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Mannix (TV Soundtrack) Soundtrack

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MANNIX

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Just to get things straight, this is a 1999 rerecording of Lalo Schifrin's classic score to the hard-hitting 60's TV series Mannix, not a reissue of the original LP. That said, Schifrin's recreations of the original cues for the classic action show shine, and he does a great job of conjuring up that classic '60s-soundtrack ambience. In addition to the 11 tracks from the original 1969 record, there are several new songs here. Although a few tracks verge on that dreaded '90s "smooth jazz" sound, when weighed against the rest of the album, these are forgivable. Perhaps Lalo will rerecord his classic score for Bullitt next! --Kristian St. Clair

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mannix (Title Track, Short Version)
  2. Hunt Down
  3. The Shadow
  4. Sao Paolo After Dark
  5. Turn Every Stone
  6. Warning: Live Blueberries
  7. Beyond The Shadow Of Today
  8. The Girl Who Came In With The Tide
  9. The Edge Of Night
  10. Curtains For A Murder
  11. The End Of The Rainbow
  12. You Should Have Known
  13. End Game
  14. The Vienna Incident
  15. Fear
  16. Mannix (Long Version)
  17. Mannix Mixdown


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Aleph Records
  • ASIN: B00001ZSWE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Not as expected. I remember listening to the original tracks from the 1960's. I was always marveling at the wonderful adlibs and fantastic instrumentation. It made me want to listen to the record over and over. But this version is very watered down. There are a lot of sections that needed more imagination and excitement. The "adlibs" were too simple and uninteresting. There were only a couple of surprises, both good and bad. The good one was "The Girl Who Came In With the Tide". It almost equaled the original by using a stronger beat. The only thing missing was the ocean sound effect from the first version. The worst surprise was the "Mannix Mixdown". It was an unwanted "modernization" of the original Mannix theme, using rap-style sounds and "Check It Out" voices. Who was that for? Certainly not the intended purchaser of this album! Personally, I was disgusted by this inclusion. Curiously, Amazon.com didn't include any samples for this album. Perhaps they figured that it would detract from the sales. I know that I wouldn't have bought this CD if I had heard what was done to the original tracks. If you want a CD to use for elevator music, this would be my choice. On the whole, it was a boring album.
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I wish I had checked out this disc at amazon.com first! Instead I made a foolhardy impulse buy at the Tower Records. This is not a reissue of the Mannix score from the sixties. It is a nineties re-recording with some additional material. The cover makes no mention of the recording date, though, to be fair it does not say "original" soundtrack. Just another in an ongoing unscrupulous practice in the music biz. How hard is it to say "recorded in 1999" on the back cover? Do I regret my purchase? Nah. "The Shadow" and "The Girl Who Came in With the Tide" are among the best '90s recordings of the genre. Had I been adequately informed about the recording date, however, I would not have purchased it.
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Thanks to my fellow reviewers, I had time to downsize my expectations for this disk before it appeared in my mailbox. As with the recent release of the "Bullitt" soundtrack, this is neither a reissue nor a reproduction of the music from the 1969 "Mannix" LP. What the WDR Big Band has given us instead is a re-interpretation of that music, executed with Teutonic precision - and, unfortunately, Teutonic soul.
This CD is burdened by the same minor irritations that kept "Bullitt 2000" from being a truly great recording. Tunes that should be taken fast are taken slow. Tunes that should be taken slow are taken at a trot. A trifle too much bass. The drummer could probably do a killer job on Zeppelin's "Kashmir", but Schifrin's music deserves more. Back in college, I played this disk for a buddy (now a professor of physics at Stanford). When "Hunt Down" started, he listened for a few seconds, then observed "It's tightly arranged, but gives the drummer a lot of freedom." Indeed it does. It's a shame that Herr Haffner couldn't have availed himself of more of it.
Nevertheless, the band on occasion rises above its limitations (or cleverly works within them) and delivers a few gutsy and deliciously 60's-retro performances. "Turn Every Stone" is a standout. The original version was a tiresome repetition of a single brass riff that left the listener feeling like he'd been hit with a stun gun. There was a tenor solo in there
somewhere, but it was shouted down by the brass and buried way down in the mix. For all its sound & fury, it just didn't GO anywhere. The WDR has remedied this.
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This is not the original recording but a recreated and "inspired" by the TV series. For sure it was composed and conducted by Lalo himself, so it's not some kind of fake re-recording. What is "recreated", and what is "inpired by" is difficult to say. You must be a Mannix addict to find it out.

Some tracks really kick ass, as of course the main Mannix track.

The tracks are played by a german TV orchestra and they have done a great job. Brass sections are crisp and full of energy. But some tracks are obviously "arranged" with some sampled string sections ...

I also would have like more action and suspense muscic instead of some average "easy listening" tracks.
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