Released in 1971,
this Mancini LP
reveals how much Mancini often tried
to stay in tune with popular musical expressions.
Here, besides a medley tribute to Simon & Garfunkel,
he also includes the overture from The Who's rock opera "Tommy"
and a medley of tunes from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's
"Jesus Christ Superstar."
Simon & Garfunkel had just broken up in 1970
after the release of their last album together:
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"
was released less than two years previously
and had not yet made its way
to stage or film.
"Jesus Christ Superstar"
had been released
as a concept album
less than a year previously
and was months
away from its opening