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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:



BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
Music Composed and Conducted by HENRY MANCINI
INTRADA MAF 7129

For the 1961 Paramount Pictures' film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Henry Mancini wrote the melody of a lifetime and the score to go with it. Along with lyricist Johnny Mercer, he penned the song “Moon River” and enjoyed seeing it win the 1961 Academy Award for Best Song—and rapidly become one of the most recorded hits of all time. His Academy Award-winning score became equally famous. As was the norm in those days, Mancini selected approximately half an hour of melodies from the film score and re-arranged them for an RCA album aimed at the easy listening market. While the arrangements made for tuneful listening,the more serious orchestral sequences went unrepresented. Incredibly, while the “Moon River” theme, with its signature harmonica solo representing the lonely melancholy of principal character Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) was the most famous melody in the picture, Mancini chose to leave it off the re-recorded album save for the main title and a cha-cha version. That meant the entire final (and justifiably celebrated) sequence of the picture—the search for “cat,” that unforgettable embrace of the two lovers, the beautifully shot closing image of both cat and lovers re-united in the rain—and the dramatic treatment of “Moon River” with its trademark discordant notes of suspense leading to one of the most stirring orchestral crescendos and codas in all film music, went completely unrecorded for the record-buying public. Also gone were all of the lonesome variations of the melody, as well as the dramatic scoring for “Doc” Golightly (Buddy Ebsen), the magnificent parting sequence at the bus station, and many other cues.

Until now.

For the first time, fans of this moving and magnificent film score can hear the soundtrack versions Mancini composed and conducted for the film—every dramatic cue, all of the sentimental variations, every big band tune and all the other pieces that make up this special soundtrack CD. Working from a number of master materials, including the 35mm three-channel stereo tracks, mono film soundtrack stems, DAT transfers made by Paramount Pictures and a handful of alternate and demo recordings, the entire score was remixed into a rich and rewarding stereo experience (with the exception of three score cues and the variety of extras that appear on this CD). It’s everything film music fans could want and it's everything Henry Mancini wrote for this most cherished of never-before-released soundtracks.


INTRADA MAF 7129
Retail Price: $19.99
Available Now
For track listing and sound samples, please visit
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.8320/.f

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 5:33 PM   
 By:   itstownerman   (Member)

Hank Mancini always regretted not putting Audrey's song of Moon River on the Album...IT is a beautiful piece of music..and sung very well by Audrey Hepburn...Beautiful Score.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 5:41 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

Hank Mancini always regretted not putting Audrey's song of Moon River on the Album...IT is a beautiful piece of music..and sung very well by Audrey Hepburn...Beautiful Score.

As Mancini himself explained:

There have been more than one thousand recordings of “Moon River.” Of all of them, Audrey’s performance was the definitive version. But I made a mistake with it—not having Audrey sing that song on the album.

A problem arose from the re-recording of my scores. The albums were made up of the most melodic material from the films. A lot of the dramatic music—which is what I really loved to do and really thought I had a feeling for—was left out. I used the source music that was the common denominator for my record-buying audience. And there was pressure from the record company: they didn’t want to know about dramatic music. It may have hurt my reputation as a writer of serious film music. The albums gave me a reputation as a writer of light comedy and light suspense, and at the time it was not easy for producers to think of me for the more dramatic assignments.

I did that to myself.

We recorded the song and scored the picture. The first thing Paramount head Marty Rackin said was, “Well, the f***ing song has to go.” Blake [Edwards] and Audrey looked like they were going to burst—as if they were thinking about lynching him.

The song stayed in the picture. But I still wish I’d had Audrey sing it on the album.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   Mark Hill   (Member)

Wow. This is a big release for 2013. It will be interesting to listen to the already issued rerecording and then this, to see how different they sound.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Wow! I ordered this and got a shipping notice twelve minutes later! Impressive work, hamsters!

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Wow! I ordered this and got a shipping notice twelve minutes later! Impressive work, hamsters!


I got mine in eleven minutes :-)

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

This is mine!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

A 'must have' release, magnificent!

