Henry Mancini

Presents the Academy Award Songs

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Ah, for the days when records like this were not only released but expected to sell respectably (even well), and were of such high quality that they did no harm to the artist's reputation. Henry Mancini is in top form with the 31 selections on this gatefold double-LP set, which includes not only his own most popular work in the realm of Academy Award-nominated music, but also the work of Dimitri Tiomkin ("High Noon"), Lerner & Loewe ("Gigi"), Irving Berlin ("White Christmas"), et al. One would think that opening with "Moon River" would set the bar pretty high for the rest of this set, but Mancini's renditions rise to the occasion, and in the realm of easy listening music, this set manages to be substantial listening overall yet light as a feather track by track.