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 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

One of the ways you can judge a composer's influence is by the number of cover or knockoff albums he/she generated.

I was going through my Mancini accumulation, and was surprised by the number I've picked up over the years.

Peter Gunn EP - Ray Anthony (Capitol; later released as a suite on Capitol's Ultra-Lounge "Crime Scene")
Music from Peter Gunn - Aaron Bell (Lion)
Best of Peter Gunn - Ray Ellis (MGM)
The Brothers Go to Mother's and Others - Group I, directed by George Wilkins (RCA Victor)
Jazz for Breakfast at Tiffany's - Eddie Harris (Vee Jay)
Quincy Jones Explores the Music of Henry Mancini (Mercury)
We Dig Mancini - Anita Kerr (RCA Victor)
Peter Gunn - Shelly Manne (Contemporary)
More Music from Peter Gunn - Shelly Manne (Contemporary)
Gunn - Shelly Manne (Contemporary)
Peter Gunn - Ted Nash (Crown)
The Mancini Project - The Other Ted Nash (Palmetto)
Plays Mancini - The Oranj Symphonette (Gramavision)
More Peter Gunn - Soundstage All-Stars (Dot/Hamilton)
Jazz from Peter Gunn - Joe Wilder (Columbia)
Brazilian Mancini - Jack Wilson (Vault)

There must be dozens of others. I remember having a Barnie Kessel "Tiffany's" album that I unloaded.

My favorites among this list are the ones by Quincy Jones and Group I.

What others might anyone else have, and what are your thoughts?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Morricone and Williams have about a million each. Then again, one would need some parameters to narrow it down. But perhaps you were talking only about Mancini albums?

There's this, featuring Williams on piano:



This album has nothing to do with the two "official" soundtrack volumes. It would fit in with the other Gunn albums you mentioned in your first post.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Morricone and Williams have about a million each. Then again, one would need some parameters to narrow it down. But perhaps you were talking only about Mancini albums?

Oh, there are numerous artists with lots of cover albums. Look for some Beatles albums. wink I just wanted to talk about Mancini albums, Because so many were released within a relatively short amount of time, I wanted to know if I missed any, and also receive impressions from listeners about which are better. Most or all of the ones I listed were released between 1959 and 1966, which was Mancini's heyday.

Sadly, the Group I album, which is my favorite, does not seem to be on YouTube.

The Quincy Jones album is probably my next favorite. I love the way Q lifts the coda from "A Quiet Gas" from "More Music from Peter Gunn" for this tune.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)



I don't know that one! I wonder if it is a compilation, and if it was a full album, I would like to know if that was the original cover art.

EDIT: It appears to be a comp, based on the length of the track listing.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I believe that is the original cover art, even if it was reissued on Fresh Sounds in 1994.

It IS a compilation, but so are all GUNN albums, in a sense, aren't they?

That Quincy Jones cut was great, btw.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I believe that is the original cover art, even if it was reissued on Fresh Sounds in 1994.

It IS a compilation, but so are all GUNN albums, in a sense, aren't they?


We can split hairs over the definition of "compilation," but I would consider a Peter Gunn cover album, conceived as an album and using a single arranger and group, as a true album and not a compilation.

The CD you cited appears to be a compilation of more than one Gunn cover albums originally on LP, based on the numb of tunes alone, so there is a distinction to be made.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

One of the ways you can judge a composer's influence is by the number of cover or knockoff albums he/she generated.

I was going through my Mancini accumulation, and was surprised by the number I've picked up over the years.

Music from Peter Gunn - Aaron Bell (Lion)
Best of Peter Gunn - Ray Ellis (MGM)
The Brothers Go to Mother's and Others - Group I, directed by George Wilkins (RCA Victor)
Jazz for Breakfast at Tiffany's - Eddie Harris (Vee Jay)
Quincy Jones Explores the Music of Henry Mancini (Mercury)
We Dig Mancini - Anita Kerr (RCA Victor)
Peter Gunn - Shelly Manne (Contemporary)
More Music from Peter Gunn - Shelly Manne (Contemporary)
Gunn - Shelly Manne (Contemporary)
Peter Gunn - Ted Nash (Crown)
More Peter Gunn - Soundstage All-Stars (Dot/Hamilton)
Jazz from Peter Gunn - Joe Wilder (Columbia)

There must be dozens of others. I remember having a Barnie Kessel "Tiffany's" album that I unloaded.

James Moody plays Mancini
Brazilian Mancini by Jack Wilson. Jobim is in the band under the name Tony Brazil.
The Jazz Sound From Peter Gunn mostly arranged by Maxwell Davis Pete Candoli and Bob Florence. 3 other charts by Florence and Jimmy Priddy, Mancini's primary copyist and librarian. One strange track titled "A Ball For John" which is not a Mancini composition. I have more. See ya later.
Sounds like it is based on Mancini's charts. All star band

My favorites among this list are the ones by Quincy Jones and Group I.

What others might anyone else have, and what are your thoughts?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Brazilian Mancini by Jack Wilson. Jobim is in the band under the name Tony Brazil.

Thanks for reminding me of this one. I added it to my list. I file it in the Brasil/Bossa section, which is why I didn't remember it when compiling my initial list.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

Brazilian Mancini by Jack Wilson. Jobim is in the band under the name Tony Brazil.

