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Midnight, Moonlight & Magic: The Very Best of Henry Mancini

  • 1. Pink Panther Theme
    2. Moon River
    3. Baby Elephant Walk
    4. Sweetheart Tree, The - (vocal)
    5. In the Arms of Love - (vocal)
    6. Peter Gunn
    7. Days of Wine and Roses
    8. Charade - (vocal)
    9. Inspector Clouseau Theme, The
    10. Darling Lili
    11. Two for the Road - (vocal)
    12. Candlelight on Crystal
    13. Dear Heart - (vocal)
    14. Mr. Lucky
    15. Theme
    16. Whistling Away the Dark
    17. Pie-In-The-Face Polka
    18. Dreamsville
    19. It Had Better Be Tonight
    20. Nothing to Lose - (vocal)
    21. Frish Frosh
    22. Mystery Movie Theme
    23. Love Theme from "Romeo and Juliet"
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 59226

  • Credits

    Producers: Joe Reisman, Dick Peirce, Simon Rady, Steve Sholes.
    Compilation producers: Didier C. Deutsch, Darcy M. Proper.
    Recorded between 1959 & 1977. Includes liner notes by Didier C. Deutsch.
    Personnel: Julie Andrews (vocals); Plas Johnson (saxophone); Graham Young (trumpet); John Williams & the Tick Tocks , Jimmy Rowles (piano); Ralph Grierson (tack piano, organ); Clare Fischer, Buddy Cole (organ); Jerry Williams (vibraphone).
    Liner Note Author: Didier C. Deutsch.
    Henry Mancini was one of the best American soundtrack composers of the 1950s and '60s (and in fact did solid work up until the end of his career). Nevertheless, he remains best known for impossibly catchy little tunes like "The Pink Panther Theme," "Baby Elephant Walk" (a tune you've heard hundreds of times even if you didn't know what it was called), and the drop-dead-cool twang-guitar instrumental "Peter Gunn," not to mention the immortal "Moon River." All of these and more are collected on MIDNIGHT MOONLIGHT & MAGIC: THE VERY BEST OF HENRY MANCINI, a compilation that makes a strong case for Mancini not only as a great soundtrack composer, but as a pop craftsman of the highest order, especially when he was working with his frequent collaborator Johnny Mercer. Ennio Morricone and the like might have greater hipster credibility, and former Mancini pianist John Williams might have his eclipsed his mentor in terms of box office receipts, but you probably don't find yourself singing their tunes in the shower like you do with Mancini's.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (p.137) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[He] evinces a peerless facility for cheese-free easy listening."
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