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Henry Mancini 11/17/2014

Review

A massive nine-disc box set that reveals itself to be all the more massive upon the realization that each disc contains two full soundtracks, Legacy's 2014 set The Classic Soundtrack Collection enshrines Henry Mancini's peak. Nearly all of the 18 movies here were released in the '60s -- the earliest is Breakfast at Tiffany's from 1961, the latest is 1978's Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? -- and Mancini's lush, sometimes hep swinging strings are associated with both the sound and feel of the decade. Although a handful of his best-known themes were sexy and slinky, informed as much by the attitude of jazz as its sound (think The Pink Panther and Peter Gunn), he rarely veered away from this signature -- it was there even in films as seemingly tense as Experiment in Terror -- but he sometimes chose to embellish it with various fads and trends, including cha chas and twists (or disco, for The Return of the Pink Panther). Such flourishes, which also include period re-creations like marches and flirtations with regional music, do give each film a character within his signature and that's why the box rewards time: it shows the imagination and skill that lurk behind the washes of strings. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Pink Panther~The Pink Panther Theme Henry Mancini 2:36
  3. 2 The Pink Panther~It Had Better be Tonight (Meglio Sta Sera) [Instrumental] Henry Mancini 1:44
  4. 3 The Pink Panther~Royal Blue Henry Mancini 3:11
  5. 4 The Pink Panther~Champagne and Quail Henry Mancini 2:45
  6. 5 The Pink Panther~The Village Inn Henry Mancini 2:36
  7. 6 The Pink Panther~The Tiber Twist Henry Mancini 2:50
  8. 7 The Pink Panther~It Had Better be Tonight Henry Mancini 1:57
  9. 8 The Pink Panther~Cortina Henry Mancini 1:53
  10. 9 The Pink Panther~The Lonely Princess Henry Mancini 2:27
  11. 10 The Pink Panther~Something for Sellers Henry Mancini 2:46
  12. 11 The Pink Panther~Piano and Strings Henry Mancini 2:35
  13. 12 The Pink Panther~Shades of Sennett Henry Mancini 1:24
  14. 13 The Pink Panther~Meglio Stasera (It Had Better be Tonight) Henry Mancini 3:8
  15. 14 The Pink Panther~The Pink Panther Henry Mancini 3:13
  16. 15 The Return of the Pink Panther~The Pink Panther Theme Henry Mancini 3:3
  17. 16 The Return of the Pink Panther~The Greatest Gift (Instrumental) Henry Mancini 2:19
  18. 17 The Return of the Pink Panther~Here's Looking at You, Kid Henry Mancini 2:49
  19. 18 The Return of the Pink Panther~Summer in Gstaad Henry Mancini 2:0
  20. 19 The Return of the Pink Panther~So Smooth Henry Mancini 4:3
  21. 20 The Return of the Pink Panther~The Return of The Pink Panther Henry Mancini 5:8
  22. 21 The Return of the Pink Panther~The Greatest Gift (Vocal) Henry Mancini 3:18
  23. 22 The Return of the Pink Panther~The Orange Float Henry Mancini 3:6
  24. 23 The Return of the Pink Panther~Dreamy Henry Mancini 3:20
  25. 24 The Return of the Pink Panther~Disco Henry Mancini 2:5
  26. 25 The Return of the Pink Panther~Navel Maneuver Henry Mancini 2:13
  27. 26 The Return of the Pink Panther~Belly Belly Bum Bum Henry Mancini 2:13
  28. 27 The Return of the Pink Panther~The Wet Look Henry Mancini 3:4
  29. 1 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Moon River Henry Mancini 2:39
  30. 2 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Something for Cat Henry Mancini 3:8
