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TV Tunes' Initial Effort
on February 27, 2000
I have to admit, I've been hooked on the sound of TV themes ever since I set a tape recorder next to a TV set around 1980 when I was 9. When I heard about Television's Greatest Hits in the mid 80's, I had to go and buy the LP. I still have it today. And I had some of the same complaints that some of the other reviewers have now.... that some of the songs were re-recorded, such as Gilligan's Island,Beverly Hillbillies and Wild Wild West. However, other themes were presented as they were shown on TV.
Especially of interest, were the ENDING credit Themes tacked onto the intro themes in shows like The Flintstones, the Jetsons and the Addams Family. TV Tunes really has neglected the area of ending credit themes on all of their subsequent albums and CDs.
Since this album was produced before a lot of studio technology was commonplace to "clean up" old recordings, a lot of the original recordings on this release do sound pretty thin or fuzzy at times. TV Tunes releases done after this got increasingly better done as time went by.
So, keeping in mind that this was TV Tunes first collection, it's actually not bad, but it could have been a lot better had they used more original soundtrack recordings and attempted to clean up the sound on some of the oldest themes.