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Saving Mr. Banks (Limited Deluxe Edition Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Thomas Newman Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Chim Chim Cher - ee (East Wind) (Dialog by Colin Farrell)
2. Travers Goff
3. Walking Bus
4. One Mint Julep (Ray Charles)
5. Uncle Albert
6. Jollification
7. The Mouse
8. Leisurely Stroll
9. Chim Chim Cher - ee (Responstible) (Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak with Dialog by Emma Thompson)
10. Mr. Disney
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Disc: 2
1. The Pearly Song (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
2. Chim Chim Cher - ee (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
3. Tuppence a Bag (Feed the Birds ([Tuppence a Bag]) (Richard M. Sherman)
4. Let's Go Fly a Kite (Richard M. Sherman)
5. A Spoonful of Sugar (Julie Andrews)
6. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke)
7. Chim Chim Cher - ee (Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber)
8. Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) (Julie Andrews)
9. Let's Go Fly a Kite (David Tomlinson, Dick Van Dyke and The Londoners)

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Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture digital soundtrack for Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks' and the 'Saving Mr. Banks' 2-Disc Deluxe Edition on December 10, 2013. Thomas Newman composed and conducted the original score. 'Saving Mr. Banks' will release in U.S. theaters on December 13, 2013, limited, and open wide on December 20, 2013.

One of the most respected film composers, Newman has scored over 50 films. He has been nominated for ten Academy Awards with nine in the Best Original Score category for 'The Shawshank Redemption,' 'Little Women,' 'Unsung Heroes,' 'American Beauty,' 'Road to Perdition,' 'Finding Nemo,' 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events,' 'The Good German,' 'Wall-E,' and 'Skyfall.' Newman won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for The Living Proof from 'The Help.'

Newman said, 'The rare opportunity of writing music for a movie about the making of Mary Poppins was impossible to ignore. The fact that it could provide emotional content in relief of the struggles that the Sherman brothers and Walt Disney endured was reason enough to take on the challenge. Like the story itself, the music is at times joyous and hopeful and other times, full of despair and nagging regret. All by way of England and America in 1961, with stops along the way to rural Australia in 1906. What more could anyone ask for...?'

The soundtrack also features the songs 'Chim Chim Cher-ee,' 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,' and 'Let's Go Fly a Kite' performed by Jason Schwartzman (as Richard Sherman) and B.J. Novak (as Robert Sherman) as they 'demo' the songs for P. L. Travers. Richard Sherman served as Music Consultant for the film.

Director John Lee Hancock said, 'The songs are so terrific. The fact that we still hum them and sing them and know them immediately speaks to the genius of the Sherman brothers.'

First released in 1964, the Mary Poppins original motion picture soundtrack featured 14 original songs by legendary Disney songwriters and composers Richard and Robert Sherman. The soundtrack was the #1 album for 14 consecutive weeks in 1965, maintaining the #1 position that year longer than the Beatles (Beatles' 65, Beatles VI, and the Help! soundtrack), Elvis Presley (Roustabout soundtrack), The Rolling Stones (Out of Our Heads) and The Sound of Music soundtrack. The Mary Poppins film garnered 13 Academy Award nominations and won five Oscars, two of which the Sherman brothers received for 'Chim Chim Cher-ee' and the film's original musical score.

Showcasing the musical talents of Oscar-winning legend Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins), beloved actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke (Bert), British comedian David Tomlinson (Mr. Banks) and the Sherman brothers, the second disc revisits five unforgettable favorites including 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,' 'Chim Chim Cher-ee,' 'A Spoonful of Sugar' and 'Feed The Birds.' Also included are four previously unreleased pre-demo recordings performed by the Sherman brothers: 'The Pearly Song (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious), 'Cim Chim Cher-ee,' 'Tuppence a Bag [Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)] and 'Let's Go Fly a Kite.'

