Henry Mancini

The Academy Award Songs

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The title of Henry Mancini's 1966 double album Academy Award Songs is self-explanatory. The 31 tunes represent every Academy Award-winning song from 1934-1964, encompassing diverse material such as "High Noon," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," and "Lullaby of Broadway." Enthusiasts of film music will appreciate the reference value of Mancini's collection, and his arrangements -- which combine lush orchestral backing with a Ray Conniff-style vocal chorus -- are easy on the ears. Whether the choral sound of '60s-era adult contemporary music is palatable to the prospective listener is a matter of individual preference, but Mancini's enduring popularity as an arranger, composer, and film scorer attests to the legitimacy of his talent.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:40
2 3:14
3 2:23
4 1:54
5 2:53
6 2:28
7 2:41
8 1:45
9 2:07
10 3:32
11 2:12
12 2:29
13 2:12
14 1:37
15 2:57
16 2:08
17 3:05
18 2:11
19 2:36
20 3:38
21 3:27
22 2:31
23 1:58
24 1:24
25
2:56
26 2:27
27 2:28
28 2:26
29 3:28
30 2:41
31 1:52
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