Experience Mary Poppins Like You’ve Never Heard Her Before with The Legacy Collection

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Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, celebrates the anniversaries of Disney’s most cherished and classic films that have been enchanting audiences for generations.

The label honors one of the most celebrated and beloved soundtracks of all time with the 50th anniversary release of the Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Mary Poppins on August 26, 2014. The Mary Poppins collection features over 2½ hours of content, including the original soundtrack, The Lost Chords – previously released demos and newly recorded versions, plus cast and filmmaker interviews and a collectible 20-page booklet. Also included are excerpts from the historic “Mary Poppins” story meetings in 1961 with author P.L. Travers, as heard over closing credits of the critically acclaimed film “Saving Mr. Banks.” Grammy winning producer, Randy Thornton contributed extensive liner notes.

First released in 1964, the Mary Poppins original motion picture soundtrack featured 14 original songs by legendary Disney songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman. The soundtrack was the #1 album for 14 consecutive weeks in 1965, maintaining the #1 position that year longer than the Beatles (Beatles’ 65, Beatles VI, and the Help! soundtrack), Elvis Presley (Roustabout soundtrack), The Rolling Stones (Out of Our Heads) and The Sound of Music soundtrack. “Mary Poppins” won five Oscars, two of which the Sherman brothers received for “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and the film’s original musical score.

Showcasing the musical talents of Oscar-winning legend Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins), beloved actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke (Bert), British comedian David Tomlinson (Mr. Banks) and the Sherman brothers, Disc One of The Legacy Collection Mary Poppins revisits unforgettable favorites such as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Jolly Holiday.”

The second disc features 8 pre-demo recordings, The Lost Chords tracks (7 demos and 7 newly recorded and fully orchestrated versions of those demos), plus liner notes by Randy Thornton and author Russell Schroeder. Over the last 20 years, Thornton has overseen the re-mastering, restoration and preservation of Disney’s classic soundtracks. Thornton explains The Lost Chords: “As part of The Legacy Collection we’ve included the composers’ original demo recordings for seven songs intended for “Mary Poppins” – some dating from the earliest stages of the film’s development. In addition to these historic demos, we’ve had the unprecedented opportunity to collaborate with Richard Sherman to record and present these songs in a way they may have sounded if they remained part of the film – fully orchestrated versions we hope finally give voice to songs that have remained silent for 50 years.”

Russell Schroeder provides an overview of The Lost Chords project as well as background on each song. Schroeder worked as an artist for The Walt Disney Company for 29 years. In addition to Disney’s Lost Chords Volumes 1 & 2, Russell authored several other books including Disney: The Ultimate Visual Guide, and Mickey Mouse: My Life In Pictures.

The third disc of The Legacy Collection Mary Poppinsbegins with over 40 minutes of excerpts from the seminal story meetings between Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, the Sherman brothers and screenwriter Don DaGradi as they discussed the original outline for the movie, including the music. Also included is a 17-minute Hollywood Spotlight Microphone interview with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, the Sherman brothers and Irwin Kostal (who arranged the music for “Mary Poppins,” “West Side Story” and “The Sound of Music”). The third disc concludes with a 1989 interview with Richard and Robert Sherman as they discuss their work creating the magical music of “Mary Poppins.”

The CD cover and 20-page booklet feature newly created artwork inspired by “Mary Poppins” from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Tangled,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Wreck-It Ralph”).   Later this year, Bove’s art can be seen in the hardcover book, Lovely: Ladies of Animation: The Art of Lorelay Bove, Brittney Lee, Claire Keane, Lisa Keene, Victoria Ying and Helen Chen.

The CD booklet also includes a sampling of visual development art from the film and sketches from the P.L. Travers story meetings.

