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New Intrada: Condorman by Henry Mancini

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INTRADA

Announces:

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CONDORMAN

Composed and Conducted by HENRY MANCINI

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 219

The 1981 Disney film Condorman features a tremendously energetic score by composer Henry Mancini -- his first film for Disney. Mancini’s Condorman theme is genuinely thrilling from the start, with its pulsating rhythms, syncopated stresses, and exuberant bridge passage. It’s the musical equivalent of Condorman's boundless optimism: no matter how bad things get, he’s ever ready to rush in and set things right. The dynamic Condorman theme gets plenty of play in the score, covering wild car chases, staging explosive rescues, and ultimately soaring through the skies in a fully functional Condorman costume. For the evil Russian agents, Mancini provides a growling line with stepwise motion and a distinctly Slavic inflection. But the heart of both film and score is the character of Natalia, who winds up falling in love with her dashing rescuer. Mancini’s sumptuous theme for Natalia is certainly among the loveliest romantic themes written for a comic adventure.

For this premiere release of Henry Mancini’s dynamic score in vivid stereo, the Disney engineering crew made new digital transfers of the entire multi-track sessions for Intrada. Every session roll survived in beautiful condition, including the choral “Con-dor-maaaaan” overdub sessions held after the orchestra sessions had been completed. The entire score is presented on this CD, including full-length versions of cues as written and recorded by Mancini prior to the picture’s post-production editing.

Condorman is a Cold War tale of “upsmanship espionage” in which an ordinary man stumbles into work as a superspy and must perform a high-stakes international extraction of a communist defector. English actor Michael Crawford plays Woody Wilkins, a comic-book artist whose insistence on “realism” prompts him to dress up as his own fictional character and attempt flights from the Eiffel Tower. When Woody’s bemused CIA friend Harry (James Hampton) is tasked with finding a civilian to carry out a seemingly insignificant document drop in Istanbul, Woody jumps at the chance to put his persona into action.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 219

Retail Price: $19.99

Available Now

For track listing and sound samples, please visit

http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.7849/.f

CONDORMAN

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume 219

Date: 1981

Tracks: 28

Time = 60:28

Wow! Exciting Henry Mancini score finally gets released! 1981 action-filled Disney comicbook superhero tale directed by Charles Jarrott, starring Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrera inspires Henry Mancini to write one of his most exciting, energetic scores of his career. Mancini anchors with robust "Condorman" theme (including fun chorus), then tackles profuse action scenes with dynamic, propulsive action material for full orchestra. Powerful trombone lines, aggressive rhythms, fanfares for trumpets all get spotlight! Music for killer Marovich is especially aggressive. In contrast, Mancini creates one of his gentlest, most heartfelt pretty themes for Natalia, given particular prominence in beautifully-scored "Free Single Woman". Interestingly, due to licensing, not a note of this splendid score has ever been released before, not even as a single theme on one of the numerous Mancini compilations of the era. Now, through courtesy of Disney, Intrada presents entire score (plus several extras) in crisp, punchy stereo, direct from multi-track scoring session masters stored in mint condition in Disney vaults. Colorful artwork, too! Henry Mancini conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!

The Album

01. Condorman Main Title 3:05

02. Eiffel Tower Flight 0:37

03. First Fight 0:48

04. It Was Nothing 1:52

05. Meet Laser Lady 1:18

06. The Gypsy 2:15

07. Free Single Woman 2:57

08. Attack Of The Brochnoviatch 5:14

09. Marovich Again 1:35

10. The Barn 1:03

11. Natalia's Theme 1:49

12. Marovich Presses 3:41

13. Welcome To The Matterhorn 1:53

14. Joy Ride 2:28

15. I'll Bring The Dip (Natalia's Rescue) 2:19

16. Bye-Bye Rolls 3:45

17. The Speed Boat Chase 2:03

18. More Speed Boat Chase 1:57

19. End Title 1:16

20. Theme From Condorman 1:35

Total Album Time: 43:58

The Extras

21. Mummy Tummy 3:06

22. Mummy Tummy (Alt.) 2:15

23. Belly Dance 2:56

24. Walk On Ice 0:48

25. Accordion Dance 1:49

26. Russian Party Dance 1:50

27. Son Of Russian Party Dance 2:55

28. Condorman Logo (Outtake) 0:32

Total Extras Time: 14:21

Henry Mancini

Price: $19.99

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