  31. 3 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Sally's Tomato Henry Mancini 3:6
  32. 4 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Mr. Yunioshi Henry Mancini 2:30
  33. 5 Breakfast at Tiffany's~The Big Blow Out Henry Mancini 2:27
  34. 6 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Hub Caps and Tail Lights Henry Mancini 2:29
  35. 7 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Breakfast at Tiffany's Henry Mancini 2:45
  36. 8 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Latin Golightly Henry Mancini 2:55
  37. 9 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Holly Henry Mancini 3:18
  38. 10 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Loose Caboose Henry Mancini 3:9
  39. 11 Breakfast at Tiffany's~The Big Heist Henry Mancini 3:8
  40. 12 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Moon River Cha Cha Henry Mancini 2:34
  41. 13 Breakfast at Tiffany's~Breakfast at Tiffany's Henry Mancini 3:5
  42. 14 Charade~Charade (Main Title) Henry Mancini 2:7
  43. 15 Charade~Bistro Henry Mancini 1:47
  44. 16 Charade~Bateau Mouche Henry Mancini 2:50
  45. 17 Charade~Megeve Henry Mancini 2:57
  46. 18 Charade~Bye Bye Charlie Henry Mancini 3:5
  47. 19 Charade~The Happy Carousel Henry Mancini 1:28
  48. 20 Charade~Charade (Vocal) Henry Mancini 2:34
  49. 21 Charade~Orange Tamoure Henry Mancini 1:52
  50. 22 Charade~Latin Snowfall Henry Mancini 2:31
  51. 23 Charade~The Drip-Dry Waltz Henry Mancini 1:48
  52. 24 Charade~Mambo Parisienne Henry Mancini 2:30
  53. 25 Charade~Punch and Judy Henry Mancini 1:50
  54. 26 Charade~Charade (Carousel) Henry Mancini 1:37
  55. 27 Charade~Charade Henry Mancini 2:57
  56. 1 Hatari!~Theme from "Hatari" Henry Mancini 2:54
  57. 2 Hatari!~Baby Elephany Walk Henry Mancini 2:41
  58. 3 Hatari!~Just for Tonight Henry Mancini 2:2
  59. 4 Hatari!~Your Father's Feathers Henry Mancini 3:30
  60. 5 Hatari!~Night Side Henry Mancini 3:23
  61. 6 Hatari!~Big Band Bwana Henry Mancini 3:2
  62. 7 Hatari!~The Sounds of Hatari Henry Mancini 6:42
  63. 8 Hatari!~The Soft Touch Henry Mancini 2:42
  64. 9 Hatari!~Crocodile, Go Home! Henry Mancini 2:55
  65. 10 Hatari!~Just for Tonight (Vocal) Henry Mancini 2:3
  66. 11 Hatari!~Baby Elephant Walk Henry Mancini 3:0
  67. 12 Oklahoma Crude~Oklahoma Crude Henry Mancini 2:10
  68. 13 Oklahoma Crude~LIghtfinger Henry Mancini 3:0
  69. 14 Oklahoma Crude~LIghtfinger Henry Mancini 2:12
  70. 15 Oklahoma Crude~Lena's Tune Henry Mancini 3:40
  71. 16 Oklahoma Crude~Over the Top Henry Mancini 3:5
  72. 17 Oklahoma Crude~Send A Little Love My Way (Choral) Henry Mancini 3:10
  73. 18 Oklahoma Crude~The Big Climb Henry Mancini 3:55
  74. 19 Oklahoma Crude~The Dude of My Dreams Henry Mancini 2:6
  75. 20 Oklahoma Crude~On Your Hill Henry Mancini 1:49
  76. 21 Oklahoma Crude~In Your Hill Henry Mancini 1:28
  77. 22 Oklahoma Crude~Send A Little Love My Way (Instrumental) [Instrumental] Henry Mancini 2:18
  78. 1 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~Th Swing March Henry Mancini 2:7
  79. 2 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~Tarantella Mozzarella Henry Mancini 1:58
  80. 3 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~Gina Henry Mancini 2:17
  81. 4 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~In The Arms Of Love (Instrumental) Henry Mancini 2:30
