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Music Composed and Conducted by HENRY MANCINI


With this premiere release of the original film recording of Henry Mancini's score to the 1963 film Charade, Intrada helps Universal Pictures celebrate their centennial with one of Mancini's most famous film scores. Scored in the same period as Hatari!, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Pink Panther, Mancini was able to turn out another hit tune —both instrumental and song versions (with lyrics by Johnny Mercer) of his main theme that made the Billboard charts. And the film offered ample opportunity for pop and novelty source music, most of which found their way onto Mancini’s original re-recorded Charade album.

That left Mancini’s dramatic underscore MIA—and as this new album shows, the composer’s genuine film music is every bit as distinctive and entertaining as his pop tunes. Playing against Maurice Binder’s whirligig animation patterns, Mancini’s main title tune for cimbalom over Latin percussion rhythms establishes a mood of mystery and intrigue before strings sweeten it into pure romance. Mancini’s melody plays as a wistful, lonely love theme at several points in the film, providing a common thread throughout the score.

For this album, Intrada had access to the complete mono elements stored in Universal's vaults. The elements were in perfect condition providing a crisp and detailed sound.

Charade places the glamorous duo of Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant in Paris, in the middle of a suspenseful, romantic mystery. Hepburn plays Regina Lambert, a bored Parisian wife unhappy with her diplomat husband— until she returns home from a vacation to find he’s been killed. Grant is Peter Joshua, a handsome British agent who wants to help Regina unravel the mystery of her husband’s death—or does he? It turns out the late Mr. Lambert stole a quarter of a million dollars from a WWII payroll and now his three menacing accomplices (played by Ned Glass, George Kennedy and James Coburn) are convinced Regina knows where the money is hidden. Just whose side is Joshua really on?


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Label: Intrada MAF 7121

Date: 1963

Tracks: 28

Time = 77:53

In celebration of Universal's 100th Anniversary, Intrada proudly presents world premiere release of famous Henry Mancini soundtrack to legendary Stanley Donen romantic thriller in Hitchcock vein, starring handsome Cary Grant, vulnerable Audrey Hepburn, would-be agent Walter Matthau plus baddies George Kennedy and James Coburn. Mancini anchors with justifiably famous rhythmic main theme in triple meter, then follows with haunting variants, romantic ideas, splendid source cues, jazz and - in particular - early examples of trademark dramatic writing with sliding string figures, sustained suspense lines and dissonant brass clusters for effect. Musical highlights are many: grim hook fight scene on rooftops, exciting Metro chase sequences, tuneful opening ski run source numbers for France locales. Special nod to tender, saddened piano & string version of main theme when Hepburn returns from identifiying her slain husband, then finds her room completely empty. Scene sets stage for one of the most sophisticated thrillers of the sixties, Mancini punctuates it all the way to final twist! Complete 77-minute soundtrack presented from original scoring session elements made in London, all courtesy of both Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures. Mancini re-recorded brief highlights for RCA label in 1963, sadly left off all tender & haunting variants of main theme plus - incredibly - virtually all dramatic scoring. Now, alongside that admittedly famous album, enjoy at last the complete 77-minute soundtrack. Alongside new release of Hatari, this Intrada CD is important debut of an original soundtrack from Mancini's most famous era (Breakfast At Tiffany's, Hatari, Charade, Experiment In Terror, The Pink Panther) as all Mancini albums from the period were re-arranged and re-recorded 30-minute programs with emphasis on dance mood. Intrada is happy to remedy oversight on one of Mancini's greatest! Henry Mancini conducts.

01. Charade Logo 0:25

02. Main Title 2:25

03. Mégève 3:14

04. Latin Snowfall 2:13

05. Positive Identification 2:09

06. Empty Room 2:35

07. Bye Bye Charlie 3:49

08. Punch And Judy 2:00

09. Mambo Parisienne 2:15

10. Orange Tamouré 1:30

11. Mean Cat 2:42

12. Confide In Me 3:35

13. Don't Trust Him 3:35

14. Bistro 3:24

15. Street (Bistro #2) 2:07

16. Hook Fight 5:26

17. Fatherly Talk 1:48

18. Poor Dead Herman 2:33

19. Notre Dame and Drip-Dry Waltz 4:33

20. Bateau Mouche 3:02

21. Charade 2:09

22. Gideon Goes Down 1:21

23. Carousel Medly 5:17

24. Stamps 1:17

25. Metro Chase 2:25

26. Son Of Metro Chase 3:04

27. Game Over 1:37

28. True Identity and Finale 3:54

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