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Greatest Hits - The Best of Henry Mancini (Remastered)

Henry Mancini

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Album Review

Greatest Hits is a terrific compilation of 22 digitally remastered Henry Mancini favorites, including his soundtrack themes "Peter Gunn," "The Pink Panther Theme," "Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet," "Mr. Lucky," and "Breakfast at Tiffany's," among many others. The collection also includes well-known Mancini tunes like "Moon River," "The Days of Wine and Roses," "Baby Elephant Walk," and "Dear Heart" to name a few. The sound is crystal clear and the track selection demonstrates over and over again Mancini's gifts for melody and mood. Overall, it's probably the best single-disc introduction to Mancini's work yet assembled.

Customer Reviews

Very, Very Good

I think illconditionedmatrix was a little harsh. There are 22 tracks here and just because the Romeo and Juliet theme IS over-romantic (and just too muddled really as a whole) does not give reason to disregard the other songs in such a manner. (sorry to sound all riled up, I just really like the other songs)

Experiment in Terror,
Snowfall,
The Days of Wine and Roses, and
Baby Elephant Walk are my personal favorites of the list.

This is iTunes; if you don't like one song, Dont give the rest of the album a bad name. Just buy the ones you do like.

WHAT'S HAPPENING!!

I love the "What's Happening!!" theme song!! I am only a teenager but my dad has all the episodes at home and I watch it all the time, even though that show is from the 70's, I think. I love it! I gave this four stars because I haven't heard most of the other songs, but I do like the Pink Panther theme, too. :)

My Man Mancini

It is difficult to overstate the significance of Henry Mancini's work. I was a teenager in the late '50s/early '60s, weaning myself from Elvis to jazz. Mancini was my introduction to jazz. Granted, he was not a mainstream bebop artist, and not a "serious" jazz man to the expert jazz pundits-- his was popular music. But what music it is! I would not be surprised to hear that other people of my age had a similar experience with Mancini's music. One thing is certain -- the music for Peter Gunn and Mr. Lucky has stayed fresh while the TV shows he wrote the music for have not aged well. As television, Peter Gunn and Mr. Lucky are on the trash heap of dead TV shows, but Mancini's themes are still fresh and contemporary. Although I moved on to Bird and Coletrane, Monk and Silver, Mancini was my first date with Lady Jazz. The music is still great.

Biography

Born: April 16, 1924 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

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...
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