Mary Poppins [Remastered Original Soundtrack/Bonus Tracks]

Mary Poppins [Remastered Original Soundtrack/Bonus Tracks]

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Now this is what a family musical should be like. Disney composers Richard and Robert Sherman's score is sheer magic, as befits P. L. Travers's classic tale of a nanny with supernatural (or should we say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) powers. Unlike recent family musicals, MARY POPPINS features songs that not only advance and comment upon the story, but

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Now this is what a family musical should be like. Disney composers Richard and Robert Sherman's score is sheer magic, as befits P. L. Travers's classic tale of a nanny with supernatural (or should we say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) powers. Unlike recent family musicals, MARY POPPINS features songs that not only advance and comment upon the story, but stand alone as classics in their own right. Who can resist singing along with the jaunty "A Spoonful of Sugar," the lyrical lullaby-in-reverse "Stay Awake," or the evocative "Chim-Chim-Cheree"? As Mary Poppins, Julie Andrew lets her clear, gorgeous voice take wing; as her chimney-sweep beau Bert, Dick Van Dyke is every bit the colorful Cockney scamp. The Sherman Brothers' score has so many highlights, they can't all be listed here. Suffice to say, once your kids hear MARY POPPINS for the first time, they'll want to listen again and again. Don't be surprised if you find yourself singing along.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Prior to their 14-song score for Mary Poppins, songwriting brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman were best-known for the Top Ten hits "Tall Paul" by Annette Funicello and "You're Sixteen" by Johnny Burnette. Mary Poppins changed all that. It won the brothers Academy Awards for best original musical score and best song -- for "Chim Chim Cher-Ee" -- and the soundtrack album won them a Grammy Award for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Show, as well as winning Best Recording for Children. The album also topped the Billboard LP chart for 14 weeks and reportedly sold 2.3 million copies in its first year of release. Of course, all this success could not be the sole result of the brothers' writing ability, as also expressed in memorable songs like "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and "Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)." A great deal of it could be credited to the many unnamed talents at the Disney studio, and not a little to Julie Andrews, who embodied the character of Mary Poppins so perfectly that she never really escaped it. But Mary Poppins had a lot of songs for a movie musical, no less than 13 separate numbers, and they were all very good, from Mrs. Banks' (Glynis Johns) declaration of "Sister Suffragette" to Mr. Banks' (Dave Tomlinson) transfiguration, "Let's Go Fly a Kite." The brothers had clearly paid attention to Andrews' stage triumph My Fair Lady, and not just to learn how to craft songs for her. They wrote what might have been a new song for that show's Henry Higgins character in Mr. Banks' statement of purpose as a self-satisfied British male in "The Life I Lead." But their primary influence was the popular music of the period in which the story was set, Edwardian England, specifically the British music hall style of the pre-World War I era. That gave them the buoyancy and glee of many of the numbers, but the wonderful melodies of songs like "Chim Chim Cher-Ee" and "Feed the Birds" were their own. And they benefited from an excellent cast that included Johns, Tomlinson, and Ed Wynn in minor parts, and Dick Van Dyke (sporting an awful, but nevertheless entertaining Cockney accent) in a major one. Best of all, of course, was Andrews, simultaneously warm and proper, bringing out the best in the material.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2001
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050086070671
catalogNumber:
860706

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Performance Credits

Disney   Primary Artist
Julie Andrews   Vocals,Track Performer
Glyn Johns   Vocals,Track Performer
Irwin Kostal   Conductor
Richard M. Sherman   Vocals,Spoken Word,Interviewee
Robert B. Sherman   Vocals,Spoken Word,Interviewee
Dick Van Dyke   Vocals,Track Performer
J. Pat OMalley   Vocals
Merchant Bankers   Track Performer
Karen Dotrice   Vocals,Track Performer
Matthew Garber   Vocals,Track Performer
Pearlie Chorus   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Ed Wynn   Vocals
Glynis Johns   Vocals,Track Performer
Patrick O'Malley   Vocals
David Tomlinson   Vocals,Track Performer
Mary Poppins Cast Ensemble   cast

Technical Credits

Irwin Kostal   Arranger
Ted Kryczko   Producer,Additional Music
Richard M. Sherman   Composer,Lyricist
Robert B. Sherman   Composer,Direction
Robert Stevenson   Director
Randy Thornton   Contributor,Liner Notes,Additional Music
Lauren Jacobsen   Art Direction
Bill Walsh   Producer,Screenplay

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Mary Poppins [Remastered Original Soundtrack/Bonus Tracks] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie!! Mary Poppins was based on the books by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins Opens the Door, and Mary Poppins in the Park. Julie Andrews brought Mary Poppins to life better than I thought possible and Dick Van Dyke was great as Bert. I would recommend this movie to anyone of any age!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs in "Mary Poppins" are classic and timeless. One of the first memories I have as a child is watching "Mary Poppins" every day. The songs were the best parts of the film. I know the words to all of the songs on this album. Walt Disney was a master.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUY THE MOVIE SIT AND WATCH WITH THE FAMILY IT'S AN ANYTIME MOVIE WHEN YOU'RE FEELING SAD THIS WILL BRIGHTEN YOUR MOODS AGAIN
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie when I was passing through a hard time in life. We were so poor that we didn't have a t.v I saw it at the neighbors. This movie made me see that nothing is impossible, that life is life and we are the ones that make things work. This movie made me understand that no matter how hard time your going through you can make it a lovely place for myself and my surrounds. Thank you Julie for your talent. I don't think they couldn't have chose a better person for this movie bye know. I don't even what to stop writing!