Henry Mancini His Orchestra - The Pink Panther Spiegel Edition (2005)

Henry Mancini His Orchestra - The Pink Panther Spiegel Edition (2005)

Artist: Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
Title Of Album: The Pink Panther
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: Buddha Records
Genre: Jazz, Soundtrack, Lounge, Easy Listening
Total Time: 43:04 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 103 mb / 274 mb
Review by Stephen Cook
The Pink Panther is another fine, early-'60s soundtrack from Henry Mancini. The title track became one of his most recognizable themes and kicks off a pleasant program of dreamy lounge cuts and Latin-tinged numbers. As he did on many other movie/TV albums (Touch of Evil, Peter Gunn, etc.), Mancini also includes some noirish, big band numbers, like "The Tiber Twist" and the main title. Along with these up-tempo songs, he balances out the mostly light material with the solidly swinging mambos "The Village Inn," "Something for Sellars" (as in Peter Sellars, the movies' star), and "It Had Better Be Tonight" (co-written by frequent partner Johnny Mercer and something of a minor vocal hit upon its release). The program's highlights, though, come from the kind of sublime (some might say cheesy) ballads he usually included on his soundtracks; the after-hours jazz tune "Royal Blue" stands out in particular, with its tasteful string arrangement and glowing trumpet solo. This is a great title for fans of Mancini's lounge/soundtrack material, but those more into his jazz material should consider either his Peter Gunn or Combo soundtracks. [The 2001 reissue by Buddha includes several bonus tracks: "Return of the Pink Panther," "The Greatest Gift (Instrumental)," "Here's Looking at You Kid," and "Dreamy."]
01] The Pink Panther Theme
02] It Had Better Be Tonight [Instrumental]
03] Royal Blue
04] Champagne And Quail
05] Village Inn
06] The Tiber Twist
07] It Had Better Be Tonight [Vocal]
08] Cortina
09] The Lonely Princess
10] Something For Sellers
11] Piano And Strings
12] Shades Of Sennett
13] The Return Of The Pink Panther [Part 1 + 2, Bonus, 1975]
14] The Greatest Gift [Instrumental, Bonus, 1975]
15] Here's Looking At You Kid [Bonus, 1975]
16] Dreamy [1975]
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