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 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

My vote goes to the Experiment In Terror Twist featured on the "soundtrack" album. The worst thing is that this mutilation was done by Mancini himself and not some hack! The theme itself is one of his best compositions.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 8:05 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

My vote goes to the Experiment In Terror Twist featured on the "soundtrack" album. The worst thing is that this mutilation was done by Mancini himself and not some hack! The theme itself is one of his best compositions.

One person's "mutilation" is another's brilliant reworking. Based on your example, I would imagine that you might consider a lot of music that I love to be "mutilations." Musicians can interpret music however they want to.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 8:11 PM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

One person's "mutilation" is another's brilliant reworking. Based on your example, I would imagine that you might consider a lot of music that I love to be "mutilations." Musicians can interpret music however they want to.

I'm not against a re-interpretation of any composition anymore than I'm against a cover of a hit song by another artist, say The Carpenters' reworking of The Beatles' Ticket To Ride. But I am if it's done badly as in this case. Mancini's reworking of his haunting main title into a dance craze doesn't even work as good dance music.

 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 9:12 PM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

Every track on this album.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 10:09 PM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

My vote goes to the Experiment In Terror Twist featured on the "soundtrack" album. The worst thing is that this mutilation was done by Mancini himself and not some hack! The theme itself is one of his best compositions.

Have you seen the film? The twist version is played in the background (as a radio source) while those wacky teenagers frolic by the pool. Hardly a big musical moment in the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 10:32 PM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

Have you seen the film? The twist version is played in the background (as a radio source) while those wacky teenagers frolic by the pool. Hardly a big musical moment in the film.

Oh yes, I've seen the film. It's one of my very favorite thrillers. Still, whenever I play the soundtrack album, I skip to the next track whenever "it" comes on.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 10:36 PM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

Now this is how to do it right https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTN1cC9s_6U

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 11:12 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

My vote goes to the Experiment In Terror Twist featured on the "soundtrack" album. The worst thing is that this mutilation was done by Mancini himself and not some hack! The theme itself is one of his best compositions.

OMG, you do understand that it's SOURCE CUE VERSION of the tune done in a "Twist Style" that was in vogue at the time of the film's release well over 50 years ago right?

While not my favorite version, it's hardly a "mutilation" of the tune in question given that it was Mancini's own arrangement.

I can understand why you wouldn't like it, but can we put things into a proper context.

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 12:07 AM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

Double posting!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 12:16 AM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

I can understand why you wouldn't like it, but can we put things into a proper context.

Ford A. Thaxton


Oh, dear. Why do you assume I don't "get" it? I understand perfectly what Mancini was doing. Yes, it's a piece of source music. Yes, Mancini intentionally used his main title theme for a twist number. Yes, its justified in the context of that scene. But it is still a mutilation of his moody and haunting main title theme whether done by Mancini himself or Percy Faith!

It remains a lousy piece of music in that respect and any teenager in 1962 could have told you that! Mancini may have been a master of adult contemporary music (his albums almost always made the AC charts) but was totally out of touch with what the teen crowd was listening to if he thought the Experiment In Terror Twist was danceable.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 12:44 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

I can understand why you wouldn't like it, but can we put things into a proper context.

Ford A. Thaxton


Oh, dear. Why do you assume I don't "get" it? I understand perfectly what Mancini was doing. Yes, it's a piece of source music. Yes, Mancini intentionally used his main title theme for a twist number. Yes, its justified in the context of that scene. But it is still a mutilation of his moody and haunting main title theme whether done by Mancini himself or Percy Faith



It appears that you clearly "Don't Get it".....

That's your choice.

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 1:14 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)


Worst mutilation of a film theme on an album

Take your pick.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 1:33 AM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

It appears that you clearly "Don't Get it".....

Ford A. Thaxton


Oh, I get it, I just don't want it.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Pop versions of themes; Goldsmith was particularly terrible at this. First Blood springs to mind. Star Trek TMP another



moment.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

For the older members here, two words: Ferrante & Teicher!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

For the older members here, two words: Ferrante & Teicher!

Ah yes, I had an album of movie themes by them when I was about 12. Their version of The High And The Mighty must have given Tiomkin acid indigestion. Still, I believe their rendition of the Exodus theme was what made it a hit (the theme, not the film).

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 4:46 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

For the older members here, two words: Ferrante & Teicher!

No examples to support this statement.
So nonsense.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 4:50 AM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

That album of Morricone covers by John Zorn.

Once heard never unheard.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 4:50 AM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

That album of Morricone covers by John Zorn.

Once heard never unheard.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 5:27 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I can understand why you wouldn't like it, but can we put things into a proper context.

Ford A. Thaxton


Oh, dear. Why do you assume I don't "get" it? I understand perfectly what Mancini was doing. Yes, it's a piece of source music. Yes, Mancini intentionally used his main title theme for a twist number. Yes, its justified in the context of that scene. But it is still a mutilation of his moody and haunting main title theme whether done by Mancini himself or Percy Faith!

It remains a lousy piece of music in that respect and any teenager in 1962 could have told you that! Mancini may have been a master of adult contemporary music (his albums almost always made the AC charts) but was totally out of touch with what the teen crowd was listening to if he thought the Experiment In Terror Twist was danceable.


Let's not be dissing Percy Faith - his movie theme albums are wonderful and his rendition of Amram's Splendor in the Grass is one of the greatest movie theme recordings in history and better than the film version. Do NOT be dissing Mr. Faith.

 
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