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Mon, 31 Jan 2005

Combo / Henry Mancini
Combo! Some music is timeless. And some... isn't. This album was recorded in 1960, a fact that will be obvious to anyone who's ever been exposed to the beatnik era. Movies that used this kind of music seem to me as laughably dated as all those psychedelic drug fantasies of just a few years later. (Watching The President's Analyst in DVD a few weeks ago, I was reminded of that fact most forcefully.)

But perhaps I'm being unfair to Combo!. After all, most of Mancini's work feels dated today. And immediately recognizable as his, in ways that more versatile composers manage to avoid. Like hearing the influence of The Pink Panther in Moanin'. Or The Odd Couple in Playboy's Theme. There's something a little bland and derivative about Mancini, something that makes these tracks sound more like recreations of an era by somebody who wasn't there. Funny, since he was there. And I most certainly wasn't.

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