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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [Soundtrack, Special Edition]

Robert B. Sherman , Richard M. Sherman , Irwin Kostal , Dick Van Dyke , Sally Ann Howes , Lionel Jeffries , Heather Ripley , Adrian Hall , Gert Frobe , Anna Quayle Audio CD
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  • Performer: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Heather Ripley, Adrian Hall, et al.
  • Conductor: Irwin Kostal
  • Composer: Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman
  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Special Edition
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0001DMVXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
2. You Two
3. Toot Sweets
4. Hushabye Mountain
5. Me Ol' Bam-Boo
6. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
7. Truly Scrumptious
8. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
9. Lovely Lonely Man
10. Posh!
11. Hushabye Mountain (Reprise)
12. The Roses of Success
13. Chu-Chi Face
14. Doll on a Music Box/Truly Scrumptious
15. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Finale)
16. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Main Title)

Editorial Reviews

1964 brought both triumph and ironic tragedy to English spy-turned-author Ian Fleming. The year that saw producer Cubby Broccoli's successful film adaptation of Goldfinger elevate the adventures of British secret agent James Bond into a four-decade-plus global phenomena and the publication of Fleming's most idiosyncratic work, the children's fantasy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was also the year the author succumbed to a heart attack. Broccoli (who'd acquired the Chitty rights along with Bond) shrewdly lured the Sherman Brothers away from Disney (where their musical successes included a pair of Oscars for Mary Poppins) to write a collection of songs for Fleming's magical tale of inventor Caractacus Potts (Poppins' star Dick Van Dyke) and the phantasmagorical flying car he and his children soar to adventure in. The Sherman's songs are among their best and most beloved, highlighted by the jaunty rhythmic rhymes of the title track, Van Dyke's energetic cane dance, "Me Ol' Bam-Boo," and his bittersweet children's lullaby, "Hushabye Mountain," all set to the magnificent, 90-piece orchestra arrangements of Irwin Kostal (Mary Poppins, West Side Story). Released in conjunction with MGM's double-disc DVD anniversary release, this new edition restores the album's tracks to their original 1968 format and features a new historical essay on the film that's become an enduring children's classic. --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

The family classic about a zany inventor, his kids and their amazing flying car recently came out as a 2-DVD set; now comes the soundtrack, MGM's most requested one! Dick Van Dyke is a delight and the songs are just irresistible: Toot Sweets; Hushabye Mountain , and more gems penned by Richard M. Sherman and Robert M. Sherman. Hop aboard!

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic late 60's entertainment October 27, 2004
By Pope
Format:Audio CD
One of the best and most celebrated musical films to come from the late 1960s, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been a favorite for over 35 years and will remain a favorite for years to come.

The score by the brothers Sherman is wonderful. This is the only score they wrote for a non-Disney film. The score for MARY POPPINS was written by the same duo. This film was actually meant to star Julie Andrews as Truly Scrumptious, but Andrews already felt too typecast from previous films and declined the role. But Sally Ann Howes is perfectly cast here and gives a remarkable performance. Dick van Dyke, as always, is charming. Also loved the casting of the two children. They can really carry a tune.

Ironic trivia: Howes was a replacement for Julie Andrews in the stage version of My Fair Lady.

The ONLY reason I must hold back from giving 5 stars is that the sound quality on this disc, while not terrible, does not allow the music to shine as glorious as it should. There is quite a bit of tape hiss evident throughout, which is distracting, and it does bring down the sonic quality of the performances. Hopefully future releases of this soundtrack will have that problem rectified. But that doesn't mean you should pass this disc up and wait for the next release. It is still wonderful and the score will always remain a favorite of children and adults alike.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A most excellent soundtrack CD for a classic. May 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This new soundtrack release for the 1968 family musical classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, contains all of the songs from the movie, albeit some have instrumental parts edited from the tracks. It contains several performances of the title track, as well as classics such as "Toot Sweets," "Hushabye Mountain," and "Doll On A Music Box." The sound is fairly crisp and clear, although sadly, Varese gave into the loudness war crap and turned the volume up so much that there's a bit of distortion in some of the louder portions. It doesn't really take away from my experience, and I barely notice it, but I thought I should mention this.

