Leslie Bricusse / Anthony Newley - Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory - LP Colored Vinyl

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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Leslie Bricusse / Anthony Newley
12" Vinyl


2016 reissue on golden vinyl - The movie's producers were trying for a musical along the lines of Mary Poppins or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, that is, something that could appeal to children but not bore adults, and vice versa, depending upon how one approached it. They got more than they bargained for -- almost too much, in terms of its appeal at the time -- in an immensely tuneful score by Leslie Bricusse with delightful fantasy-laced lyrics by Anthony Newley, wrapped up in a film that appealed to the more worldly perceptions of children, and to parents who recalled that side of themselves. But that wasn't close to all parents at the time, many of whom were so appalled by the nasty edge to the story and screenplay that they failed to grasp the score's beauty or the ultimately satisfying conclusion to the movie; but over time, audiences caught up to the movie, and today it's widely regarded as a classic, and may well be the last successful live-action musical created specifically for cinema and aimed at kids (or, at least, the last not to come from Disney); and the fact that it was so far ahead of its time in 1971 has resulted in its seeming far less dated today than a 1971 movie would normally have a right to.

This reissue treats the score as it has deserved, giving a nicely, brightly mastered account of such songs as "The Candy Man," "Cheer Up, Charlie," and "I Want It Now/Oompa Loompa," and such jaunty instrumental pieces as "Lucky Charlie" (with its vaguely Irish lilt). The movie also got a superb musical turn out of Jack Albertson ("I've Got a Golden Ticket"), working in the mode of Albert Sharpe. And then there's "Pure Imagination," as sung by Gene Wilder -- to be sure, Julie Budd and others sing it better on any technical level one might care to cite, but there is something beguiling about the non-singer Wilder working his way through those lyrics and the melody.
A1 Main Title (Golden Ticket / Pure Imagination) 2:07
A2 The Candy Man 2:31
A3 Charlie's Paper Run 1:09
A4 Cheer Up, Charlie 2:39
A5 Lucky Charlie 2:06
A6 (I've Got A) Golden Ticket 3:09
A7 Pure Imagination 4:20
B1 Oompa Loompa 0:57
B2 The Wondrous Boat Ride 3:32
B3 Everlasting Gobstopper / Oompa Loompa 3:17
B4 The Bubble Machine 2:56
B5 I Want It Now / Oompa Loompa 2:49
B6 Wonkamobile, Wonkavision / Oompa Loompa 1:48
B7 Wonkavator / End Title (Pure Imagination) 3:08