Remember that Show?
by Christopher Coleman
years composer Mike Post has been writing the music we associate with some
of our favorite TV shows. Silva
Screen Records provide us with a unique collection of this manís
memorable works. While each
theme is not equally enjoyable, they sure have found their way into our
of Mike Post, would have had to come from the era of the 1970ís, but
there are a couple from the 1980ís that also bring back some good TV-memories.
Unfortunately, as Post hit the nineties, it seems he left his best
nineties are represented by NYPD Blue (1993) with its barrage of
percussion and Law & Order (1990) with its purely synth theme
that reminds of Postís great hits from the 80ís.
series which originated in the eighties are represented here and showcase
Mike Post in his Hey-day. While
not all of his themes from the eighties are what one would call great, he
did manage to consistently produce winners.
Hill Street Blues (1981) is one of the all time best
television themes and the performance here is very close to the original
recording. Another 80ís
favorite is the theme from LA Law (1986) and it too is fairly close
to the original, except the sax just misses the mark.
Wiseguy (1987) is almost a complete rehash of LA Law
but doesnít provide the same punch as its predecessor.
On the lighter side, Mike Post created the themes for Quantum
Leap and Doogie Howser M.D. (1989) in the eighties. These
two themes are very simple and feature Postís signature synths, but are
a bit less enjoyable.
Postís theme for Magnum P.I. ranks right up there with Hill
Street Blues even though it takes a much more aggressive stance.
Post followed Ian Freebairn Smithís original theme, composed for
the first few episodes of Magnum, making only slight changes to it.
While his theme for Hardcastle & MCCormick (1983) and Hunter
(1984) share this eighties-rock-aggressive style, Magnum P.I.
outclasses them both.
A-Team (1983), what a crazy bunch of heroes.
The eighties version of the Dirty Dozen received a theme that was
adventurous and heroic, but also reflected some upbeat rhythms found
Postís other eighties themes. A
very similar style to the A-Team is found Tales of the Gold
back to the seventies- now thereís a decade for you!
Two of the best themes found on this CD are from that decade.
The Rockford Files (1974) and The White Shadow (1978)
are simply two of the best themes of the era.
The confident, edgy theme for The Rockford Files displays
Posts creativity while The White Shadow walks along the edge of
(1984) but it isnít nearly as memorable.
The theme presented here for The White Shadow appears to be
the second version of the theme. This
is a different arrangement of the original theme song.
Unfortunately, this rearrangement is not nearly as good as the
original theme, but it does give one enough of the original to remember
how much one liked the song and the show.
doesnít appear that any of these tracks are the original recordings from
the TV shows and this is a shame. Yes,
we all remember these themes, but we have listened to one arrangement and
performance of these themes for so many times that we know every note and
nuance by heart. This fact
hurts this CD release. While
these performances remind us of these prime-time shows, it is impossible
for them to hit a bulls-eye, for they would have to perform them
identically to the originals to do so. That being said, having this
CD is better than not having these themes at all.
Post has been a main staple for the realm of television themes for nearly
three decades and it looks as though he will be going strong into the 2000
as he has composed the themes for several running television shows: Law
& Order: Special Victims Unit, Martial Law, Silk Stalkings.
Silva Screen has done well in honouring his accomplishments. If one
is into small, nostalgic musical snippets, then this is a good choice for