Miami Vice II: New Music From The Television Series Miami Vice Soundtrack
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Media Type: CD
Artist: MIAMI VICE
Title: TV SOUNDTRACK NO. 2
Street Release Date: 05/23/1988
Genre: TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK
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Miami Vice II: New Music From The Television series "Miami Vice" was the second of its kind. Rather confusingly, Miami Vice II covers songs from both the show's second and third season, not just the second, as the title seems to suggest. Rather, the "II" designates it as the second soundtrack. Complicating matters more is the fact that the VHS for the second season opener is also called "Miami Vice II", and this album would seem to be the accompanying soundtrack. It actually does include some songs from the two-hour second season premiere episode, but it goes beyond that as well.
Miami Vice II opens perfectly with the whispery, shadowy "Mercy" by former Sex Pistols(!) guitarist Steve Jones. Serious and moody, the song is the musical equivalent of the visual shift to darker colors in the show at the time of this album's release. It's a great opener for the album and a great song as well. It appeared in the third season episode "Stone's War".
The next track is "Send It To Me" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Unlike "Mercy", which appeared on another additional album apart from Vice II (Jones's 1987 solo debut), "Send It To Me" is unique to this album. Interestingly, it is never heard in the series. "Send It To Me" is a bit brighter than the first song and eases you into the album more. But it is no less slick; the smooth, synth-laced pop-R&B trappings are also one of the song's strengths. A 12" single included an extended version, an acapella, and an instrumental of the song.
"Take Me Home" follows, and, honestly, no description can do justice to this song.Read more ›
The end result is that this soundtrack deserved more attention (and still does) than it received when initially released ! In fact, since the first soundtrack was overplayed on radio stations across the country when it was popular, Miami Vice 2 was overshadowed and ignored. However, it may be an 80's tv soundtrack project worth discovering again for it's catchy collection of tracks by some rare artists !...
Altough the first is the first, and its selections were really great, perhaps this second volume, even not being such moving as the first one, describes better the Miami Vice style, its atmosphere. Miami Vice made music a character itself, not a background for story (far from that), not an ornament. Music was an intrinsic part of the drama. Through the pop beat, one could see the profound meanings of the scenes (In different but related ways, Kubrick's Clockwork Orange does that to classical music).
Hearing those songs for a Miami Vicer means getting close to the heart of Miami Vice logic... and translating it into true meaning.
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I just checked with my husband and he mentioned something he had brought to my attention before. He said that although packaged differently, much of the music was repetitive. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deirdre Dufrene
Just the mere words "Miami Vice" bring up a bunch of sounds and images in your head, doesn't it? Fast cars. Emotional drama. Slick music. It all just comes naturally. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Doctor Midnight