TV Land Crime Stoppers: TV's Greatest P.I. Themes

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
When television became a widespread phenomenon in the '50s, one of the first literary figures to make the leap to the blue screen was the private eye. Through the years, plenty of private dicks have come and gone, along with numerous theme songs that reflect the musical trends of the time. On this collection of 16 songs, it's easy to hear this evolution, starting with the influence of cool jazz on the shows of the late '50s and early '60s -- both well-known Peter Gunn, composed by the renowned Henry Mancini and obscure Checkmate, written and conducted by film composer John Williams, later of Star Wars fame. A companion CD, TV's Greatest Cop Themes covers the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
When television became a widespread phenomenon in the '50s, one of the first literary figures to make the leap to the blue screen was the private eye. Through the years, plenty of private dicks have come and gone, along with numerous theme songs that reflect the musical trends of the time. On this collection of 16 songs, it's easy to hear this evolution, starting with the influence of cool jazz on the shows of the late '50s and early '60s -- both well-known Peter Gunn, composed by the renowned Henry Mancini and obscure Checkmate, written and conducted by film composer John Williams, later of Star Wars fame. A companion CD, TV's Greatest Cop Themes covers the parallel musical lineage of police dramas, from Dragnet to Miami Vice. Jazz's sophistication also held sway over the Arthur Lyman-flavored Hawaiian Eye and the syncopated pep of Lalo Schifrin's Mannix. Mike Post led the charge of rock-influenced '70s composers, scoring a Top 10 hit with The Rockford Files; in the '80s, he popularized the distinctive guitar, piano, and sax combo of many TV themes with Magnum, P.I. Other themes sure to take you back to the time of feathered hair and bell-bottoms include Charlie's Angels and Vega$, while Hart to Hart by a pre-X Files Mark Snow and Mancini's classy Remington Steele evoke images of '80s-era excess. TV's Greatest P.I. Themes is something of a cultural history lesson, opening a window to the music behind America's most beloved medium.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Released as a promotional tie-in with Nickelodeon's TV Land cable channel, Rhino Records' TV Land Crime Stoppers: TV's Greatest P.I. Themes is exactly what the title says. Memorable opening theme music from shows like The Rockford Files, Magnum P.I., Charlie's Angels, Peter Gunn, Hart to Hart, Remington Steele, and 77 Sunset Strip highlights the collection, which features composers like Mike Post, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, and Mack David. A companion volume is devoted to cop shows, and as you might expect, there isn't a huge difference in style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227586720
  • Catalog Number: 75867

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Rockford Files - Mike Post (3:14)
  2. 2 Mannix - Lalo Schifrin (2:29)
  3. 3 Charlie's Angels - Jack Elliott & Allyn Ferguson (1:14)
  4. 4 77 Sunset Strip - Warren Barker (2:10)
  5. 5 Vega$ - Dominic Frontiere (1:27)
  6. 6 Peter Gunn Theme - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:07)
  7. 7 Cannon - John Parker (0:48)
  8. 8 Hart to Hart - Lionel Stander (1:20)
  9. 9 Remington Steele - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (1:19)
  10. 10 Wild Honey - Alfred Perry (2:16)
  11. 11 Hawaiian Eye - Warren Barker (3:01)
  12. 12 Spencer: For Hire Theme - Steve Dorff & Friends (2:31)
  13. 13 Harry O - John Gregory Orchestra (2:31)
  14. 14 Theme from Checkmate - Johnny Williams & His Orchestra (2:13)
  15. 15 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe - Mike Post (1:04)
  16. 16 Magnum, P.I. - Mike Post (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lalo Schifrin Track Performer
Allyn Ferguson Track Performer
Dominic Frontiere Track Performer
Mike Post Track Performer
Warren Barker Track Performer
Capleton Track Performer
Marvin Miller Narrator
John Forsythe Narrator
John Parker Track Performer
Mark Snow Track Performer
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra Track Performer
Jack D. Elliot Track Performer
Steve Dorff & Friends Track Performer
Alfred Perry Track Performer
Lionel Stander Track Performer
John Gregory Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Bill Inglot Producer
Steve Vance Illustrations
Steve Pokorny Producer
Thane Tierney Liner Notes
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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