A nine-CD collection of 18 film scores by Henry Mancini will be released Nov. 18 by Sony Legacy in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the late composer’s birth.
Mancini’s The Classic Soundtrack Collection includes all his soundtrack albums for RCA, Epic and Columbia, plus rare bonus tracks, including a never-released version of “Nothing to Lose” from The Party, performed by Julie Andrews.
Among the soundtracks included are Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, The Pink Panther, The Party, Oklahoma Crude and Darling Lili, which features Andrews singing on five tracks.
In a career that lasted nearly 50 years, Mancini (1924-1994) was known for jazzy, romantic music that mainstream pop music audiences embraced. His best-known songs include “Moon River,” “Baby Elephant Walk,” “Peter Gunn” and “The Pink Panther Theme,” all of which are included in the collection.
Mancini’s musical career started in 1946 with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, an experience that would be translated to film in 1954 when he wrote the dance arrangements for The Glenn Miller Story and The Benny Goodman Story. Mancini’s career in film music began in 1952 when he signed with Universal-International to write arrangements on the Abbott and Costello comedy Lost in Alaska. His first major dramatic assignment was to score Orson Welles‘ Touch of Evil.
Mancini won four Oscars and 20 Grammys during his career.
Soundtracks featured on The Classic Soundtrack Collection are:
The Pink Panther
Return of the Pink Panther
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
The Great Race
Visions of Eight
Experiment in Terror
Two for the Road