Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 242
Date: 1962
Time: 1:05:12
Tracks: 27
Henry Mancini's all-time most famous unreleased soundtrack finally gets its day!

Price: $19.99

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  • Doug's Tech Talk
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  • In 1962, filmgoers heard one of cinema's most striking musical openers of all time: solo French horn, without introduction, intoning opening notes of what becomes Academy Award-winning title song to legendary Blake Edwards look at unrelentingly grim descent of young couple into alcoholism. With Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick in Oscar-nominated portrayals, film allows despair, tragedy to imbue uncompromising movie right up to unforgettable conclusion. And - like opener - audiences here were privileged to hear one of cinema's equally outstanding film score finales, amongst the most sublime in history: solo French horn returns, unaccompanied, intoning same opening phrase of haunting theme melody, but ending without resolve! Powerful coda to a powerful score. But interior of score offers so much more! Beautiful variants on main theme are balanced with intense, dramatic low string-dominated cues for grim portions of tale. Elsewhere, signature Mancini tunes in upbeat style add further layers to classic score. Though Mancini enjoyed wildly popular re-arranged and re-recorded albums of all of his early film score successes (BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, CHARADE, PINK PANTHER, HATARI, many others), Intrada release of DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES is, incredibly, the first ever release in any form for this brilliant score. CD presented from complete mono tapes (as mixed for picture) in crisp, clean audio, all courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures & Henry Mancini Estate. Famous Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini title song appears as well! Flipper cover allows two different dramatic approaches to film artwork! Henry Mancini conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!
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    The Album
    01. Days of Wine and Roses (Main Title) (2:12)
    02. Days of Wine and Roses (guitar source, take 2) (1:49)
    03. Man Meets Girl (4:30)
    04. Hi-Fi II 2:24)
    05. Hi-Fi I (3:27)
    06. Gorgeous and Guilty (1:24)
    07. Kissed in the Greenhouse (1:07)
    08. Silly (2:18)
    09. Some Laughs (2:46)
    10. Off Scene Hi-Fi (1:40)
    11. They Fired Me (1:12)
    12. Vanilla, Part 1 (2:13)
    13. Vanilla, Part 2 (1:41)
    14. Crazy Smell (2:11)
    15. Get in the Tub, Part 1 (1:04)
    16. Get in the Tub, Part 2 (1:04)

    17. A Gone Mommy (0:47)
    18. No Guts (7:37)
    19. A Sad Pop (2:49)
    20. I Want to Come Home (6:58)
    The Album Total Time: 50:07

    The Extras
    21. Cocktail Hour 2:22)
    22. Navel Engagement (Turkish Combo) (2:55)
    23. Days of Wine and Roses (guitar source, take 1) (3:03)
    24. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter) (2:46)
    25. I Only Have Eyes for You (Harry Warren/Al Dubin) (2:27)
    26. September in the Rain (Harry Warren/Al Dubin) (1:10)
    27. Play Off for Trailer (0:18)
    The Extras Total Time: 14:58

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    Henry Mancini composed Days of Wine and Roses in the sweetest spot of his prestigious career, among such legendary efforts as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hatari!, Charade and The Pink Panther, to name just the most celebrated. But Days of Wine and Roses never had a soundtrack release, nor even a re-arranged and re-recorded album, such as Mancini had done with other films.

    To present this premiere of Mancini’s most important remaining, unreleased film soundtrack, Warner Bros. provided us access to the complete mono session elements (the film was released in mono as well), vaulted in excellent condition on 1/4″ full-track tape. Under the aegis of Lukas Kendall, Chris Malone made audio assemblies of every cue, sequencing everything in picture order as “The Album” and continuing with several additional source cues provided here as “The Extras.”

    Special note should be made of Mancini’s finale to the score, one of the most sublime in all film music. Opening the film with the melody of his famous Academy Award-winning song playing on solo French horn without embellishment, Mancini proceeds to create moving, emotionally rich orchestral music to accompany the descent of two alcoholics tragically intertwined in a downward spiral of despair and heartbreak. When the entire story is finished—without a proper dramatic resolution—Mancini returns to that lone French horn on the melodic line, this time uncompromisingly fading without providing a full cadence for the melody. Arguably, no other film score comes to rest without a full conclusion, yet with such purity of line and simplicity of purpose.

    With a feeling of melancholy, listen now to this long-overdue release of Henry Mancini’s haunting masterpiece, Days of Wine and Roses.

    —Douglass Fake


    Days Of Wine And Roses
    Composed and Conducted by HENRY MANCINI.
    Recorded on July 25 and 26, 1962, at WARNER BROS. SCORING STAGE, Burbank, California.

    This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
    American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada

    David Berman
    Samuel Cytron
    Baldassare Ferlazzo
    Noumi Fischer
    Sam Fried
    Max Goodwin
    R. C. Hemery
    Nat Kaproff
    Lou Klass
    Marvin Limonick
    Joseph Livoti
    Dan Lube
    Erno Neufeld
    Irma Neumann
    Jerome Reisler
    Sam Ross
    Felix Slatkin
    Hans Wippler
    Harry Zagon

    Donald Aubrey Cole
    Stan Harris
    William Hymanson
    Maurice Keltz
    Virginia Majewski
    Alexander Neiman
    Robert Ostrowski
    Joseph Reilich

    Joseph Coppin
    Justin DiTullio
    Marie Fera
    Adolph Frezin
    Irving Lipschultz
    Emmet Sargeant
    Joseph Saxon
    Harold Schneier
    Eleanor Slatkin

    Roland E. Bundock
    Abe Luboff
    Peter Mercurio
    Keith “Red” Mitchell
    Joe Mondragon

    James Briggs
    Gene Cipriano
    Harry Klee
    Ronald Langinger
    Ted Nash

    Arthur Briegleb
    Vincent De Rosa
    William A. Hinshaw
    George Hyde

    Peter Candoli
    D. A. Fagerquist
    Larry Sullivan

    Karl De Karske
    Richard T. Nash
    Jim Priddy
    Pincus Savitt
    Lloyd Ulyate

    Larry Bunker
    Frank Flynn
    Jack Sperling Jr.

    Denzil Laughton

    Ray Sherman

    Robert Bain