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2.0 out of 5 stars Another "gem" from TVT, October 12, 2005
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This review is from: All-Time Top 100 TV Themes (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: Jan 23, 2011 3:55:18 PM PST
Kenny Smith says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 11:44:22 AM PDT
Nik Ranieri says:
Kenny, your post make no sense.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 12:39:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 16, 2013 12:41:26 AM PDT
V. Lee says:
Not everyone wants the narration and sound effects removed. Some customers want to hear the theme music just as it was broadcast. There is actually something inauthentic about a version without the effects. If you want to hear it differently than how it was broadcast, you can look for good quality cover versions.
I agree that it would have been better if they could have gone back to the audio masters to produce cleaner versions. However, sometimes that is not possible, either because the masters were lost or because the studio is not interested in cooperating.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 2:51:40 PM PDT
Canuck21 says:
Regarding the Dynasty theme missing the trumpet part, that's because TVT used the season one theme. All subsequent seasons had the trumpet part in the theme.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2013 7:58:31 PM PST
Nik Ranieri says:
I appreciate your comment but I say that if you want to hear the themes with the sound fx and narration, then just watch the TV show or download the numerous off-the-air recordings from the internet. That stuff is easy to find. Why should those who wish to hear the far superior authentic theme music have to settle for inferior cover versions? As far as the reasoning behind it all, well your last line is probably more on the mark OR TVT is just lazy and/or cheap.
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