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Singer Monica Mancini's tribute to her father Henry's music is well-crafted, apparently good-intentioned, and thoroughly unexciting in its tastefulness. Floating in a sea of orchestration, she delivers song after song about a "Crazy World" in which "The Days of Wine and Roses" too quickly pass, but she holds her head up and follows "Anywhere the Heart Goes"--including, and especially, to "Dreamsville." A perfectly acceptable album of its kind, Monica Mancini thankfully escapes the aura of cash-in that surrounded Natalie Cole's record of her own dad's signature pieces. That that's the most praiseworthy aspect of the attempt, however, is hardly enough to make listening more than a chore. --Rickey Wright

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: March 16, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PBS
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000F1D5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on January 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"It seems only natural to create a recording of my father's music. It is as much a part of me as I am a part of him." ~ Monica Mancini ~

"Dear Heart," "Moon River," "Two for the Road" and "Days of Wine and Roses" are my very favorites from one of the greatest composers of all-time, Henry Mancini. The first two are some of the tunes I loved playing on piano. Coming from a legitimate musically-oriented family, I remember when I was growing up, our home was literally filled with music day in and day out. My late parents enjoyed listening to music together and had listening sessions almost every night. My sisters and I used to hang around and listen with them. One of our many family favorites back then was (and still is) the wonderful music of Henry Mancini.

I'm so glad that Monica Mancini continued her late father's musical legacy and recorded a tribute album and dedicated it to her parents. This is her debut CD and I would say it is utterly flawless and fabulously done. The perfectly chosen repertoire is a pleasure to listen to.

It starts off with her beautiful version of Johnny Mercer-penned-lyrics and composed by Henry Mancini, my favorite "Moment To Moment," showcasing Ms. Mancini's graceful voice and impeccable phrasing. Its Bossa Nova-inspired-arrangement by Patrick Williams is so sweet and dreamy. I loved it!

Henry Mancini/Jay Livingston/Ray Evan's "Dear Heart" is simply a beautiful song and my top choice from this set. It is a wistful, affecting song that was made even more heart-wrenching and tear-jerker with her perfect, heartfelt and emotive singing and the lone guitar accompaniment by a fine guitarist, George Doering. (I transcribed the following lyrics as sang by Monica Mancini. There is a slight change from the original wordings).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By classicmoviefan on June 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Monica re-captures the romantic and silky vocals of the past yet her arrangements and meticulous phrasing are totally unique and fresh... unlike anyone else, past or present. "Slow Hot Wind" is as seductive a cut as you could ever find. "Moment to Moment" and so many other songs here are as if I am hearing them for the first time. This is pure allure, romance and sensuality. I play this CD several times a week and always hear something new in it. In fact, all of her albums are consistantly passionate and dreamy.
This is a great singer, in my opinion, because she honors the song first. As a true classical musician performs a piano piece in the tempo and timbre as written by the composer, Ms. Mancini sings these songs clearly, giving the RIGHT word the accent or emotion to display the beauty of lyric and melody. NO "vocal gymnastics" here.... here are great songs as the composer would have wanted them heard.... and yet she gives us perfect phrasing and style to make these songs her own. Wow!
I am hoping she will make more songbooks, as Ella Fitzgerald did years ago, that honor particular songwriters. She already has Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer tributes.... how about Burt Bacharach, Antonio Carlos Jobim and George Gershwin? If Monica continues to bring her stylings, arrangements and pure class to CD, then all this and more is possible. I have faith she will. What a treasure!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SandyWells on January 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Hearing this woman sing "Slow Hot Wind" and "Two For The Road" is like falling into a fluffy feather pillow! What a crooner! I have yet to be disappointed in any of her cds! I even got to hear previews from the new one about to come out in March where guest singers sing Henri Mancini's work.
Monica is not only classy and talented, but she has a heart of gold and freely shares her emotions in a real way with the listener. She is like an emotional phoenix rising from the ashes and she takes her audience with her on that splendid, liberating journey of love and hope.
I love Monica and am so happy to have discovered her. Wow! A must have for your music collection. Fresh material, fresh sounds, old standards that give you chills, and more. It's like opening a brand new- old family album with a mixture of all sorts of thoughts and emotions.
I like what Johnny Mercer says on her other cd "I like a guy who writes his way and his way is so high that it starts where the other guys leave off. I've written a few like that."
All one needs to do is listen to some other writers to totally understand where this guy is coming from. I've heard some pretty hideous lyrics from broadway composers lately... songwriting is defintely suffering thusly, so is the audience. It's good to go back to good stuff and Monica takes you there. Let her!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
While many of the words to the songs seem idealistic and overly sentimental, this is "mood music." If you are feeling at all icy and tense, this will melt you down to a little puddle.

As a child Monica wanted to be just like her mother. She also wanted to embrace the humor and humanity of her father. This is a recording of her father's music from a time that seems more innocent in many ways.

I love "Two for the Road." Sure it is highly sentimental, but this type of beautiful and hopeful music that makes you think there is beauty in the world.

"If you're feeling fancy free
Come wander through the world with me
And any place we chance to be
Will be our rendevous"

Monica sings these songs with love and you can almost feel she has really absorbed moments in time and is now passing them on to us through her voice.

~The Rebecca Review
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