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All-Time Top 100 TV Themes [Soundtrack]

Bill Conti, Bruce Broughton, Chris Seefried, Chuck Barris, Charles Fox, Fred MollinAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: September 17, 1964
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Tvt
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Six Feet Under
2. Sex And The City
3. Ally McBeal
4. Will & Grace
5. Everybody Loves Raymond
6. Frasier
7. Friends
8. Late Show With David Letterman
9. Mad About You
10. Melrose Place
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Disc: 2
1. One Day At A Time
2. Welcome Back, Kotter
3. Barney Miller
4. Starsky and Hutch
5. S.W.A.T.
6. The Jeffersons
7. Police Woman
8. The Rockford Files
9. Good Times
10. The Six Million Dollar Man
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Editorial Reviews

America is a huge, diverse country with Yankee home cooking and Tex Mex cuisine. People ski on frozen Vermont mountains and surf the big waves in sun drenched California. One thing that binds it all together is TV. Television is American culture, a common thread that holds it all together on a nightly basis as we assemble around our living rooms to watch our favorite characters and shows.

Twenty years ago, TVT Records was born with its first release, Television's Greatest Hits. Now after having sold millions of its TV theme compilations around the world, America's #1 independent label for the past 4 years running is returning to its roots. In celebration of TVT's 20th Anniversary, it is releasing the ultimate TV collection, All Time Top 100 TV Themes, featuring themes drawn from all the original sources.

Hearing these theme songs consistenly evokes a strong emotional response, pointing to a time when everyone watched the same TV shows again and again. From I Love Lucy and Green Acres to Batman and The Monkees, to Welcome Back Kotter and M*A*S*H to Pee Wee's Playhouse and Twin Peaks to Friends and Six Feet Under, virtually anyone who grew up American watching television is sure to want a nostalgic piece of their shared cultural past.

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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another "gem" from TVT October 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
WOW! 100 top themes...and all original! Unfortunately, "all original" by TVT standards, can sometimes mean recorded off the TV. I started out hopeful. I thought that maybe they'd actually contacted the studios and replaced a lot of their previously released material (lame covers or bad quality broadcast versions) with "original" source recordings. Aside from a couple of exceptions, the majority was pretty much what you'd expect from TVT. 100 all-time top TV themes, eh? By the looks of it, the top 100 was more a choice of availability than popularity (21 Jump Street?).
Hey TVT, how about spending some time and money and going after the authentic material. How long must we be subjected to yet another release of the "Charlie's Angels" theme with John Forsythe's narration. And what's up with the "Dynasty" theme? What happened to the main horn section? Instead of removing music tracks from a theme, how about removing all those irritating sound effects, like on "Starsky and Hutch", "The A-Team", "Fantasy Island", "MASH" etc. The Batman theme was cool and was original source material. It was nice of Film Score Monthly to do all the leg work since TVT was too lazy to do it for themselves(this version was included on the 1966 Batman movie Soundtrack released a few years ago).
Bottom line, if there are themes on this CD that you must have, then a bad version is better than no version at all. But for serious TV theme collectors, we'll just have to be satisfied with the rare TV soundtrack release from FSM or other such labels and collect the themes one CD at a time.
In response to the other reviewer,...Mr. Lowe, you don't know, Jack! Sound effects and narration on the themes may be fine when you're getting together with your drunken buddies to play "Name That Tune", but serious collectors of television music would prefer CLEAN versions of the themes.
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61 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Docked a star for sound quality. August 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a fan of TV themes from way back, it's good to hear that in this compilation TVT Records finally went authentic instead of using the many "re-creations" they have issued in the past.

Now, someone needs to introduce those folks to a little bit of technology I like to call an "equalizer". The "classic" themes on this set sound mostly like someone stuck a microphone up to a TV speaker to record them. (Maybe TVT Records found the tape I made of TV themes back in the 60s?) A LOT could have been done to make the songs sound a whole lot better than they do here. And it wouldn't be inauthentic--that shrillness in so many of the old themes was installed to counteract the effect of land line distribution way back when, not because the producers wanted to pierce your ears from the inside.

