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  • Vinyl
  • Label: TVT
  • ASIN: B00414A0CE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Hummel III on January 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Some of these reviews are WACKY that say most or all the tracks here are recreations. I just went through them all in this volume, and my guess is about 8 are recreations, maybe less. Some are obvious (Bewitched), others are not so obvious. I have a sick gift a being able to remember the tempo and aound of these original themes, and you'll fine that 90% of these are "The Real McCoys" (Volume 4). I don't think these reviewers appreciate that Steve Gottlieb was able to get access to studio recordings of the original themes in some cases, so in some cases the fidelity is remarkable. Good fidelity in sound does not mean a remake...

I have all the TV tunes volumes and some are dissappointing remakes (Bonanza, The Virginian, 77 Sunset Strip) but far and away the vast majority are originals and you won't find them anywhere else but on these remarkable collections. They are hysterical to listen to these songs... It's like taking a time machine (wayback machine?) back to the times these shows were on.

Buy it, you'll like it...
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
There are some wonderful (albeit sometimes cheesy) memories here. But I have a couple of big problems with this series of albums:
1. A good deal of the songs are NOT the original recordings. In fact, a lot of them are versions that sound like somebody made them with a few synthesizers and a MIDI setup in their bedroom. Arrggggh! If it's not the original, I don't want it! But that brings us to the next problem...
2. Evidently the producers couldn't obtain quality masters of a lot of the songs. So what did they do instead? Well, honestly, on some of the songs (like the Get Smart theme, for example), it sounds like they just sat down in front of the TV with a tape recorder and a cheap mike. Lousy.
On the other hand, the lousy quality of some of the recordings might serve to more fully transport you back to the days of old B&W television sets with cheap, tinny speakers. You might even find yourself longing for that little white dot that you used to watch fade away when you turned the set off. Fun memories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on September 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a collection of "65 more TV themes from the 50s and 60s". Most of the themes are re-recordings of the original themes, but most people will be hard pressed to distinguish the re-recordings from the original versions. The re-recordings sound almost exactly like the original versions, except with better sound fidelity. The easiest way to tell which tracks are re-recordings is that the new recordings are in stereo, and it is highly doubtful that original television themes from the 50s or 60s would be in stereo. But regardless of that, this CD is a fun listen for fans of old TV shows.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on July 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It is a foregone conclusion that you would be interested in "part two".
Like its predecessor, this is another jam-packed collection of those audio memories from hits and misses from the 50's and 60's. The disc is divided into four categories: Early Morning Cartoons, Mid-Morning Sit-coms, Afternoon Adventure, and Prime Time Drama.
While many of the shows were forgettable, the theme songs preserved their memory and allowed the show life after death (i.e., cancellation).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frank Forrest on November 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It is amazing how genuine and authentic many of the tracks sound in this second volume of Greatest Hits. The list of songs for this album can be found in the product description, so see above, as they say.
I really enjoyed TV's Greatest Hits, Vol.2 CD. The music producer did a good job in capturing the feel and sound of the original tv themes. Some are recordings from the original tv shows and others are remakes. The remakes, for the most part, are very good. They are re-recorded using electronic synths, and the instrument sounds are almost indistinguishable from the real orchestra counterparts. You can still tell, but it isn't as obvious as you would think. The resulting clean sound of using eletronic synthesizers gives many of the themes a very fresh sounding presentation. The others themes, which are recorded directly off of the original shows have been equalized to the best that can be expected considering the source material.
The downside of some of the remakes has to do with the tempo of the music. Some of the selections are too fast, and anyone who remembers the original music may be a little put off by the change. In other recordings, they have "fill in" singers. In particular, the Beverly Hillbillies theme is resung by someone who not only gets the notes wrong, but sings it way too fast.
But all in all, I really enjoyed the CD. Any fan who loves tv theme music should be pleased. You don't have to be a high flying music major to appreciate or critique this CD. All you need are some tv memories and a good set of ears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Moreau on November 22, 2013
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A great journey down memory lane. I remember most of the themes from the first five volumes of this set. After the mid Eighties, I watched very little commercial TV so the last two volumes of this set have little to offer me.

It is quite true that some of the tracks have some equalization problems. On some, it sounds like the higher frequencies have been enhanced while others have a "hollow" sound which may be an affect of the slightly pumped bass that was used to enhance the sound delivered by the cheap speakers in most TV sets. On this CD, several of the tracks with a theme song sound over modulated resulting in something less than a clear recording. Others are clearly re-creations.

"The Rebel" is slower than the version on various Johnny Cash albums though the voice does resemble his voice. Between the slower rhythm and the enhanced bass, I'm not sure what to make of this track, but I do prefer the version of this song from the Johnny Cash albums.

I do miss the voice over on "Outer Limits." This is one case in which I think the voice over was the best part of the opening.

In general, the sound quality is quite acceptable, especially if your goal is to remember the past rather than listening to it to pick out the acoustic problems of the music. Unlike those purists that complain about the contents of this series, my memory is far from perfect when it comes to precisely identifying music from fifty years ago. Close is good enough for me.

Whether or not this set has what you want depends on whether you simply want to refresh those fond memories or whether you are a purist who refuses to be satisfied by re-creations that are mostly close to the originals. If you simply want those memories, then the various volumes of this series are far more than adequate.

Highly recommended for those who simply want a strole down memory lane. Purists will need to look elsewhere.
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