Mary Poppins / O.S.T. (Bonus Dvd) (Bonus Tracks)

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Review Text 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. ~ William Ruhlmann

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Buena Vista Fanfare - 0:07
  2. 2. Overture - 3:57
  3. 3. One Man Band - 1:56
  4. 4. Sister Suffragette - 2:42
  5. 5. Life I Lead - 2:59
  6. 6. Perfect Nanny - 2:37
  7. 7. Air Mail/Admiral Boom/The Not-So-Perfect Nannies/Mary Poppins Arrives - 3:06
  8. 8. Spoonful of Sugar - 4:06
  9. 9. Pavement Artist - 2:52
  10. 10. Jolly Holiday - 6:35
  11. 11. Jolly Holiday (Reprise) - 1:10
  12. 12. Penguin Dance - 2:19
  13. 13. Carousel Horses - 4:16
  14. 14. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - 2:00
  15. 15. Pavement Artist (Reprise) - 1:01
  16. 16. Stay Awake - 2:42
  17. 17. Trouble at Uncle Albert's - 2:39
  18. 18. I Love to Laugh - 3:42
  19. 19. British Bank (The Life I Lead) - 2:06
  20. 20. Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) - 4:48
  21. 21. Father's Footsteps - 1:16
  22. 22. Fidelity Fiduciary Bank - 4:30
  23. 23. Panic at the Bank - 3:21
  24. 24. Chim Chim Cher-Ee/March Over the Rooftops - 5:11
  25. 25. Step in Time - 9:41
  26. 26. Man Has Dreams (The Life I Lead)/A Spoonful of Sugar - 4:26
  27. 27. Mr. Banks Is Discharged - 5:44
  28. 28. Let's Go Fly a Kite - 2:48

CD: 2

  1. 29. Cherry Tree Lane - 0:22
  2. 30. Mr. Banks Decided to Hire a Nanny Himself - 0:28
  3. 31. Children Write Their Own Advertisement - 1:02
  4. 32. Line of Applicants and Mary Poppins Arrives - 2:44
  5. 33. Notes on Mary Meeting the Banks - 1:38
  6. 34. Up to the Nursery - 3:43
  7. 35. Bert and the Talking Pictures - 4:45
  8. 36. Carousel Horse Ride to the Seashore - 1:17
  9. 37. Return Home - 2:51
  10. 38. Next Morning We Meet the Sweep - 2:07
  11. 39. Uncle Albert's - 1:25
  12. 40. Change in the Wind and an Adventure With Admiral Boom - 2:19
  13. 41. Bird Woman - 2:01
  14. 42. Mr. Banks and the Compass - 3:58
  15. 43. Compass Sequence: Timbuktu - 4:32
  16. 44. Compass Sequence: The Land of Sand - 2:05
  17. 45. Compass Sequence: Tea in China - 1:29
  18. 46. Compass Sequence: The North Pole - 2:01
  19. 47. Return Home - 3:08
  20. 48. Everyone Descends on Cherry Tree Lane - 2:57
  21. 49. Mary Departs - 2:06
  22. 50. Hollywood Spotlight Microphone - 17:27
  23. 51. Sherman Brothers Reminisce About Their Work on Mary Poppins - 19:36

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Release Date
11/16/04 

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