Essential Henry Mancini

The Essential Henry Mancini

by Henry Mancini
     
 
Henry Mancini's many movie and television scores and themes were so omnipresent in the 1960s and 1970s that it's easy to forget why exactly that was so -- he wrote, scored and arranged pieces that were so memorable, sweeping and instantly recognizable that they were able to step out of their cinematic settings and straight on to pop radio. That's an impressive feat,

Overview

Henry Mancini's many movie and television scores and themes were so omnipresent in the 1960s and 1970s that it's easy to forget why exactly that was so -- he wrote, scored and arranged pieces that were so memorable, sweeping and instantly recognizable that they were able to step out of their cinematic settings and straight on to pop radio. That's an impressive feat, and Mancini did it several times with absolutely timeless and classic themes like "Moon River," "The Pink Panther Theme," "Peter Gunn," and "Baby Elephant Walk," each of which is instantly recognizable even if the listener has no clue what film or show it was originally embedded in. In all, Mancini won 20 Grammys, four Oscars and a Golden Globe, and he sold a ton of records, which made him the move score version of a superstar -- he did it by crafting subtly kinetic and rhythmic melodies and then placing them in huge, lush and jazz-inflected settings, but somehow still keeping the gist of it concise and digestible enough that everything came across fresh and alive in a quick two minutes on the radio. It's difficult to imagine anyone ever doing it as well and pervasively again. Yes, Mancini belonged to a certain era near the close of the 20th century, but the best of his themes have long since escaped that box and entered world culture as musical touchstones. This two-disc, 36 track set features the very best of Mancini's film and television work, and after listening to it, one will be amazed at how many of these pieces are already deep inside personal memory, even if the films and shows they came from aren't. It's the musical equivalent of a hat trick.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886977445521
catalogNumber:
774455
Rank:
2371

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Pink Panther Theme
  2. Mr. Lucky
  3. Dear Heart
  4. Charade
  5. Baby Elephant Walk
  6. The Days of Wine and Roses
  7. Experiment In Terror
  8. Peter Gunn
  9. In the Arms of Love
  10. Natasha' Theme [From the Film Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
  11. Darling Lili
  12. The Thorn Birds Theme
  13. Two For the Road
  14. Candlelight On Crystal
  15. The Sweetheart Tree
  16. Theme from Cade's County
  17. Oklahome Crude
  18. It Had Better Be Tonight

Disc 2

  1. Moon River
  2. High Time
  3. One Eyed Cat
  4. Main Theme from a Shot in the Dark
  5. Ludmilla's Theme
  6. Dreamsville
  7. Rain Drops In Rio
  8. Mystery Movie Theme
  9. A Time for Us
  10. Happy Barefoot Boy
  11. The Great Waldo Pepper March
  12. A Quiet Happening
  13. Natalie
  14. A Powdered Wig
  15. The Hills of Yesterday
  16. Nothing To Lose
  17. The Inspector Clouseau Theme
  18. Pie-In-the-Face Polka

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Henry Mancini   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Soloist
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Shelly Manne   Drums
Ted Nash   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Art Pepper   Clarinet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Lola Albright   Vocals
James Galway   Flute
Ralph Grierson   Organ,Piano,Soloist
Bob Bain   Bass,Guitar
Rod McKuen   Vocals
Larry Bunker   Marimbas,Vibes
Clare Fischer   Organ,Soloist
Dick Nash   Trombone
John Williams [piano]   Piano,Harpsichord
Ramon Rivera   Conga
Ronny Lang   Alto Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Rowland "Rolly" Bundock   Bass

Technical Credits

Nino Rota   Composer
Henry Mancini   Arranger,Composer
Rod McKuen   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
David Foil   Product Development
Jackson Braider   Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Jennifer Liebeskind   Product Development
Scott Farthing   Marketing
Tammy Van Aken   Package Manager
Leslie Collman-Smith   Marketing

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