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 Posted:   Sep 12, 2022 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

My Mancini set shipped already. Thanks Intrada!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2022 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   Chris Malone   (Member)

When Henry Mancini recorded Lifeforce, he is said to have been quite apologetic to the orchestra stating the music was “no Moon River.” By all accounts Mancini had some regret of pigeon-holing himself as a composer of ‘light’ music, even though it most certainly made him a household name and very successful.

Lifeforce is terrific dramatic Mancini magic and I can’t wait to hear Intrada’s new version.

Chris

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2022 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

When Henry Mancini recorded Lifeforce, he is said to have been quite apologetic to the orchestra stating the music was “no Moon River.” By all accounts Mancini had some regret of pigeon-holing himself as a composer of ‘light’ music, even though it most certainly made him a household name and very successful.

Lifeforce is terrific dramatic Mancini magic and I can’t wait to hear Intrada’s new version.

Chris


I can't imagine any composer having to apologize for the outstanding quality of music heard in Lifeforce, so that's unfortunate to hear that anecdote about Mancini. The "Discovery" music alone deserves the highest praise.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2022 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   SJT69   (Member)

I could not agree more with the above sentiment and I imagine the LSO players were mightily impressed by his incredible music and felt honoured to be playing it under his baton.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2022 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

My all time favorite Mancini score. Period.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2022 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Chris Malone   (Member)

In my view, Mancini was a superb composer—equally able to deliver knockout dramatic underscore and knockout popular themes. I don’t think it was a case of the LSO disrespecting his music, more a reminder that Mancini himself saw Lifeforce as a serious dramatic scoring assignment. He had a great rapport with musicians so I don’t think there would have been any dissent.

Chris

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2022 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   William R.   (Member)

Mancini doing the Goldsmith thing here, providing a grand symphonic score for an absurd, terrible (but enjoyable) movie.

Someone above asked if there were any non-insane Cannon movies; RUNAWAY TRAIN and BARFLY were both great and got good reviews.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2022 - 5:57 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

Mancini doing the Goldsmith thing here, providing a grand symphonic score for an absurd, terrible (but enjoyable) movie.

Someone above asked if there were any non-insane Cannon movies; RUNAWAY TRAIN and BARFLY were both great and got good reviews.


Just watched it again this weekend and, really - don't think it's terrible at all! It's a wild, imaginative ride, very well done. Mancini's score, of course, lifts it onto an even higher plane.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2022 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I'm glad you guys like Mancini too! He's my third favorite and I have all his soundtracks, there isn't one I don't like.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2022 - 1:18 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Okay. Who the hell put this in iTunes under “easy listening”??????

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2022 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

Okay. Who the hell put this in iTunes under “easy listening”??????

Have noticed that many Mancini titles show up as easy listening.

Graham

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2022 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Few people knew that Mancini was classically trained, which served well when he was composing cues for those science fiction feature films at Universal in his early years as a composer, which he dismissed but came to embrace them in his later years.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2022 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

Okay. Who the hell put this in iTunes under “easy listening”??????

“That there Mancini guy, he's all cocktails and finger sandwiches, right?”


Am I the only one who thinks that Son of Web of Destiny A.K.A. Web of Destiny, Part II has some of the most impressive bits of explosive brass ever?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2022 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

My Mancini set arrived and I love it! It's probably my favorite horror score, I love Mancini.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I doubt you would refer to Mancini's score for "Lifeforce" as "Easy Listening"!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Mancini doing the Goldsmith thing here, providing a grand symphonic score for an absurd, terrible (but enjoyable) movie.

Someone above asked if there were any non-insane Cannon movies; RUNAWAY TRAIN and BARFLY were both great and got good reviews.

Runaway Train even got a few Oscar nods (for Jon Voight, Eric Roberts - and Henry Richardson for editing). More importantly it was Danny Trejo's first movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2022 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I can't get enough of this score, and just think, it's from the same guy who did BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS!

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2022 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

Received my Michael Kamen and Mancini sets.

it's great to have the complete Kamen recording, the orchestral tracks are good and sound great. The synth material interesting with the memorable "tickling" motiv. But it was clearly meant to be a patchwork to be used as connecting tissue more than a score with its own themes and identity. The main point of interest is to recognize "Kamerisms" that are used on other scores from him.

As to the Mancini score, oh boy!
It has been a favorite for me ever since acquiring the Varese original album and the subsequent BSX complete edition that already sounded very good.
But Intrada's release in on a hole new level. Clearly they worked from much superiour sources, from the original Eric Tomlison mixes, and it sounds cristal clear, with every orchestral detail apparent a fantastic stereo image. The London Symphony Orchestra sounds massive here.
I also liked the track separation spliting "the Discovery" in two and, specially The Grandson Of Web (now with its undamaged chorus) and the End Titles.

Great packaging, lines notes, sound quality, this is the definitive "perfect" edition this score deserved!
I can not recommend this edition enough, even for those who already had the BSX edition.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2022 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

"Lifeforce" was actually the only feature film I saw in a theater with a Henry Mancini score. My introduction to Mancini was his rerecording of “Moon River" (from "Breakfast At Tiffany's") and my father had both albums of rerecordings of the music from "Peter Gunn". and I got hooked on the first one due to the main theme and the harsh, brass heavy, yet swinging track "Fallout!" (which was an expanded version of the cue that opened the teaser for each episode). Mancini's writing for brass is particularly strong in this score, and certainly the score is on a more grander scale than his science fiction work for Universal. I doubt, however, if my father would have liked this score, since he preferred Mancini's jazz oriented material (film, television and non film). This score will certainly endure more than the film itself.

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2022 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)



Great packaging, lines notes, sound quality, this is the definitive "perfect" edition this score deserved!
I can not recommend this edition enough, even for those who already had the BSX edition.


Golly! Now I HAVE to get this!

 
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