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CD Review: The Sound of Music – 40th Anniversary Original Soundtrack

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40 years ago, the last of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s great muscials, The Sound of Music, was brought to the Silver Screen. It was by far their best musical if not one of the best musicals ever produced. Now, in conjunction with the release of the 40th Anniversary DVD comes the remastered original soundtrack.

For the first time, all of the tracks from the original motion picture are contained on one CD. Three tracks (The Lonely Goatherd, Laendler, and Sixteen Going on Seventeen – reprise) from the film are available for the first time. In addition, five other selections from the film appear on the soundtrack for the first time.

The digital remastering of the soundtrack only enhances the music. The songs have never sounded better. And you cannot help but be amazed at the vocal range of the young Julie Andrews. In fact, I came away with an even greater appreciation for her musical talent after listening to this CD. It’s been rumored she had a vocal range of 10 octaves. Listening to her performance it’s hard to dispute that assertion.

As an added bones, three promotional radio interviews with drector Robert Wise, composer RIchard Rodgers, and actress Charmian Carr (Liesl von Trapp) are included on this disc. The original liner notes from the soundtrack album are also included and help fill in the amazing story behind this wonderful movie.

For anyone who loves The Sound of Music, this CD is one you will want to add to your collection. Just by listening to this CD it’s easy to see why it’s such a favorite film of many movie fans.

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  • Vern Halen

    Whatever happened to that little Nazi boy who was in love with Weasl? And those vandalizing nuns – cutting edge entertainment way before its time.

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