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Mannix
(1967)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Lalo Schifrin
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Aleph Records
(October 26th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you consider yourself an enthusiast of Lalo Schifrin's unorthodox styles of the 1960's and 70's, because this album is a fantastic tribute to one of his most notable triumphs.

Avoid it... if you either demand the original recordings or have no tolerance whatsoever for the (arguably) badly aged crossover jazz of the period.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,296
WRITTEN 12/21/99, REVISED 9/8/08
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Mannix: (Lalo Schifrin) All subgenres, whether on film or television, get their start somewhere, and the days of the tough cop/investigator who bends the rules with iron fists are owed largely to Bruce Geller's "Mannix." The CBS show ran for eight seasons, starting in 1967, and spent many of those years in the top twenty most popular television shows in terms of ratings. It was nominated for 15 Emmy awards and only saw its demise due to studio infighting. The character of Joe Mannix was a romantic with a hard edge, typical of the many similar characters to follow in the 1970's. One of the show's lasting, successful elements was the music of composer Lalo Schifrin, who was naturally called upon by his friend Geller. The two had collaborated on "Mission: Impossible" two years earlier, a stunning musical success all around that endured for decades. It was Geller who had the idea of creating a sound for the show that didn't fit any of the normal boundaries that audiences had been accustomed to. After hearing the style he wanted for "Mannix" on a radio jazz station, he conveyed that desire to Schifrin, who in turn translated the idea into a distinctive combination of waltz rhythms and jazz instrumentation. The unique sound not only prevails in the catchy title theme for the show, but also in the rambling underscore cues that were general enough in their pacing and structure to apply to several scenes of similar emotional response. The attractive jazz, swinging in a fashion more appropriate for a lounge than a traditional big band, was often incongruent for the on screen imagery, especially when the downright elegant music accompanied scenes of the title character shown engaging in everyday or mundane situations. There are some aspects of big band performances in the music for "Mannix," but it is, for the most part, an intimate character portrait even in its more frenetic sequences. The instrumentation is very diverse for a project on the small screen, allowing for the Hammond organ and saxophone to be accompanied by guitar, harpsichord, and many solo elements pulled from a standard orchestral ensemble.



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Total Time: 45:20
• 1. Mannix (Title Track, Short Version) (1:31)
• 2. Hunt Down (3:28)
• 3. The Shadow (3:43)
• 4. Sao Paolo After Dark (3:53)
• 5. Turn Every Stone (3:46)
• 6. Warning: Live Blueberries (4:11)
• 7. Beyond the Shadow of Today (2:34)
• 8. The Girl Who Came in With the Tide (3:09)
• 9. The Edge of Night (2:58)
• 10. Curtains for a Murder (3:46)
• 11. The End of the Rainbow (2:35)
• 12. You Should Have Known (3:26)
• 13. End Game (2:25)
• 14. The Vienna Incident (3:35)
• 15. Fear (2:50)
• 16. Mannix (Long Version) (4:17)
• 17. Bonus Track: Mannix Mixdown (4:17)

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The insert includes extensive credits and information about the music and show.
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