TV Land Crime Stoppers: TV's Greatest Cop Themes

TV Land Crime Stoppers: TV's Greatest Cop Themes

     
 
Like its kin the private eye show (celebrated on the companion CD TV's Greatest P.I. Themes), the cop drama was an integral part of the makeup of early television. Among the earliest to demonstrate its roots in the sophisticated jazz style of the time was Ray Anthony's Dragnet, a

Overview

Like its kin the private eye show (celebrated on the companion CD TV's Greatest P.I. Themes), the cop drama was an integral part of the makeup of early television. Among the earliest to demonstrate its roots in the sophisticated jazz style of the time was Ray Anthony's Dragnet, a menacing march recognized even by those who haven't seen the Jack Webb show. Composer Mort Williams also clung to the jazz aesthetic, which influenced his thundering, ubiquitous theme for Hawaii Five-O as well as the lesser-known theme from Police Woman. But starting with Quincy Jones and his rhythmically ominous theme from Ironside, jazz was soon displaced by the wah-wah-driven funk and smooth disco grooves of the '70s and, later, by the slick production sound of the '80s. Among the composers scoring chart hits were Rhythm Heritage, who wrote the overblown theme from S.W.A.T. and the gritty Baretta (although the Sammy Davis Jr. version is featured on this collection); Mike Post, whose tranquil theme from Hill Street Blues evokes the more sensitive breed of police officer, and Jan Hammer, whose hyperelectronic Miami Vice theme exemplifies the synth-driven sound of the '80s. The set also includes Earle Hagen's theme from The Mod Squad, the urgent theme from N.Y.P.D., the funky guitar and trumpets of ChiPs, and Tom Scott's hard-rockin' "Gotcha (Theme from Starsky & Hutch"). Along with its companion CD, TV's Greatest Cop Themes represents Hollywood's attempt to capture America's mean streets, while providing us a generous slice of nostalgia for our own listening pleasure.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Released in conjunction with Nickelodeon's TV Land cable channel (devoted to reruns of vintage programs), Rhino's TV Land Crime Stoppers: TV's Greatest Cop Themes gathers theme songs from cop shows. Classic themes from shows like Dragnet, CHiPs, Hill Street Blues, Hawaii Five-O, Cagney and Lacey, Kojak, Miami Vice (which was actually a number one pop single), and even Cop Rock are present, with composers including Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, Jan Hammer, Bill Conti, Elmer Bernstein, and Mike Post, among many others. A companion volume is devoted to P.I. shows, and as you might expect, there isn't much difference in musical style.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227586621
catalogNumber:
75866

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elmer Bernstein   Track Performer
Randy Newman   Track Performer
Del Shannon   Track Performer
Ray Anthony   Track Performer
Larry Carlton   Track Performer
Jan Hammer   Track Performer
Quincy Jones   Track Performer
Tom Scott   Track Performer
Mike Post   Track Performer
Bill Conti   Track Performer
Rhythm Heritage   Track Performer
Willie Bobo   Track Performer
Sammy Davis   Track Performer
Mort Stevens   Track Performer
Johnny "Hammond" Smith   Track Performer
Earle H. Hagen   Track Performer
Pat Williams Orchestra   Track Performer
Corniche   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Bill Inglot   Producer
Skip Heller   Liner Notes
Steve Vance   Illustrations
Steve Pokorny   Producer

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