  82. 5 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~The Girls Up-A-Stairs Henry Mancini 1:52
  83. 6 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~Sicily Forever Henry Mancini 1:57
  84. 7 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~In The Arms of Love (Vocal) Henry Mancini 2:35
  85. 8 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~Echoes of Sicily Henry Mancini 2:55
  86. 9 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~Buon Giorno (Good Morning) Henry Mancini 2:31
  87. 10 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~Wine And Women Henry Mancini 1:55
  88. 11 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~A Tavern In Valerno Henry Mancini 2:40
  89. 12 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~The Tender Thieves Henry Mancini 2:15
  90. 13 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~Festa! Henry Mancini 1:56
  91. 14 What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?~In The Arms Of Love Henry Mancini 2:54
  92. 15 High Time~High Time Henry Mancini 2:20
  93. 16 High Time~Moon Talk Henry Mancini 2:32
  94. 17 High Time~So Neat Henry Mancini 3:9
  95. 18 High Time~The Old College Try Cha-Cha Henry Mancini 2:34
  96. 19 High Time~The Nutty Professor Henry Mancini 1:47
  97. 20 High Time~Frish Frosh Henry Mancini 2:51
  98. 21 High Time~The Second Time Around Henry Mancini 2:48
  99. 22 High Time~A Mild Blast Henry Mancini 3:5
  100. 23 High Time~Harv's Blues Henry Mancini 3:9
  101. 24 High Time~New Blood Henry Mancini 2:45
  102. 25 High Time~The Dean Speaks Henry Mancini 2:34
  103. 26 High Time~Tiger! Henry Mancini 2:14
  104. 27 High Time~The Second Time Around Henry Mancini 3:19
  105. 1 Experiment in Terror~Fluters' Ball Henry Mancini 3:18
  106. 2 Experiment in Terror~Tooty Twist Henry Mancini 2:6
  107. 3 Experiment in Terror~Kelly's Tune Henry Mancini 3:16
  108. 4 Experiment in Terror~Golden Gate Twist Henry Mancini 2:10
  109. 5 Experiment in Terror~The Good old Days Henry Mancini 2:0
  110. 6 Experiment in Terror~Experiment in Terror (Twist) Henry Mancini 2:43
  111. 7 Experiment in Terror~Experiment in Terror Henry Mancini 2:17
  112. 8 Experiment in Terror~Nancy Henry Mancini 3:29
  113. 9 Experiment in Terror~Down by The Wharf Henry Mancini 2:24
  114. 10 Experiment in Terror~Teenage Hostage Henry Mancini 2:35
  115. 11 Experiment in Terror~White on White Henry Mancini 2:6
  116. 12 Experiment in Terror~Final Out at Candlestick Park Henry Mancini 3:1
  117. 13 Darling Lili~Overture Henry Mancini 4:2
  118. 14 Darling Lili~Whistling Away The Dark Henry Mancini 3:43
  119. 15 Darling Lili~The Little Birds (Les Petits Oiseaux) Henry Mancini 2:54
  120. 16 Darling Lili~The Girl In No Man's Land Henry Mancini 3:31
  121. 17 Darling Lili~Gypsy Violin Henry Mancini 3:16
  122. 18 Darling Lili~I'll Give You Three Guesses Henry Mancini 3:30
  123. 19 Darling Lili~Darling Lili Henry Mancini 2:46
  124. 20 Darling Lili~Smile Away Each Rainy Day Henry Mancini 2:25
  125. 21 Darling Lili~The Can-Can Cafe Henry Mancini 2:3
  126. 22 Darling Lili~I'll Give You Three Guesses Henry Mancini 2:2
  127. 23 Darling Lili~Skål (Let's Have Another On Me) Henry Mancini 1:39
  128. 24 Darling Lili~Your Good-Will Ambassador Henry Mancini 2:9
  129. 25 Darling Lili~Whistling Away The Dark Henry Mancini 3:41
  130. 26 Darling Lili~Whistling Away The Dark Henry Mancini 2:52
  131. 27 Darling Lili~Darling Lili Johnny Mathis 2:48
