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Henry Mancini - Touch of Evil Soundtrack CD

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Touch of Evil Soundtrack album for sale by Henry Mancini was released Apr 14, 2008 on the Hallmark Recordings label. Henry Mancini's first major film score, TOUCH OF EVIL introduced generations of hipsters to the master's musical style, dispelling their mistaken notions that he was a mere dispenser of schmaltz. Touch of Evil Soundtrack CD music The movie is a classic, twisted film noir directed by Orson Welles and shot with what was particularly remarkable realism for the time. This is one of those rare early soundtracks where the entire score is "source music," that is, it's playing on radios or in club scenes instead of being overlaid in the traditional Hollywood way. Touch of Evil Soundtrack CD music contains a single disc.   ...See Full Description

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Great music, but the saxophone is fuzzy on some tracks.
By fcoq (santa cruz ca) Verified Buyer
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Often hailed as Mancini's masterpiece - Who am I to argue?
Touch of Evil Soundtrack album for sale The superb soundtrack to Orson Welles classic cult noir-thriller from 1958. Touch of Evil Soundtrack CD music It was his first major soundtrack and features a smorgasbord of styles including smoky Tijuana jazz jive, Afro-Cuban percussion and honky-tonk instrumental jump blues all with a strong rock'n'roll influence. All the tracks here were used as what's known in the movie industry as "source music", which means that the music comes from a visible source such as a jukebox, a radio an orchestra or piano player. Using the music in this way contributed to the realities of Welles locations and provided an unsettling contrast to the vicious characters and action taking place in the seedy town that the movie was set. The film "Touch Of Evil" is a noir classic, packed with a stellar cast (Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Weaver, Akim Tamiroff), classic Wellesian camera flourishes, and a storyline as tense and taut as best noir films. It was essential, therefore, that the accompanying score to this masterwork not only compliment the action, but actually become part of the film itself. Indeed, Welles and Mancini inserted the music into the plot of the film by having the majority of the score eminate from a screen source, be it a jukebox, a loudspeaker, or a cheap radio. Welles knew the value of music in film, and decided that the music for this film would be different. "What we want is musical color," said Welles, "rather than movement - sustained washes of sound rather than tempestuous , melodramatic, or operatic style of scoring." Mancini delivered and then some. Whether in the insanely good title track (as good title music as anything ever delivered on the screen), the bongo-powered "The Boss," the bluesy jazz of "Reflection," the rock-n-roll fueled "Strollin' Blues," "Orson Around," "Rock Me To Sleep," "The Big Drag," and others, or even the piano-roll anachronism that is "Tana's Theme," the music is uniformly strong and able to stand on its own merits away from the confines of 24 frames per second - an astounding feat considering the constraints given to Mancini by the director. Undoubtedly, it ranks with "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Two for the Road" as the best film score ever composed by Mancini. Every self-respecting soundtrack lover or lounge lizard MUST have this CD in their CD collection.
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I have a decent number of items by Henry Mancini to say that even if it's probably unknown to the public, this score is one of his masterpieces. And of course you need to watch this b movie cult.
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Touch of Evil Soundtrack songs Product Details

CD Universe Part number7653681
LabelHallmark Recordings
Orig Year1958
Catalog number5706892
Release DateApr 14, 2008
Recording Time49 minutes
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