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Music From Mission: Impossible (1966-1973 Television Series) Soundtrack

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It's not often that a TV show's soundtrack boosts its ratings, but that was the case for Mission: Impossible and Lalo Schifrin's intoxicating music. This reissue adds bonus tracks.


1. Mission: Impossible
2. Jim On The Move
3. Operation Charm
4. The Sniper
5. Rollin Hand
6. The Plot
7. Wide Willy
8. Cinnamon
9. Barney Does It All
10. Danger
11. Mission: Accomplished
12. Intrigue
13. Self-Destruct
14. More Mission

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: October 8, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000002PG3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rick Simms on June 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was turned onto this album while in college in 1969. I've been a jazz freak since childhood and played music professionally since I was 14, and this just blew me away. Yes, this is a soundtrack album, but it's also a great jazz album. Best of all are the absolute heavyweights on the session. Though only some of the players are listed on the cover, I have seen a more complete listing...the best of the best. This big band (with strings and things, like sitar and harpsichord)includes two of the greatest jazz deities, Bud Shank (formerly with Kenton, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne ad inf.) on alto and flute, and Stu Williamson (formerly with Herman, Kenton, Frank Rosolino, Shelly Manne, etc.) accompany a band of Olympian musical peers. They play with a combination of musical artistry and screaming precision that I've only heard from assemblies such as Shorty Rogers' Giants, another all star team that included some of the same players here. Though their solos are often short, there's no mistaking the sound of Bud's flute and alto (theme from Mannix, Daktari, etc.) and Stu's trumpet. In fact, it was hearing Stu Williamson for the first time,(Shelly Manne & His Men Vol.4) at 15, that made me forever obcessed with continually improving my improvisation. Though I have always been inspired by the phrasings of Jack Montrose, Art Pepper, Bob Cooper, Bud Shank and Charley Mariano, I was amazed, once, when listening to recordings of myself, to realize how much Stu Williamson has influenced my playing. Possibly the greatest valve trombone player, I consider him the greatest trumpet soloist I have ever heard. They should hve let him do more. Borrowing from the best is the highest compliment you can give.Read more ›
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking for a series soundtrack that encompasses Schifrin's excellent TV scoring, you haven't found it. What you *have* found is a selection of interesting music with a jazzy beat that encompasses the feel of the series, if not necessarily the series itself. This will disappoint some, but the music selection is peppy and high-quality if somewhat repetitive in places and will delight many listeners.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo H. Ferreyra on July 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a Cd edition of the two Mission Impossible album LP's released in the 60's. The original titles of the LP where "Mission: Impossible" and "More Mission:Impossible". Almost all the tracks are composed by Lalo Schifrin except "Cinamon" by Jack Urbont, "The Chelsea Memorandum" by Shorty Rogers and "Foul Play" by Richard Hazzard. While is not the original soundtrack it has all the themes of the show expanded in a theme format, and is the perfect companion for "The Best Of Mission Impossible" (Crescendo) that contains original recordings.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marc T. Smith on April 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although it took someone awhile to get around to re-issuing Lalo Schifrin's classic soundtrack album from the hit 60's TV show (the first of two ST albums he recorded), the wait was worth it. Here we have not only the great title tune, but alot of great incidental music as well, which Schifrin culled from the background scores he wrote for the weekly adventure. A special bonus are the extra tracks from the followup album, "More music from Mission: Impossible."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evangelos Falelakis on March 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I would say that i am fanatic with everything related with the words "TV SERIES","SIXTIES".

This album is a great example that we had great TV SERIES with great music scores produced in the USA -not only in UK.

Jazz music,lounge music,even classic music mixed in a brilliant way in this O.S.T.

In this cd you can hear the original and the best by far,famous version of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE theme.

It is a cd that you will hear from beggining to end,again and again.With how many albums that are produced these days can you do the same?A very few i pressume.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brad Cole on August 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Beware: This is a nice 60s-era LA big band album, but none of these tracks ever appeared in the actual television series. A more accurate title for this one would be "Music Inspired by Mission: Impossible." I remember buying this LP in 1968, and trying to return it because I was incensed that it contained no music from the series itself. It seemed to me to be misrepresentation. Even the theme is an expanded and jazzed-up arrangement. A lot of interesting and creative music from different composers was used in the series and was never made available in any format. The newly released DVD Season 2 has the music remixed and remastered in stereo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on January 17, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Let's get the obvious out of the way: the theme from Mission Impossible is indelible. That 5/4 hook Lalo Schiffrin carved to funk up the theme in 1966 snags so quick, it has snagged this little song straight into being a cultural literacy requisite.

No wonder: The 5/4 idea in what is actually a 12-bar blues is indicative of what made Schifrrin a master jazz composer: taking the familiar and standing it on its ear--making it totally unique with an abstract concept.

It occured to me while hearing this album again that the show Mission Impossible ran from 1966-1973. Beatles, Hendrix, Progressive rock-this was THE time for music: rock was changing the world and pop music, in the biggest use of the term, was evolving breakneck.

You can hear a lot of this on this score. Electric flutes, electric keybords, all those inventions quickly being brought into rock were flooding into all of music, via rock. There is tons of invention on this music. If the TV show had began in 1963, the scores would have been entirely different.

There are some dead spots here, ballads and more convential music. You don't get the beginning to end attack you do on Bullitt or Dirty Harry.

But when this music is on, man, is it on.
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