  132. 1 Gunn~Peter Gunn Henry Mancini 2:5
  133. 2 Gunn~A Quiet Happening Henry Mancini 3:4
  134. 3 Gunn~Dreamsville Henry Mancini 3:45
  135. 4 Gunn~Sky Watch Henry Mancini 3:21
  136. 5 Gunn~A Bluish Bag Henry Mancini 2:50
  137. 6 Gunn~Theme For Sam Henry Mancini 3:8
  138. 7 Gunn~The Monkey Farm Henry Mancini 2:22
  139. 8 Gunn~A Lovely Sound Henry Mancini 3:31
  140. 9 Gunn~I Like The Look Henry Mancini 2:39
  141. 10 Gunn~Silver Tears Henry Mancini 3:5
  142. 11 Gunn~Sweet! Henry Mancini 3:9
  143. 12 Gunn~Night Owl Henry Mancini 3:46
  144. 13 Gunn~Bye Bye Henry Mancini 2:8
  145. 14 Gunn~A Bluishi Bag Henry Mancini 3:28
  146. 15 Gunn~Dreamsville Henry Mancini 3:20
  147. 16 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~Theme from Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe? (Main Title) Henry Mancini 2:19
  148. 17 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~Well Done Louis Henry Mancini 2:23
  149. 18 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~Pesce! Henry Mancini 3:3
  150. 19 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~Bombe Richelieu Henry Mancini 1:44
  151. 20 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~Italien Soup Henry Mancini 2:17
  152. 21 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~They Hang chefs, Don't They? Henry Mancini 1:50
  153. 22 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~Bombes Away / Natasha in Venice Henry Mancini 2:9
  154. 23 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~Natasha's Theme Henry Mancini 2:12
  155. 24 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~The Moveable Feast Henry Mancini 1:8
  156. 25 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~Late Night Call / The Gathering Henry Mancini 2:13
  157. 26 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~Fiery Finale Henry Mancini 4:16
  158. 27 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~The Final Feast / The Confession Henry Mancini 3:20
  159. 28 Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?~Natasha's Theme (End Title) Henry Mancini 2:21
  160. 1 Two For The Road~Two For The Road (Vocal) Henry Mancini 2:39
  161. 2 Two For The Road~Something For Audrey Henry Mancini 2:58
  162. 3 Two For The Road~The Lovely Life Henry Mancini 2:16
  163. 4 Two For The Road~The Chaser Henry Mancini 2:32
  164. 5 Two For The Road~Something Loose Henry Mancini 2:45
  165. 6 Two For The Road~Happy Barefoot Boy Henry Mancini 2:47
  166. 7 Two For The Road~Two For The Road (Main Title) (Instrumental) Henry Mancini 2:40
  167. 8 Two For The Road~Congarocka Henry Mancini 3:8
  168. 9 Two For The Road~French Provincial Henry Mancini 2:8
  169. 10 Two For The Road~The Donk Henry Mancini 2:43
  170. 11 Two For The Road~Domain St. Juste (Din-Din Music) Henry Mancini 1:23
  171. 12 Two For The Road~Two For The Road (Instrumental) [Instrumental] Henry Mancini 3:14
  172. 13 Two For The Road~Two For The Road Henry Mancini 3:0
  173. 14 Arabesque~Arabesque Henry Mancini 2:13
  174. 15 Arabesque~We've Loved Before (Yasmin's Theme) [Instrumental] Henry Mancini 2:51
  175. 16 Arabesque~Ascot Henry Mancini 1:52
  176. 17 Arabesque~Dream Street Henry Mancini 3:49
  177. 18 Arabesque~Façade Henry Mancini 3:17
  178. 19 Arabesque~Something For Sophia Henry Mancini 2:33
  179. 20 Arabesque~We've Loved Before (Yasmin's Theme) Henry Mancini 2:46
  180. 21 Arabesque~Shower of Paradise Henry Mancini 2:33
