- Audio CD (April 1, 2002)
- Imported ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: EMI Gold
- ASIN: B00005YU9F
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Route 66 & Other TV Themes / More Hit TV Themes
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Import two on one reissue includes, 'Route 66 & Other TV Themes' plus 'More Hit TV Themes'. in addition to his work with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Nat King Cole, Riddle was also known for TV themes. 24 tracks including, 'Route 66', 'The Untouchables', 'Dick Van Dyke', 'Bonanza' & 'The Beverly Hillbillies'. 2002.
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Riddle was also a Capitol artist on his own, releasing many albums with his orchestra. The Route 66 album was one of his three biggest along with his late 50's LP's Hey Let Yourself Go and C'mon Get Happy, both of which were upbeat arrangements of standards in the swinging style of his albums with Sinatra. That is the style that prevails here as well. His other television themes here include the legal show Sam Benedict and the classic from The Untouchables. Riddle's compositions are real standouts along with Billy May's Naked City Theme and the Dynamic Ben Casey theme by David Raksin, the composer of the film scores for Laura and The Bad and the Beautiful.
The rest of the scores are more of the light and bouncy variety because they were written for mostly sitcoms. But they were written by quite a group of professional composers including Frank DeVol (who scored most of Doris Day's 60's films and films like Cat Ballou, McClintock and Hush Hush sweet Charlotte), Leonard Rosenman (who wrote the scores for East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause), Dominic Frontiere (The Outer Limits), and well-known names like Frank Loesser, Steve Allen and Henry Mancini. It's a nostalgia trip for baby boomers as some of these themes including the one from Route 66 have become truly iconic. if you just want to try Nelson Riddle I'd recommend the two big albums from the 50's I mentioned above because the material is generally better as it's not tied to light TV fare. The disc is by EMI who owns all the original Capitol masters and the sound is good.
EXTRA NOTE ON THE ROUTE 66 THEME. I have a great esteem for this piece of music which I consider a great miniature tone poem not only of the open road but of a special moment of time in American history. The theme itself had been around for two years (the show debuted in 1960) when the public's requests for a recording caused it to be released as a single in late summer, 1962 when it became a hit.
Without introduction it puts you right there on the road with the bass being the rhythm of the tires and the tarmac. The piano is the wind in your hair and the strings the exhilaration of speeding down the fabled highway. It suddenly shifts to a nighttime feeling as the music gets jazzier with a muted trumpet straight out of the Nat Cole Trio's version of Bobby Troup's Route 66 on their After Midnight album. You pull into a jazz club for a while then you're on your way again.
The theme is full of the mood of America in the early Sixties, a time of great prosperity and optimism. Everything seemed to be working right and a fantastic future beckoned. The big brassy chords are full of the confidence of a country that was at its post-war peak without a care in the world. The music seems to sum up that moment as no other music ever has.
NELSON RIDDLE HAS BEEN ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITES FOR YEARS, AND WITH THIS WONDERFUL ALBUM YOU CAN HEAR FIRST HAND WHY.
IT CONTAINS MANY OLD T.V. FAVORITES THAT WE OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF T.V. GREW UP WITH, AND NOW HAVE A CHANCE TO ENJOY OVER AGAIN.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ALBUM FOR THE SHEER ENJOYMENT OF NELSON RIDDLE'S WONDERFUL SCORES OF MANY GREAT T.V. SHOWS FROM YESTERYEAR.