Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).
  
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $0.40
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • The Music from Peter Gunn (1958-1961 TV Series)
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

The Music from Peter Gunn (1958-1961 TV Series) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

61 customer reviews

See all 17 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, June 15, 1999
$36.34 $5.68

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Hank's #1-charting (for 10 weeks!) and Grammy-winning album from 1959, finally on CD in the U.S.! Also includes four bonus tracks lifted from his More Music from Peter Gunn: Walkin' Bass; Blue Steel; Spook! , and Blues for Mother's .

Amazon.com

Ensemble sound was more important than virtuosic, emotive soloing in the West Coast style known as "cool" jazz. Henry Mancini took a number of his cues from that mellow '50s sound when he scored the television crime-drama series, Peter Gunn. This soundtrack CD is full of memorable themes, lush textures, and succinct solos played by big band veterans. Vibraphonist Victor Feldman is heavily featured and his instrument's soft, ringing tone plays a key role here. Occasionally Mancini slips into turning out indistinctive, generic pieces, and soundtrack-composer-to-be John Williams's piano playing can be plinky and stiff. But other than that, this is top-notch TV soundtrack fare, highlighted by the irresistible, proto-surf-rock theme song. Instead of just filling up digital space, the bonus tracks really are a valuable addition. A growling trombone solo on "Walkin' Bass" and Shelly Manne's swinging drum work are just a couple of the reasons why. --Fred Cisterna

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 22, 1958
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Buddha
  • ASIN: B00000JC79
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on August 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This groundbreaking soundtrack to a show that defined what "cool" was changed the face of television forever. There have been some great TV themes over the past few decades, but this evocative Mancini score set the bar before the bar even existed.

Some excellent liner notes relate the story all Peter Gunn and Mancini fans know well. Henry Mancini had been kicking around Universal for six years. Most of his years there were a study in obscurity, the one exception being his scoring of "Touch of Evil" for Orson Welles. So the studio gave him his two week walking papers. Mancini, being Mancini, decided on one of his last days there to get a free haircut at the studio barber shop. He and the guy next to him got to chatting and hit it off. They had a lot in common. So that newly promoted director, Blake Edwards, says to Mancini, "Hey, how would you like to do this television show for me? It's called "Peter Gunn."

What followed was decades of film magic, and a collaboration that was the stuff dreams, and great films, were made of. Mancini's West Coast Jazz score for Peter Gunn was his defining moment. It is a masterpiece of mood and atmosphere and its orchestral jazz score would have an impact for decades to come. When listening to this, you feel like Peter Gunn. From the famous opening salvo of music, Peter Gunn, both the show and Mancini's score, were, and still are, the essence of cool.

You get sixteen wonderful tracks on this double Grammy winner as you cruise along with the hip detective, the sounds of the most innovative score ever written for television in the background.

Sometimes we're walking in a room and smell the cordite still fresh and lingering, and we better be careful (Fallout).
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Brian "Jazz Fan" J. B. on July 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The music is terrific, but the sound on this Buddha re-mastering is not. I bought this, gave it away, and purchased the import RCA disc. The RCA import has excellent sound, the brass leaps out of the speakers, there is much fuller dynamic range, and it also has all 24 tracks from the two original Peter Gunn albums. Don't settle for this Buddha disc, and get the RCA import here at amazon. If you must have this disc, realize the sound is much better with a quality re-mastering. The Peter Gunn music is fun jazz with pop touches, sure to be enjoyed by most listeners.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on May 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For those of us of a certain age, the soundtrack from "Peter Gunn" is something that not only made Henry Mancini a celebrity and sparked a lifelong interest in jazz, but it also was the reason our parents upgraded to a "Stereo System" and gave us the old one-speaker "hi-fi" for our bedroom. I was a 9th-grader when this began happening to all my friends, and although I lagged behind, and in my house it was Johnny Cash that became the first stereo record buy, "Peter Gunn" sounded sensational in wondrous separation. Today I heard this music for the first time in 35 years, and it is still wonderful. Yes, it is real jazz of a distinct type. Yes, the soundtrack has held up better than the tv show that the music was supposed to enhance, not dominate. Yes, Henry M. was extremely talented and did a lot of things other than "Moon River." If you want a sense of what the Beatniks were listening to in the late Fifties, buy this masterpiece. The bongos will make you laugh, the vibes will make you smile. Upon its first release, this music became a must-buy for most middle-class households. At the time, it was adventurous, even daring, if you were'nt already a jazz fan. Today, it's still worth owning and listening to again and again.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Steve S. on May 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have the original pressing vinyl of this and was in the process of restoring it to burn to cd. I got lazy and decided to just go ahead and buy this re-issue and save myself a number of hours. Well I spent the best part of yesterday and this afternoon going back to work on my restoration from vinyl.
This seminal work has been turned into trash by the restoration engineer. It is so far away from the original in sonic perspective it is amazing. There is a ...trick in restoration to do it quickly. You cut off the high end add reverb
and a little spacial enhancement and your done. Thats exactly what this sounds like. None of the punch of the original, the sound stage has been destroyed to the point where it sounds like a very poor MP3. No dynamics at all....flat lifeless sound, the piano and vibes now sound as if they were played on a decent synth and not acoustic instruments. The Brass which knocks your socks off on the original, now sounds muted and bland. I would pass on this re-issue if you care about good sound quality, for this release does not have it. Sorry....it's such a waste of a timeless classic. Digital restoration done right can sound amazing; Digital restoration done poorly can sound like..........and this what you'll be buying.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carlos from Rio on March 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Above all, Mancini was extraordinary as a composer. But he was also an extraordinary melodist and an extraordinary Maestro. The Peter Gunn Theme is the greatest hit in this album but ... listen to Dreamsville. All jazz fanatics claim Mancini wrote arrangements and musicians had little space to improvise. I wonder they have forgotten there was a film under the music. And Mancini was an extraordinary Mood creator. Many jazz musicians had always been hopeful to some day record with Mancini. Any thinking musician I know says Mancini was great, inspired, sensitive ... If Amazon decided to create a Beyond Category rate, this would be certainly one of my choices.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Topic From this Discussion
Peter Gunn Be the first to reply
Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: movie scores, vinyl pop