The Sherman Brothers

Believe: The Songs of the Sherman Brothers

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Believe: The Songs of the Sherman Brothers collects some of the songwriting team's most memorable songs from musicals and animated films, including Charlotte's Web, The Parent Trap, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, That Darn Cat, and The Tigger Movie. One drawback to the collection is that it doesn't feature the original recordings of these songs; instead, they are performed by an orchestra and a cast of Broadway vocalists. While the songs still sound good and all the performers are up to their tasks, the versions of songs like "That Darn Cat" and "The Age of Not Believing" just aren't as memorable, or full of memories, as the originals are. However, Susan Egan's reading of "Chin Up," Janine LaManna's "Hushabye Mountain," Liz Callaway's "Feed the Birds," and Jason Graae's "Shermanized Word Medley" -- which includes "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Fortuosity," and "Higitus Figitus" -- are pretty charming in their own right. Fans of the Sherman Brothers' work will also be pleased by the liner notes that the songwriters penned for this collection, which explain a little bit about how each song was written, the recording circumstances, and other facts behind their music. While it's not quite an ideal retrospective, Believe: The Songs of the Sherman Brothers is nevertheless a well-crafted and loving tribute to their work.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:35
2 2:22
3 3:40
4
feat: Susan Egan
1:35
5 3:18
6 3:12
7 3:24
8
feat: Jason Graae
2:54
9 3:43
10 3:11
11
feat: Liz Callaway
3:53
12 4:08
13
feat: Kristen Bell
3:16
14 3:57
15
feat: Natalie Toro
3:55
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