Richard Sherman added, 'Walt loved that song, 'Feed the Birds.' He knew that was the keynote of what we had in 'Mary Poppins,' the message that it doesn't take much to give love. And that's what Bob and I were saying without saying it in those words. It doesn't cost much to buy a bag of bread crumbs. We had touched Walt with this very spiritual note. Every once in a while, he would call us up and say play that. He didn't even have to say, 'Feed the Birds.' He would say play it and we would go to his office and play it for him.'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great soundtrack May 28 2014
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I loved the movie so much and I had to get the soundtrack. The case is beautiful, with pictures of Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. The score was beautifully done with "Let's go fly a Kite" and Mary Poppins Pre-Demo recording's, as well as 5 Mary Poppins Soundtrack recordings
A lovely soundtrack to any Disney fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Mr. Banks - Original Soundtrack Dec 10 2013
By JMM - Published on Amazon.com
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"Saving Mr. Banks" is a wonderful soundtrack worthy of a listen and a purchase. The film explores Walt Disney and the making of "Mary Poppins". As such, there are a number of songs performed by the cast - this includes "Let's Go Fly a Kite", a fun song that's my personal favorite on the album. As a bonus, you also get many of the famous tunes as performed by Julie Andrews from "Mary Poppins", such as "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee". Also included are pre-demos of the songs, performed by songwriter Richard M. Sherman.

But the real treat here is Thomas Newman's original score for the film. Mr. Newman is a legend among film fans, having worked on the music for films like "The Shawshank Redemption", "Road to Perdition", "Finding Nemo", "Skyfall", and even the main theme for HBO's "The Newsroom". I wouldn't say "Saving Mr. Banks" is the very best work Newman has ever done, but it's pretty darn close. This score will no doubt earn him his 12th Oscar nomination - I hope he finally wins, he deserves it!

[5] Uncle Albert
[17] Whiskey
[26] Let's Go Fly a Kite
[30] Ginty My Love
[31] Saving Mr Banks (End Title)
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Dec 13 2013
By Jon Broxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The much-loved Disney feature Mary Poppins celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long since the world first learned the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, or were first able to hear the worst Cockney accent in cinematic history courtesy of Dick Van Dyke, but it’s true, and the legacy and popularity of the film remains as strong today as it was in 1964. The new film Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock, tells two parallel stories. Firstly, it charts how the film Mary Poppins was made, with the irascible English spinster P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) traveling from her home in London to Los Angeles, where she is wooed mercilessly by no lesser figure that Walt Disney himself (Tom Hanks), in an attempt to secure the rights to her book, which she is loathe to give up. Secondly, and possibly most importantly, it explores in flashback Travers’ childhood in rural Australia, and how her relationship with her loving, caring, but hopelessly drunk and irresponsible father (Colin Farrell) help inspired her work, and her famous umbrella-wielding nanny.

The music of Mary Poppins is, of course, as important and well-loved at the film, and so obviously composer Thomas Newman had a very important part to play in the film about its creation. With the legendary songs of Richard M. Sherman and the late Robert B. Sherman looming large in the background, and featuring prominently in several scenes in the film, Newman took an important decision and intentionally avoided quoting any of their melodies in his score itself, instead concentrating on the emotional aspect of Travers’ life story, and leaving the legendary music of the Shermans to speak for itself. Ultimately, this proved to be entirely the right decision: although the two sets of music exist entirely different musical worlds, they complement each other perfectly.

The score opens with a beautiful performance of Sherman’s “Chim Chim Cher-ee” melody performed on solo piano by Randy Kerber, overdubbed with a poetic monologue by Colin Farrell in-character, which sets the tone for the film perfectly. Large parts of Newman’s score hearken back to the classic lush sound that many people fell in love with in the 1990s, which is a very welcome development indeed. The score’s recurring main theme is warm and inviting, and features those swooning, melting string washes and piano melodies that many will recall from scores like Meet Joe Black, Oscar and Lucinda, or the more beautiful parts of Angels in America and Cinderella Man. It features prominently throughout the score, first appearing towards the end of “Travers Goff”, and forms a large part of the fabric of several later cues, receiving especially notable performances in the elegant “Uncle Albert”, the sentimental “Celtic Soul”, the lovely “Westerly Weather”, and in the conclusive end credits piece “Saving Mr. Banks”, which ends the score on an endearing, lyrical note.