Thanks for reminding me of this one. I added it to my list. I file it in the Brasil/Bossa section, which is why I didn't remember it when compiling my initial list.


The LP was originally released on Vault Records in 1965. Released on CD by Essential Media Group in 2020.
I think I found it on Amazon. Very relaxing charts.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

Morricone and Williams have about a million each. Then again, one would need some parameters to narrow it down. But perhaps you were talking only about Mancini albums?

Oh, there are numerous artists with lots of cover albums. Look for some Beatles albums. wink I just wanted to talk about Mancini albums, Because so many were released within a relatively short amount of time, I wanted to know if I missed any, and also receive impressions from listeners about which are better. Most or all of the ones I listed were released between 1959 and 1966, which was Mancini's heyday.

Sadly, the Group I album, which is my favorite, does not seem to be on YouTube.

The Quincy Jones album is probably my next favorite. I love the way Q lifts the coda from one of the Peter Gunn ballads for this tune.



The only other recording of "Bird Brain" I know of is by Jackie Gleason's orchestra on a Capitol 45.
Flip side is "Soldier In The Rain"

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I have, off the top of my head:

The Mancini Project -- Ted Nash

Plays Mancini -- The Oranj Symphonette

Two For the Road -- Dave Grusin

plus some of the ones already mentioned.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   NO NAME   (Member)

What about this one, is it Mancini's or another artist ?

https://scontent.fyhu2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/170197235_562211881840021_1670251378162265418_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=3I5SO4pcyMwAX9P8tuv&_nc_ht=scontent.fyhu2-1.fna&oh=f3c9e626384f20f0b0e9ddb40d7d5755&oe=6092964E

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)


The Mancini Project -- Ted Nash

Plays Mancini -- The Oranj Symphonette


Forgot I had those two! Will add to my list!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

What about this one, is it Mancini's or another artist ?

https://scontent.fyhu2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/170197235_562211881840021_1670251378162265418_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=3I5SO4pcyMwAX9P8tuv&_nc_ht=scontent.fyhu2-1.fna&oh=f3c9e626384f20f0b0e9ddb40d7d5755&oe=6092964E


Probably another artist, but it is hard to tell definitively from the front cover alone.

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I bought the Quincy Jones album Explores the Music of Henry Mancini in 2012 on the recommendation of others. Similarly the Joe Locke Quartet's Moment to Moment (1994) but I can't say either album has worked for me.

Much more my cup-'o-tea is Ray Anthony's 1959 take on Peter Gunn - see: https://www.discogs.com/Ray-Anthony-Music-From-Peter-Gunn/master/1357935

Only 4 tracks (an EP) but all great, albeit I haven't tracked Walkin' To Mother's to either of the original album releases.

Perhaps it doesn't count as a cover album since HM was involved in its production, etc. but I highly recommend James Galway's In the Pink (1984) which includes many HM favourites.
Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Much more my cup-'o-tea is Ray Anthony's 1959 take on Peter Gunn - see: https://www.discogs.com/Ray-Anthony-Music-From-Peter-Gunn/master/1357935

Only 4 tracks (an EP) but all great, albeit I haven't tracked Walkin' To Mother's to either of the original album releases.


The Ultra-Lounge "Crime Scene" volume includes all four tracks as a suite.

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Incidentally, if anyone can shed light (no pun intended) on this 1994 release of the Laserlight label:

Henry Mancini ?– Peter Gunn - see: https://www.discogs.com/Henry-Mancini-Peter-Gunn/master/1195063

I'd be grateful. The interpretations are pretty good (not all from the named TV series) but clearly not original.

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Much more my cup-'o-tea is Ray Anthony's 1959 take on Peter Gunn - see: https://www.discogs.com/Ray-Anthony-Music-From-Peter-Gunn/master/1357935

Only 4 tracks (an EP) but all great, albeit I haven't tracked Walkin' To Mother's to either of the original album releases.


The Ultra-Lounge "Crime Scene" volume includes all four tracks as a suite.


Yes, that's my copy, too, from a UK EMI/Capitol 3CD compilation. It was only recently I found the source of this 8'34" track ... and it led me into buying 2 CDs (4 original albums) of Ray Anthony's ... superb trumpet work!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 4:03 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Incidentally, if anyone can shed light (no pun intended) on this 1994 release of the Laserlight label:

Henry Mancini ?– Peter Gunn - see: https://www.discogs.com/Henry-Mancini-Peter-Gunn/master/1195063

I'd be grateful. The interpretations are pretty good (not all from the named TV series) but clearly not original.


It looks like a reissue of an album Roy mentioned earlier:

"The Jazz Sound From Peter Gunn, mostly arranged by Maxwell Davis Pete Candoli and Bob Florence. 3 other charts by Florence and Jimmy Priddy, Mancini's primary copyist and librarian. One strange track titled "A Ball For John" which is not a Mancini composition."

This also appears to be part of the Fresh Sound CD that Thor posted early on.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Pardon me for waxing nostalgic, but as I look at these albums, several of which were liberated from the dollar bin at Stereo Jack's, I am reminded of discovering so many crazy LPs back in the 1990s, with Ms. Birri.

 
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