 Posh - George Gillies (1:41)
  11. 11 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Emma Williams (2:18)
  12. 12 Truly Scrumptious - Emma Williams (3:08)
  13. 13 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Nautical Reprise) - Emma Williams (2:31)
  14. 14 Chitty Takes Flight (1:47)
  15. 15 Vulgarian National Anthem (0:47)
  16. 16 The Roses of Success - Anton Rodgers (4:27)
  17. 17 Kiddie-Widdie-Winkies - Richard O'Brien (2:49)
  18. 18 Teamwork - Emma Williams (3:09)
  19. 19 Chu-Chu Face - Brian Blessed (2:37)
  20. 20 The Bombie Samba - Brian Blessed (3:49)
  21. 21 Doll on a Music Box/Truly Scrumptious (Reprise) - Emma Williams (2:21)
  22. 22 You Two/Chitty Prayer - George Gillies (1:27)
  23. 23 Chitty Flies Home (Finale) (5:20)
  24. 24 Video (8:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Ball Primary Artist, Vocals, cast
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Anton Rodgers Vocals, cast
Edward Petherbridge cast
Levine Andrade Violin, Viola
Dave Bishop Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Trevor Burley Cello
Helen Cooper Violin
Richard Edwards Trombone, Euphonium
Andy Findon Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Bobby Gant Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn
Yvonne McGuiness Violin
Ann Morfee Mandolin, Violin
Richard O'Brien Vocals
Celia Sheen Violin
John Trussler Violin
Adrian Turner Violin, Viola
Shelley Van Loen Violin
Peter Walton Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin
Phil Woods Horn
Ian McKinnon Violin
Steve McManus Bass, Bass Guitar
Gary Milner Vocals, cast
David Ross Vocals, cast
Adrian Lane Trombone
David Henry Vocals
Graham Hoadly Vocals, cast
Nichola McAuliffe Vocals, cast
Gavin McNaughton Bassoon, Contrabassoon
Emil Wolk Vocals, cast
Martin Turnland Violin, Viola
Suzanne Wilson Harp
Pan Hon Lee Violin
Bennett B. Garner Vocals, cast
Julie Barnes Vocals, cast
Jonathan Barenham Horn
Peter Graham Violin
Scarlett Strallen Vocals, cast
Peter Bishop Vocals, cast
Brett Jones Vocals, cast
Ian MacKinnon Violin
Robert Scott Musical Direction
Owen Slade Tuba
Dean Clish Vocals, cast
Martin Bradshaw Cello
Brian Blessed Vocals, cast
Jonathan Hill Violin
Robert Kramer Vocals, cast
Simon Lenton Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn
Carlton Edwards Keyboards, Children's Choirmaster
Helen Baker Vocals, cast
Pax Baldwin Vocals, cast
Maya Bickel Violin
Leo Bidwell Vocals, cast
Jamie Blackley Vocals, cast
Barry Brewer Percussion, Drums
Toby Coles Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn
Tommi Sliiden Vocals, cast
Charlotte Campbell Vocals, cast
Stuart Chaffer Vocals, cast
Jimmy Chamberlaine Vocals, cast
Ben Clare Vocals, cast
Louis Constantine Vocals, cast
Lisa Joanne Cook Vocals, cast
Charlie Couch Vocals, cast
Kane Davis Vocals
Ross Dawes Vocals, cast
Ruth Ehrlich Violin
Steve Elias Vocals, cast
Darren J. Fawthrop Vocals, cast
Nia Fisher Vocals, cast
Carrie Fletcher Vocals, cast
Ben Gant Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn
George Gillies Vocals, cast
Dave Gonella Percussion
Julie Graham Cello
Darcy Gregory Vocals
Jocelyn Hawkyard Vocals, cast
Emma Hennigan Vocals, cast
Judith Herbert Cello
Maria Holley Vocals, cast
Nicholas Johnson Vocals, cast
Mike Keelan Violin, Viola
Emma Kerslake Vocals, cast
Rory Locke Vocals, cast
Natalie McQueen Vocals, cast
Claire Morland Vocals, cast
Darcy Perry Vocals, cast
Ruth Potter Harp
Liza Pullman Vocals, cast
Matthew Rixon Vocals, cast
Tom Rumsby Horn
Thomas Runeckles Vocals, cast
Lamorna Short Vocals, cast
Tamara Short Vocals, cast
Nick Skilbeck Accordion, Keyboards
Sophie Strong Vocals, cast
Lauren Stroud Vocals, cast
Skye Tupholme Vocals, cast
Maya Bickell Violin
Lyndsey Wise Vocals, cast
Nicki Woods Oboe, Cor anglais
Darren Carnall cast
David Cory Lee cast
Sonya Fairbairn Mandolin, Violin
Paul Manley Violin
Emma Williams Vocals, cast
Technical Credits
Chris Walker Producer, Orchestration, Dance Arrangement
Roy Davies Contributor
Eric Jordan Pro-Tools
Richard O'Brien Contributor
Richard M. Sherman Lyricist, Executive Producer
Robert B. Sherman Lyricist, Executive Producer
David Henry Contributor
David Hunt Engineer, Mastering
Gillian Lynne Choreographer
Andy Bruce Sound Effects, Sound Design
Nicholas Gilpin Pro-Tools
Sylvia Addison Orchestral Manager
Mark Shenton Author
Dave Lee Contributor
Simon Eddie Baker Sound Effects
Kevin OSullivan Author
Rob Bagshaw Producer
Darren Carnell Contributor
Phyllida Crowley Smith Contributor
Kane Davis Contributor
Philip Gonley Contributor
Darcy Gregory Contributor
Veronique Haddelsey Sound Effects
Remy Marytn Contributor
Alistair Muir Production Photography
Simon Baker Sound Effects
Robert Bruce Scott Musical Director
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