The Sound of Music (soundtrack)

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The Sound of Music
The-Sound-of-Music-CD.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released March 2, 1965
Recorded 1964
Length 45:20 (original)
76:47 (2005 re-issue)
62:10 (2010 re-issue)
Label RCA Victor
Producer Neely Plumb

The soundtrack of the film The Sound of Music was released in 1965 by RCA Victor and is one of the most successful soundtrack albums in history, having sold over 20 million copies worldwide.[1][2] The label has also issued the soundtrack in German, Italian, Spanish and French editions.[citation needed]

The soundtrack reached the number one position on the Billboard 200 that year in the United States,[3] remained in the top ten for a record 109 weeks, from May 1, 1965 to July 16, 1966,[4] and remained on the Billboard 200 chart for 238 weeks.[3] In 2015, Billboard named the original soundtrack album the second greatest album of all time.[5][6] It was the best-selling album in the United Kingdom in 1965, 1966 and 1968 and the second best-selling of the decade, spending a total of 70 weeks at number one on the UK Album Charts.[7] The album also stayed for 73 weeks on the Norwegian charts, and as of December 2017 it is the tenth best-charting album of all time in that country.[8]

The album has been reissued several times, including anniversary editions in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015. These CD editions incorporate musical material from the film that would not fit on the original LP.[9]

Three songs from the original Broadway production, "An Ordinary Couple", "How Can Love Survive?", and "No Way to Stop It" were replaced, in the film, with two new songs, "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good". For the original Broadway show, the music was written by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; both the lyrics and music for the new songs were written by Rodgers, as Hammerstein died in 1960.[10] All songs were arranged and conducted for the soundtrack by Irwin Kostal.[10]

In 2018, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."[11]

Track listing

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[26] 5× Platinum 500,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] 8× Platinum 2,400,000^
United States (RIAA)[28] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ Eyman, Scott. "The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Money", The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2015, accessed December 30, 2017
  2. ^ Hischak, p. 44
  3. ^ a b https://www.billboard.com/music/soundtrack/chart-history/billboard-200/song/671939
  4. ^ Caulfield, Keith (November 13, 2015). "50 Years Ago: The Sound of Music Soundtrack Hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ Caulfield, Keith (November 12, 2015). "200 Albums & Artists of All Time: Adele's '21' & The Beatles Are Tops". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ Serjeant, Jill (November 13, 2015). "Adele's '21' deemed Billboard's greatest album of all time". Reuters. Retrieved December 29, 2017. 
  7. ^ Atkinson, Emma (September 19, 2016). "Why fans are still singing along to the Sound of Music". BBC News. Retrieved December 29, 2017. 
  8. ^ "VG-lista – Best of All Time: Albums". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 29, 2017. 
  9. ^ "The Sound of Music Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Releases", Allmusic.com, accessed December 29, 2017
  10. ^ a b The Sound of Music (40th Anniversary Edition) (CD booklet). RCA Victor/Legacy. 2005. 82876746342. 
  11. ^ "National Recording Registry Reaches 500". Library of Congress. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  12. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Sound of Music [45th Anniversary B&N Exclusive]". Allmusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  13. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 6, No. 21" (PHP). RPM. January 21, 1967. Retrieved December 29, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Soundtrack / Julie Andrews – The Sound of Music" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Soundtrack / Julie Andrews – The Sound of Music". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Soundtrack Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  18. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1965". Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. 
  19. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end Albums - The Billboard 200: 1965". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  20. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1966". Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. 
  21. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end Albums - The Billboard 200: 1966". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  22. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1967". Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. 
  23. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end Albums - The Billboard 200: 1967". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  24. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1968". Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. 
  25. ^ a b Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1969". Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. 
  26. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – The Sound of Music". Music Canada. 
  27. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – The Sound of Music". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Sound of Music in the search field and then press Enter.
  28. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – The Sound of Music". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

Sources

  • Hischak, Thomas. The Rodgers and Hammerstein Encyclopedia (2007). Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-313-34140-0
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