Back in the 1960's the film companys began to release the music of their films under a "comercial potencial" policy. The soundtracks were adapted to fit on a LP, with the more popular cues arranged as tracks or songs.
The original soundtrack for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was recorded in 1961. Mancini re-recorded the soundtrack in 1962, which was released as Breakfast At Tiffany's
. The music was arranged and recorded using improved facilities, with the touch from the best music producers of the time.
On Moon River and Me
you can find the music as it was recorded for the film. Here is the first version of "Moon River" as sang by Audrey Hepburn (in the 1962 recording the song is by a chorus) with the same audio quality as the soundtrack.
The 1962 album is better as the sound is pristine and the re-arranged film's party music is more powerful here. Also Mancini had time to polish his sountrack under the comercial success of the film.
For those who own and love the 1962 recording this new CD is a good choice; you can hear how Mancini enhanced the film's music and Audrey's version sees the light in the right place. In the liner notes Mancini recalls the story about the score and the re-recording making right the title - Henry Mancini "Moon River and Me".