Henry Mancini
- Academy Award Winner Best Score & Song
Label: Intrada MAF 7129
Date: 1961
Time: 1:19:05
Tracks: 38
Yes! World premiere of actual soundtrack to Henry Mancini's most famous project finally on CD!

Price: $19.99

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  • At long last! Henry Mancini's all-time most famous score becomes available in its original Academy Award-winning soundtrack performance, in stereo, complete with all knock-out big band numbers and dramatic orchestral cues intact. And achoring all, big surprise, is Mancini & Mercer's also Academy Award-winning masterpiece "Moon River" sung by Audrey Hepburn. They don't get any more famous. When 1961 Blake Edwards feature, from novel by Truman Capote, first hit screen, movie history was made. Hepburn in her signature role, along with George Peppard, Patricia Neal and Mickey Rooney, bring warmth, romance, fun, tenderness, sorrow, drama all to beautiful tale, with bittersweet Buddy Ebsen earning particular praise. And then there is Cat. Mix Hepburn, Peppard, Cat and Mancini's note-perfect swell of strings and horns soaring with a powerful full orchestral reading of "Moon River" in that legendary finale... not a viewer in the audience avoids the tears. And none of it has ever been released before, until now! RCA issued multi award-winning and best-selling LP in 1961, offering just 30 minutes of completely re-arranged music in dance fashion. Album was admittedly a masterful selection of Mancini's all-time greatest big band numbers. "Something For Cat" is an absolute gem! But, incredibly, that same album omitted "Moon River" save the instrumental opening titles and a cha-cha arrangement. Now enjoy all of those moving variants heard throughout actual soundtrack. But there is more! Note also the dramatic scoring as Ebsen's "Doc" reveals himself, the complete original version of the heist sequence and the haunting, saddened parting scene at the bus station. Also savor those fabulous big band numbers in their full length, original versions complete with dazzling solo passages, blazing final codas. If that isn't enough, enjoy other unused versions of "Moon River" made during the sessions plus rare demo, all courtesy Paramount Pictures. Informative notes by Jeff Bond grace interior of booklet, original campaign artwork wraps up memorable package in beautiful bow. Henry Mancini conducts, delivers his greatest masterpiece!
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    01. Main Title (Moon River) (3:07)
    02. Paul Meets Cat (1:24)
    03. Sally’s Tomato (4:57)
    04. The Big Blowout (1:05)
    05. Poor Fred (3:22)
    06. Moon River (Cha Cha) (2:32)
    07. Latin Golightly (3:05)
    08. Something For Cat (4:48)
    09. Loose Caboose – Part 1 (À La Cha Cha) (3:22)
    10. Loose Caboose – Part 2 (2:11)
    11. Moon River (Vocal By Audrey Hepburn) (2:03)
    12. Meet The Doc (With Organ Grinder) (1:37)
    13. An Exceptional Person (2:57)
    14. You’re So Skinny (0:57)
    15. Turkey Eggs (2:43)
    16. Hub Caps And Tail Lights (2:19)
    17. Rats And Super Rats (2:27)
    18. The Hard Way (0:55)
    19. Rusty Trawler (0:26)
    20. Holly (1:56)

    21. A Lovely Place (1:33)
    22. Bermuda Nights (0:22)
    23. The Big Heist (4:02)
    24. After The Ball (1:14)
    25. Just Like Holly (1:41)
    26. Wait A Minute (0:44)
    27. Feathers (1:14)
    28. Let’s Eat (1:39)
    29. Where’s The Cat? And End Title (Moon River) (3:50)

    The Extras
    30. Moon River (Audrey Hepburn & Guitar) (1:38)
    31. Moon River (Piano And Guitar) (1:38)
    32. Moon River (Harmonica And Guitar) (1:36)
    33. Meet The Doc (Without Organ Grinder) (1:37)
    34. Piano Practice No. 1 (1:38)
    35. Piano Practice No. 2 (1:48)
    36. Piano Practice No. 3 (0:54)
    37. Moon River (New York Version) (2:01)
    38. Moon River (Whistling) (0:10)

  • Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini.

    Recorded on December 19, 1960, and March 16, 21, and 23, 1961, at Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage, Hollywood, California.

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

    Israel Baker
    Harold Ayres
    Arnold Belnick
    Samuel Cytron
    Samuel Freed
    Nathan Kaproff
    Louis Kaufman
    Caesar Kersten
    Alex Koltun
    Robert Konrad
    William Kurasch
    Leonard Malarsky
    William Miller
    Erno Neufeld
    Ralph Schaeffer
    Sidney Sharp

    Stanley Harris
    Albert Falkove
    Leon Fleitman
    Robert Ostrowski
    Sven Reher
    Abe Weiss

    Raphael Kramer
    Joe Di Tullio
    David Filerman
    C. Virgil Gates
    Victor Gottlieb
    William Van Den Burg

    Keith "Red" Mitchell
    Ray Siegel

    Flute, Sax:
    Ted Nash
    Ronald Langinger
    Gene Cipriano
    Harry Klee
    Mahlon Clark

    Norman Herzberg

    French Horn:
    Vince De Rosa
    Willard Culley
    John Graas
    Gale Robinson

    Conrad Gozzo
    Phil Candreva
    Donald Fagerquist
    Raymond Triscari

    Richard Nash
    Karl De Karske
    Vernon Friley
    James Priddy

    Shelly Manne
    Larry Bunker
    Roland Hallberg
    Milton Holland
    Bernie Mattinson

    Aida Dagort

    James Rowles
    Ray Sherman

    Robert Bain

    George Fields