Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Sound of Music Sing Along

Do-Re-Mi and The Sound of Music are songs that I grew up with and still today they continue to hold a special place in my heart. The Sound of Music first opened on Broadway 50 years ago and quickly became one of the most popular and enduring musicals of all time. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary, Sony Music has released the 50th Anniversary Special Edition of the Original Cast Recording: The Sound Of Music along with Simon & Schuster’s beautiful The Sound of Music: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up.

Thanks to Sony Music we received a copy of this fun pop-up book to review! The pop-ups are all lifted from scenes in the movie. Every page has additional lift the flap sections with lyrics and history. The beloved tale of Maria and the von Trapp family comes to life in this spectacular book! From the peaceful abbey to the breathtaking Austrian Alps, this masterpiece is sure to enchant young and old readers alike. This stunning keepsake also includes mini-pops on each page featuring classic song lyrics from The Sound of Music, making this the perfect addition to your family's library.
This Cast Recording and Pop up Book would be a great way for you to spend quality time with your child while encouraging their reading skills along the way. You can use this Sing-Along guide along with the book to encourage your child to follow the story with you.
It is sure to become one of this season’s favorite things, as well as a phenomenal keepsake to read again-and-again for years to come.

Also, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of The Sound of Music, Masterworks Broadway has restored the original cast recording in a new edition that features three unusual bonus tracks, extensive liner notes about the show's history by Bert Fink of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, and rarely seen photos of the recording sessions, held November 22, 1959, in Columbia Records' celebrated 30th Street Studios.

In addition to the original cast recording, the three bonus tracks on the 50th anniversary edition are:

"From Switzerland: The Pratt Family," a spoof of The Sound of Music created for and performed by Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett in 1962 on their TV special Julie and Carol Live at Carnegie Hall;
A live recording of "Edelweiss," sung in German, from the historic first production (2005) of The Sound of Music in Vienna;
A soaring cover version of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," sung in Swedish (as "Sök dig till bergen") by Tommy Körberg, best known to American audiences for his vocals on the concept album of Chess.

Either of these would be the perfect gift for anyone that is a fan of this movie musical!

Thanks so much for Sony for providing us a copy of this book as well as a download of this new CD to review!


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