Although Mancini had been successfully writing movie music from well before, these albums contain a selection of TV and movie themes from a period at the end of the 50's and the early to mid 60's when big band 'jazz' was still a significant force in the popular music market. The earliest albums here are from two relatively similar 50's TV series about detectives, gangsters and other lowlife but have different styles - the Peter Gunn music being more brash and the Mr Lucky music more laid back, especially the terrific third track Softly. I find the film music from 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's very lightweight but it shares a disc with the soundtrack to the thriller Arabesque from 1966 which is much more emotive and interesting. The movie music to The Pink Panther needs no introduction from me. The 1961 album Combo contains 12 original tracks played by Mancini's smaller 12 piece jazz band (hence the title) and includes one of his most famous non-movie orchestral pieces, Tequila. Only four stars from me overall because there is too much filler in this set but good value nonetheless. It is particularly nice to be able to read the back cover text for all the listed albums which are period pieces in themselves.