  181. 22 Arabesque~The Zoo Chase: Part I: Arabesque Theme; Part II: Aquarium Scene; Part III: Arabesque Theme (Reprise) Henry Mancini 5:47
  182. 23 Arabesque~Bagdad on Thames Henry Mancini 2:58
  183. 1 The Great Race~Overture, he Shoudn't-A, Hadn't-A, Oughtn't-A Swang On Me! / The Sweetheart Tree (Choral) / The Great Race March Henry Mancini 3:36
  184. 2 The Great Race~Push The Button, Max! Henry Mancini 2:53
  185. 3 The Great Race~The Royal Waltz Henry Mancini 1:37
  186. 4 The Great Race~Night, Night Sweet Prince Henry Mancini 3:0
  187. 5 The Great Race~They're Off! Henry Mancini 1:28
  188. 6 The Great Race~The Sweetheart Tree (Choral) Henry Mancini 1:55
  189. 7 The Great Race~The Great Race March (A Patriotic Medley) Henry Mancini 1:48
  190. 8 The Great Race~He Shouldn't-A, Hadn't-A, Oughtn't-A Swang On Me! Henry Mancini 3:7
  191. 9 The Great Race~Music To Become King By Henry Mancini 2:34
  192. 10 The Great Race~Cold Finger Henry Mancini 2:25
  193. 11 The Great Race~Pie-In-The-Face Polka Henry Mancini 2:22
  194. 12 The Great Race~Pie-In-The-Face Polka Henry Mancini 2:27
  195. 13 The Great Race~The Sweetheart Tree Henry Mancini 2:12
  196. 14 Me, Natalie~Natalie Henry Mancini 2:43
  197. 15 Me, Natalie~Free! Henry Mancini 2:21
  198. 16 Me, Natalie~Sequence For Uncle Harold Henry Mancini 3:28
  199. 17 Me, Natalie~A Groovy Mood Henry Mancini 1:51
  200. 18 Me, Natalie~Off-Ramp To Nowhere Henry Mancini 1:51
  201. 19 Me, Natalie~Theme For Losers Henry Mancini 2:48
  202. 20 Me, Natalie~We Henry Mancini 1:57
  203. 21 Me, Natalie~W.A. Mozart, I Love You Henry Mancini 1:49
  204. 22 Me, Natalie~In And Out of Love Montage Henry Mancini 7:23
  205. 23 Me, Natalie~Bench Warmer Henry Mancini 1:6
  206. 24 Me, Natalie~Dear David Henry Mancini 6:35
  207. 25 Me, Natalie~Natalie Henry Mancini 2:36
  208. 1 The Party~The Party (Vocal) Henry Mancini 2:11
  209. 2 The Party~Brunette In Yellow Henry Mancini 2:54
  210. 3 The Party~Nothing To Lose (Instrumental) [Instrumental] Henry Mancini 3:15
  211. 4 The Party~Chicken Little Was Right Henry Mancini 2:52
  212. 5 The Party~Candlelight on Crystal Henry Mancini 3:3
  213. 6 The Party~Birdie Num-Num Henry Mancini 2:19
  214. 7 The Party~Nothing To Lose (Vocal) Henry Mancini 2:22
  215. 8 The Party~The Happy Pipers Henry Mancini 2:13
  216. 9 The Party~Party Poop Henry Mancini 2:32
  217. 10 The Party~Elegant Henry Mancini 4:41
  218. 11 The Party~Wiggy Henry Mancini 3:0
  219. 12 The Party~The Party (Instrumental) [Instrumental] Henry Mancini 3:7
  220. 13 The Party~Nothing To Lose Henry Mancini 3:12
  221. 14 Visions of Eight~Ludmilla's Theme Henry Mancini 2:37
  222. 15 Visions of Eight~Pretty Girls Henry Mancini 2:28
  223. 16 Visions of Eight~Spaced Out Henry Mancini 2:47
  224. 17 Visions of Eight~Warm Up Henry Mancini 2:12
  225. 18 Visions of Eight~Soft Flight Henry Mancini 3:39
  226. 19 Visions of Eight~The Race Henry Mancini 2:5
  227. 20 Visions of Eight~Salute To The Olympians Henry Mancini 1:9
  228. 21 Visions of Eight~Olympic Village Henry Mancini 3:31
  229. 22 Visions of Eight~Ludmilla's Theme (Film Version) Henry Mancini 2:34
  230. 23 Visions of Eight~Hurdles And Girdles Henry Mancini 2:31
  231. 24 Visions of Eight~Theme For The Losers Henry Mancini 5:12
  232. 25 Visions of Eight~Salute To The Olympians (Finale) Henry Mancini 2:16

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