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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When the film version of the 1959 Broadway musical The Sound of Music, the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened in March 1965, it became the highest grossing movie in history up to that time and went on to win the Academy award for best picture. The accompanying soundtrack did not do as well, probably because many households already possessed copies of the massively successful original Broadway cast album. But it did manage to hit number one and spend four-and-a-half years on the charts. As of 2000, RCA was claiming North American sales of 11 million copies, though the album had never been certified beyond the gold level. It was ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When the film version of the 1959 Broadway musical The Sound of Music, the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened in March 1965, it became the highest grossing movie in history up to that time and went on to win the Academy award for best picture. The accompanying soundtrack did not do as well, probably because many households already possessed copies of the massively successful original Broadway cast album. But it did manage to hit number one and spend four-and-a-half years on the charts. As of 2000, RCA was claiming North American sales of 11 million copies, though the album had never been certified beyond the gold level. It was a very different recording from the Broadway LP. The main difference, of course, was the substitution of Julie Andrews for Mary Martin in the starring role of Maria, the postulant who leaves an Austrian convent to marry a wealthy naval captain with seven children. Martin, at whose behest the show was written, was a 45-year-old Broadway veteran when she started to play Maria, a real person who had been 21 when the events depicted in the show began. Martin relied on her considerable charm to mask the age difference. But she had displayed little interest in film during her career, and could hardly have been cast in the movie version after the age of 50 in any case. Andrews, though also a Broadway veteran, having starred in My Fair Lady and, ironically, been passed over for the film version among other shows, was only in her late 20s. Fresh from her Academy award-winning appearance in the title role of Mary Poppins, she was well-placed to play another children's nanny and proved to be superb in the film as well as on the soundtrack album though performances gauged for the screen sometimes came off as overly exuberant on record, particularly "Do-Re-Mi". Irwin Kostal's arrangements were much more ornate than those of Robert Russell Bennett for the Broadway show. The film version eliminated songs as "How Can Love Survive?" and "No Way to Stop It" that had been performed by supporting characters; also, the duet "An Ordinary Couple" was gone, replaced by "Something Good." Hammerstein had died, and Rodgers supplied his own lyrics to this new song and to "I Have Confidence," which Andrews put across winningly. Popular as the film may have been, the soundtrack album was worth owning primarily because of Julie Andrews, and the original Broadway cast album remained definitive. Since no edition of the album accurately credits the singers, it should be noted that Bill Lee's singing voice has been dubbed in for Christopher Plummer, who plays the romantic lead Captain von Trapp, and that it is Margery McKay who is singing, not the screen actress Peggy Wood, as Mother Abbess on "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • Label: Rca Victor Europe
  • UPC: 078636796529
  • Catalog Number: 367965

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude/The Sound of Music (2:46)
  2. 2 Overture and Preludium - Nuns Chorus (3:15)
  3. 3 Morning Hymn/Alleluia - Nuns Chorus (2:04)
  4. 4 Maria - Nuns Chorus (3:19)
  5. 5 I Have Confidence (3:28)
  6. 6 Sixteen Going on Seventeen - Charmian Carr (3:20)
  7. 7 My Favorite Things (2:20)
  8. 8 Do-Re-Mi - Charmian Carr (5:35)
  9. 9 The Sound of Music - Charmian Carr (2:13)
  10. 10 The Lonely Goatherd - Charmian Carr (3:12)
  11. 11 So Long, Farewell - Charmian Carr (2:56)
  12. 12 Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Peggy Wood (2:18)
  13. 13 Something Good - Christopher Plummer (3:19)
  14. 14 Processional/Maria - Nuns Chorus (2:29)
  15. 15 Edelweiss - Christopher Plummer (1:52)
  16. 16 Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Reprise) - Chorus (1:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julie Andrews Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer
Karat Track Performer
Angela Cartwright Track Performer
Duane Chase Track Performer
Nicholas Hammond Track Performer
Kim Karath Track Performer
Irwin Kostal Conductor
Heather Menzies Track Performer
Debbie Turner Track Performer
Christopher Plummer Track Performer
Peggy Wood Track Performer
Nuns Chorus Track Performer
Dan Truhitte Track Performer
The Orchestra Track Performer
Charmian Carr Track Performer
Technical Credits
Irwin Kostal Arranger
Neely Plumb Producer
John Norman Engineer
Robert Tucker Vocal Supervision
Boris Leven Production Design
Murray Spivak Engineer
Robert Wise Director
Douglas Williams Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great soundtrack

    The best purchase ever! Very soothing and fun to listen too. Everyone in the whole family loves it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Superb Soundtrack

    Despite ALL MUSIC GUIDE's rather disparaging assessment of the "ornate" orchestrations in the 1965 film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's final Broadway collaboration THE SOUND OF MUSIC, the soundtrack album is simply stunning in my opinion. Irwin Kostal conducts the score with a full bodied lilt that matches the gorgeous widescreen TODD AO color cinematography. I do agree that Richard Rodger's new songs for the film ("I Have Confidence", "Something Good") are inferior to the two Rodgers and Hammerstein stage songs they replaced. The Original Broadway Cast Album is indeed a classic but the movie soundtrack is just as memorable a listening experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this has always been my "safe" movie

    i am only 17 and for as long as i can remember this has been the only movie i watch all the time. when i have a bad day or watch a scary movie..i always come home and watch the Sound of Music. I LOVE IT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST!!!

    I love the movie. I also love the soundtrack it is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST EVER!!!

    I have been watching The Sound of Music since I was two and have never gotten tired of it. I watched it every day straight from age 3-5, no kidding. This is my favorite soundtrack ever. You should get it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST hear

    This is absolutly a MUST hear! This is one of my favorite CD's! If you LOVE ''The Sound of Music'' as much as I do, then you will sertainly LOVE this CD!!! Trust me, you will NOT be disapointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Do-Ra-Me, The Sound of Music is wonderful!

    I have been a fan of The Sound of Music since its release in 1965. I was in grade school they taught us many of the songs on this CD. Every song will take you back to the movie or just carry you away with it's melody and lyrics. Add this to your collection. You will not be sorry, and don't be surprised if you begin to sing the songs while you're driving or working. It will make you happy and we all need that! Do-Ra-Me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliance

    Rodgers and Hammerstein have written classic music that everyone who hears it loves. People who have never, (surprisingly) seen, ''The Sound of Music,'' know lyrics that it seems were implanted into their memory before they were even born. Who doesn't know, ''I am sixteen going on seventeen...,'' and, ''The hills are alive with the sound of music...''? If this CD is not part of your collection, make it one at once. Julie Andrews will send chills down your spine and you will never want to hear anyone but her sing those beautiful lyrics again. I guarantee it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE SOUND OF MUSIC FINALLY SOUNDS GREAT!!

    This remastered version of the beloved movie musical finds the songs in original movie sequence for the first time ever. The sound is also better than ever with some of the terrible things that were done for previous issues corrected. The prior CD version was absolutely horrible, but this new edition sparkles. The vocals are crisp and the orchestrations are well defined.

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