Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Soundtrack, Original recording reissued
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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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on July 7, 2014 by James Lyon
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 morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Gerisa Y. Thompson
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 on October 5, 2013 by MAT-wdw2014
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 on December 4, 2012 by Antonette
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
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 morePublished on December 20, 2009 by David I. Salter
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
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 morePublished on March 20, 2007 by Mine
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 morePublished on March 8, 2007 by Andrea Turner