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The Great Race: Music From The Film Score [Soundtrack]

Henry ManciniAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (December 19, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: July 1, 1965
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA / BMG Spain
  • ASIN: B00000JC1B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Overture: A. He Shouldn't-a, Oughtn't-a Swang On
2. "Push The Button, Max!
3. The Royal Waltz
4. "Night, Night, Sweet Prince
5. They're Off
6. The Sweetheart Tree(With Corus)
7. The Great Race March
8. " A. He Shouldn't-a, Oughtn't-a Swang On Me!
9. Music To Become King By
10. Cold Finger
11. Pie-In-The-face Polka

Editorial Reviews

Henry's score for the hilarious intercontinental race between Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon went to #63 on the 1965 charts.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No finish line in sight. August 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I first heard about Henry Mancini while he was doing the Peter Gunn series with Blake Edwards. That music was so lively, that I began paying attention to this Mancini person. It wasn't long before my record cabinet began to swell with his music. My wife asked if there was anyone else out there recording. I said, probably, but who cares? Then, in 1965, The Great Race was released. Of course I purchased the album, and played it literally to death. That was thirty-six years ago, and I still play that record, or the tape I made of it. Now, it's available on CD. That's a no-brainer. I attended several concerts that Henry gave from 1966 to 1981. I was never disappointed. I met him and talked with him several times. He was a most gracious, and patient man. He is sorely missed on the cinema and popular music scenes. His music will live for many eons, and The Great Race will always be in my heart and head.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I don't really want to slam the whole soundtrack, but I bought the soundtrack specifically for two songs -- and I felt cheated on one of them.

One of my favorite songs from the movie was "Sweetheart Tree" sung (presumably) by Natalie Wood. The version on the soundtrack, however, has all of the vocals handled by a chorus -- no solo singer.

Note: I have since learned that, for the movie, the vocals on "Sweetheart Tree" were lip-sync'd by Natalie Wood and were really sung by Jackie (Robin) Ward. I really didn't care WHO sang it -- I just wanted the CD to have the same vocals that I heard while watching the movie.

Note: My other favorite, "He Shouldn't-A, Hadn't-A, Oughtn't-A ..." was the real deal with Dorothy Provine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Mancini's best film scores April 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the all-time favorites among Mancini's fans: when it was reviewed at the HM site "Henry Mancini Forum", it won the best comments. It is filled with music for slapstick scenes, marches, a waltz, a lullaby, a beautiful love theme (with lyrics by Johnny Mercer) and Dorothy Provine's (who plays saloon singer Lily Olay) funny interpretation of "He Shouldn't-a, Hadn't-a, Oughtn't-a Swang On Me". A great score for probably the most expensive (and longest) road movie ever made.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Mancini--no more to say August 7, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Did Henry Mancini ever write a bad soundtrack? This one shows his incredible range, from the romantic (and Oscar nominated) "Sweetheart Tree", to the livelier "He Shouldn'ta Hadn'ta Oughtn'ta Swang on Me" and "Pie-in-the-Face Polka." In between, there's a royal waltz, Professor Fate's ominous theme "Push the Button, Max" and a title piece that manages to work in every All-American tune from "America the Beautiful" to "Dixie."
All in all, great music for a fun movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Race to Some Great Fun! February 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have seen this film many times over the years and it is always enjoyable. The album is as fun as the film and brings a smile to my face when I hear the music of Professor Fate. I can see him with his Snydley Whiplash mustache yelling at his faithful servant, Max. Mr. Mancini did a wonderful job with this music! I'm sure it will bring a twinkle to your eye as well as your heart.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The soundtrack is as wacky as the Blake Edwards movie. November 15, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I have the LP a very rare find. I am happy that it is finally in cd form. It is Mancini at his silly best. The only problem I have with this album is the Pie Fight Polka is not as long as the pie fight in the movie. That and the song The Lover Tree is just too sickening. Overall, it kicks. If you liked the movie you'll want this sountrack.
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