One Hundred Greatest TV Themes

Performers Various Artists

Silva America | January 6, 2009 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Diane Hunte, Keith Ferreira, Lesley Garrett (vocals).
As the title suggests, Silva's One Hundred Greatest TV Themes collects over four decades' worth of memorable theme songs, from The A-Team to The X Files. Unfortunately, the set doesn't include any original versions of themes. Instead, ensembles such as the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Daniel Caine Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra do their best to recreate the sound of the originals, but the results are mixed. Predictably, the songs that were more orchestrally-based to begin with, such as the sweeping, string-driven themes to Dynasty and Dallas sound great, while some of the more rock or electronic-based pieces like the themes to Batman, M*A*S*H, Knight Rider, and The X-Files are clearly inferior to the versions that open each of these shows. However, most of the themes work pretty well; highlights include the themes from The A-Team, Perry Mason, Peter Gunn, Hawaii 5-0, Taxi, Twin Peaks, and Magnum, P.I.. The collection also features lots of great themes from British shows such as Thunderbirds, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Red Dwarf. It also pays extra attention to the music of science fiction series over the years, collecting the themes to the first Star Trek series, as well as Deep Space Nine and Voyager, not to mention the themes to Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, and The Outer Limits. While its emphasis is definitely on quality rather than quantity, One Hundred Greatest TV Themes still has enough worthwhile moments that diehard TV geeks might appreciate it. ~ Heather Phares

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 6, 2009

Genre: Television

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 4

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Silva America

UPC: 738572080723

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One Hundred Greatest TV Themes