I took one star off, however, for the simple reason that these 16 tracks don't even add up to 40 minutes of audio, which is why the exclusion of the demos that are included on the 2-Disc DVD baffles me. I made myself a copy of the CD with both the songs from the CD and the demos from the DVD, and it came to just under 70 minutes. It'd be nice if in the future, a new soundtrack was released with the demos, or even just the full songs, including the instrumental breaks. It's about time these record companies started taking advantage of a CD's ability to hold up to 80 minutes of audio.

Despite any flaws, I wholeheartedly recommend this soundtrack to ANY fan of the film. It presents all of the classic songs in a satisfactory presentation, and is wonderfully nostalgic. The songs aren't as good as the songs you'll find in any great Disney classic, but they're still fantastic fun.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic soundtrack soars anew! February 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This re-release of the CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG soundtrack is a great find. The original Rykodisc release was swiftly deleted, but this new reissue from Varese Sarabande is ample compensation. Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes are delightful in their performances as Caractacus Potts and Truly Scrumptious. Standouts in the strong Sherman Brothers score include "Hushabye Mountain", "The Roses of Success", "Me Ole' Bamboo" and "Toot Sweets".

There are two prime numbers for Miss Howes to show her mettle ("Lovely Lonely Man" and "Doll on a Music Box"). Under-rated British musical star Anna Quayle, as the fearsome Baroness, has the cute "Chu-Chi Face" with Gert Frobe. Not just a children's musical!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Opportunity! April 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
While I do love this movie, and the songs from it, this CD is a sad example of a missed opportunity. This CD was released a few years ago with dialogue in-between the songs. Its now more like the original LP from 1968, but far from complete. If they truly wanted to release a great "Special Edition" soundtrack, they should have included the fantastic score by Irwin Kostal/Sherman Bros. I have heard the "isolated score", and in some ways it is better than some of the songs. Maybe they will get it right for the 70th Anniversary!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!! April 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Even though the first release of the soundtrack was better, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this CD. I have loved this movie since I was a child, and I loved the music to it! This is one of those CD's that you never get tired of listening to. Anyone who loves Chitty Chitty Bang Bang must have this soundtrack!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a missed chance. September 10, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
While I do enjoy the film and the music they really missed the chance for a great CD by cuting out the score (Doll on a Music Box has the worst cut ever) and not having better sound quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD for kids or adults! June 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a super soundtrack. The songs appear in the same order as they do in the movie, so it's easy for young fans to follow along. Adults may have forgotten how many great songs are in this movie. This one is a good value!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Audio Quality from the Original Film July 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Our daughter loves the movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", so we bought this CD for her. It was a wonderful gift. We were amazed at how well the quality was, especially for an older film that was not originally captured digitally.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Toot Suite
The Sherman Brothers at their best again. Thankfully they didn't force Dick van Dycke to try and use an English accent as in Mary Poppins.
Published 2 months ago by James Lyon
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie.
I love this movie and I was very happy to find the original movie music because I'm not too crazy about the broadway version. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gerisa Y. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Always fun.
My daughter loves it. One of her favorite movies. And with her favorite actor Dick Van Dyke, her older man crush at age 21.
Published 12 months ago by MAT-wdw2014
5.0 out of 5 stars Best musical ever
I enjoyed the movie, and could only find the Broadway CD version. So, I searched Amazon, and there it was it! I'm so very happy to have this in my collection.
Published 22 months ago by Antonette
4.0 out of 5 stars chitty chitty bang bang
I bought it for my grand daughter and she loves it. Shipment arrived within 5 days and in good condition.
Published on May 27, 2010 by Joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect (Except For Lovely Lonely Man)
I must admit to being particularly uncritical about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as I imprinted on the film as a very, very young child. The same holds true for the soundtrack. Read more
Published on December 20, 2009 by David I. Salter
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the music
Because its a classic, I guess I'm old. But I know what I like in music.
Published on February 12, 2008 by Christine Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars great substitute for the movie
My 2 year old daughter loves the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and asks to watch it all day long. I will often offer the soundtrack instead, and she will dance and sing along to... Read more
Published on March 20, 2007 by Mine
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music but less than great sound quality
The music from the movie is great but the sound quality on the cd is no where near as good as it could be. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Andrea Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack
That Soundtrack grooves, as the film did.

I always have a great time when I listen to it. My favourite

is the song when you hear Gerd Froebe singing. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by J. Steegmüller
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