Various Artists - Danger Men, Mavericks, Thrillers & Twilight Zones – Classic TV Themes of the 50s & 60s

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Something of a follow-up to Jasmine's earlier collection of TV and movie themes, Watching The Detectives (JASMCD2615), this generous, 40-track compilation concentrates on TV themes from 'The Golden Age' of television.

Around a third of the tracks are from popular TV Westerns, notably Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp, Cheyenne, Bronco, Have Gun Will Travel, Maverick, The Rifleman, Rawhide, Bonanza!, Laramie and Zorro!

Crime and Detective series were very nearly as popular as Westerns, as depicted here by M Squad, The Untouchables, Naked City, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Johnny Staccato, Peter Gunn and a trio of UK-originated shows, Ghost Squad, Maigret and No Hiding Place.

Elsewhere, Spies are covered by Danger Man and The Saint (the former, titled Secret Agent is the US), while Fantasy & Sci-Fi encompass Quatermass & The Pit, One Step Beyond, The Twilight Zone, Boris Karloff's Thriller and Out Of This World.

Shows like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre, Route 66, Adventures In Paradise, Philadelphia Story, Dr Kildare and Ben Casey all perhaps fall under the heading of General Drama, while the Dinah Shore Chevy Show and the mighty American Bandstand both come under a musical remit.

Finally, America's favourite - and most successful - Comedy show was, by far, I Love Lucy.

Many of these tracks are taken from the actual soundbeds of their original TV series, and have never been commercially released before.

Track Listing

1. ADVENTURES IN PARADISE: Theme From Adventures In Paradise - Jerry Byrd
2. ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS: Funeral March Of A Marionette
3. AMERICAN BANDSTAND: Bandstand Boogie - Les & Larry Elgart
4. BEN CASEY: Theme From Ben Casey - Valjean
5. BONANZA: original TV theme music
6. BORIS KARLOFF'S THRILLER: Thriller Theme - Pete Rugolo
7. BRONCO: original TV theme music
8. CHEYENNE: original TV theme music
9. DANGER MAN: original TV theme music
10. DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW: original TV theme music
11. DR KILDARE: Three Stars Will Shine Tonight - Richard Chamberlain
12. EDGAR WALLACE MYSTERY THEATRE: Man Of Mystery - The Shadows
13. GHOST SQUAD: Ghost Squad Theme - Tony Hatch
14. GUNSMOKE: original TV theme music
15. HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL: The Ballad Of Paladin - Johnny Western
16. HAWAIIAN EYE: original TV theme music (intro theme)
17. I LOVE LUCY: original TV theme music (closing theme)
18. JOHNNY STACCATO: Staccato's Theme - Elmer Bernstein
19. LARAMIE: original TV theme music (intro theme)
20. THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF WYATT EARP: The Legend of Wyatt Earp - Hugh O'Brian
21. M SQUAD: M Squad Theme - Stanley Wilson & His Orchestra
22. MAIGRET: original TV theme music
23. MAVERICK: original TV theme music
24. NAKED CITY: original TV theme music (closing theme)
25. NO HIDING PLACE: No Hiding Place - Ken Mackintosh
26. ONE STEP BEYOND: Fear (opening theme) - Harry Lubin
27. OUT OF THIS WORLD: Out Of This World - Tony Hatch
28. PETER GUNN: Peter Gunn Gunn Theme - Henry Mancini
29. PHILADELPHIA STORY: Tracy's Theme - Spencer Ross
30. QUATERMASS AND THE PIT: original TV theme music (opening theme)
31. RAWHIDE: RAWHIDE - Frankie Laine
32. THE RIFLEMAN: original TV theme music
33. ROUTE 66: original TV theme music (closing theme) - Nelson Riddle & Ray Sherman
34. THE SAINT: Theme From The Saint - Edwin Astley
35. 77 SUNSET STRIP: original TV theme music - Don Ralke
36. TWILIGHT ZONE: original TV theme music
37. THE UNTOUCHABLES: original TV theme music
38. WAGON TRAIN: original TV theme music
39. WAGON TRAIN: Wagon Train - Johnny O'Neill
40. ZORRO: original TV theme music (opening title theme)


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November 13th 2017
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