Not long ago I shared the LC Pinocchio CD Set and it had some wonderful concept artwork within its pages. But the Legacy Collection Mary Poppins CD Set doesn’t come in second place by any means. And how could it? It’s practically perfect in every way!
In fact, the entire series of The Legacy Collection is simply perfect. Let’s have a look at one of the rare 3-disc editions of these sets:
Mary Poppins is the second film to be featured and was released on August 26, 2014, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins. The first disc contains the film’s complete original soundtrack, the second disc contains fifteen demo recordings by the Sherman Brothers and seven Lost Chords recordings. The third disc consists entirely of archival recordings of story meetings held at the Walt Disney Studios between P. L. Travers, Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, and Don DaGradi, as well as press interviews with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Irwin Kostal, and the Shermans.
Disc 3 is obviously the standout of this set!
The enclosed/attached booklet starts with Production Notes:
Next we have information about the Lost Chords by Russell Schroeder:
This would be a good place to include one of the unused songs from the production. It’s entitled ‘The Chimpanzoo’. I’ve heard the demo for this one before as sung by Richard Sherman, but never the polished version. So for your enjoyment and mine:
And finally we are treated to a few images from the Concept Art gallery of the film:
As already stated, this set has three discs, which is quite appropriate for such a landmark film! More jolly for the holly… day.
The concept art that these sets share has been nothing short of amazing! It captures the magic and whimsy of the characters and the overall spirit of the films in question. The back cover of the packaging contains one of the most beautiful renderings I’ve seen so far:
So thanks for jumping into another look at The Legacy Collection sets of CDs. We have one more to go as we conclude this series of posts with The Legacy Collection Sleeping Beauty CD Set.
I wonder if it’s too late to go fly a kite?