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These are the Voyages: TOS, Season 1
These are the Voyages: TOS, Season 1
by Marc Cushman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars So fascinating, April 3, 2014
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This is a great book. The only thing that I felt didn't have much written about it was the music. But just buy the 15 CD box set and you'll have the rest of the story.


SmartMouth Alcohol-Free Mouthwash, Fresh Mint, 16 Ounce
SmartMouth Alcohol-Free Mouthwash, Fresh Mint, 16 Ounce
Price: $9.69
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but frustrating, April 3, 2014
The product works great but I think the clear liquid may evaporate more than the green liquid. I try to be accurate in using equal portions but I'm always run out of the clear liquid first. I wished they sold the liquids separately so I could even things out a bit. I've even tried a 3 to 4 ratio but still haven't caught up.


Great Elephant, The: An Illustrated Allegory [Hardcover] [2005] (Author) Nik Ranieri
Great Elephant, The: An Illustrated Allegory [Hardcover] [2005] (Author) Nik Ranieri
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One off sale for too much money, November 24, 2013
This is a bogus post. You shouldn't have to pay over $50 for this book. Go to the correct post where it's on sale for under $20.


TV Theme Library: Classic TV - A to Z
TV Theme Library: Classic TV - A to Z
Price: $18.98

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GARBAGE, October 19, 2012
This release, along with others of its kind, is the lowest of the low when it comes to TV themes. These horrible cover versions should be removed from Amazon (and iTunes, for that matter) and done away with. Until trash like this is discouraged, the original TV themes that everyone wants, will take forever to be released. Unfortunately, this stuff exists because it's easier to get publication rights (that is, rights to the written music but not the performances) and record your own version than it is to get the rights to the original recordings. Until studios lighten up on rights, this type of garbage will continue to be produced and sold to an unsuspecting public.
I give this release ONE star for allowing you to hear samples of these "themes" so you don't waste your money.


Favorite Classic TV Themes
Favorite Classic TV Themes
Price: $9.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TRASH, October 19, 2012
This release, along with others of its kind, is the lowest of the low when it comes to TV themes. These horrible cover versions should be removed from Amazon (and iTunes, for that matter) and done away with. Until trash like this is discouraged, the original TV themes that everyone wants, will take forever to be released. Unfortunately, this stuff exists because it's easier to get publication rights (that is, rights to the written music but not the performances) and record your own version than it is to get the rights to the original recordings. Until studios lighten up on rights and/or producers are willing to pay a little extra for the quality recordings, this type of garbage will continue to be produced and sold to an unsuspecting public.
I give this release ONE star for allowing you to hear samples of these "themes" so you don't waste your money.


Tv Theme Songs of the Past
Tv Theme Songs of the Past
Price: $17.98

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars garbage, October 19, 2012
This release, along with others of its kind, is the lowest of the low when it comes to TV themes. A few themes are poor quality versions but the majority are cover versions. These horrible cover versions should be removed from Amazon (and iTunes, for that matter) and done away with. Until trash like this is discouraged, the original TV themes that everyone wants, will take forever to be released. Unfortunately, this stuff exists because it's easier to get publication rights (that is, rights to the written music but not the performances) and record your own version than it is to get the rights to the original recordings. Until studios lighten up on rights, this type of garbage will continue to be produced and sold to an unsuspecting public.
I give this release ONE star for allowing you to hear samples of these "themes" so you don't waste your money.
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TV Top Theme Songs
TV Top Theme Songs

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CRAP!, October 19, 2012
This review is from: TV Top Theme Songs (MP3 Music)
This release, along with others of its kind, is the lowest of the low when it comes to TV themes. These horrible cover versions should be removed from Amazon (and iTunes, for that matter) and done away with. Until trash like this is discouraged, the original TV themes that everyone wants, will take forever to be released. Unfortunately, this stuff exists because it's easier to get publication rights (that is, rights to the written music but not the performances) and record your own version than it is to get the rights to the original recordings. Until studios lighten up on rights, this type of garbage will continue to be produced and sold to an unsuspecting public.
I give this release ONE star for allowing you to hear samples of these "themes" so you don't waste your money.


Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs
Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs
by Mark A. Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $42.75
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 50/50, October 2, 2012
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I love TV themes. So imagine my joy when I heard that a book devoted to just TV theme songs had been released. Unfortunately, this book was not the comprehensive guide I had hoped for. First of all, I applaud Mr. Robinson for actually producing a book on a subject that is slowly facing extinction and, to its credit, there are some facts that I was unaware of and found very interesting but in lieu of many of the mistakes in the book, I'm not sure how credible those facts are. A couple of glaring errors that show up are:

-In the introduction, the author states, "...Rhoda had an instrumental theme song by Henrietta and Lorenzo Music...", but in the actual listing, it credits the theme (rightfully) to Billy Goldenberg.
-In the listing for Green Acres (1965), the author states, "Green Acres was the first TV sitcom to have its stars sing its theme song". In a previous listing for the sitcom, The Bing Crosby Show (1964), he states that Bing Crosby performed the theme - one year before Green Acres.

Now, I understand that researching this topic can lead to frustration because records were poorly kept or just don't exist anymore but some of the information is not that hard to find and, in some cases, available on the net from multiple sources.

-Good Morning, America had more than one theme. The first one that was used for 12 years was composed by the late Marvin Hamlisch.
-Love American Style's first season theme was performed by the Cowsills and the second season was performed by the Charles Fox Singers.
-Starsky and Hutch had 3 different themes! First season by Lalo Schifrin, second season by Tom Scott ("Gotcha" - the one most associated with the show), third season by Mark Snow and fourth season back to Tom Scott's "Gotcha"

People may think I'm nitpicking but if you're going to write a book on a subject, you should be thorough, right?

