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Penelope/Bachelor in Paradise (1966/1961)
Music by Henry Mancini, John Williams
Penelope/Bachelor in Paradise Penelope/Bachelor in Paradise Penelope/Bachelor in Paradise
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Price: $18.71
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: December 2004
Catalog #: Vol. 7, No. 18
# of Discs: 2

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

Prepare to swing with two '60s comedy scores by a pair of famous composers who are more connected than one might think: besides being friends, John Williams was at one time the piano player for Henry Mancini on soundtracks as famous as Peter Gunn. In the '60s, Williams cut his composing teeth on a parade of often silly comedies and farces—exactly the type of film that, in its most classy form, was Mancini's Pink Panther stock-in-trade.

Penelope (1966) was a Natalie Wood vehicle combining romantic comedy, psychological mystery, and utter farce. Wood stars as Penelope Elcott, a devil-may-care society woman who takes to bank robbery out of frustration with her workaholic husband; the sprawling supporting cast included Dick Shawn and Peter Falk. Shot on location in New York City, the film provided the kind of grand tapestry on which "Johnny" Williams could lay the groundwork for his future composing styles, both madcap and serious: the score features swinging jazz tracks, Lost in Space-styled wackiness, and startling dramatic moments foreshadowing his "blockbuster" styles for Irwin Allen (The Towering Inferno) and Steven Spielberg (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial).

Penelope was released on LP at the time of the film; however, except for the title song, the album was entirely re-recorded, emphasizing the film's source music. Disc one of this 2CD set features the never-before-released original soundtrack to Penelope followed by the complete LP program. Additional original soundtrack cues to Penelope (outtakes and alternates) are located at the end of disc two, making this the complete Penelope presentation.

The majority of disc two features a complete Henry Mancini soundtrack: Bachelor in Paradise, a romantic comedy starring Bob Hope as a "sex-pert" author sent by his publisher to a suburban California community. There he educates the local wives in spicing up their marriages, runs afoul of the timid tract-house ways, and falls for a bachelorette played by Lana Turner.

Mancini's score for Bachelor in Paradise emphasizes a title song (lyrics by Mack David) which was nominated for an Academy Award—losing to Mancini's own "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's. The balance of the score features the kind of colorful Mancini jazz and mood cues which would make him a household name in the 1960s, shimmering with color, charm and melody—a lost gem from Mancini's most creative period. A bonus section includes the film's source music.

This 2CD set is entirely in stereo, with original soundtrack selections remixed from the 35mm three-track recordings. Liner notes are by Jeff Eldridge and Lukas Kendall.

Henry Mancini Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Henry Mancini (1924-1994) was, prior to John Williams (his former pianist in the Peter Gunn band), the most public face of film music. His "Moon River" and "Pink Panther" theme became pop standards and he changed the nature of film music through his deft use of instrumental color, jazz/pop songwriting forms and light dramatic touch. (It is often said that his bass lines were more memorable than most other composers' entire scores!) While he was most associated with sophisticated entertainment of the 1960s—a reputation he cultivated through his career as a recording artist for RCA—he could do all sorts of styles; see his brilliant, chilling thriller score for Wait Until DarkIMDB

John Williams Scores on FSM
About the Composer

John Williams (b. 1932) is not only the composer of most of the biggest blockbusters of all time—including Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, the Indiana Jones films, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and many more, many of them directed by Steven Spielberg—but he has transcended film music to become the world's most famous living composer, and an American institution. His popular symphonic scores are so iconic that they often overshadow the fact that he has been equally proficient at sophisticated, adult fare (Schindler's List, Images) and had a successful career in composing (for television and often comedy features), arranging and performing well before he even met Steven Spielberg. FSM, like most labels, will release everything it can of Williams's music, and has concentrated (for reasons of availability) on his early years as "Johnny" Williams when he was doing sterling work on relatively little-known television and films—always with an amazing attention to melody and detail. In fact, his early works are fascinating for the ways in which they foreshadow his later, world-renowned efforts. IMDB

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Track List
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Bachelor In Paradise
Penelope

Leader (Conductor):
Henry Mancini, John T. Williams

Violin:
Harry Bluestone, Samuel Cytron, Kurt Dieterle, Sam Freed, Jr., Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, Jerome Kasin, Murray Kellner, Bernard Kundell, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Lisa Minghetti, Emanuel Moss, Erno Neufeld, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Ambrose Russo, Albert Saparoff, Felix Slatkin, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Heimann Weinstine, Walter S. Wiemeyer

Viola:
Cecil Figelski, Stanley Harris, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Robert Ostrowsky

Cello:
Alexander Borisoff, Justin DiTullio, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Lucien Laporte, Michel Penha, W. Przybyla, Frederick R. Seykora, Eleanor Slatkin, Gloria Strassner

Bass:
James H. Bryant, Roland Bundock, Keith "Red" Mitchell, Joseph Mondragon

Flute:
Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), Ted Nash, Sylvia Ruderman, C. E. "Bud" Shank

Oboe:
Gene Cipriano, Arnold Koblentz

Clarinet:
Gus Bivona, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi

Bassoon:
Lloyd Hildebrand

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Herman Lebow, Arthur Maebe, Jr.

Trumpet:
Conte Candoli, W. Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, Raymond Triscari, Rubin Zarchy, James C. Zito

Trombone:
Karl Dekarske, Randall Miller, Richard "Dick" Nash, Richard Noel, Barrett O'Hara, James Priddy, Sr., Bill Williams (aka George Davenport)

Piano:
Artie Kane, James G. Rowles

Guitar:
Robert F. Bain, Roland S. Ball, Joseph Robert Gibbons, Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson, Howard Roberts, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Accordion:
Carl Fortina

Drums:
Larry Bunker, Frank L. Carlson, Frank J. Flynn, Milton Holland, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Jerry D. Williams

Orchestrator:
James H. Bryant, Albert Woodbury

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

Copyist:
Louis M. Behm, Gene Bren, Maurice Gerson, Donald J. Midgley, Edward E. Ocnoff, Barrett O'Hara, Richard Petrie, Fred Sternberg, Harry Taylor, Bill Williams (aka George Davenport)

Assistant Librarian:
Theodore E. Bergren

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