Touch Of Evil (DeLuxe Edition Digipack)
The Universal-International Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Gershenson, feat. Pete Candoli (tp), John Stanley (tb), John Graas (frh), Plas Johnson (ts), Dave Pell (bs), Red Norvo (vib), Barney Kessel (g), Ray Sherman (p), Jack Costanzo, Mike Pacheco (perc)
Fantastic work by Mancini that flows great from beginning to end. Mancini uses his great abilities here to the extreme, taking such styles as jazz, rock and roll and merging them with afro cuban music. Mancini and Welles collaborated intensively to create the perfect soundtrack for the perfect B-movie. Very innovative.
01. Main Title 3:29
02. Borderline Montuna 2:02
03. Strollin' Blues 2:39
04. Orson Around 2:46
05. Reflection 3:00
06. Tana's Theme 2:25
07. Flashing Nousance 1:36
08. The Boss 1:04
09. Rock Me To Sleep 2:38
10. The Big Drag 2:20
11. Ku Ku 2:42
12. Son Of Raunchy 3:00
13. Lease Breaker 2:44
14. Background For Murder 7:16
15. Barrom Rock 1:15
16. Pigeon Caged 1:37
17. Blue Pianola 3:09
18. The Chase 0:59
Total time: 49:56 min.
Originally issued on Chancellor CHL-602
Music composed by Henry Mancini
Orchestra conducted by Joseph Gershenson
The Universal-International Orchestra
Gene Lafreniere, Don Linder, Robert Goodrich, Pete Candoli (tp), John Stanley, Bruce Squires, H.L. Menge, Karl De Karske (tb), John Graas, Eugene Sherry (frh), Arthur C. Smith, Ethmer Roten, Jr. (fl), Blake Reynolds, Alan Harding, Karl Leaf (cl), Lloyd Hildebrand (basson), Plas Johnson (ts), Dave Pell (bs), John De Soto, Red Norvo (vib), Allan Reus, Barney Kessel (g), Ray Sherman, Marvin Ashpaugh, Lyman Gandes (p), Ralph Collier (d), Jack Costanzo, Mike Pacheco (perc).
Arrangements by Henry Mancini & Russell Garcia
Recorded at Universal Studios, Universal City, California, January 17, 1958
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Hi-Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"More than fifty years passed between the release of Orson Welles' last Hollywood production Touch of Evil and this CD reissue of Henry Mancini's soundtrack to the classic noir film, and the age of the music is apparent in its foggy reproduction. The surface hiss and the fairly compressed audio are the first things one notices, and the flat monaural wall of sound on most of the tracks makes this seem like a direct transfer from tape with minimal enhancements.
Still, this is a fairly clean remastering, and despite the occasionally boxy sound, the tracks are pretty boisterous and loud, so most of the instruments clearly come through. There is a pretty even distribution of '50s-era rock & roll, bossa nova, Latin jazz, boogie woogie, and blues styles in Mancini's score, and the sessions conducted by Joseph Gershenson have an authentic feeling for the time and are quite energetic and spontaneous for being studio recordings. Except for the opening bars and the last four tracks, there is little orchestral music in this soundtrack, and Mancini's use of low brass and percussion for ominous effect is sparing; the bulk of this album comes across as a vintage popular collection rather than as sinister mood music for one of the greatest B movies of all time."
Blair Sanderson -All Music Guide