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NBC: A Soundtrack of Must See TV

  • 1. NBC Chimes (Peacock Theme) / Friends (I'll Be There For You)
    2. Seinfeld
    3. Cheers (Where Everybody Knows Your Name)
    4. Golden Girls, The
    5. Will & Grace
    6. Mad About You
    7. Night Court
    8. Sanford and Son Theme
    9. Chico and the Man
    10. I Dream of Jeannie
    11. Get Smart
    12. Frasier (Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs)
    13. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    14. Cosby Show, The (Kiss Me)
    15. Gimme a Break (Ready For Anything)
    16. Family Ties (Without Us)
    17. Different World, A - (featuring Phoebe Snow)
    18. Blossom (In My Opinionation)
    19. Diff'rent Strokes (It Takes Diff'rent Strokes)
    20. Saved by the Bell
    21. In the Heat of the Night
    22. Hillstreet Blues
    23. Rockford Files, The
    24. NBC Sunday Mystery Movie, The
    25. Police Woman
    26. Ironside
    27. Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
    28. Peter Gunn
    29. Night Rider
    30. Miami Vice
    31. St. Elsewhere
    32. L.A. Law
    33. Law & Order
    34. Wagon Train
    35. Virginian, The
    36. Little House on the Prairie
    37. Alfred Hitchcock Presents
    38. Fame
    39. Access Hollywood (Theme 2002)
    40. Unsolved Mysteries
    41. NBC Nightly News (The Mission)
    42. Dateline NBC
    43. Banana Splits, The (The Tra la la Song)
    44. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
    45. Howdy Doody
    46. Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in (Inquisitive Tango)
    47. Saturday Night Live
    48. Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The (Tonite)
    49. Late Night With Conan O'Brien
    50. Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (Johnny's Theme A.K.A. The Tonight Show Theme
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6690

  • Credits

    Includes liner notes by Tom Brokaw.
    Liner Note Author: Tom Brokaw.
    Arranger: Admiral S. Clay Wilson.
    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 Jos 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. ~ Heather Phares

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