When The Sound of Music came out in 1965, there was simply nothing else like it. Previous musicals may have been splashier, edgier or boasted bigger-name stars, but nearly all of them were filmed inside Hollywood studios. But director Robert Wise, whose West Side Story (1961) featured an impressive amount of location shooting on the streets of New York City, had a grander vision for his cinematic adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s 1959 Broadway hit. Wise took stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and the rest of the cast out of the Hollywood backlots and into the Alps, shooting on location in Salzburg, Austria, to give the sweeping songs and story a realistic grandeur.
On Friday (Feb. 2), Craft Recordings releases a five-disc Super Deluxe Edition of The Sound of Music soundtrack which features a number of treasures for fans of the film. It boasts 11 never-before-heard tracks, including alternate versions, a demo take and Christopher Plummer’s original vocal performances.
Here are our five favorite things from the new release.
1. It’s the Full Soundtrack, Finally
2. We Get to Hear Christopher Plummer’s Vocals
3. Hear Early Versions of Classic Songs
4. Playing Spot-the-Difference
5. Then-Contemporary Interviews
Read Billboard’s breakdown of the full list here.