A couple of inauthentic edits have been applied, too: The Mary Tyler Moore theme has the MTM logo "meow" spliced in, in place of the final note. Cute, but it doesn't work. The Addams Family theme (which suffers from too much noise reduction, btw) and The Jetsons theme have the beginning and ending themes spliced together.

With the older themes, a lot of times TVT has given us the ending theme only, which is going to sound wrong to a lot of people. You won't hear Rod Serling on the Twilight Zone theme. And I don't know what exactly went wrong with the Flinstones theme, but it ain't right.

Nitpicks? Maybe. But TVT Records wants to splash "All Original" on the cover, so I think it's fair to point out these things.

I won't argue over whether these are truly the 100 greatest TV themes. They definitely got some of the good ones. THE greatest TV theme, in my opinion, isn't here, but you can hear it at my web site (see my sig line, above).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Time Collectors Will Be Somewhat Disappointed April 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Right away, this album has a problem, just because of its title. We can sit and argue about what constitutes a "Top 100 TV Theme," but clearly some of these do not belong: For example, "Merrie Melodies" and "Looney Tunes" weren't TV themes at all; they were music from theatrically released cartoons. Yes, you heard them on television on local kiddie shows, but they weren't designed for a television program, so technically they aren't really TV themes.

We have to get nit-picky here because all true collectors of this type of material are! And if you have previously purchased the series of "Television's Greatest Hits" discs from TVT, you already have the bulk of what's on this 2 CD set. Many of the tracks were lifted directly from those earlier discs, like "Mary Tyler Moore," which added the MTM cat meow to the end of the theme on that earlier disc and kept it here (also note that the MTM theme is still the "how will you make it on your own" version from season one of the series and not the "who can turn the world on with her smile" recording most people remember). Also from those previous discs, "The Jetsons," and "The Addams Family" which combines the Opening and Closing themes of their shows appear again here. And some of these tracks are actually only the closing themes to the programs, like "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Honeymooners," "My Three Sons," and "I Love Lucy" among several others. I understand why this happened: announcers talking over the music make it impossible to provide the actual main theme track, but there should be an asterisk next to these selections.

I hate to say it, but there are a couple of "reformulated" tracks on this disc as well, so you are not getting 100 tracks that are the originals as heard on the programs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My family enjoyed this game.. A great game to play...
Published 1 month ago by Tiese Knox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price for the original themes
Still use this cd for all my notications, and ringtones. Great price for the original themes. I save alot buying and dowloading from the net ringtones that are unique.
Published 1 month ago by not a fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
nothing really special.
Published 1 month ago by fodraks
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste
Don't waste your money on this one. The music is the abbreviated version. None sounded original. It sounded like a collection of "sampler" pieces.
Published 2 months ago by Sidney Bondurant
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping and the CD is in excellent condition!
Fast shipping and the CD is in excellent condition!! I used it as a family guessing game. I would play the songs for 5 seconds. It was so much fun!!
Published 2 months ago by Ms. J. Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD set!
Great CD set and the only place I've found to get the theme to PeeWee's Playhouse - it makes a great alarm.
Published 3 months ago by Hardhack
5.0 out of 5 stars All-Time Top 100 TV Themes
Our family had so much fun listening to this CD and remembering all the popular TV themes from our past. Be sure to listen for your favorites!
Published 5 months ago by ladygordon
5.0 out of 5 stars what a party
Had a blastcwith friends over the weekend playing name that tune, and there are a lot of tunes to name! Enjoy
Published 7 months ago by LNB
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
This was and still is great a great purchase. We use it all of the time for our game night. My friends and family love it!
Published 9 months ago by Deborah Crandall
5.0 out of 5 stars Our High School Dayz & TV
Bring back memories so I bought this for that and wasn't disappointed - many by the original artists
Ah the days of B&W TV - I'm so glad we have Color and Surround
Published 10 months ago by P. Strickler
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