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Intrada Crosses Moon River In Style With Mancini’s Original “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Soundtrack

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Breakfast at Tiffany'sIn 1962, Henry Mancini scored a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Music from the Motion Picture on the RCA Victor label.  But that 12-track LP only told part of the story of Mancini’s Academy Award-winning score for the film starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Buddy Ebsen, Patricia Neal and Mickey Rooney.  Like most of the scores from his classic period, Mancini re-recorded his Tiffany’s music in pop arrangements for its RCA “soundtrack” LP.  Consequently, the original music as heard in the film had never been officially released in any audio format – until now.  Following similar releases of the actual film music of Mancini’s Charade, Hatari!, and Days of Wine and Roses, the Intrada label has just released one of film music’s holy grails from the immortal composer-arranger-conductor with the first-time Original Soundtrack Recording of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Henry Mancini picked up one Oscar for his instrumental score to Blake Edwards’ 1961 film and a second with Johnny Mercer for their Best Song, the now-standard “Moon River.”  But beyond that gentle serenade, Mancini’s score to Tiffany’s was one of his most tuneful, equal parts cocktail jazz, big-band swing, Latin-tinged pop and pure drama.  In other words, its colorful sounds were perfectly suited to Edwards’ dreamy adaptation of Truman Capote’s fanciful if surprisingly edgy 1958 novella.  Though Mancini’s collaboration with Edwards lasted 35 years and roughly 30 projects, Tiffany’s stands as one of the pair’s crowning achievements.  The 30-minute re-recording was a popular LP and stands on its own merits as a remarkable (and remarkably successful) recording.  But, by design, it didn’t reflect the full breadth and scope of the versatile composer’s music as heard in the motion picture.

The RCA LP included just “Moon River” in the opening titles track and a cha-cha arrangement.  Not only does Intrada’s new 38-track release include Audrey Hepburn’s own fragile vocal performance of “Moon River,” but it premieres the complete original music of the movie’s heist sequence, the dramatic bus station farewell, the full opening and end titles, and much more.  Nine bonus tracks round out a truly immersive package, including “Moon River” as performed by just Hepburn and guitar, the “Meet the Doc” cue minus the film’s organ grinder, three “Practice Piano” cues and four more “Moon River” alternates.  All told, the new disc clocks in at just a bit less than eighty minutes’ length.

Hit the jump for more, including an order link and the complete track listing!

Film music historian Jeff Bond provides new liner notes, and Intrada’s release features original film artwork and photographs, as well.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s, produced with the cooperation of Paramount Pictures, is shipping now from the label, and can be ordered at the link below!

Henry Mancini, Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Music from the Motion Picture (Intrada CD MAF-7129, 2013)

  1. Main Title (Moon River)
  2. Paul Meets Cat
  3. Sally’s Tomato
  4. The Big Blowout
  5. Poor Fred
  6. Moon River (Cha Cha)
  7. Latin Golightly
  8. Something for Cat
  9. Loose Caboose (Part 1 – a la Cha Cha)
  10. Loose Caboose (Part 2)
  11. Moon River – Audrey Hepburn
  12. Meet the Doc (Organ Grinder)
  13. An Exceptional Person
  14. You’re So Skinny
  15. Turkey Eggs
  16. Hub Caps and Tail Lights
  17. Rats and Super Rats
  18. The Hard Way
  19. Rusty Trawler
  20. Holly
  21. A Lovely Place
  22. Bermuda Nights
  23. The Big Heist
  24. After the Ball
  25. Just Like Holly
  26. Wait a Minute
  27. Feathers
  28. Let’s Eat
  29. Where’s the Cat and End Titles (Moon River)
  30. Moon River (Audrey Hepburn and Guitar)
  31. Moon River (Piano and Guitar)
  32. Moon River (Harmonica and Guitar)
  33. Meet the Doc (without Organ Grinder)
  34. Piano Practice No. 1
  35. Piano Practice No. 2
  36. Piano Practice No. 3
  37. Moon River (New York Version)
  38. Moon River (Whistling)

Written by Joe Marchese

November 26, 2013 at 15:43

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  1. Now THIS is exciting. Love me some Mancini.

    Jeremy Shatan

    November 26, 2013 at 16:14

  2. Finally, a copy with Audrey singing!!

    What a shame that Audrey didn’t make at least a few records with just her voice and a guitar. If she had, they would be all-time classics!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of those involved in giving us this site!


    November 27, 2013 at 09:19

  3. When is this disc going to be listed on Amazon? They will sell many more copies.


    November 27, 2013 at 09:21

    • Intrada is very good about getting its titles on Amazon through its “fulfilled by Amazon” storefront. I’d expect “Breakfast” to show up in the not-too-distant future.

      Joe Marchese

      November 27, 2013 at 11:34

  4. Wish they would do the same for Neal Hefti’s “Harlow”,another great score that never got an original soundtrack.


    November 27, 2013 at 11:04

  5. I bought from Intrada directly and within only a few hours, it shipped! Very excited about this release.


    November 28, 2013 at 00:02

    • Mine was shipped within hours of placing the order, too!


      December 1, 2013 at 22:46

  6. Thanks for this hot to and excellent review. I, too, wanted to order from Amazon but went with intrada and like others have said, it’s lightening fast. I found some other obscure titlles as all, including a nino Rota I wasn’t aware of.
    Your site is not helping my pocketbook but I thank you anyway.

    steve Sando

    December 2, 2013 at 11:51

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