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 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:

Composed and Conducted by HENRY MANCINI

INTRADA Special Collection Volume 124

Producer Walter Mirisch had a huge hit in 1966 with Hawaii, an adaptation of James A. Michener’s sprawling multi-generational novel. At 960 pages, Hawaii proved impossible to comprehensively adapt even within the original 189-minute running time of the original film. After its box office success and seven Academy Award nominations, Mirisch developed a sequel that covered the book’s chapters he was unable to adapt in the first film, thus becoming The Hawaiians.

For The Hawaiians, composer Henry Mancini was charged with both the sweep of the film’s gorgeous locations as well as the drama of its characters. Mancini did something unusual for feature film scoring at the time. In addition to composing for a large traditional orchestra, he wrote for authentic Asian instruments as well, integrating that material with his score rather than deploying them in an occasional source cue. His music captures the drive, ambition and ruthlessness of Whip Hoxworth (Charlton Heston) and differentiates the Chinese cultural background of Nyuk Tsin and Mun Ki from the Polynesian roots of the Hawaiian natives. Like Bernstein, Mancini opens his Hawaiian music with gathering forces of native-style log, stick and shaker percussion, but Mancini adds an insistent pulse of strings and trombones before introducing his lush, romantic main theme. The composer manages to conjure up the feeling of the islands in just his first three notes, dizzyingly orchestrated and consonant—“shallow” as the warm Pacific waters surrounding Hawaii, with a subtle second note pitch bend and swirling harp glissandos.

For this premiere CD release of The Hawaiians, Intrada presents the score on two CDs. The original United Artists stereo album masters survived in perfect condition and are presented on disc two, in the same sequence as the original UA LP. The first CD presents the complete session tapes from the composer’s own personal mono-mixdowns masters of the entire recording sessions. They survived intact, including every overdub, solo and ethnic ensemble performance as well as every orchestral scoring cue, allowing Intrada to assemble and present a premiere of the actual film soundtrack performance, complete with over a half hour of music not featured on Manicini's original album. Listeners will find a terrific array of dramatic new scoring cues and thematic variations inviting comparison with what was re-recorded for the album.

The Hawaiians begins in the 1800s and focuses on two characters and their families: Whipple “Whip” Hoxworth (Charlton Heston), an ambitious seaman and landowner, and Char Nyuk Tsin (Tina Chen), an immigrant among a shipload of Chinese laborers brought to the mainland aboard Hoxworth’s ship. Hoxworth returns from his shipping journey to find that the ship’s owner, his grandfather Rafer Hoxworth, has died and left Whip’s stake in the vessel and the shipping line to his tightfisted and devout cousin Micah Hale (Alec McCowen). Hoxworth elects to go into competition with Hale and works with an alcoholic British geologist named Overpeck (Don Knight) to dig a deep fresh water well on his land and eventually establish himself as a kingpin in the island’s burgeoning pineapple trade.

This release is limited to 1500 units.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 124
Retail Price: $24.99
AVAILABLE 3/2/2010
For track listing and sound samples, please visit

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

That cover is similar to THE SPIRAL ROAD.

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Wow, just last week I just transferred my old LP to CDR. Go figure.

I love this score. The Main Title is superb. Mancini Rocks!

Definitely ordered.

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

That cover is similar to THE SPIRAL ROAD.

Mr. Mancini?! I... I thought you were.... DEAD?


 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)


Damn you Intrada!!

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 5:59 PM   
 By:   rmos   (Member)

Two Mancini's in one month .... Excellent!


 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 5:59 PM   
 By:   Jameson281   (Member)

Very good news. I just watched the film last week on MGM HD.

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)


Out goes another creaky old LP :-)

Ordered! Thanks!

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Ordred! Now I will love to hear that main theme with a larger ochestra.

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

Great news! Ordered.

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2010 - 12:13 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Another LP cdr bites the dust.

Thankyou Intrada, I've had this LP since the early 70's, what a joy it is to finally be able to own it on cd.

Need I say it..................................................................ORDERED.

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2010 - 1:28 AM   
 By:   couvee   (Member)

Nice touch to release this on a 2CD-set with the mono original score on disc one and the album recording on disc two. Just like Hawaii by Bernstein on Varese (that strangely still hasn't sold out).

I think the clips of disc one have such a powerful clear sound (although some tape-hiss, but I don't mind that so much, I'm glad it wasn't filtered out at the cost of clarity) that I could almost swear it's in stereo. Funny enough I never heard the LP and have never seen the film but when I compare the clips I like the original score better than the re-recording. But I always prefer Mancini in his more serious mood (Lifeforce, Nightwing, The White Dawn) rather than his more commercial output.

But I like this 2CD set very much. Great release, worth the long wait. I think 1500 copies is too little for this one, but then again, Hawaii is still around.

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2010 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   Alexander Zambra   (Member)

Now this is a gorgeous score. Expanded, more pleasure!
Up there with the very best Mancini ever made.
A big thanks to Intrada.

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2010 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

This is great! 'Hawaiians' has been in my Top 20 'please-release-me' list for decades - and it was my second last 'please-release-me' UA Lp title! The first is 'McLintock'. When I get THAT CD - my UA label-life will be complete! (Well, I wouldn't mind Elmer Bernstein's UA re-recording of 'Ten Commandments' and a non-vinyl transfer of Rota's 'Fellini Satyricon' as well!!) As per 'Hawaiians' - it's one of those Mancini scores where he breaks his own mould and doesn't really do any of his usual pop-shtick - it's a serious, authentic, and beautiful score! (To a mediocre film!)

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2010 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   Bach-Choi   (Member)

1970 seems to have been a very good "score year" for Mancini - even though the films scored (The Molly Maguires, Sunflower, The Hawaiians) weren't particularly good or memorable.

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2010 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

Great point about 1970 and Mancini. Molly, Sunflower and Hawaiians are three of the best and most distinctive of Mancini scores.

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2010 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Can't wait for this to arrive. Looking forward to the back to back playing of Hawaii and The Hawaiians and just for grins Diamond Head.

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2010 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   robby   (Member)

Intrada already shipped mine out. Lordy I love those guys. Can't imagine this will last long.

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2010 - 4:25 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

the 'boobiest' G_RATED film ever!@@!!@#@#%

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2010 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

This is great! 'Hawaiians' has been in my Top 20 'please-release-me' list for decades - and it was my second last 'please-release-me' UA Lp title! ! (To a mediocre film!)

"please release me-list"

i like it!

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