Saturday, July 17, 2010
Sophisticated Sleep-Dream of Exotica: Henry Mancini- The Versatile Henry Mancini (1957)
Positively wonderful Exotica for Eveningtime. Sleepy, lush, and well-played (specific mention ought be made of guitarist Laurindo Almeida and whoever is doing vocals). This is about as white as exotica gets, but it's nonetheless great. It's one of those records that has one foot in popular instrumentals/space-age pop and one foot in Exotica Proper, but it's really a treasure of its kind, and doesn't feel watered-down at all. It's not gonna be as freaky as Denny or Baxter, but it's still awesome... hell, man, Mancini is pretty awesome. You know this: "Peter Gunn", "Charade" "Hatari"-- Mancini is a brilliant fixture. This is his first record.
THE VERSATILE HENRY MANCINI