High Time (The Original Sound Track Recording) Henry Mancini & His Orchestra

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Album-Release:
1960

HRA-Release:
02.02.2015

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  • 1High Time02:23
  • 2Moon Talk02:33
  • 3So Neat03:10
  • 4The Old College Try Cha-Cha02:34
  • 5The Nutty Professor01:49
  • 6Frish Frosh02:52
  • 7The Second Time Around02:49
  • 8A Mild Blast03:09
  • 9Harv's Blues03:10
  • 10New Blood02:44
  • 11The Dean Speaks02:36
  • 12Tiger!02:16
  • 13The Second Time Around (From the 20th Century-Fox Picture, High Time)03:20
  • Total Runtime35:25

Info for High Time (The Original Sound Track Recording)

"High Time is a contrived 1960 Blake Edwards' comedy starring Bing Crosby about a middle-aged widower who returns to college and tries to fit in with the youngsters. This combination of comedy and college themes gives the score's composer, Henry Mancini, an opportunity not only to express his sense of fun which surfaces in so many of his scores, but his immaculate jazz timing.

The 'High Time' main theme is typical Mancini romp with a march feel, plenty of brass and drums. The second cue, 'Moon Talk' is more subdued and romantic with a decidedly after dark influence. Cues like 'The Old College try Cha-cha', 'A Mild Blast' and 'So Neat' are typical sixties Mancini jazz with his unique bend of spontaneity and freshness which feels as comfortable as an old pair of slippers. The album also contains a Mancini singers' version of the Sammy Cahn 'The Second Time Around'.

The album finishes with a big band jazz cue called 'Tiger!' which is bound to set the feet tapping and the heart jumping.

This is an interesting album of 1960s Mancini, which is not that well known but is extremely entertaining and should be a must for any Mancini or sixties fan." (Andrew Keech, www.musicfromthemovies.com)

Henry Mancini And His Orchestra
Henry Mancini, conductor

Recorded in 1960 in Hollywood, Los Angeles
Produced by Dick Peirce

Digitally remastered


Henry Mancini (1924-1994)
(Enrico Nicola Mancini) was born on 16 April 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, but he grew up in Pennsylvania. His father, an Italian immigrant, taught him to play the flute and piccolo. As a young boy, he played the flute in a youth band for several years. After graduating from high school he received musical training from Max Adkins, the musical director of the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, who encouraged Henry to pursue further musical studies. Mancini decided to attend the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (now Carnegie Mellon University). Adkins introduced Henry to Benny Goodman, who encouraged Henry to move to New York. Mancini took Goodmans advice and left Philadelphia. Soon after his move to New York, he was accepted into the Julliard School of Music.

After only a year in New York, Mancini was drafted in into the Air Force in 1943 during WWII. After his service ended, he moved to Los Angeles with his new wife, Ginny OConnor and began working as a freelance musician. He received a wonderful opportunity in 1952 when he was hired for a temporary assignment at Universal studios, working on an Abbott and Costello film. His talent earned him a permanent position at Universal Studios where he remained for 6 years, building his reputation as a skilled film composer and arranger. One of his earlier projects, The Glenn Miller Story, earned him an Oscar in 1954 (Best Adaptation of a Score). Mancini went on to receive eighteen Academy Award nominations, winning two Oscars for Breakfast at Tiffanys, one for The Days of Wine and Roses, and one for Victor/Victoria. Mancini was also nominated for 72 Grammys. Among the twenty Grammys that he was awarded are five for Breakfast at Tiffanys and three for The Pink Panther. He also received two Emmy nominations and was given a Golden Globe Award for his work in Darling Lili in 1970 (Best Song).

In addition to his motion-picture work, Mancini did work for television films (including The Thorn Birds), wrote the themes of many popular television shows (including Newhart, Peter Gunn, and Remington Steele) and recorded more than ninety albums. Through the nineteen-eighties, Mancini continued his work on film scores, while also working as a conductor and performer.

After a long battle with Cancer, Henry Mancini passed away in Beverly Hills, CA on 14 June 1994.

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