Henry Mancini : Peter Gunn

Henry Mancini : Peter Gunn


The music from Peter Gunn : Henry Mancini (arrangements, director), Ted Nash, Ronnie Lang (alto sax), Dick Nash, Milt Bernhart (trombone), Pete Candoli (trumpet), Johnny T. Williams (piano), Larry Bunker (vibraphone), Rolly Bundock (bass), Jack Sperling (drums)

RCA 1956

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Peter Gunn
A2 - Sorta Blue
A3 - The Brothers Go to Mother's
A4 - Dreamsville
A5 - Session at Pete's Pad
A6 - Soft Sounds
B1 - Fallout!
B2 - The Floater
B3 - Slow and Easy
B4 - A Profound Gass
B5 - Brief and Breezy
B6 - Not from Dixie

Recorded in August and September 1958 at RCA Victor Studios in Hollywood.

This is not only a great LP but a key piece of jazz and pop music history. Back in 1958, "Peter Gunn" was one of the unexpected hits of the new television season, capturing the imagination of millions of viewers by mixing private eye action with a jazz setting. Composer Henry Mancini was more than fluent in jazz, and his music nailed down the popularity of the series. With the main title theme, a driving, ominous, exciting piece of music to lead off the album, "The Music from Peter Gunn" became a huge hit, charting extraordinarily high for a television soundtrack and doing so well that RCA Victor came back the next year asking for a second helping ("More Music From Peter Gunn") from Mancini.

The music holds up: "Session At Pete’s Pad" is a superb workout for the trumpets of Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey, Conrad Gozzo, and Frank Beach, while Barney Kessel’s electric guitar gets the spotlight during "Dreamsville"; and "Sorta Blue" and "Fallout" are full-ensemble pieces that constitute quintessential 'cool' West Coast jazz of the period. In other words, it’s all virtuoso orchestral jazz, presented in its optimum form.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com