Special Collection Volume 200 is neat milestone! World premiere release of actual Henry Mancini soundtrack to terrific Howard Hawks adventure film set in Africa, starring John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons. Wayne and company capture rare animals for various world zoos. Some species are easier to catch than others. Elephants inspire Mancini to create legendary tune "Baby Elephant Walk", available for first time ever in its original soundtrack guise. Famous swaggering tune for high register Eb clarinet also figures during climactic "Search For Dallas". Leopard, buffalo, monkey, giraffe, ostrich all get their say but incredibly dangerous rhino sequences are what bring out Mancini's equally legendary main theme, often heard on choir of French horns in unison. In 1962, Mancini re-recorded just 30 minutes of highlights for admittedly sensational RCA album. In companionship with that album, now enjoy Mancini's complete original recordings, presented mostly in stereo from Paramount Pictures scoring session elements. A few sections required use of mono stems to allow restoration of complete soundtrack. This new hour long release carries landmark significance: every Mancini album during this most famous period of his career (Breakfast At Tiffany's, Hatari, Charade, Experiment In Terror, The Pink Panther) was heavily truncated and completely re-arranged with emphasis on dance mood. Along with new release of Charade, this marks exciting debut of an actual Mancini soundtrack from the era! Danger, romance, thrills, comedy, all getting rich Mancini melody! Unforgettable original campaign artwork is icing on the cake. Henry Mancini conducts. Available while quantities and interest remain.
01. The Sounds Of Hatari (4:17) 02. Main Title (2:35) 03. Safari Bar Piano Blues (1:24) 04. Giraffe Country (1:34) 05. Just For Tonight (Instrumental) (2:10) 06. Paraphrase I (1:40) 07. Night Side (2:35) 08. Dallas Has A Plan (1:31) 09. Trip To Masai Wells (1:06) 10. Indian Comes Home (0:58) 11. Just For Tonight (Solo Piano) (2:24) 12. Swift Animal Chase (0:49) 13. Dead Elephant (0:37) 14. Night Side (Record Player) (2:19) 15. Leopard And Buffalo (1:51) 16. The Crocodile (1:08)
Along with Breakfast At Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther and
Charade, Hatari! is generally regarded as one of Henry Mancini’s
all-time most popular film score recordings. In fact,
Hatari! ushered in the legendary “Baby Elephant Walk,” a swaggering
tune for clarinet with orchestra written for the movie that
instantly became a wildly popular hit on its own.
In addition to their lofty commercial success, another
thing the aforementioned albums had in common was in how
they represented their respective scores. In each case, Mancini
re-recorded roughly a half hour of music, adapting the major
themes and easy listening-style music into albums accessible
to wide audiences. The actual film soundtracks, including
the more dramatic underscoring, were never made
With this premiere release of the film soundtrack
to Hatari!, Intrada presents to new audiences the complete score as Mancini actually recorded it for the film, including the original version
of “Baby Elephant Walk,” heard both in its familiar setting for the parade of elephants
scene and in dramatic variations for the final chase sequence.
Hatari! was recorded on three-track 35mm magnetic film in 1962,
the majority of which were transferred by Paramount onto 2’’ archival tape in
the 1990s. To present the complete score, restoration engineer Chris Malone has
added otherwise unavailable cues
from a monaural DAT (originally
¼’’ tape) and the film’s music stem
(from a dialogue-music-effects
or “D/M/E” master). In a few instances,
briefly damaged passages
or channels required Malone to
blend the stereo and monaural
sources within cues. His work
has yielded a seamless mix of the
affected areas with their unaffected
counterparts and resulted
in a dynamic musical experience
that we are proud to bring to you.
As posters for the movie announced
back in 1962, “Hatari
means DANGER! Hatari means EXCITEMENT!” So join John Wayne and his crew in
their dangerous pursuit of rhinos, giraffes, elephants and monkeys, all under the protection
of Henry Mancini and his orchestra. He will dazzle, tickle and excite you
with his legendary tunes!
Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini.
Recorded on August 31, October 20, 24, 25, November 2, and December 4, 1961.
VIOLIN Israel Baker
VIOLA Stanley Harris