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TV Land Presents: Favorite TV Theme Songs

Eddie Albert, Fred SteinerAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: October 2, 1959
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00006EXIL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Love Lucy Theme - Wilbur Hatch
2. Dragnet - Ray Anthony
3. The Twilight Zone - Rod Open
4. Bonanza - Al Caiola & His Orchestra
5. The Andy Griffith Theme - Earle Hagen
6. The Ballad Of Jed Clampett - Earl Scruggs
7. The Addams Family (Main Theme) - Vic Mizzy
8. Munsters Theme - Jack Marshall
9. The Ballad Of Gilligan's Isle - Morton Stevens
10. Green Acres - Eddie Albert
11. Jeannie - Hugo Montenegro
12. Batman Theme - Neal Hefti
13. (Theme From) The Monkees - The Monkees
14. Star Trek (Main Title & Closing Theme) - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
15. Mannix - Lalo Schifrin
16. Hawaii Five-O - Mort Stevens & His Orchestra
17. Theme From The Brady Bunch - The Brady Bunch
18. Come On Get Happy - The Partridge Family
19. Those Were The Days - Carroll O'Connor
20. And Then There's Maude - Donny Hathaway
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Originals May 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Right - I've bought this album and am very pleased, because most of theses tunes are originals.

Previous reviewers were right, however, to mention Star Trek & Bonanza as not being originals.

In the album booklet there are five tunes asterixed as not being originals. They are Dragnet, Bonanza, Star Trek, S.W.A.T. and Happy Days. So they own up to this fact - so fair enough.

Star Trek - I can't tell the difference between this and the TV show.

The other four, it says, were all released as singles, I presume, in these versions. Thus giving them a certain amount of validity.

It also goes on to say that some of the tunes are re-recordings by the original artists made for commercial release and are hence not the tunes used for the actual TV soundtrack. It doesn't say how many and I wouldn't like to guess. But one such track is definitely Dynasty. It's all synthy, where on the show it was more orchestral. But it is done by the original artist and released as a single so - OK.

Darren
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past November 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD had me smiling all the way home during my commute. The tracks on this CD are astounding. TV theme music from the 50's through the 90's in a whirlwind presentation that will have you singing along or laughing with glee... As far as sound quality, the tracks are very clean and true with a few surprises. The orignal themes are there, with a twist. Some of the themes are extended. In Dragnet, for instance, the familiar "Dah, dah dut, dah" motif is there and then transitions to a big band arrangement sound. The original theme sounds just like the old reruns, but even better. This "trick" is also done on Batman, Mannix, Andy Griffith and some others. These tracks and others, may have been the extended release versions on radio or perhaps a remix with some new arrangements. The only themes that I heard on this CD that did not seem original were the Munster's Theme and possibly the Brady Bunch theme. These recordings are very acceptable, and I doubt most people would even notice. That's what happens when you are glued to the tv all day as a kid. Oh well.
The collection is nothing short of entirely entertaining. You'll be able to sing along to Gilligan's Isle, appreciate the rich warmth and full arrangement of Bonanza, recollect those scary moments at night when you hear the original Twilight Zone theme, and snap your fingers to the Partridge Family theme song.
This CD is a great time machine for those who grew up in these eras and a great tour of what past tv music was like for those of us who arrived some time after the release of these shows.
If you like classic tv shows, grew up during the golden age of television, or appreciate the pop culture of television, TV Land Television themes is for you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close, but not quite October 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Many of these TV themes have been previously released on Tee Vee Tunes "Television's Greatest Hits". While many of the tunes are the originals (I Dream of Jeannie, Hawaii Five-O, Addams Family), many are not (Munsters, Bonanza, Andy Griffith), while others (such as Mannix and Happy Days) sound like extended versions of the originals. It's great to hear all the old themes again, but I'd much prefer to hear the originals. To their credit, some tracks (such as The Addams Family and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett) feature the "in" theme and the "out" theme.

If you're a fan of the old TV themes, you'll probably find something you like, though not necessarily all the originals.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Batman and Munsters September 8, 2005
By Bassman
Format:Audio CD
Despite what I've read in many of the other reviews, Batman and the Munsters ARE NOT the original versions that we heard on the intros to the shows themselves. To hear the original themes for those songs, go to the TV Land Theme song home page.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all that original August 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD thinking that all the tracks were going to be the original recordings. Some are and some are not. But for the most part, not a bad CD. But if you are looking for all original recordings and not rearrangments, then look elsewhere.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's wonderful, but... August 18, 2003
By Tsuby
Format:Audio CD
... some of the songs (such as Bonanza and Star Trek) are not original and have been re-performed by other artists.
Since I mainly bought the cd for the song of Bonanza I am really disappointed. I wish they would say on the back of the cd that 3-4 songs are not original recordings. I would probably buy the disc all the same, but I felt cheated.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not All Themes Are Originals May 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Some of these theme songs are remade and sound pretty lousy in my opinion. Any regular television viewer of these shows can easily distinguish them from originals. I can not recommend this set at all because of this. I made the mistake buying this by believing some MISLeading reviews that said they were "original themes"-"could not tell the difference from originals"(come on get your hearing checked or watch more classic tv or be more accurate. Other buyers read your reviews for guidance). I cringed at the sound of some of the weird music substituting the original theme song. They should have had the "fake" songs on another disc so I could have tossed that one in the trash.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~For Any TV Junkie~ July 10, 2003
By bob
Format:Audio CD
Now a picture may be worth a thousand words but a TV Land theme song is priceless. From I Love Lucy to Happy Days; from The Munsters to the Brady Bunch this CD has most of the classic TV shows ever. Having the most popular TV themes and TV shows what could be wrong with that. You can listen to it for hours because the whole CD is more than an hour long so its good for your listening pleasure. It even has some pictures of some TV casts/character/s in the booklet inside the CD case. Also it tells a little about each TV show about its theme song and has the dates that the show was on. Its perfect if you love music and/or love classic television.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars out of Four stars! Outstanding tv theme songs set. Best...
From Mort Stevens & his band (Hawai'i Five-0, Gilligan's Island), to Eddie Albert
on Green Acres to the Magnum, p.i. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rich The Reviewer
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 3 months ago by Deborah Crandall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!
Great CD. All the songs are just as I remembered while growing up. I would recommend this purchase to everyone.
Published 4 months ago by Susan Dianne Porter-lord
4.0 out of 5 stars Those Were The Days!
I have always loves television over other mediums and studied it like a science but less in recent years. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sylviastel
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album of Fond Memories
A fantastic album with great sound and full of memories. While some of these are not the originals, those substitutes are either very good re-creations or recognized singles... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Moreau
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun CD!
This is a fun CD and I am so glad that I purchased it. My grandson loves listening to it...over and over! :)
Published 5 months ago by S
4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I used this for a "name that tune" contest at work, and then my husband and I had fun listening to it while on a long car ride. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Virginia McCaskey
4.0 out of 5 stars sing all the tunes
now maybe I can sin-along when the shows come on. ha ha I like this cd. it is fun and sweet little theme t.v songs. Read more
Published 11 months ago by river
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite TV Theme Songs are a great ice breaker!
I was very pleased with the CD I ordered. It was delivered very promptly and in perfect condition. The theme songs were used as an ice breaker at a back to school meeting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by jlo
5.0 out of 5 stars what fun!
We love it! Everyone had a great time naming the show the theme was from. It was great to see who remembered all the words to them too.
Published 23 months ago by T. Goodrich-miller
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