The Complete Peter Gunn

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The theme to Peter Gunn is not just one of Henry Mancini's most popular compositions, but also one of the most recognizable and beloved of all movie themes. Two CDs totaling 156 minutes of interpretations -- by Mancini and others -- of music from the Peter Gunn series might be overkill even for Mancini/Peter Gunn enthusiasts. Nonetheless, you can't fault this compilation for breadth of material, starting with disc one, which has 23 tracks from Mancini's The Music from Peter Gunn as well as one track from his More Music from Peter Gunn. Be aware, or even cautioned, that nothing else on the first CD is as dynamic as the ominous "Peter Gunn" itself. Most of the other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The theme to Peter Gunn is not just one of Henry Mancini's most popular compositions, but also one of the most recognizable and beloved of all movie themes. Two CDs totaling 156 minutes of interpretations -- by Mancini and others -- of music from the Peter Gunn series might be overkill even for Mancini/Peter Gunn enthusiasts. Nonetheless, you can't fault this compilation for breadth of material, starting with disc one, which has 23 tracks from Mancini's The Music from Peter Gunn as well as one track from his More Music from Peter Gunn. Be aware, or even cautioned, that nothing else on the first CD is as dynamic as the ominous "Peter Gunn" itself. Most of the other cuts are more sedate pieces in the cool
oirish jazz style; suitable for a long-running TV series, no doubt, but not as arresting as "Peter Gunn," or as attention-holding when listened to without accompanying images. Only on "Blue Steel" do you get the more dynamic, adventure-heralding jazz you'd hope to hear more of after "Peter Gunn," or even Mancini's soundtrack to Touch of Evil. And only on the smoky "Spook!" do you get more of that growling guitar that makes "Peter Gunn" such a standout. The second CD is mostly devoted to more Peter Gunn music -- often, but not always, covering pieces also found in Mancini versions on the previous disc -- by members of the ensemble Mancini used to record the Peter Gunn soundtracks. The first ten tracks on the disc are by Ted Nash and Maxwell Davis; the next 11 are the entirety of trumpeter Pete Candoli's More Peter Gunn album. These are, as you might predict, not all that dissimilar from the Mancini interpretations, though generally they're less interesting and full-sounding. The compilation closes with four versions of "Peter Gunn" by other artists, including King Curtis, Mundell Lowe, Buddy Morrow, and Duane Eddy, whose hit rendition -- featuring his trademark low guitar twang and snaky sax -- is the best and most famous "Peter Gunn" of all. Although the liner notes are reasonably lengthy and detailed, there's a disappointing lack of hard information on the original recording and the issue dates of the releases on which any of the material on the two CDs originally appeared.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Chrome Dreams
  • UPC: 823564617923
  • Catalog Number: 5055
  • Sales rank: 84,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peter Gun (2:06)
  2. 2 Sorta Blue (2:56)
  3. 3 The Brothers Go to Mother's (2:56)
  4. 4 Dreamsville (3:57)
  5. 5 Session At Pete's Pad (4:01)
  6. 6 Soft Sounds (3:36)
  7. 7 Fallout (3:17)
  8. 8 The Floater (3:18)
  9. 9 Slow and Easy (3:06)
  10. 10 A Profound Gass (3:20)
  11. 11 Brief and Breezy (3:33)
  12. 12 Not From Dixie (4:11)
  13. 13 Walkin' Bass (4:22)
  14. 14 Timothy (2:33)
  15. 15 Joanna (2:41)
  16. 16 My Manne Shelly (2:37)
  17. 17 Goofin' At the Coffee House (4:11)
  18. 18 Odd Ball (3:24)
  19. 19 Blue Steel (3:41)
  20. 20 The Little Man Theme (3:13)
  21. 21 Spook! (2:57)
  22. 22 A Quiet Gass (3:03)
  23. 23 Lightly (3:23)
  24. 24 Blues for Mother's (3:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Peter Gunn - Maxwell Davis (2:05)
  2. 2 Session At Pete's Pad - Maxwell Davis (3:49)
  3. 3 Dreamsville - Maxwell Davis (3:40)
  4. 4 Fallout! - Maxwell Davis (3:12)
  5. 5 The Brothers Go to Mother's - Maxwell Davis (2:44)
  6. 6 Sorta Blue - Maxwell Davis (2:56)
  7. 7 A Profound Gass - Maxwell Davis (3:10)
  8. 8 Soft Sounds - Maxwell Davis (3:36)
  9. 9 The Floater - Maxwell Davis (3:16)
  10. 10 Brief and Breezy - Maxwell Davis (3:29)
  11. 11 Spook! - Pete Candoli (2:44)
  12. 12 Blue Steel - Pete Candoli (3:14)
  13. 13 Odd Ball - Pete Candoli (2:51)
  14. 14 My Manne Shelly - Pete Candoli (2:42)
  15. 15 Lightly - Pete Candoli (2:38)
  16. 16 A Quiet Gass - Pete Candoli (3:25)
  17. 17 Joanna - Pete Candoli (2:46)
  18. 18 Blues for Mother's - Pete Candoli (2:48)
  19. 19 Walkin' Bass - Pete Candoli (4:04)
  20. 20 Goofin' At the Coffee House - Pete Candoli (3:47)
  21. 21 The Little Man Theme - Pete Candoli (3:08)
  22. 22 Peter Gunn - Duane Eddy (2:23)
  23. 23 Peter Gunn - King Curtis (2:54)
  24. 24 Peter Gunn - Mundell Lowe (2:16)
  25. 25 Peter Gunn - Buddy Morrow (1:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Henry Mancini Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Kieron Faller-Mead Liner Notes
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