The Party

Henry Mancini

The Party

RCA Henry Mancini

Jack Sheldon (fh), Ronny Lang (fl), Plas Johnson (ts), Jimmy Rowles (p), Ray Brown (b), Shelly Manne (d), Larry Bunker (vb), Bill Plummer (sitar), Milt Holland (tabla)

Reference: 74321 61056 2

Bar code: 74321 610562 5


1. The Party (vocal)
- featuring The Party Poops
2. Brunette In Yellow
3. Nothing To Lose (Instrumental)
4. Chicken Little Was Right
5. Candlelight OnCrystal
6. Birdie Num-Num
7. Nothing To lose (vocal)
- Orchestra With Chorus
8. The Happy Pipers
9. Party Poop
12.The PArty (Instrumental)

Recorded in Hollywood, California, 1968

"Just one in a long line of Mancini's excellent '60s soundtracks. This time out he's back scoring another of Blake Edwards' comedies, The Party. Featuring a Hollywood producer's cocktail party and one hapless Indian actor (Peter Sellers) who is mistakenly invited, the movie called for plenty of lounge slickness and some romping interludes. Enter Henry Mancini and his usual bag of almost-transcendent vibe and strings jazz and mod swingers. And tagging along are such Mancini veterans and class players as tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson, pianist Jimmy Rowles, and drummer Shelly Manne. Pity, then, that instead of the lovely Claudine Longet vocal turn on "Nothing to Lose," listeners only get the fine yet disappointing instrumental version. A minor quibble, really, in light of all the high-end booty to be had".
Stephen Cook (

"The Party was the third hilarious outing for the three-way collaboration between Peter Sellers, director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini, after the highly successful The Pink Panther and A Shot In The Dark. The composer's beautiful and varied melodies are addictive. Cues like 'Brunette in Yellow' and its slow oozy jazz saxophone and 'Candlight On Crystal' with its graceful jazz piano solo are a perfect accompaniment for a romantic evening. While other tracks are manic romps, just the background for a fervent Sixties get-together. The composer's innate wit also bubbles to the surface in cues like 'The Happy Pipers' a carefree, bizarre and fun combination of massed whistlers and massed pipes. Most of all the score to The Party is fun".
- Andrew Keech (

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