of the Mean and Green
memorable television theme takes me right back to our old 13” Sony
television set, the moment the rapid-pulsed theme begins.
This promotional CD release can easily be divided into two parts-
The forgettable and the unforgettable.
As mentioned, the opening theme certainly fits into the latter
group. It oozes with
that seventies feeling often heard in many of composer Mike Posts’
seventies compositions. Following
the antiquated, but adrenaline filled, main theme is the Love theme.
I don’t recall this theme from the show, but then again, I was
pretty young when this show was being aired…and love themes probably
didn’t catch my attention much then.
In any case, this theme is built in the typical late
seventies-early eighties style: simple piano, light strings, and
“oooing” vocal accents. It
is a decent theme, but not one most young couples would adopt as “their
song.” Another love theme
is found in track 9, Married: The
Wedding. This is a
little stronger, thematically speaking, but leaves one to remove the
left-over corn from their ears. Ah,
but that’s the magic of the seventies!
A much more emotional
piece is The Lonely Man Theme (track 7).
This theme provides the framework
for the main titles as well. For whatever reason, I certainly do
remember this music. It invokes images of Dr. Banner walking down some road, in
ripped up clothes, all by himself- sad, indeed.
This theme can be heard, rearranged, in track 13,
Suite. It even gets the
Track 8 is the second
version of the main title. It
is fairly close to the original, but some of the percussions seem to be
emphasized a little more and also some of the more sinister accents make
themselves heard much more clearly. The first-season version is the
superior of the two, but wait! There's one more! The final
track of the disc features a disco version of The Lonely Man theme
and it doesn't get any more seventies than this! It's bad, Man!
Most of the tracks are
underscore and provide few moments of real listening pleasure outside of
the show itself and fall into the forgettable category. Each could fit in to a hundred action/adventure shows from
the seventies and eighties: Wonder
Woman, The Bionic Man, The Bionic Woman…just about anything from
producer Glen Larson. Not all
of those pieces that I have forgotten are all bad.
Stop Susan Williams suite offer a
break from all of the underwhelming action/suspense material.
Stop Susan Williams is a jazzy tune, with middle eastern
elements, is rather enjoyable, except for the brass explosion that
occurs about 2:30 into the track. After
the interruption, the track goes on its jazzy-way again only to build in
suspense and than explode again. Maybe
Susan got stopped at that point. Only
re-runs can tell us.
There is a horrible hiss that accompanies several tracks here and it does prove distracting. In any case, if you are a television music buff or just into TV-nostalgia , then this is one CD you might consider adding to your collection. There are a few tv-moments that any kid raised in the seventies will surely remember and may enjoy being reminded of by way of some of the themes contained on this promotional disc.
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