Walt Disney Productions - Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (Original Cast Sound Track) [Buena Vista Records BV-4026] (1964)

Released: 1964
Country: US
Label: Buena Vista Records
Catalog: BV-4026
Genre: Soundrack

Item# SR-DIBV4026
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Orchestra, Chorus -
02 Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber -
The Perfect Nanny
03 Glynis Johns -
Sister Suffragette
04 David Tomlinson -
The Life I Lead
05 Julie Andrews -
A Spoonful Of Sugar
06 Dick Van Dyke -
Pavement Artist (Chim Chim Cheree)
07 Dick Van Dyke And Julie Andrews -
Jolly Holiday
08 Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke And Pearlies -
Super-Cali-Fragil-Istic-Expi-Ali Docious
09 Julie Andrews -
Stay Awake
10 Ed Wynn, Julie Andrews And Dick Van Dyke -
I Love To Laugh
11 David Tomlinson And Julie Andrews -
A British Bank (The Life I Lead)
12 Julie Andrews And Chorus -
Feed The Birds (Tuppence A Bag)
13 Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson And Bankers -
Fidelity Fiduciary Bank
14 Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Karen Dotrice And Matthew Garber -
Chim Chim Cheree
15 Dick Van Dyke And Chimney Sweeps -
Step In Time
16 David Tomlinson And Dick Van Dyke -
A Man Has Dreams (The Life I Lead-A Spoonful Of Sugar)
17 David Tomlinson, Dick Van Dyke And Londoners -
Let's Go Fly A Kite

Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (Original Cast Sound Track)
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Album Review

William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

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.