One Hundred Greatest TV Themes

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 6, 2009

Genre: Television

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 4

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Silva America

UPC: 738572080723


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.A-Team, television series theme, The - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
2.Addams Family, television series theme, The - Crouch Festival Chorus/Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/N --
3.Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, television series: Main Themes, The - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/N --
4.Airwolf, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
5.Avengers, The (Seasons 4-6), television series score: Pre Credits & Main Theme - Mike Townsend/Royal --
6.Barnaby Jones, television score: Main Theme - Philharmonia Orchestra/Jerry Goldsmith --
7.Theme from the Batman television series: Main Theme - Crouch Festival Chorus/Prague Philharmonic Orc --
8.Battlestar Galactica, television score: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
9.Baywatch, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
10.Beverly Hills 90210, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
11.Bewitched, television series theme: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
12.Between The Lines, television series score: Main Theme - Mark Ayres --
13.Bill, television series score: Main Theme, The - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
14.Bonanza, television show theme - Philharmonia Orchestra/Geoffrey Burgon --
15.Brideshead Revisited, television film score: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
16.Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, television series theme: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra --
17.Burke's Law, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
18.Cagney and Lacey, television series theme - Derek Wadsworth/Prague Philharmonic Orchestra --
19.Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, television score: Main Theme - Mark Ayres --
20.Casualty, television series theme: Main Theme - Mark Ayres --
21.Cheers, television series theme: Main Theme - Mark Ayres --
22.Dallas, television series theme: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
23.High Wire (theme for television series Danger Man): Pre-Credits & Theme - Mike Towsend/Royal Philhar --
24.Dr. Who, television series theme: Main Theme - Mark Ayres --
25.Dr. Kildare, television score: Main Theme - Daniel Caine/Jerry Goldsmith/Philharmonic Orchestra --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Doogie Howser, M.D., television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
2.Dynasty, television series theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
3.Equalizer, television series theme: Main Theme, The - Daniel Caine --
4.Falcon Crest, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
5.Fireball (theme from television series Fireball XL5): Main Theme - Derek Wadsworth/Prague Philharmon --
6.Fugitive, television series theme: Main Theme, The - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
7.Hawaii 5-0, television series theme: Main Theme - Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra/Mike Townsend --
8.Hercules, The Legendary Journeys, soundtrack: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
9.High Chaparral, television theme: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
10.Highway To Heaven, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
11.Hill Street Blues, theme song: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
12.Journey of the Sorcerer: The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, television series theme - Mark Ayres --
13.Incredible Hulk, television series score: Main Theme, The - Daniel Caine --
14.Jason King, television series score: Main Theme - Mike Towsend/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra --
15.Jesus of Nazareth, television film score: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul Bateman --
16.Joe 90, television score: Main Theme - Derek Wadsworth/Prague Philharmonic Orchestra --
17.Johnny Staccato, television series score: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
18.Knight Rider, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
19.Kojak, television series theme: Main Theme - Mike Towsend/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra --
20.L.A. Law, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
21.Land Of The Giants, television series theme: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
22.Little House On The Prairie, television series score: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
23.Lonesome Dove, television score: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
24.Lost in Space, television score: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
25.Lou Grant, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
0.DISC 3: --
1.Magnum, P.I., television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
2.Man Called Ironside, A (theme for the television series Ironside): Main Theme - Mike Towsend/Royal P --
3.Man From U.N.C.L.E., television score: Main Theme, The - Daniel Caine --
4.Suicide is painless, song (theme from the movie & television series M*A*S*H*) - Crouch Festival Chor --
5.Miami Vice, television series score: Crockett's Theme - Mark Ayres --
6.Mike Hammer, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
7.Mission Impossible, music for the television series: The Plot / Main Theme - Mike Towsend/Royal Phil --
8.Liberty Bell, march for band, The - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
9.Munsters, television series theme, The - Daniel Caine --
10.Murder She Wrote, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
11.Newhart, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
12.North and South, television score: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
13.Northern Exposure, television series score: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
14.NYPD Blue, television series theme: Main Theme - Mark Ayres --
15.Outer Limits, television series theme: Main Theme, The - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
16.Perry Mason, television series theme: Park Avenue Beat - Mike Towsend/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra --
17.Persuaders, television score: Main Theme, The - Mark Ayres --
18.Peter Gunn, television score: Main Theme - Mike Towsend/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra --
19.Police Squad, television series score: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
20.Prisoner, television series: Main Theme, The - Mike Towsend/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra --
21.Quantum Leap, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
22.Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), television series score: Main Theme - Mike Towsend/Royal Philharmoni --
23.Red Dwarf, television series theme: Main Theme - Ian Hu/Mark Lambert --
24.Rockford Files, television series theme: Main Theme, The --
25.Roseanne, television series theme: Main Theme --
0.DISC 4: --
1.Saint, television series theme: Opening & Closing Themes, The - Mike Towsend/Royal Philharmonic Orch --
2.Seaquest DSV, television series score: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
3.Space 1999, television series score: Main Theme - Derek Wadsworth/Prague Philharmonic Orchestra --
4.Star Trek, television score: Main Theme - Mike Towsend/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra --
5.Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, television series main title theme: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orc --
6.Star Trek, Voyager, television series main title theme: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/N --
7.St. Elsewhere, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
8.Streets of San Francisco, television score: Main Theme, The - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Rain --
9.Stingray, television score: Main Theme - Derek Wadsworth/Prague Philharmonic Orchestra --
10.Taxi, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
11.Thunderbirds, television series score: Main Theme - Derek Wadsworth/Prague Philharmonic Orchestra --
12.Thirtysomething, television series theme: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
13.Time Tunnel, television score: Main Theme, The - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
14.Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Nunc Dimittis - Geoffrey Burgon/Philharmonic Orchestra --
15.Twilight Zone Theme for orchestra: Main Theme (also with Bernard Herrmann's Theme) - Prague Philharm --
16.Twin Peaks, television score: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
17.U.F.O., television series score: Main Theme - Derek Wadsworth/Prague Philharmonic Orchestra --
18.Virginian, television series score: Main Theme, The - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
19.Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, television series theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
20.Wagon Train, television series themes: Main Theme - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Paul Bateman --
21.Waltons, television score: Main Theme, The - Daniel Caine --
22.Wild Wild West, television series theme: Main Theme, The - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Nic Raine --
23.Young Riders, television series: Main Theme - Daniel Caine --
24.Xena, warrior princess, television score: Main Theme - Crouch End Festival Chorus/Prague Philharmoni --
25.X-Files, television series score: Main Theme, The - Mark Ayres --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Diane Hunte, Keith Ferreira, Lesley Garrett (vocals).
As the title suggests, Silva's One Hundred Greatest TV Themes collects over four decades' worth of memorable theme songs, from The A-Team to The X Files. Unfortunately, the set doesn't include any original versions of themes. Instead, ensembles such as the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Daniel Caine Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra do their best to recreate the sound of the originals, but the results are mixed. Predictably, the songs that were more orchestrally-based to begin with, such as the sweeping, string-driven themes to Dynasty and Dallas sound great, while some of the more rock or electronic-based pieces like the themes to Batman, M*A*S*H, Knight Rider, and The X-Files are clearly inferior to the versions that open each of these shows. However, most of the themes work pretty well; highlights include the themes from The A-Team, Perry Mason, Peter Gunn, Hawaii 5-0, Taxi, Twin Peaks, and Magnum, P.I.. The collection also features lots of great themes from British shows such as Thunderbirds, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Red Dwarf. It also pays extra attention to the music of science fiction series over the years, collecting the themes to the first Star Trek series, as well as Deep Space Nine and Voyager, not to mention the themes to Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, and The Outer Limits. While its emphasis is definitely on quality rather than quantity, One Hundred Greatest TV Themes still has enough worthwhile moments that diehard TV geeks might appreciate it. ~ Heather Phares
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