Sony BMG’s “The Magic of Doris Day” CD is a Top 20 British best-seller

May 16, 2007 1 Comment

On 29 January 2007, SonyBMG – UK released their new CD celebrating Doris Day’s “evergreen” legacy of song.

Backed by a major TV-advertising campaign the CD on its first week of release charted at #20 on the UK album charts. It is hoped that this success will spark yet another renaissance like that of the 1990s when Ms. Day last rode high in the British ‘Top 20’.

‘The Magic of Doris Day’ is a cutely packaged collection although unusually does not feature any photographs of the songstress which we do feel is a slight let down. It does however feature a nicely balanced combination of international hit singles and essential album recordings from the vaults at Columbia Records. The real bonus for fans are the inclusion of two songs that make their debut on CD format. These gems were recorded after Doris had departed from her long-time label and embarked on a very successful ‘sitcom’ career on American television. Included is a medley that in part featured on her first TV special and Ms. Day’s heartfelt rendition of Streisand’s “The Way We Were” which she taped live during her second and last American TV special.

If the CD wasn’t exciting enough Sony BMG – UK release one week later ‘The Doris Day Special’. This is a Region 2 DVD edition of Doris’s 1971-aired TV special featuring Perry Como and Rock Hudson (released Stateside in 2006). The DVD will be available in a limited edition digipak case and also a standard plastic amaray case.

STOP PRESS: Sony BMG – Australia released the CD & DVD on the 14 April 2007. The CD peaked in mid-May on the Australian charts at #22 during a Mother’s Day promotion!

  • The Magic of Doris Day
    Label: Sony BMG UK
    Order from amazon.co.uk

    01. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)
    02. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Quizas, Quizas, Quizas)
    03. Move Over, Darling
    04. Pillow Talk
    05. Teacher’s Pet
    06. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered (c)
    07. When I Fall In Love
    08. It’s Magic (1952 version)
    09. Lullaby Of Broadway (a)
    10. Secret Love
    11. The Deadwood Stage
    12. The Black Hills Of Dakota
    13. A Very Precious Love
    14. Everybody Loves A Lover
    15. Love Me Or Leave Me
    16. Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
    17. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
    18. Close Your Eyes (b)
    19. You’ll Never Walk Alone
    20.  Sentimental Journey (with Les Brown & His Orchestra)

    PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED:
    21. Secret Love / Who Will Buy? / 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
    22. The Way We Were
    (a) with Harry James / (b) with Andre Previn Trio / (c) with The Mellowmen

  • The Doris Day Special #
    Label: Sony BMG UK
    Format: NTSC Region 2 DVD
    Order from amazon.co.uk

    01. Secret Love, Who Will Buy?, The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) & Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da (Life Goes On)
    02. Hurry It’s Lovely Up Here
    03. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
    04. Didn’t We (Perry Como Solo)
    05. Fashion Sequence
    06. The Gypsy in My Soul
    07. Them Was the Good Old Days
    08. When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Everybody Loves A Lover, Quiet Nights, Summertime, If I Had My Life to Live Over & Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Doris Day & Perry Como Medley)
    09. You Oughta Be in Pictures
    10. Rock Hudson Special Appearance
    11. Both sides now
    12. It’s Magic
    13. Sentimental Journey

    BONUS FEATURES:
    + Doris on bicycle
    + Producer interview
    + Extended scenes and outtakes
    + The Doris Day Animal League
    + The Doris Day Show Promo

    # Originally broadcast as ‘The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special’ to US audiences in March 1971. The special features some of Doris’s only filmed performances of hit singles and various rare songs. It also includes a timeless collaboration with the legendary crooner Perry Como and guest appearance by Rock Hudson.

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