The Essential Henry Mancini

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886977445521
  • Catalog Number: 774455
  • Sales rank: 2,512

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Pink Panther Theme - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:38)
  2. 2 Mr. Lucky - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:14)
  3. 3 Dear Heart - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:43)
  4. 4 Charade - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:36)
  5. 5 Baby Elephant Walk - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:44)
  6. 6 The Days of Wine and Roses - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:08)
  7. 7 Experiment In Terror - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:21)
  8. 8 Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:07)
  9. 9 In the Arms of Love - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:38)
  10. 10 Natasha' Theme [From the Film Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:17)
  11. 11 Darling Lili - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:49)
  12. 12 The Thorn Birds Theme (3:04)
  13. 13 Two For the Road - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:43)
  14. 14 Candlelight On Crystal - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (3:06)
  15. 15 The Sweetheart Tree - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (1:57)
  16. 16 Theme from Cade's County - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:04)
  17. 17 Oklahome Crude - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:12)
  18. 18 It Had Better Be Tonight - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (1:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Moon River - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:41)
  2. 2 High Time - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:23)
  3. 3 One Eyed Cat - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (3:16)
  4. 4 Main Theme from a Shot in the Dark - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:34)
  5. 5 Ludmilla's Theme - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:41)
  6. 6 Dreamsville (3:22)
  7. 7 Rain Drops In Rio - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:47)
  8. 8 Mystery Movie Theme - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (1:59)
  9. 9 A Time for Us - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:34)
  10. 10 Happy Barefoot Boy - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:50)
  11. 11 The Great Waldo Pepper March (2:28)
  12. 12 A Quiet Happening - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (3:08)
  13. 13 Natalie (2:45)
  14. 14 A Powdered Wig (2:40)
  15. 15 The Hills of Yesterday (2:49)
  16. 16 Nothing To Lose - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:25)
  17. 17 The Inspector Clouseau Theme - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:59)
  18. 18 Pie-In-the-Face Polka - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:24)
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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
Maria Triana Mastering
Scott Farthing Marketing
Tammy Van Aken Package Manager
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
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