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Miami Vice: Music From the Television Series Soundtrack

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Genre: Soundtracks & Scores
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 4-NOV-1985

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Original Miami Vice Theme (Instr)
  2. Smuggler's Blues
  3. Own The Night
  4. You Belong To The City
  5. In The Air Tonight
  6. Miami Vice (Instr)
  7. Vice
  8. Better Be Good To Me
  9. Flashback (Instr)
  10. Chase (Instr)
  11. Evan (Instr)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 1985)
  • Original Release Date: September 28, 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: MCA Records
  • ASIN: B000002O4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
One of the things that made Miami Vice such and cool and popular show was its use of music within the show. Creating an almost music video like setting, the show incorporated hits of the day along with some airy instrumentals by Jan Hammer. The theme to the show is one of the most instantly recognizable themes in TV history and quite catchy besides. The song was a major hit and went to number one in 1985 and is the last instrumental to reach the top of the charts. The other instrumentals by Mr. Hammer are okay, but they work much better in the context of the show then separately. Glenn Frey contributes two songs, the vividly written "Smuggler's Blues" was previously released on his The Allnighter album and it became the title and basis of an episode in which Mr. Frey guest starred and the airy "You Belong To The City" which was specifically written for the show. The song has that dark, brooding sound that captures the essence of the show. "Vice" by Grandmaster Melle Mel is an old school rap song that is decent and Chaka Khan's "Own The Night" is passable. The one song that fit perfectly and captured the mood of the show is Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight". The deep, moody song is one of Mr. Collins' best. The album was a major hit spending ten weeks at the top of the charts.
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Format: Audio CD
Tense and intense lifestyles, inner dramas, what would be Miami Vice without its music? We were then in the videoclip days and in the highest manifestation of the eighties in television. For now, Miami Vice may be not more than TV history, but surely was hard to make a good cops show after. Hopefully, in time, the show may be remembered not as a fashion that passed, but as an incredible source of ideas, language, and television pop art. Like it or not, Vice is unique.
And what would be its music without the images? It's impossible to hear "In The Air Tonight" or "Chase" without remembering the dark Daytona Ferrari crossing the Miami streets at night, Crockett and Tubbs with their minds faster than the car, time seems to stop moving. "Evan" and "You Belong to the City" bring us Crockett's conflicts. "Miami Vice" the extended version had an unforgettable videoclip, an edition of episodes making a tiny episode with composer Jan Hammer as a bad guy, and well... he surpasses the heroes. Unfortunatelly this extended version has a remix version not released in CD. Jan's music for the show was a show apart. It surely deserves to be released in CD completely: it's no less important than Don Johnson acting... "The Original Miami Vice Theme" alone shows the Vice world in a minute's glance (despite of being almost imperceptibly different from the original show version). The voice of Tina Turner in "Better Be Good to Me" personalizes Gina, Trudy and their "female cops in hooker's skin" storms. "Flashback" is for Tubbs' grieve, revenge for his brother's death. Those are just some moments of uncountable moments this series made during five years of such real characters in a shocking colored world.
This Cd is a souvenir from Vice... In this show image is sound and sound is story.
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Format: Audio CD
Enough has been said about the styles and fashions of this era by previous reviewers relating to Miami Vice...So, I'll cut to the chase and say that I have thoroughly enjoyed this soundtrack throughout the years from it's inception back in 1984 to the present.It has not lost it's freshness in the sense that the music is almost pop/rock classic status to this day ! The soundtrack is one cohesive suite that works with all the various artists and genres compiled...Jan Hammer was to Miami Vice what Vangelis was to Chariots of Fire and other film scores. Glenn Frey's and Phil Collins' and Tina Turner's tracks gave the soundtrack that much needed sophisticated rock edge. Otherwise, the soundtrack would have been just a glitzy synth pop fad project with a couple of dance tunes and a rap track...The other less standout artists do indeed stand out in their own right! Chaka Khan's frenetic and upbeat dance track Own The Night serves as a counterpoint to the other rock edged tracks. Melle Mel's Vice is a sample or intro as to how far the impact rap would later have on the music world for the next decade and beyond...
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As soon as "Miami Vice" was to NBC as "MTV cops," it was clear music was going to be an integral part of the show. Rock composer Jon Hammer's theme became a smash hit and because it was a minute long it was used for several years as the official "timer" song for the NBA's three-point shooting contest. But one of the strengths of the show was the way it could integrate songs into its plots; Phil Collin's "In The Air Tonight" provided the emotional resonance to Sonny Crockett's thoughts about his failed marriage as he drove the streets of Miami in the show's pilot. When Ricardo Tubbs had to gun down the drug lord father of the woman he loved, the show used Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It?" They could not possibly have all of the great songs used to great effect on this disc, and, indeed, they do not even try. But then, most of those songs are available elsewhere. Here you get "Smuggler's Blues" and "You Belong To The City" by Glenn Frey as the standout songs, along with what proves to be an inadequate sampling of Hammer's original music. Still, this soundtrack album does give a true sense of the musical style of the show, although if you never watched "Miami Vice," you cannot fully appreciate this album.
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