The hills are alive once again, as The Sound of Music's soundtrack is set to be re-released with a wealth of previously unreleased songs — including actor Christopher Plummer's original recordings that weren't used in the beloved 1965 film.
A new compilation album will feature remastered versions of iconic tunes from the Julie Andrews-starring film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, including "The Sound of Music," "Edelweiss," "My Favorite Things," and "Do-Re-Mi." It will also include 40 previously unreleased tracks, instrumentals of each song, and 11 never-before-heard alternate takes.
Though Bill Lee's singing voice was dubbed over Plummer's in the Oscar-winning movie, the upcoming set includes Plummer himself performing songs from the film.
20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews in 'The Sound of Music'
Among the previously-unreleased songs are "The Little Dears" — a combination of "I Have Confidence" and "My Favorite Things" — and "New Governess," which wasn't used in the film.
Mike Matessino, an associate of director Robert Wise who remixed and remastered the album, wrote in-depth liner notes for the release.
"You will hear what you've heard before, famous songs with the mellifluous tones of Dame Julie Andrews leading the way," Matessino wrote. "But the experience has been transformed beyond what the 1965 soundtrack album offered — with extensions to the songs, a brilliantly arranged underscore, and even some segments not used in the completed version of the film."
The Sound of Music's deluxe edition is set for release in various formats on Dec. 1, and is now available for pre-order.
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