For the first time in six decades, the recording of Christopher Plummer singing “Edelweiss” from the South of Music can be heard in its original form.
The actor, who passed away in 2021, played Baron von Trapp in the 1965 hit, but his singing on the touching track was eventually dubbed over by Bill Lee, a music veteran often used to make the singing of actors in Hollywood.
The Daily Caller writes:
A new deluxe edition soundtrack set by Craft Recordings, which sold out on the day of release, includes five discs. The set also includes 40 previously unreleased tracks, and 11 never-before-heard alternate performances from the cast. The set also features in-depth liner notes by film historian and preservationist Mike Matessino, who was an associate of late “The Sound of Music” director and producer Robert Wise.
“The Sound of Music provides a window into the arcane world of voice doubles for screen musicals. It was a subject considered verboten until the whiskered kittens started to be let out of the brown paper packages in early 1964,” Matessino said in a press statement.
“On set, the tracks were played over speakers as the cameras rolled, with the actors singing to their own recordings,” he added.
“The songs would then be enhanced for the finished film, months later, with sound effects and dialogue added as needed. In some cases, the vocals and orchestra recordings remain unchanged, while in other instances one, the other, or both might be altered entirely. There are also occasions where small sections were tweaked after filming. Careful listeners, and especially those intimately familiar with the original album and film, will enjoy detecting these variations.”
“You will hear what you’ve heard before, famous songs with the mellifluous tones of Dame Julie Andrews leading the way, 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,” Matessino added.
The new additions will soon be hitting stores just in time for the Christmas season.
The Wrap reported that “an expanded version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” will be released on Dec. 1, featuring more than 40 unreleased tracks, 11 of which are alternative takes from the film that have never been seen before.
‘The Little Dears,’ a song that was never in the film and combines ‘I Have Confidence,’ ‘My Favorite Things’ and ‘New Governess,’ will be featured on the Super Deluxe Edition. The songs ‘Do-Re-Mi,’ ‘Favorite Things,’ ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ and more will also be included.
The Super Deluxe Edition of “The Sound of Music” will be available as both a digital download and as a CD/Blu-ray audio set. The Blu-ray disc includes the full score in hi-resolution audio and a new Dolby Atmos mix of the original soundtrack from 1965.”