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Charted: February 9, 1959

Rating: 4.379 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: jazz/ soundtrack

Quotable: “a key piece of jazz and pop music history” – Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Peter Gunn
  2. Sorta Blue
  3. The Brothers Go to Mother’s
  4. Dreamsville
  5. Session at Pete’s Pad
  6. Soft Sounds
  7. Fallout!
  8. The Floater
  9. Slow and Easy
  10. A Profound Gass
  11. Brief and Breezy
  12. Not from Dixie


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 10
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • none

Notes: A reissue added bonus tracks “In 1999 the reactivated Buddha Records label gave The Music from Peter Gunn a new and sharper digital transfer” (Eder) and added four tracks [“Walkin’ Bass,” “Blue Steel,” “Spook!,” and “Blues for Mother’s”] from More Music from Peter Gunn.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Billboard Magazine’s Album of the Year Album of the Year Grammy winner. Click to go to awards page.

The Music from Peter Gunn TV soundtrack
Henry Mancini
“This is not only a great CD but a key piece of jazz and pop music history. Back in 1958, Peter Gunn was one of the unexpected hits of the new television season, capturing the imagination of millions of viewers by mixing private eye action with a jazz setting. Composer Henry Mancini was more than fluent in jazz, and his music nailed down the popularity of the series” (Eder).

“With the main title theme, a driving, ominous, exciting piece of music to lead off the album, The Music from Peter Gunn became a huge hit, charting extraordinarily high for a television soundtrack and doing so well that RCA Victor came back the next year asking for a second helping (More Music From Peter Gunn) from Mancini. The music holds up: Session at Pete’s Pad is a superb workout for the trumpets of Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey, Conrad Gozzo, and Frank Beach, while Barney Kessel's electric guitar gets the spotlight during Dreamsville; and Sorta Blue and Fallout are full-ensemble pieces that constitute quintessential ‘cool’ West Coast jazz of the period. In other words, it’s all virtuoso orchestral jazz, presented in its optimum form” (Eder). “This a doubly valuable addition to any jazz or soundtrack collection of the era” (Eder).

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Last updated April 16, 2008.