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I've never seen the film so I'm glad that Intrada still includes samples. I know Moon River has been covered countless times but I always love Aoi Teshima's version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHUYHZEyGf8

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 8:33 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I've never seen the film so I'm glad that Intrada still includes samples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHUYHZEyGf8


Save yourself the trouble and don't see the film. Mickey Rooney and George Peppard ruin it.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   HAL 2000   (Member)

I've never seen the film so I'm glad that Intrada still includes samples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHUYHZEyGf8


Save yourself the trouble and don't see the film. Mickey Rooney and George Peppard ruin it.


Who asked ya smile

Anyways, Rooney's controversial performance is a pretty over the top racial stereotype which has, since the release, received well-deserved criticism. But Peppard (never one of my favorite actors) is fine in it plus it has Audrey Hepburn at her peak.

See the movie. It's a slice of a certain Hollywood which, for better or worse, is long gone.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Rooney's controversial performance is a pretty over the top racial stereotype which has, since the release, received well-deserved criticism.

A theme of this week's Intrada releases is "caucasian people playing Asians," with Rooney as the Japanese "Mr. Yunioshi" and Roddy McDowall in "Remo" playing the Korean "Chiun." These two films were separated by 27 years, but it's the sort of thing that it's almost impossible to imagine happening today.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

...But Peppard (never one of my favorite actors) is fine in it...

He's a wet blanket. It's like he's standing in because the real actor is stuck in traffic.

I'm happy with the album, the book, and various stills of Audrey from the film, but I will never sit though this turkey again.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   afn   (Member)

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this is one of the most boring films ever. Somehow no spark whatsoever ignites with me. Even as a child I could never figure out what everybody saw in ths movie. But Mancini's music is magic (as nearly everything he wrote) and I will look out for the CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   Rnelson   (Member)

Rooney's controversial performance is a pretty over the top racial stereotype which has, since the release, received well-deserved criticism.

A theme of this week's Intrada releases is "caucasian people playing Asians," with Rooney as the Japanese "Mr. Yunioshi" and Roddy McDowall in "Remo" playing the Korean "Chiun." These two films were separated by 27 years, but it's the sort of thing that it's almost impossible to imagine happening today.


Actually it was Joel Gray who played Chiun.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Rooney's controversial performance is a pretty over the top racial stereotype which has, since the release, received well-deserved criticism.

A theme of this week's Intrada releases is "caucasian people playing Asians," with Rooney as the Japanese "Mr. Yunioshi" and Roddy McDowall in "Remo" playing the Korean "Chiun." These two films were separated by 27 years, but it's the sort of thing that it's almost impossible to imagine happening today.


Actually it was Joel Gray who played Chiun.


Joel Grey in the movie, yes. But in the unsold pilot (that's the one whose score was just released by Intrada) Roddy McDowall took over the role.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Rnelson   (Member)

Rooney's controversial performance is a pretty over the top racial stereotype which has, since the release, received well-deserved criticism.

A theme of this week's Intrada releases is "caucasian people playing Asians," with Rooney as the Japanese "Mr. Yunioshi" and Roddy McDowall in "Remo" playing the Korean "Chiun." These two films were separated by 27 years, but it's the sort of thing that it's almost impossible to imagine happening today.


Actually it was Joel Gray who played Chiun.


Joel Grey in the movie, yes. But in the unsold pilot (that's the one whose score was just released by Intrada) Roddy McDowall took over the role.


Aaaaaaaah. Missed that. Actually I never even knew there WAS a Remo TV pilot. embarrassment

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

These two films were separated by 27 years, but it's the sort of thing that it's almost impossible to imagine happening today.

Cloud Atlas.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 3:49 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

These two films were separated by 27 years, but it's the sort of thing that it's almost impossible to imagine happening today.

Cloud Atlas.


I said almost.

(Okay, you caught me. I was unaware of that!)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2014 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

Just listening to this now. What a delightful experience. So much more integrated and tasteful than the old RCA re-recording. It really is a revelation. The quiet tracks are so sweet and the brassy ones are far less obnoxious than the previous 'versions'. Gotta love that innovative bass solo underscore at the beginning. Beautiful sound as well. Kudos all round.

 
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