Mannix was a long running TV series (1967-1975) revolving around the life
and adventures of a PI named, er, Mannix.
Mannix theme is typical of 60's music and quite similar to many other TV
themes of that time like Bewitched, The Jetsons etc.and quite memorable.
It has a distinct jazzy flavour and driving beat. Many tracks utilise similar
orchestrations, brass, bass, percussion some strings and, occasionally, piano
and synths, so that most of the tracks feel and sound the same. Some tracks
stand out though, like "SAO PAOLO AFTER DARK", with its delicious Latin flavour;
and, especially, "WARNING: LIVE BLUEBERRIES", a very sensitive piece of music,
introduced by wind and guitars, with the later addition of orchestra, both
demonstrating Schifrins lyrical abilities beyond any doubt. These tracks
elevate the whole score and are pure delight. Also, an attempt to build a
sense of suspense is made in "CURTAINS FOR A MURDER", although it is somehow
spoiled by the jazzy mood. The CD also contains a quite awful, longer version
of the Mannix theme, and a techno mix of the theme as a bonus track which
sounds completely out-of-place.
The whole score is typical of its era, sounding quite cheesy and outdated
but it certainly has its moments. Apart from them, the score is a mellow,
laid-back rendition of the 60's music which is enjoyable if you appreciate
this kind of music. Others may find it boring. It will certainly appeal to
the 60's generation, and fans of the TV series.