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Happiest Millionaire Soundtrack, Original recording remastered

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One of the last live-action films personally nurtured by Walt Disney, this musical romp about an eccentric (alligators in the study; home Bible classes peppered with boxing lessons) millionaire's familial foibles couldn't help but seem out of place when released in the pop-cultural maelstrom of 1967. But Disney wisely entrusted its score to the Sherman brothers, the same songwriting team who'd previously conjured up the classic Mary Poppins. They responded with a uniformly sprightly, slightly Anglocentric song score with plenty of turns in the spotlight for stars Fred MacMurray ("Strengthen the Dwelling" and the anthemic "I Believe in This Country" and "What's Wrong with That"), U.K. pop idol Tommy Steele (the playful "Fortuosity," "I'll Always Be Irish," "Let's Have a Drink On It"), young Lesley Anne Warren ("Valentine Candy," the slyly seductive "Bye-Yum Pum Pum"), and John Davidson (the romantic duets with Warren, "Detroit" and "Are We Dancing"). This digital restoration also includes songs eliminated from the film's original near-three-hour cut, "It Won't Be Long" (in a U.K. cover version) and "Off Rittenhouse Square" in demo form by the Shermans. A thoroughly charming anachronism--and oddly, one whose musical standard of quality is not so out of step with much contemporary Broadway fare. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B00006EXIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
It is indeed a pleasure to have Disney release the original soundtrack to it's 1967 classic "The Happiest Millionaire" on compact disc! They even kept the original album artwork with the old Buena Vista Records logo in the corner [!]
I saw this movie for the first time ever in all it's road-show glory on DVD and immediately fell in love with it. I am a BIG Lesley Ann Warren fan and she sparkles in her film debut! The entire cast gives their all in each and every number. The multi-talented Tommy Steele makes the most of his big numbers ("I'll Always Be Irish", "Let's Have A Drink On It" and "Fortuosity").
This is a must-have for any musical and/or Disney fan. Now if they would only re-release "The One and Only, Genuine Original Family Band" (The movie AND the soundtrack).
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As a child, The Happiest Millionaire was one of the first musicals I had the pleasure of seeing. Now, many years later, it continues to hold a very special place in my heart. I love both the movie and the soundtrack. I love the storyline, and the quirky characters, and the music.

The songs are incredibly creative and so much fun. "Watch Your Footwork," "Bye Yum Pum Pum," and "Let's Have a Drink On It Now" make me want to dance around every time I play them in my car. However, I also love the slower, more sentimental tunes such as "When a Man has a Daughter" and "It Won't Be Long 'Til Christmas." And Tommy Steele singing "I'll Always Be Irish" is sure to make you swoon.

Overall, The Happiest Millionaire is a story of family, love, embracing change as it comes, and taking nothing at face value. The soundtrack captures all of those things beautifully and it definitely showcases the charm and warmth of the movie.
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I love this music! "Fortuosity" is probably my favorite. But I also particularly like "I'll Always Be Irish", probably because I have Irish ancestry. I love all the dance numbers. But I also love the one where Anthony is singing about his daughter. It's so sweet.
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The Sherman Brothers' score for THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE is one of their greatest, and most under-rated. Hopefully, this new reissue of the original soundtrack album will help its reputation.
There are some gorgeous songs in this score, including Lesley Ann Warren's "Valentine Candy", her magical duet with John Davidson in "Are We Dancing?" and Tommy Steele's infectious "Fortuosity".
However, its a shame that during the remastering process, they did not restore the dance interlude in "I'll Always Be Irish" or the additional music in the Overture (as heard in the recent Road Show DVD version).
Other choice numbers include the hilarious "There Are Those", with Geraldine Page and Gladys Cooper; John Davidson's spirited "Detroit"; and Lesley Ann Warren's duet with Joyce Bulifant singing the delightful "Bye-Yum Pum Pum".
Fans will relish this long-overdue soundtrack to one of the greatest Disney films ever made.
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I love this movie and I have the movie on Video * DVD.
But I was so happy when I saw the soundtrack released.
The remastered recordings are great and their not scrathy like most soundtradcks. I love this soundtrack. Walt Disney would be happy to see this available again.
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The last live-action film Walt personally supervised, I've always loved THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE. This music is lyrical and flowing, I especially like "Are We Dancing" and "Fortuosity". You can hear instrumentals of these songs on Main Street in Disneyland. I remember seeing this movie when it first came out....I like having the music for my iPod.
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I remember this score from years ago when the film was first released and the music always stuck with me....I have now replaced my LP with the CD and especially enjoy the extra number about Christmas that is included and was not in the original version..I have the Road Show DVD version of the film, and to my knowledge that is the longer version of the film...this is one that is very seldom seen on TV, so it is nice to have the recording. It is great seeing Eddie Hodges and Paul Petersen in rare movie roles and also hearing them on the recording with a flair for the comedic, when protecting their sister's honor (With "Watch your Footwork") a real stab at comedy for them and well done. All of the singing is well done, especially Tommy Steele (well known for his work in Finian's Rainbow, Half a Sixpence, and others, most recently Singin in the Rain). He still performs at the age of over 70. Also fine work from Leslie Warren, John Davidson, etc. Although, probably not the greatest music from the pens of the Sherman Bros. it is certainly a worthy additon to any collection of their music ..Enjoy!!
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"The Happiest Millionaire" contains one of Richard and Robert Sherman's

best scores.Sure,it's not up to their splendid "Mary Poppins" music,but

it is lovely and enjoyable on its own terms.The best songs are "It Won't Be Long 'Till Christmas" and "Are We Dancing?".Tommy Steele,John Davidson,

Lesley Ann Warren,and(surprise!)Fred MacMurray do the best vocally.Musical

director Jack Elliott and the Disney orchestra do an excellent job with

the score.This is an underrated soundtrack worth listening to.
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