Henry Mancini - Symphonic Soul
Audio CD: November 16, 2004
Label: RCA Fs Imports
Bitrate: 320 kbps
The popular arranger, composer, conductor's 1975 album for RCA. Nine Mancini compositions including the title track, 'Butterfly', 'Satin Soul', & 'Peter Gunn'.
It has been a long wait ( over 20 years ) to have this excellent collection in a CD transfer. I own the LP and it still sounds great. I take great care of my old vinyls and this one I did copy to CD about one year ago when I bought my first CD recorder, but of course the wait continued for a transfer from the original masters.
This is Mancini at his best. The dynamics of the recording emulates the forecoming digital era. Peter Gunn ( extended version ) and African Symphony are just great. Highly recommended.
I remember watching on TV a Henry Mancini special show where many of these songs were played, including African Symphony. I wonder if it will be transfered to DVD in the near future. I was somewhat dissapointed when I listened to African Symphony; it is a different take from that in the LP! The ending from this track is different. I wonder why the producer of this CD-transfer decided on this take ( no explanation given ). I prefer the original one ( the one in the LP version ). Of course, we must also assume that the LP take was the one that Mancini himself was pleased with. Nevertheless, the sound is still great and the CD still deserves five stars. PS: I'll still keep my own CD transfer from the original LP ( four stars for sound quality ) and hope for a near-future CD-transfer from the tape masters, with all the tracks as originally released in the LP version. ~ Dr. Luis Olivari
I purchased this album many years ago and has since been misplaced. This album uses 3 African musical instruments, a thumb organ, a large gord with beeds attached to the outside and I can not remember the third instrument. All of these instruments were played in the making of this album. My opinion of this album is that it is one of Mancini's best. A very well rounded aproach to recording using another countries musical instruments. I would recommend this album to everyone who has an ear for beautiful music. ~ J. E. Riplinger
Henry Mancini - Symphonic Soul tracklist:
01 Symphonic soul
03 Satin soul
04 Peter Gunn (new version)
05 Slow hot wind (Lujon)
06 Pick up the pieces
07 Sun goddes
08 Soul saga (song of the buffalo soldier)
09 African symphony