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Henry Mancini - Pink Guitar $15.99

GRAMMY WINNER !!  Pop Instrumental Album of the Year!! 

The Tunes, The Artists, The CD...

Pink Panther Theme - Laurence Juber
Moon River - Ed Gerhard (from the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's")
Days of Wine and Roses - David Cullen
It's Easy to Say - Doug Smith (from the movie "10")
Peter Gunn - Pat Donohue
The Thornbirds Theme - Al Petteway
The Sweetheart Tree - Mark Hanson (from the movie "The Great Race")
What's Happening - Mike Dowling
Charade - Aaron Stang
Dear Heart - Wayne Johnson
Baby Elephant Walk - William Coulter (from the movie "Hatari")
Two for the Road - Amrit Sond
CD BONUS TRACK (not in the book)
A Shot In the Dark
- Mark Hanson / Doug Smith duet


Solid Air Records

Here's a capital idea executed brilliantly: 13 inventive acoustic guitar arrangements of Mancini classics - 12 solo and one bonus duet - by a dozen top-flight pickers.

Even though this already won the GRAMMY for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year (beating more commercial fare by Mason Williams, smooth jazzers Boney James and Dave Koz, and an all star tribute to Luther Vandross) it may have snuck under most people's radar. Don't let it slip under yours.

Mancini's catalog has been interpreted in a variety of ways, but this, the first acoustic guitar tribute to the composer,is one of the most original and refreshing-with a warm, intimate sound, even though each player's distinctive tone remains intact.

Former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber opens the show with a spirited reading of "Pink Panther Theme" with CGDGAD tunning allowing the fingerpicker to capture the essence of Plas Johnson's sax solo while maintaining a walking bass.  Pat Donohue sounds even more like two guitars, simultaneously playing melody and bass line on a mindboggling version of "Peter Gunn".  Similarly, William Coulter juggles melody and bass on "Baby Elephant Walk", from "Hatari".

That is two guitars , though, on " A Shot In The Dark" - Mark Hanson and Doug Smith's appropriately fun not to Inspector Clooseau, with a reference to "Pink Panther" slipped in at the end.

David Cullen gives "The Days Of Wine and Roses" a bossa nova feel on gut-string, while steel stringer Ed Gerhard patiently focuses on the beautiful melody of "Moon River" and Mike Dowling shows that the tv theme for "What's Happening!!" sits comfortably in a relaxed ragtime groove.

Each artist contributes a description of his selection, and as Aaron Stang points out, he relied heavily on minor 9th chords to add mystery and suspense to "Charade", which he pulls off quite successfully. And All Petteway explains that he changes tunings from CADGAD to DADGAD on the fly (without losing a beat) in "The Thorn Birds."

A book of all these arrangements with a CD of tips from the players is also available from .  So either sit back enjoy or get to work- but check this out. It's a winner!

Dan Forte/ Vintage Guitar Magazine
Various ArtistsHenry Mancini: Pink Guitar   SACD2048    CD

Paying tribute to one of the great composers of the 20th Century - the
legendary Henry Mancini, PINK GUITAR features an assortment of some of his signature pieces presentd as acoustic guitar interpretations. Listening to this album
you are struck by how strong (and memorable) Mancini's compositions are...even
with zero background accompaniment, the melodies are just as powerful as they
would be if they were performaed with a full orchestra.  The album also shows
how diverse Mancini's repetoire is.  "Moon River" (stunningly performed by Ed
Gerhard) captures the very meaning of romance, while "Pink Panther Theme" and
"Baby Elephant Walk" show a more playful , mischievous side to his composing
style. Artists featured include Laurence Juber, Al Petteway, David Cullen,
William Coulter and more.

Music Design Monthly  
Various Artists
Henry Mancini:  Pink Guitar
On Sunday 13th February at The Staples Centre in Los Angeles, the 47th Grammy Awards Show proved to be a rewarding evening out for the people behind Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar, an album of instrumental renditions of Henry Mancini's greatest work - all played on acoustic guitars.
The album was given the award for 'Pop Instrumental Album Of The Year'.  One of the contributors, Amrit Sond, said of the award: "Winning the Grammy is just amazing.  The solo guitar approach can be a long and unforgiving, hard road for us fingerstyle instrumental musicians.  The music that we play does not necessarily fit into a commercial market place and the rewards may not be as appreciative as we'd all hope for.  The Grammy makes it all the more worthwhile and recognises our contribution to quality and our undying dedication to our art.  It's also a celebration for the acoustic guitar to win in a major category". 
The album itself features all of Mancini's better known compositions, from Laurence Juber's run through the much loved 'Pink Panther Theme' to Ed Gerhard's touching take on 'Moon River', the song that Andy Williams made his own, of which Gerhard says in the sleeve notes: "When I was asked to contribute an arrangement of 'Moon River' to this compilation, I groaned a little, but curiosity got the best of me and after a few attempts in various tunings, wound up with a skeleton arrangement". 
Elsewhere, Al Petteway adds a faithful version of 'The Thorn Birds' while Mike Dowling's rendition of 'What's Happening!!', the theme from the 70's sitcom of the same name, is as familiar as it is warming.  Sond himself contributes 'Two For The Road' to the record, of which he says: "the beautifully written and emotionally moving melody lent itself very nicely to my nocturnal nature.  This version reflects that peaceful time where everything just is (it was recorded around 4:00am - and in FADGBE tuning)". 
James Jensen, owner of Solid Air Records and one of the men responsible for putting the compilation together (along with his colleague Aaron Stang) said of the compilation on the sleeve:" At this 10th anniversary of the passing of the legendary composer Henry Mancini there are many products in the stores honouring his memory; everything from repackages of older recordings to new and exciting versions of his tunes from jazz ensembles to pop stars.  Our collection marks the first time a group of guitarists has tackled his compositions; it's a tribute to the strength of his melodies that even played with no other accompaniment they retain all their power, beauty and playfulness". 
On its way to winning the Grammy, the album beat off stiff competition from a tribute album dedicated to the work of soul singer Luther Vandross, which featured contributions from artists as respected as George Benson.  Also in the category were albums by Boney James and Dave Koz. 
Everyone at Acoustic sends our congratulations to all of the contributors on the album, and everyone involved in putting it together. 
Brett Callwood/Acoustic Magazine UK

Artist: Henry Mancini
Product Type: AMR CDs
Item #: SACD2048
Price: $15.99
Henry Mancini - Pink Guitar
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 29 September, 2005.

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