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Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: 70s & 80s Soundtrack

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sesame Street - Stone/Hart/Raposo
  2. The Muppet Show - S. Pottle/J. Henson
  3. The Alvin Show - Ross Bagdasarian
  4. Speed Racer - N. Koshibe
  5. The Famous Adventures Of Mr. Magoo - C. Brandt
  6. Inspector Gadget - S. Levy/H. Saban
  7. The Smurfs - W. Hanna/J. Barbera/H. Curtin
  8. Dastardly & Mutley In Their Flying Machines - W. Hanna/J. Barbera
  9. Scooby Doo - H. Curtin/W. Hanna/J. Barbera
  10. Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids - E. Fournier/R.Sheldon
  11. The Archies ('Everything's Archie') - Jeff Barry
  12. Josie And The Pussycats - D. Williams/J. Roland/H. Curtin
  13. Dudley Do-Right - Jay Ward
  14. Fractured Fairy Tales - Jay Ward
  15. Cheers ('Where Everybody Knows Your Name') - G. Portnoy/J. Hart Angelo
  16. The Bob Newhart Show ('Home To Emily') - L. Music/H. Music
  17. The Greatest American Hero ('Believe It Or Not') - Joey Scarbury
  18. Welcome Back, Kotter ('Welcome Back') - John Sebastian
  19. Room 222 - Jerry Goldsmith
  20. WKRP In Cincinnati - T. Wells/H. Wilson
  21. Taxi ('Angela') - Bob James
  22. Barney Miller - J. Elliot/A. Ferguson
  23. Three's Company - D. Nicholl/J. Raposo
  24. Happy Days - C. Fox/N. Gimbel
  25. Laverne And Shirley ('Making Our Dreams Come True') - N. Gimbel/C. Fox
  26. The Facts Of Life - Gloria Loring
  27. Good Times - D. Grusin/A. Bergman/M. Bergman
  28. One Day At A Time - J. Barry/N. Barry
  29. Gimme A Break - Nell Carter
  30. Maude ('And Then There's Maude') - Donny Hathaway
  31. The Jeffersons ('Movin' On Up') - J. Barry/J. Dubois
  32. All In The Family ('Those Were The Days') - Carroll O'Connor/Jean Stapleton
  33. Sanford & Son ('The Streetbeater') - Quincy Jones
  34. Dallas - Jerrold Immel
  35. Dynasty - Bill Conti
  36. Knots Landing - Jerrold Immel
  37. L.A. Law - M. Post
  38. St. Elsewhere - Dave Grusin
  39. Marcus Welby, M.D. - L. ROSENMAN
  40. M-A-S-H (Suicide Is Painless) - Johnny Mandel
  41. The Waltons - Jerry Goldsmith
  42. Little House On The Prairie - D. Rose
  43. Hart To Hart - Mark Snow
  44. Charlie's Angels - J. Elliott/A. Ferguson
  45. Wonder Woman - N. Gimbel/C. Fox
  46. The Love Boat - Jack Jones
  47. American Bandstand - Barry Manilow
  48. Solid Gold - D. Ditchford/M. Miller
  49. Entertainment Tonight - Michael Mark
  50. Miami Vice - Jan Hammer
  51. S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage
  52. Baretta (Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow) - Rhythm Heritage
  53. The Streets Of San Francisco - Pat Williams
  54. Barnaby Jones - Jerry Goldsmith
  55. Starsky & Hutch ('Gotcha') - Tom Scott
  56. The Rookies - Elmer Bernstein
  57. Kojak - Billy Goldenberg
  58. The A-Team - Mike Post/P. Carpenter
  59. The Name Of The Game - Dave Grusin
  60. Quincy, M.E. - G. Larson/S. Philips
  61. Hill Street Blues - Mike Post
  62. Simon & Simon - Barry Devorzon
  63. Magnum, P.I. - Mike Post/P. Carpenter
  64. The Rockford Files - Mike Post/P. Carpenter
  65. Saturday Night Live - Howard Shore


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: September 28, 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: TeeVee Toons
  • ASIN: B000000GOO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Sixty five original versions of television theme songs. It is so good to find original versions of these songs as most of these type of albums you buy contain versions sung by some unknown non original artist or played by an orchestra without the lyrics and this fact is never mentioned on the outside of the CD cover with the purchaser only finding out they have been ripped off when they get home. Rest assured this sensational album contains nothing but original versions as you heard when you watched the show on TV.