The idealism and romance of Travers’ childhood in Australia, and her love/hate relationship with her devoted but alcoholic father, is generally scored in this way too, like a sun-kissed fantasy from someone else’s life. Of course, Newman would not be Newman if he didn’t augment his sweeping strings with his usual palette of struck and plucked string instruments – guitars, marimbas and the like – alongside chimes, glockenspiels, and a haunting, faraway woodwind texture which has a wistful, slightly dreamy aspect that reminds me of his Americana work on scores like The Horse Whisperer. Cues such as the summery “Travers Goff”, the bouncy and idiosyncratic “Walking Bus”, the gorgeously tender “Forgiveness”, and the nostalgic “Ginty My Love” blend these styles together excellently.

Cues like “Laying Eggs” and “Whiskey” hint at some darker emotions out in the bush, combining the liveliness of the rhythms with something a little more melancholy in the phrasing and instrumental choices. This comes to a head in “To My Mother”, a standout cue which begins with a soothing, intimate, slightly deconstructed solo piano performance of the main theme, but slowly grows into something more dramatic and profound; as the cue progresses it makes excellent use of rapid-fire violin scales, harp glissandi, stark instrumental touches, and a moody, oppressive synth element, to underscore the film’s most traumatic sequence.

At the other end of the scale, the slightly comedic misadventures of PL Travers as she experiences American life and hospitality for the first time revisit that off-kilter, energetic American Beauty sound, all spiky instrumental performances and a sense of freedom and movement. “Jollification” perfectly captures Travers’ incredulity and cynicism of everything Disney is tying to flatter her with, Walt Disney himself has a cheerful brass march heard in “Mr. Disney” and in an extended, much more flamboyant version in “The Magic Kingdom”, while there are jazz pianos and muted trombones in “Mrs. P. L. Travers”, and quirky pizzicato strings in “Impertinent Man” that capture the slowly cracking veneer of English forthrightness, correctness and pomposity that Emma Thompson conveys so perfectly.

A couple of source music cues fill out the score CD, including a super rendition of the jazzy “One Mint Julep” by Ray Charles for the scene where Mrs. Travers first arrives in America, and there are also a couple of brief dialog/music tracks from the film featuring actors Jason Schwartzman and BJ Novak as Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, demoing their songs for an increasingly flabbergasted Travers in Walt Disney’s offices.

The special edition 2-CD set of the Saving Mr. Banks soundtrack contains several treasures on its second disc, especially for those who love the music heard in the original Mary Poppins film. The most notable bonus tracks are the original 1964 demos of four classic songs from the film, performed on piano and sung by Richard Sherman himself, with occasional vocal accompaniment by his brother Robert. Knowing what the finished versions eventually came to sound like, it’s fascinating hearing these rough, in-progress versions as a historical record of the creation of some of cinema’s most enduring songs. These are followed, for those who may have forgotten, by the final film versions of those very songs, featuring full and lush orchestrations by the great Irwin Kostal, and legendary vocal performances by Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and David Tomlinson. There is something inherently magical in hearing Andrews’ cut-glass tones during “Feed the Birds”, which was Walt Disney’s own favorite song.

