Breakfast at Tiffany's [Music from the Motion Picture Score]

Breakfast at Tiffany's [Music from the Motion Picture Score]

by Henry Mancini


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This soundtrack to the movie adaptation of Truman Capote's novel Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of Henry Mancini's best. The pleasing blend of pop (the perennial "Moon River") and swing stays fresh over the album's 12 tracks and shows off Mancini's considerable writing and arranging skills. The cuts range from the layered, big-band mambo "Something for Cat" to the transcendentally smooth lounge number "Sally's Tomato" with some vaudeville moments coming via "Mr. Yunioshi" (check out that banjo eating up the faux Japanese scales) and "Hub Caps and Tail Lights" (sounds like the "Addams Family Theme"). Mancini keeps the lounge/easy listening mood from collapsing in on itself with many fine jazz solos, a driving rhythm section, and his expert (yet pleasantly cheesy) handling of the liquid-toned chorus parts. He also strikes a nice balance here between his crime-jazz backdrops for the Peter Gunn TV show and Touch of Evil and the later, more streamlined soundtracks for The Pink Panther and Charade. Throughout Breakfast at Tiffany's solid program, Mancini makes it clear that he isn't just a peddler of Muzak but a fine composer. The 2005 Japanese BMG reissue offers crisp remastering to audiophile standards, similar to what was done with Elvis Presley's catalog in Japan -- the results are startling, with exceptionally vivid textures throughout, but nowhere more so than on "Moon River," where the opening quote of the central melody on the harmonica, the next instrumental verse picked up by the strings, and the third done by the chorus, all sound like they're right in your lap. The whole album sounds that way, with the result that all of the musicianship and Mancini's finely nuanced direction never seemed more up close and personal. ~ Stephen Cook & Bruce Eder

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078635236224
catalogNumber: 2362

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Performance Credits

Henry Mancini   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Leader
Laurindo Almeida   Guitar
Shelly Manne   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano (Upright)
Mort Herbert   Violin
Justin Gordon   Saxophone
Bob Bain   Guitar,Mandola
Sue Allen   Vocals
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Larry Bunker   Drums,Vibes
Herman Clebanoff   Violin
Ralph Collier   Drums
George Fields   Harmonica
Carl Fortina   Accordion
Benny Gill   Violin
Milt Holland   Drums
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Nathan Kaproff   Violin
Pearl Kaufman   Piano
Tom Kenny   Vocals
Lou Klass   Violin
Raphael Kramer   Cello
Ronald Langinger   Reeds,Saxophone
Marvin Limonick   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Dick Nash   Trombone
Alexander Neiman   Viola
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Irma Neumann   Violin
Robert Ostrowsky   Viola
Bernie Parke   Vocals
George Roberts   Trombone
Nathan Ross   Violin
Wilbur Schwartz   Reeds,Saxophone
Milton Thomas   Viola
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Samuel Cytron   Violin
Alton Hendrickson   Guitar
Gilda Maiken   Vocals
James Rowles   Piano
Eudice Shapiro   Violin
Arnold Koblentz   Oboe
Karl de Karske   Trombone
Sam Freed   Violin
William Miller   Violin
Ambrose Russo   Violin
Joe Stepansky   Violin
John Drake   Vocals
Ethmer Roten   Flute,Bass Flute
Victor Gottlieb   Viola
Louis Singer   Percussion
Keith Mitchell   Bass

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Arranger
Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Peter Grant   Art Direction
Schmitt   Engineer
Akira Taguchi   Producer
Dick Pierce   Producer
Patrick Snyder   Liner Notes
Howell Conant   Cover Photo

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