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The Essential Henry Mancini

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Pink Panther Theme [From the Film the Pink Panther], The
    2. Mr. Lucky [From the TV Series Mr. Lucky]
    3. Dear Heart [From the Film Dear Heart]
    4. Charade [From the Film Charade]
    5. Baby Elephant Walk [From the Film Hatari!]
    6. Days of Wine and Roses [From the Film Days of Wine and Roses], The
    7. Experiment in Terror [From the Film Experiment in Terror]
    8. Peter Gunn [From the TV Series Peter Gunn]
    9. In the Arms of Love [From the Film What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?]
    10. Natasha' Theme [From the Film Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?]
    11. Darling Lili [From the Film Darling Lili]
    12. Thorn Birds Theme [From the TV Show the Thorn Birds], The
    13. Two for the Road [From the Film Two for the Road]
    14. Candlelight on Crystal [From the Film the Party]
    15. Sweetheart Tree [From the Film the Great Race], The
    16. Theme from Cade's County [From the TV Series Cade's County]
    17. Oklahome Crude [From the Film Oklahoma Crude]
    18. It Had Better Be Tonight [From the Film the Pink Panther]
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Moon River [From the Film Breakfast at Tiffany's]
    2. High Time [From the Film High Time]
    3. One Eyed Cat [From the TV Series Mr. Lucky]
    4. Main Theme from a Shot in the Dark [From the Film A Shot in the Dark]
    5. Ludmilla's Theme [From the Film Visions of Eight]
    6. Dreamsville [From the TV Series Peter Gunn]
    7. Rain Drops in Rio
    8. Mystery Movie Theme [From the TV Series the Mystery Movie Theater]
    9. Time for Us [Love Theme from the Film Rome & Juliet], A
    10. Happy Barefoot Boy [From the Film Tow for the Road]
    11. Great Waldo Pepper March [From the Film the Great Waldo Pepper], The
    12. Quiet Happening [From the Film Gunn], A
    13. Natalie [From the Film Me, Natalie]
    14. Powdered Wig, A
    15. Hills of Yesterday [Love Theme from the Film The Molly Maguires], The
    16. Nothing to Lose [From the Film The Party]
    17. Inspector Clouseau Theme [From the Film the Pink Panther Strikes Again], The
    18. Pie-in-the-Face Polka [From the Film the Great Race]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 74455

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Jackson Braider.
    Recording information: 01/01/1959; 01/01/1969; 01/10/1961; 02/12/1968; 02/13/1968; 02/14/1962; 02/15/1967; 03/03/1970; 03/09/1970; 03/09/1977; 03/21/1973; 04/20/1967; 05/02/1973; 05/09/1966; 05/13/1965; 05/29/1984-06/01/1984; 06/08/1964; 06/21/1960; 07/01/1963; 08/12/1960; 08/26/1958; 09/04/1962; 09/16/1963; 10/07/1971; 12/04/1959; 12/05/1961; 12/08/1960; 12/14/1968; 1976; 1978.
    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. ~ Steve Leggett

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