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Powerful 60's TV blast!,
This review is from: The Music From U.N.C.L.E.: The Original Soundtrack Affair (Audio CD)
Does anyone besides me think the "Golden Age" of TV music is the 60's? Has anything in the last 20 years been as memorable, even without the shows to go with it? While fans had to wait decades for the scores of STAR TREK, OUTER LIMITS and LOST IN SPACE, the tongue-in-cheek spy thriller MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. had 2 albums released back then, and a 3rd from its spin-off show, GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E.! Unlike most soundtracks, this features music written by a variety of composers, including Jerry Goldsmith, Morton Stevens, Gerald Fried & Lalo Schifrin!! While I managed to find battered, used copies for my collection years ago, it's a charge to be able to hear this cool music without scratching and hisses. Somebody at work where I played this once complained it was "too powerful"! I'll take that over the dull, meandering stuff you mostly hear these days (and cannot remember even while hearing it-- can you say "Star Trek: The Next Generation"?). If there's a complaint, it's that this CD compiles what someone decided was the "best" of BOTH previous LPs-- when clearly, there would have been room for ALL of the tracks, plus. (At least with the MISSION: IMNPOSSIBLE reissue, they included the entire 1st album.)
As for the theme song, there's been several arrangements on the show, some good, some not so, and at least the one here's better than what turned up on TELEVISION'S GREATEST HITS some years ago. For anyone with initiative, seek out the 7" EP by England's TV21, "To Protect...And Surf", which features the most powerful, hard-driving redo of the U.N.C.L.E. theme I've heard yet!