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Henry Mancini - 100 [100 Original Songs Digitally Remastered] (2012)

3-02-2015, 13:28
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Henry Mancini - 100 [100 Original Songs Digitally Remastered] (2012)

Artist: Henry Mancini
Title Of Album: 100
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: VCR Records
Genre: Easy Listening, Jazz
Total Time: 5:08:55
Format: AAC / M4a
Quality: 256 kbps
Total Size: 662 mb
WebSite: amazon

If the recognition of one's peers is the true measure of success, then few men are as successful as composer, arranger, and conductor Henry Mancini. In a career that spanned 40 years, writing for film and television, Mancini won four Oscars and twenty Grammys, the all-time record for a pop artist. For 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's alone, Mancini won five Grammys and two Oscars. Breakfast at Tiffany's includes the classic "Moon River" (lyrics by Johnny Mercer), arguably one of the finest pop songs of the last 50 years. At last count, there were over 1,000 recordings of it. His other notable songs include "Dear Heart," "Days of Wine and Roses" (one Oscar, two Grammys), and "Charade," the last two with lyrics by Mercer. He also had a number one record and won a Grammy for Nino Rota's "Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet." Among his other notable film scores are The Pink Panther (three Grammys), Hatari! (one Grammy), Victor/Victoria (an Oscar), Two for the Road, Wait Until Dark, and 10. His television themes include "Peter Gunn" (two Grammys, recorded by many rock artists), "Mr. Lucky" (two Grammys), "Newhart," "Remington Steele," and The Thorn Birds television mini-series.

As a child, Mancini learned how to play a variety of musical instruments and as a teenager, he became enamored with jazz and big bands. He began to write arrangements and sent a few to Benny Goodman, who wrote the teenager back, encouraging him to pursue a career in music. Mancini enrolled in the Julliard School of Music in 1942, but his studies were cut short when he served in the military during World War II. After the war, he was hired by Tex Beneke, the leader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, as a pianist and arranger. In the late '40s, he began writing scores for record and film studios, first for a recording session by the Mel-Tones, which featured his wife Ginny O'Connor, and then the Abbot & Costello film Lost in Alaska, the first movie he scored.

Lost in Alaska led to more film scores, in particular 1954's The Glenn Miller Story and 1956's The Benny Goodman Story, which both showcased his big band roots. Soon, he was working on a large number of films and television, including Orson Welles' Touch of Evil and the TV show Peter Gunn. Mancini's scores frequently straddled the line between jazz and Hollywood dramatics, making his music both distinctive and influential.

Mancini's heyday was the early '60s, when his score for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) yielded the Oscar-winning hit single "Moon River," which instantly became a pop standard. The following year, he wrote the music for Days of Wine and Roses, which also won an Oscar for its title song. Throughout the next three decades, he continued to be one of the most successful film composers in the world, as well as a popular concert conductor. He continued working until his death in 1994; just prior to his demise, he was writing the score for the musical adaption of Victor/Victoria.

What kept Mancini's work fresh was his ability to write in almost any style imaginable and his successful experimentations with unusual sounds and instruments. In his 1989 memoir Did They Mention the Music?, Mancini's co-author Gene Lees wrote that "More than any other person, he Americanized film scoring, and in time even European film composers followed in his path," and that Mancini wrote scores that "contained almost as many fully developed song melodies as a Broadway musical." Had he not remained true to his first love, film scoring, Mancini would have more than likely made as large an impact on the Broadway stage as he made on the silver screen. ~ Kenneth M. Cassidy & Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi


001. Moon River
002. Baby Elephant Walk
003. Playboy's Theme
004. Misty
005. Peter Gunn
006. Touch of Evil (Main Title)
007. Fallout!
008. Theme from Hatari!
009. Mr. Lucky
010. Just for Tonight
011. Free and Easy, Pt. 1
012. Moanin'
013. Breakfast At Tiffany's
014. Sing, Sing, Sing
015. Castle Rock
016. Tequila
017. Ebb Tide
018. Mood Indigo
019. Sally's Tomato
020. Something for Cat
021. Mostly for Lovers
022. Your Father's Feathers
023. Blue Steel
024. Poinciana
025. Ku Ku
026. Moon of Manakoora
027. Trav'lin' Light
028. What's It Gonna Be
029. The Sounds of Hatari
030. Flamingo
031. Young Love
032. Lightly
033. The Little Man Theme
034. Cha Cha Cha for Gia
035. Let's Walk
036. The Blues
037. Strollin' Blues
038. Smoke Rings
039. A Cool Shade of Blue
040. Return to Paradise
041. Sorta Blue
042. Snowfall
043. A Powdered Wig
044. The Beat
045. Lease Breaker
046. Robbin's Nest
047. Big Noise from Winnetka
048. Scandinavian Shuffle
049. Blues Pianola
050. Alright, Okay, You Win
051. That's All
052. Reflection
053. Tippin' In
054. Holly
055. Around Orson
056. Swing Lightly
057. The Whispering Sea
058. Off Shore
059. Far East Blues
060. Charleston Alley
061. Dream of You
062. Background to Murder
063. Politely
064. A Profound Gass
065. Bali Hai
066. The Soft Touch
067. Everybody Blow!
068. Dreamsville
069. Sleepy Lagoon
070. Rock Me to Sleep
071. Session At Pete's Pad
072. Blue Flame
073. The Brothers Go to Mother's
074. After Hours
075. Walkin' Bass
076. Bijou
077. Moon River Cha Cha
078. Night Side
079. A Quiet Gass
080. Big Band Bwana
081. The Breeze and I
082. Like Young
083. My One and Only Love
084. The Naked Sea
085. Mr. Yunioshi
086. The Big Blow Out
087. Hub Caps and Tail Lights
088. Son of Raunchy
089. Latin Golightly
090. Crocodile, Go Home!
091. Loose Caboose
092. How Could You Do a Thing Like That to Me
093. The Big Heist
094. Sidewalks of Cuba
095. The Big Drag
096. Goofin' At the Coffee House
097. Tana's Theme
098. Free and Easy, Pt. 2
099. Borderline Montuna
100. Driftwood and Dreams

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