NBC: A Soundtrack of Must See TV

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
One of the more impressive collections of TV music released in recent memory, NBC: A Soundtrack of Must See TV collects the themes from virtually all of the network's noteworthy shows, spanning five decades' worth of television. Unlike some TV music compilations, which seem to take no consideration in how their songs are ordered, this collection is almost absurdly organized. The themes are grouped into very specific show categories -- "The Best Themes from a Sitcom Adult/Workplace" or "The Best Themes from a Drama Police/Detective"; while this might be a little too rigid, it does ensure a consistent mood and good flow from track to track, which is important considering ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
One of the more impressive collections of TV music released in recent memory, NBC: A Soundtrack of Must See TV collects the themes from virtually all of the network's noteworthy shows, spanning five decades' worth of television. Unlike some TV music compilations, which seem to take no consideration in how their songs are ordered, this collection is almost absurdly organized. The themes are grouped into very specific show categories -- "The Best Themes from a Sitcom Adult/Workplace" or "The Best Themes from a Drama Police/Detective"; while this might be a little too rigid, it does ensure a consistent mood and good flow from track to track, which is important considering that the longest themes only clock in at just over a minute. Some of the tracks here, such as the theme to "Saved by the Bell" and "Access Hollywood Theme 2002," were probably included more for the shows' popularity instead of the themes' musical merit, but by and large the collection offers a very strong collection of TV themes, including some all-time classics. Many of these come from the "Best Themes from a Drama Police/Detective" category, which boasts the "Hill Street Blues," "Rockford Files," "Dragnet Danger Ahead," "Peter Gunn," "Night Rider," and "Miami Vice" themes alone. "The Best Themes From a Sitcom Adult/Workplace" also feature some of the collection's most memorable themes, including "Seinfeld," "Cheers Where Everybody Knows Your Name," "I Dream of Jeannie," and "Get Smart." As expected from almost any TV music collection, the work of television composer extraordinaire Mike Post is well-represented, with his themes for "L.A. Law," "Law & Order," and the aforementioned "Hill Street Blues" and "Rockford Files" themes making him the most prolific composer on the album. Quincy Jones' cutting-edge theme for "Ironside" and excellently funky "Sanford and Son The Streetbeater" are also standouts. As nice as it is to have these classic and more current TV themes collected, the album's real finds are the slightly less well-known songs, like José Feliciano's "Chico and the Man" theme, as well as the themes to "The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie" and "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color." Both comprehensive and diverse, NBC: A Soundtrack of Must See TV plays less self-serving than the title implies, and ends up being a strong collection of pop culture memories.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: Tvt
  • UPC: 016581669024
  • Catalog Number: 6690
  • Sales rank: 53,333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Be There for You (0:57)
  2. 2 Seinfeld (0:53)
  3. 3 Where Everybody Knows Your Name (1:06)
  4. 4 Thank You for Being a Friend (0:43)
  5. 5 Will & Grace (0:33)
  6. 6 Mad About You (1:40)
  7. 7 Night Court (0:43)
  8. 8 The Streetbeater (0:55)
  9. 9 Chico and the Man (1:14)
  10. 10 Jeannie (0:49)
  11. 11 Get Smart (0:57)
  12. 12 Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs (0:40)
  13. 13 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1:09)
  14. 14 Kiss Me (0:59)
  15. 15 Ready for Anything (0:54)
  16. 16 Without Us (1:03)
  17. 17 A Different World (1:10)
  18. 18 My Opinionation (0:50)
  19. 19 It Takes Diff'rent Strokes (0:53)
  20. 20 Saved by the Bell (1:06)
  21. 21 In the Heat of the Night (1:12)
  22. 22 Hill Street Blues (1:16)
  23. 23 The Rockford Files (0:55)
  24. 24 The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie (1:09)
  25. 25 Police Woman (1:03)
  26. 26 Ironside (0:46)
  27. 27 Danger Ahead (1:31)
  28. 28 Peter Gunn (0:53)
  29. 29 Knight Rider (1:19)
  30. 30 Miami Vice (1:03)
  31. 31 St. Elsewhere (1:44)
  32. 32 L.A. Law (1:33)
  33. 33 Law & Order (1:24)
  34. 34 Wagon Train (0:50)
  35. 35 The Virginian (0:43)
  36. 36 Little House on the Prairie (0:57)
  37. 37 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (0:30)
  38. 38 Fame (1:13)
  39. 39 Theme 2002 (0:32)
  40. 40 Unsolved Mysteries (1:56)
  41. 41 The Mission (0:33)
  42. 42 Dateline NBC (1:37)
  43. 43 The Tra la la Song (1:26)
  44. 44 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1:32)
  45. 45 It's Howdy Doody Time (0:52)
  46. 46 Inquisitive Tango (1:32)
  47. 47 Saturday Night Live (2:03)
  48. 48 Tonite (0:59)
  49. 49 Late Night With Conan O'Brien (0:57)
  50. 50 Johnny's Theme AKA the Tonight Show Theme - Doc Severinsen (1:19)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Bill Cosby Composer
Percy Faith Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
José Feliciano Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Jan Hammer Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Gloria Loring Composer
Mike Post Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Pete Carpenter Composer
Dave Grusin Composer
Stu Gardner Composer
Michael Gore Composer
Steve Gottlieb Executive Producer
Glen Larson Composer
B. Miller Composer
Dean Pitchford Composer
Gary Remal Malkin Composer
David Rose Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Robert B. Sherman Composer
M. Stevens Composer
Don Was Composer
Allee Willis Composer
Gary Portnoy Composer
Phil Klum Mastering
J.J. Barry Composer
Patricia Joseph Executive Producer
Michael Skloff Composer
Irving Szathmary Composer
E. Amelia Rogers Composer
Alan Thicke Composer
Jonathan Wolff Composer
Judy Hart Angelo Composer
Michael Boyd Composer
Al Burton Composer
Scott Gale Composer
Admiral S. Clay Wilson Arranger
D. Richard Lewis Composer
J. Carson Composer
Paul Reiser Composer
Aisha Cohen Licensing
Tom Brokaw Liner Notes
Michelle Budge Cover Design
Stu Phillips Composer
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