In many ways, this is a classic Thomas Newman score, or at least as “classic” as we’re going to get in 2013. Newman has evolved as a composer, both stylistically and compositionally, since he first impressed us all with scores such as The Shawshank Redemption, Little Woman, and many others back in the 1990s, mostly due to the success and enormous popularity of American Beauty, and this is just something that we have to accept as reality these days. Saving Mr. Banks, more than any other score of his in quite some time, dips back into that treasure trove of beauty, harmony and romance, and emerges with a score that blends the best of both worlds. I’m not sure what old Walt would have thought about Newman’s unconventional orchestrations if he had heard them back in the 1960s, but I know from first hand experience that Richard Sherman approves of them in 2013, and if that’s not a ringing endorsement I don’t know what is.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of DELUXE version – A must for “show tune” collectors – Best enjoyed when you have seen the movies. Dec 25 2013
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are some “soundtrack” recordings – the ones that have the “score”, not the ones composed of pop songs “featured” in a film – that work best if you have seen the related film. That’s why I am often hesitant to review STs for films I have not seen, and why my reviews may bee different from those who have seen the film. In the case of “Saving Mr. Banks”, the full enjoyment requires that you, not only see the new (as I write this) Tom Hanks-Emma Thompson film, but that you revisit (or experience for the first time) the original “Mary Poppins” film from 1964 (particularly the brilliant newly restored version – see my five-star review on Amazon). Trust me; it’s worth it to go these extra steps. With those steps behind you, this SMB Cd will make a lot more sense.

Disney has released two version of the SMB soundtrack: A single- disc version and the 2-disc “Deluxe Version” that I’m reviewing here. (Note that Amazon has policy of grouping various configurations of CDs together so, when reading a review here, look to see which product the reviewer is discussing.)

The Deluxe package consists of 2 CD. The first runs 46 minutes and has 31 tracks, including the “score” by composer Thomas Newman, three “excepts” of Mary Poppins songs (by the Sherman Brothers) as sung in the film at key moments (though the “Supercalifragilistic…….” excerpt lasts just five seconds!), and two recordings (Ray Charles’ instrumental “One Mint Julep”; the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s “Heigh Ho”) which are interpolated into the film’s soundtrack. The second CD (23 minutes) includes the original pre-demo recordings of four songs from “Mary Poppins” recorded by the Shermans and their MP soundtrack recordings, plus “A Spoonful of Sugar” (from MP). The four Sherman brothers tracks (lasting just 9 minutes) are the real gems here, and part of the reason I recommend the Deluxe edition.

Back to Disc One. SMB (which I made sure to see before I listened tio this album) jumps back and forth in time from 1962 in the US to the 1930s in Australia, and the music styles change as well. The 60s are represented by jazzy themes. “Mrs. P.L. Travers” is piano jazz (which, of course the Brubeck track is, also) and “Jollification” features plucking strings and reminded me of the music in TV’s “Desperate Housewives”. Sometime the sequencing of Newman’s core with the commercial recordings can be jarring, as when “Worn To Tissue” is followed by “Heigh-ho”. And the titles to the original score tracks will make a bit more sense after you have seen the film.
The third component to the package is the 16-page booklet inserted in the package. While seven pages are devoted to color photos from the film (and the back cover is blank), there is a terrific three-page essay by Restoration and Compilation Producer Randy Thornton, that provides lots of background on the making of MP as well as the pre-demo recordings on the second disc. It adds immeasurably to the full package.

So, here is my suggested plan:
1) Watch the new restored version of “Mary Poppins” on Blu-ray (again, see my review)
2) Go see “Saving Mr. Banks” in a theater
3) Buy the DELUXE version of the SMB Soundtrack
4) And, if you have time, repeat step 1.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT music! April 2 2014
By Carolyn Casey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my happy music, lifting my spirit each time I hear it. It is my go-to album when I need a fresh perspective. Bravo Disney and Thomas Newman!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful soundtrack to a beautiful movie! April 5 2014
By Sayward - Published on Amazon.com
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It was very easy to give this soundtrack five stars. It's a beautiful soundtrack from start to finish. I love the fact that the Deluxe edition added some of the original songs from the movie, Mary Poppins. That was just icing on the cake! For what ever reason, this movie didn't receive the kudos it deserved. It was beautifully done, as was the soundtrack. If you have ever read the Mary Poppins books, seen the original movie, or have seen Saving Mr. Banks, then you will LOVE not only the movie, but the soundtrack as well. This soundtrack, like the movie, are hidden gems, worthy of Disney and Mary Poppins fans! Now go buy the movie AND the soundtrack! You won't be disappointed. :-)
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