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Miami Vice it was gritty, steamy and sensual, from its sultry, edgy Jan Hammer-composed theme song, to the plotline of two no-nonsense vice squad cops (Don Johnson's Sonny Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas' Ricardo Tubbs). Enmeshed in the seedy underbelly of Miami's dark and dangerous drug world, Miami Vice not only became a popular TV show, but an influence on the pop culture that was extensive and far reaching. The show set trends it could not foresee especially in fashion and in how television utilized music. While the music helped define the show, it largely was inspired by a certain musical venture called MTV. The visual styling of the show, set the standard for many shows to come, including Homicide: Life On The Street, NYPD Blue, Law And Order and CSI Miami. Actually, musical integration on various TV series' is largely a result of Miami Vice, which raised the bar on television production in every aspect.

1. Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer
2. You Belong To The City - Glenn Frey
3. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
4. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood & The Destroyers
5. Better Be Good To Me - Tina Turner
6. I'm So Excited - The Pointer Sisters
7. Mercy (Where Is The Love I Lost) - Steve Jones
8. Crockett's Theme - Jan Hammer
9. Smuggler's Blues - Glenn Frey
10. The Glamorous Life - Sheila E.
11. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
12. Lives In The Balance - Jackson Browne
13. Turn Up The Radio - Autograph
14. The Original Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B000FVBLBQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Firebrand on August 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This compilation is better than previous attempts in capturing music, the memories, from key scenes. But as others also note, there are major omissions. Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight", obviously. And what "Vice" junkie could forget the memories evoked by "Brothers in Arms" by Dire Straits, "Cry" by Godley & Creme, "Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi, "Bad Attitude" by Honeymoon Suite, "Tell Me" by Terry Kath, or even Sheena Easton. Russ Ballard is hard to find anywhere.

Because individuals decide which "Vice" scenes, which music (from a huge cross-section of music from a five year time span during which Jan Hammer and Tim Truman, both magnificent, ran the show), mattered the most, no single collection will be definitive.

In the end, people are best off getting Jan Hammer's "Miami Vice: The Complete Collection" sountrack compilation, and making one's own "hit" collection using song lists from the various "Miami Vice" web site.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Petit on June 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As others have noted, the exclusion of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" is ridiculous; It's not a 'Best Of' if one of the most iconic songs ever used in the show isn't included! There's plenty of other odd exclusions, too: Russ Ballard's "Voices", Honeymoon Suite's "Bad Attitude", Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms", and Terry Kath's "Tell Me" are the most notable songs absent from this release, and I would have gladly subbed any of them for Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", The Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited", George Thorogood's "Bad To The Bone", Autograph's "Turn Up The Radio" or Sheila E.'s "Glamourous Life". Are those good songs? Sure. But, they don't really come to mind when I think of Miami Vice, not to mention they're all over other 80's compilations and the radio. If we're going that route, at least include Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me".

Even lesser known songs from the show's run would have sufficed: Tommy Shaw's "Girls With Guns" and "Dangerous Game", both of which are excellent songs (and luckily, finally recently reissued on their respective albums: "Girls With Guns" & "Ambition"). Ditto for The Nobodys "No Guarantees", a hard-to-find track. Speaking of rare, Miami Vice's own Don Johnson sang "Streetwise" for his "Heartbeat" album, but cut it from the LP. It's a good song, and was used in season three's also-named "Streetwise". That would have been a great addition. Genesis' "Land of Confusion" used in the final episode, would have been great, as well.

But, even though this disc fails to truly be a "Best Of", it does feature some great tracks. Both of Glenn Frey's oferrings are true MV classics, as is Jackson Browne's "Lives In The Balance".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on March 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As others have noted, this is 'a' Best of album, certainly not deeply indicative of five seasons of this 80s show.

Yes, In The Air Tonight, as used in the first season, is often cited as the epitomy of the Miami Vice aesthetic, or 'thing'. And it's missing, as are plenty of other songs. Jan Hammer is only represented by three tracks--two versions of the famous theme, and Crockett's Theme, a rare instrumental hit single. But what about the countless other tracks and cues? The three tracks off the original Miami Vice soundtrack album (white cover) alone are a better value than this, plus you get the Collins track and other 80s time capsule material (Grandmaster Flash, etc). This kind of Best of soundtrack CD is really becoming obsolete in the downloading era--there's nothing special on here you can't find elsewhere these days, one track at a time.

Meanwhile, the Complete Miami Vice 2CD set (all Jan Hammer) is out of print and stupidly expensive, but it's got all of the score. The songs...just go find a listing online or go through the excellent DVD boxes and go find what you need online. There's just not enough on here to do justice to so many slo-mo scenes of Don Johnson in pastels, gun drawn, in a climactic showdown with various Miami druglords and dirtbags.
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By James Mayfield on July 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The tracks in this album are real good, but like someone mentioned before no "In the air tonight", the song that made Miami Vice famous in the first place (besides the theme). One other song that is not on any of the Miami Vice soundtracks is a song titled Voices by Russ Ballard. This song was played in the Prodigal Son episodes when Crockett and Tubbs were on their way in the speedboat to the Bahamas to arrest Caldarone. Great song but always omitted from any soundtrack.
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Brings back memories of hunkering down on Friday nights with my small 13" TV in my bedroom--shutting out all the world and the problems of being a teen. I always thought Miami was so exotic and affluent and the series made for great entertainment. Now I have seen Miami in real life, and realize what great salesmanship the dream of Miami was in the series. I used to have the cassette tape version, but had to replace it later in life...
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By Mark J. House on November 21, 2012
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One of the best soundtracks for a television program of all time. U2, Genesis, Phil Collins(Genesis lead singer), and many, many more included. Highly recommended to fans of the show and 80's music. Might I add Miami Vice is one of the best crime dramas ever made for television as well.
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