 

Here is the complete track listing for the set:

DISC ONE – THE SOUNDTRACK

1. Buena Vista Fanfare

2. Overture

3. One Man Band

4. Sister Suffragette

Lead Vocal: Glynis Johns

Vocals: Hermione Baddeley and Reta Shaw

5. The Life I Lead

Vocal: David Tomlinson

6. The Perfect Nanny

Vocals: Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber

7. Air Mail • Admiral Boom • The Not-So-Perfect Nannies • Mary Poppins Arrives

8. A Spoonful of Sugar

Vocal: Julie Andrews

Whistling: Julie Andrews

9. Pavement Artist

Vocal: Dick Van Dyke

10. Jolly Holiday

Lead Vocals: Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke

Additional Vocals: Bill Lee, Ginny Tyler, Paul Frees, Marc Breaux, Marni Nixon and

Thurl Ravenscroft

11. Jolly Holiday (Reprise)

Lead Vocals: Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke

Penguin Waiters: Daws Butler, Peter Ellenshaw, Dal McKennon, J. Pat O’Malley,

Richard Sherman and David Tomlinson

Kazoo: Richard Sherman

12. Penguin Dance

Belly Slap Soft Shoe: Irwin Kostal

Kazoo: Richard Sherman

13. The Carousel Horses

14. Supercailfragilisticexpialidocious

Lead Vocals: Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke

Pearlie Chorus: Richard Sherman and J. Pat O’Malley

15. Pavement Artist (Reprise)

Vocal: Dick Van Dyke

16. Stay Awake

Vocal: Julie Andrews

17. Trouble at Uncle Albert’s

18. I Love to Laugh

Vocals: Ed Wynn, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke

19. A British Bank (The Life I Lead)

Vocals: David Tomlinson and Julie Andrews

20. Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)

Vocal: Julie Andrews

21. Father’s Footsteps

22. Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

Lead Vocals: David Tomlinson and “Nackvid Keyd”

Banker Chorus: Arthur Malet, Bill Lee, Thurl Ravenscroft, Allan Davies, William R. Cole

23. Panic at the Bank

24. Chim Chim Cher-ee• March Over the Rooftops

Vocals: Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber

25. Step in Time

Lead Vocals: Dick Van Dyke, The Chimney Sweep Chorus and Cast

26. A Man Has Dreams (The Life I Lead/A Spoonful of Sugar)

Vocals: David Tomlinson and Dick Van Dyke

27. Mr. Banks Is Discharged

28. Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Lead Vocals: David Tomlinson, Dick Van Dyke and the Londoners

 

 

DISC TWO – PRE-DEMOS and THE LOST CHORDS

Pre-Demos

1. The Perfect Nanny Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

2. Jolly Holiday Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

3. The Pearly Song [Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious] Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

4. Stay Awake Performed by Richard M. Sherman

5. Chim Chim Cher-ee Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

6. I Love to Laugh Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

7. Tuppence a Bag [Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)] Performed by Richard M. Sherman

8. Let’s Go Fly a Kite Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

 

The Lost Chords of Mary Poppins

9. Mary Poppins Melody [Pre-Demo] Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

10. Mary Poppins Melody [New Recording] Performed by Kate Higgins

11. Admiral Boom [Demo] Performed by Richard M. Sherman

12. Admiral Boom [New Recording] Performed by Randy Crenshaw, Jeff Gunn and Dennis Kyle

13. The Right Side [Pre-Demo] Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

14. The Right Side [New Recording] Performed by Juliana Hansen

15. The Chimpanzoo [Demo] Performed by Richard M. Sherman

16. The Chimpanzoo [New Recording] Performed by Bob Joyce, Jeff Gunn, Randy Crenshaw and Dennis Kyle

17. The Land of Sand [Pre-Demo] Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

18. The Land of Sand [New Recording] Performed by Kate Higgins, Juliana Hansen, Jeff Gunn and Bob Joyce

19. The North Pole Polka [Pre-Demo] Performed by Richard M. Sherman

20. The North Pole Polka [New Recording] Performed by Jeff Gunn, Bob Joyce, Richard M. Sherman, Kate Higgins and Dennis Kyle

21. The Eyes of Love [Pre-Demo] Performed by Richard M. Sherman

22. The Eyes of Love [New Recording] Performed by Juliana Hansen

23. Overture [Album Version]

 

DISC THREE

1. – 21. The Mary Poppins Story Meetings

22. Hollywood Spotlight Microphone

23. The Sherman brothers Reminisce About Their Work on Mary Poppins

 

The third release from The Legacy Collection will celebrate the 55th Anniversary of “Sleeping Beauty” and will be available on October 7, 2014. The 2-disc set will include the songs and score from the film, rare-behind-the scenes recordings, plus The Lost Chords of Sleeping Beauty.

Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Mary Poppins 3-disc is available for pre-order at Disney Music Emporium and will be available on August 26, 2014.

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