May 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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100 Greatest TV Themes  
  SILVA SCREEN 4 CD SET   [68:43, 71:22, 72:21, 68:39]

100 Great TV Hits

CD 1
The A-Team
The Addams Family
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Airwolf
The Avengers
Barnaby Jones
Batman
Battlestar Galactica
Baywatch
Beverly Hills 90210
Bewitched
Between the Lines
The Bill
Bonanza
Brideshead Revisited
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Burke's Law
Cagney and Lacey
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
Casualty
Cheers
Dallas
Dangerman
Doctor Who
Doctor Kildare

CD 2
Doogie Howser M.D.
Dynasty
The Equalizer
Falcon Crest
Fireball XL-5
The Fugitive
Hawaii 5-0
Hercules - The Legendary Journeys
The High Chaparral
Highway to Heaven
Hill Street Blues
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
The Incredible Hulk
Jason King
Jesus of Nazareth
Joe 90
Johnny Staccato
Knight Rider
Kojak
L.A. Law
Land of the Giants
Little House on the Prairie
Lonesome Dove
Lost in Space
Lou Grant

CD 3
Magnum P.I.
A Man Called Ironside
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
M*A*S*H
Miami Vice
Mike Hammer
Mission: Impossible
Monty python's Flying Circus
The Munsters
Murder She Wrote
Newhart
North and South
Northern Exposure
NYPD Blue
The Outer Limits
Perry Mason
The Persuaders
Peter Gunn
Police Squad
The Prisoner
Quantam Leap
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
Red Dwarf
The Rockford Files
Roseanne

CD 4
The Saint
Seaquest DSV
Space 1999
Star Trek
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
St. Elsewhere
The Streets of San Francisco
Stingray
Taxi
Thunderbirds
Thirty Something
The Time Tunnel
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The Twilight Zone
Twin Peaks
U.F.O
The Virginian
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Wagon Train
The Waltons
The Wild Wild West
The Young Riders
Xena: The Warrior Princess
The X-Files

In some ways a compilation like this defies critical appraisal. It is undoubtedly good value for money but as with so many TV themes, although the music is catchy and memorable it is just as often entirely disposable. However, every once in a while a composer will rise well above the occasion and produce something that transcends the inherent limitations of the field and there are several such examples on offer here. Edwin Astley's Dangerman, Barry's The Persuaders, Ron Grainer's The Prisoner to name just three, deserve to be celebrated and savoured and all in all there is a solid array of attractive material that will have most fans humming along with a smile on their faces.

If you hanker after a trip down TV's memory lane look no further than this.

Mark Hockley

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