For this next installment in our ‘Works’ series (highlighting some of Soundworks’ favorite projects from the past), our subject is the 2009 release of ‘The Sherman Brothers Songbook’.
The ‘Songbook’ was released as an audio companion to the documentary, ‘The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story’, which covered the lives and work of the legendary songwriting duo. The brothers are responsible for composing some of the most well-loved and globally recognized songs of the twentieth century – notably, the work resulting from their tenure with the Walt Disney Studios.
Producer Randy Thornton and Engineer Jeff Sheridan worked together to compile, restore, and remaster the track selection for the 2-disc compilation – including a handful of songs which saw their first-ever CD issue. Audio restoration and final mastering was overseen by Richard Sherman himself. As usual, Soundworks utilized the power of Magix’ Sequoia digital mastering system to tastefully bring the sound of the tracks into the 21st century (to Sherman’s specifications), with assistance from Audionamix plug-ins.
In the following clip from “The Boys”, Richard Sherman recalls the experience of writing (the now iconic) music for the Disneyland theme-park attractions.
In a September 2009 interview with MouseClubhouse.com, producer Randy Thornton details some of the behind-the-scenes work that went into creating the project, as well as the personal connections he had with the material. The interview can be read here.
(Engineer Jeff Sheridan with Richard Sherman in Soundworks’ Studio A)
Welcome to ‘Works’ (Volume 1), the first installment in what will be a series of posts highlighting some our our favorite projects from the past.
First up , we have “A Musical History Of Disneyland“, a 6-CD box set that looks back on 50 years of music and sounds from the world famous theme park. Back in 2004-2005, Producer Randy Thornton and Engineer Jeff Sheridan went about the monumental task of sifting through 50 years of archival audio materials from the Disney vault. They compiled, restored, mixed and mastered these nuggets of Disney history, for the listening-pleasure of Disneyland fans worldwide. The resulting product is the definitive audio document of the park, it’s rides, music and history. The set is a testament to the powerful sentiment conjured by 50 years of memories.
Upon release of the set, Mix Magazine interviewed Randy and Jeff regarding the behind-the-scenes process that went into producing the set. You can check out the article here.
And lastly, have a look at this videoclip of Walt’s 1955 opening-day dedication speech – the audio of which, is the first track on the set.
So, that is all for this first entry of ‘Works’. Check back often for additional Soundworks lore.
Producer (and human-encyclopedia of all-things ‘Disney’) Randy Thornton was in the studio recently, to oversee mastering for the double-LP Special Edition of the Tron: Legacy Soundtrack. Supplementing the original tracklist, side four of this special-edition picture-disc set will feature a total of 7 bonus tracks (from the incredible score by Daft Punk), not found on the original CD issue. In addition to mastering the double-LP, engineer Jeff Sheridan also worked on a four-track EP that will be released separately. We suspect that the picture-disc vinyl will look as cool as it sounds.