Song of the day: Henry Mancini – "The Magnificent Seven"

June 29, 2012

When Elmer Bernstein was commissioned to write the theme for The Magnificent Seven, he may have taken the title literally and thought his brief was to write seven magnificent tunes for it:

Henry Mancini – “The Magnificent Seven (1972)


Well, maybe there aren’t seven magnificent tunes in that piece of music. I’m probably imagining it. But however many tunes there actually are (I haven’t counted), I think they’re all utterly magnificent.

If you didn’t care for Henry’s version (i.e., “I’m a rock music fan – where’s the guitar?”), you might prefer one that features a guitar:

Al Caiola & His Orchestra – “The Magnificent Seven (1961)


Either way, it’s a win-win situation for lovers of instrumentals, easy listening, movie scores, great tunes etc.