Of course some shows updated their theme songs over the years so some songs on here may be slightly different to what you remember if you tuned in a couple of seasons in.

The Muppet Show and The Smurfs are two which later versions of exist but it is good to hear and own the initial series versions anyway. There is an official Muppet Show soundtrack with the later version on it if you really want it. I am yet to come across the later Smurf one however.

With 65 TV shows covered you really can't go wrong with this collection. Sure there are some great 70's & 80's songs from shows not included, but other shows would have had to be left off for them to be put on here and everyone has different taste. I don't know how old this CD is, I found it in a second hand music store but hopefully if there isn't already a sequel the makers will bring one out with shows like Astro Boy, Married With Children, Chips, Dukes of Hazard, Secret Valley, Round the Twist, Fraggle Rock and other classics. Also a 90's version with shows like Seinfeld, Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Law and Order, X-Files and so on would be great.
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By A Customer on November 12, 2001
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I love this cd and i highly reccomed it! I am 14 and love tv shows from the 70's and 80's my fav is threes company. This cd has 65 great songs from early morning cartoons and sit coms and prime time drama and late night action it is also fun to listen to it with a gruop of people and guess the tv show that goes with the song. It is such a great cd i gave it 5 stars. The only song that it does not have that i wolu d like i s BRADY BUNCH
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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.

This is the first CD in this series that has good quality sound throughout. There isn't any of the excentuated bass or highs. I noticed none of the over modulation that was apparent in the vocal tracks of several tunes on the second CD.

Since this material is newer than that on the previous two CDs, it is not surprising that the resulting CD is better. These recordings were made using reasonably modern equipment and with the expectation that the network was capable of transmitting good quality sound. Also people were demanding better quality sound as their receiving equipment improved.

Of course, it may simply be that the producers finally chose to produce the best possible collection from the available material.

My memory is far from perfect when it comes to precisely identifying music from thirty years ago, but all of these tracks seem to be the original themes from the several TV series.

This is the first CD in this series that can be highly recommended for the purist as well as those who simply want a strole down memory lane.
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It's hard to complain when your getting 65 themes in one collection, but this volume has some pretty lame themes on it. Fortunately, it does have many great ones included too.

The themes sound quality range from OK to excellent, but this is an improvement over the first two CD's as far as sound is concerned. Also, some of the themes don't have the ending credits themes included, which would have been nice. Another problem is that some shows had different themes throughout their run and not all are included.

Over all this set is not bad, but be prepared for some disappointments. I own all 7 CD's from this set and many others, but for some reason some very cool themes aren't included. I've had to do some serious treasure hunting to find them on DVD's or VHS to transfer them to CD.

If you can find this at a reasonable price then buy it.
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By A Customer on June 4, 1999
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A fine compilation of some of the greatest TV theme songs ever... "Angela" (from Taxi) as well as "Movin' on Up" are very cool songs. Hearing Welcome Back, Kotter (I have this on 45) and Barney Miller reminds me of waiting for my dad to come home from work when I was little...Dallas is a classic, if hearing it doesn't make you want to get up and dance then you should pack up your legwarmers and beady/ribbon barrettes and drop them off at your local Goodwill. Long live the Ewings! No TV fan or trivia junkie should be without this funky collection of great TV tunes!
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By A Customer on October 1, 1998
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This CD has the original songs from your favorite TV shows. Not remakes of these songs like other CD's. It's a couch potato's heaven. Definitely has to be one of the most fun CD's I have! If a party is not going well, I bring this CD out and play "Name that TV show" and people have a blast!
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