Henry Mancini's all-time most famous unreleased soundtrack finally gets its day!
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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!
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
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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.
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.
R. C. Hemery
Donald Aubrey Cole
Roland E. Bundock
Keith “Red” Mitchell
Vincent De Rosa
William A. Hinshaw
D. A. Fagerquist
Karl De Karske
Richard T. Nash
Jack Sperling Jr.