Not all TV series are represented here. As he states in his introduction, "For the sake of the book's length and content, that was impossible,...". That is an understandable concession. still, being a reference book on TV themes, it curious that the author spends more ink on the series descriptions than on the music. In some cases, relegating the music to side note status with phrases like "this jaunty little ditty was written by...". Maybe more shows could have been added had he reduced, or completely done away with, these descriptions. After all, that info is widely available in books such as "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows".

In some descriptions, the author states who wrote the theme but completely ignores the performer(s):
-The Bob Newhart Show theme was written by Henrietta and Lorenzo Music but was performed by uncredited co-composer Patrick Williams.
-Alfred Hitchcock Presents/Hour was written by Charles Gounod but was performed by such notables as Bernard Herrmann, Lyn Murray & Stanley Wilson.
-Archie Bunker's Place, performed by Ray Conniff (who recorded the version on one of his albums).
-Bewitched, performed by Warren Barker for the entire run of the show.
-Car 54, where are you?, performed by John Strauss who, incidentally, wrote the music (Nat Hiken, who the author credits as writing the theme, penned the lyrics only).
Speaking of lyrics, in the listing for That Girl, the theme is said to be composed by Hagen and Denoff. This is true, but it would have been interesting to note that Earle Hagen wrote the theme initially and Sam Denoff added the lyrics when the show entered it's fifth season.

*Also, speaking of performers, two obscure facts that are worth mentioning:
-The Andy Griffith Show, composer Earle Hagen was the whistler on the theme.
-The Addams Family, was not performed by studio musicians but by the composer Vic Mizzy (vocals were doubled up) due to budget concerns. Ted Cassidy's vocals were added after.

In a lot of the listings the author lists the different versions of the shows theme (as in The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island, etc.) but sometimes the author only refers to one of the themes that were written for a show which is very inconsistent. Here are some omissions that should have been included:

-Julia, 3rd season theme by Jeff Alexander (lyrics were written but only an instrumental was used)
-Land Of The Giants, 2 different themes by John Williams
-The Little People, vocal theme ("A Little Love"(?) by Jerry Fielding. The Brian Keith Show, instrumental theme by Artie Butler.
-The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo's 2nd season (renamed Lobo) used the song "Georgia on my Mind" performed by Robert Jason.
-The Partridge Family, one song but 1st season "When We're Singin' had lyrics by Diane Hildebrand and the 2nd to 4th seasons "Come on get Happy" had lyrics by Danny Janssen. (oh, and "sung by the cast"? Only David Cassidy sang on the theme. The same goes for the Monkees theme - only Micky Dolenz sang on that opening).
-Seinfeld, 1st theme by Jep Epstein.
-That's My Mama had a 2nd season theme that was different and was a vocal theme.
-Wonder Woman's 2nd and 3rd season theme was mostly instrumental, only including the words "Wonder Woman" and none of the other lyrics.
-The Phil Donahue Show, had at least 3 themes, the original from the 70's, Mike Post's "Silver Fox" in the 80's and Don Grady's "The Human Voice" in the 90's
-Baretta, 1st season was an instrumental version of the theme.

Some statements are just wrong.
-The Green Hornet TV theme is not "Flight of the Bumblebee" (that was used for the radio program). The theme for the show was an original composition by Billy May and was merely inspired by that tune.
-The Harlem Globetrotters Saturday morning cartoon show theme was written by Jeff Barry not Ted Nichols.

No reference book is perfect and my goal is not to suck all the fun out of the subject but I just felt that some of these problems should be brought up if this book is claiming to be an encyclopedia. I'm giving it 3 stars because this book is still valid as a source of information but may need to be taken with a grain of salt.

For more information on this subject, I recommend some of these other books as well (if you can find them):
TV's Biggest Hits by Jon Burlingame
Television Theme Recordings by Steve Gelfand
TV Theme Soundtrack Directory by Craig W. Pattillo
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Get Smart (1965 - 1970 Television Series)
Get Smart (1965 - 1970 Television Series)
Price: $20.80
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed it by that much, April 17, 2012
As has been stated in the other reviews, this is a reissue of a comedy/spoken word LP from the 1960's. If you like that album, then you'll like this CD. The Feldon 45rpm cuts were a nice touch for those who couldn't find a mint copy of that record...BUT be warned! if you think you're getting the actual broadcast version of the theme to Get Smart as a bonus track, you will be VERY disappointed. The version on this CD is from the "Television's greatest hits" collection which is a poor knock-off of the original.
Minus two stars for using that inferior cover of the Irving Szathmary penned theme.

*It must be noted that the original theme does exist on the album but is not a complete version as there is dialogue over most of it.


The Alfred Hitchcock Hour [Volume 1]
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour [Volume 1]
Offered by Serenity-Now
Price: $39.99
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Produced, July 13, 2011
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This collection of scores by Bernard Herrmann is pretty much what you'd expect. Well produced, neatly packaged and hauntingly beautiful. The episodes that are represented on the disc are:
A Home Away From Home
You'll Be The Death Of Me
Nothing Ever Happens in Linvale
Behind the Locked Door
Body in the Barn
Change of Address
Water's Edge
The McGregor Affair
Of the 15 master reels that were known, only 14 were found. Of course, the one reel that contained Herrmann's version of the main and end titles (attached to the score for "Terror At Northfield") was mysteriously missing. The producers did an amicable job at including the theme via a brand new transfer from the magnetic film stems. Even though the quality of the themes is the best possible, it is still inferior compared to the rest of the tracks, which is why I gave it a 4 out of 5.


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