For Young and Old Lovers Everywhere.
W. Grandy | windsor, nova scotia Canada | 12/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Dim the lights - pour the wine and give this great instrumental recording a spin. From the lilting title song to the late Mancinis' own composition 'Charade' this is quite an unusual recording. 'One for my baby' will certainly set you in the mood followed by the theme from 'Bobin Hood (prince of Thieves), Everything I Do (I Do It For You). 'That Old Black Magic' takes us back to it's tribal routes (check out the drums throughout) to a beautiful sax/piano version of Al Hibbler's 'Unchained Melody' to one of the better instrumental versions of 'Mona Lisa' and on and on. Features many solos of violins, sax, piano, drums, etc."
The Mancini Touch Lives On As Time Goes By
Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* | CA USA | 01/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Henry Mancini was one of the legendary musical icons in the history of pop music. He had created countless of beautiful melodies to last for a lifetime of listening enjoyment. I believe that he had accomplished the ultimate goals in his career: fame, recognition, achievements, respect, awards and great tributes after his death.
In this recording, Mr. Mancini conducted The Mancini Pops Orchestra and arranged all the tracks and he also played solo piano on some of the tunes. This CD is a collection of theme songs from fifteen motion picture films from 1930s through 1990s.
The prototypical movie love song, "As Time Goes By," welcomes the listeners with its grand arrangement and its melancholic music. Herman Hupfield composed it in 1931 for a Broadway show "Everybody's Welcome," and in 1942, it was incorporated in the musical score of "Casablanca."
You'll be mesmerized by the classical-flavored and marvelous arrangement of "Stella By Starlight," a hauntingly beautiful gem from Victor Young and Ned Washington. This is my top favorite. It's so enchanting and I could listen to it endlessly.
"Unchained Melody," "Mona Lisa," "Two For The Road" and a medley of "Call Me Irresponsible/The Second Time Around" will leave the listeners in a relaxed mood. These tunes have that calming effect that would soothe your cares away. It's just perfect for relaxation and unwinding after a busy day at work, or just background music for a cozy home-cooked-dinner with the company of dear friends.
"The Summer Knows" is also one fabulous track from the movie "Summer of '42," a movie about the pain of a romance that was lost and its haunting memories. The musical score by Michel Legrand won the Oscar for Best Original Score in 1971.
I had a great and enjoyable listening experience with this CD. I wholeheartedly recommend it. You'll enjoy listening to it, too.