Television's Greatest V2

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Review Text This disc is as strong -- or maybe stronger -- than Vol. 1, and would command a slightly higher rating, if not for the use of some cover versions of the tracks listed, and a few glaring mistakes in the tracks and credits which are sure to disappoint some purchasers. The Three Stooges' theme music is promising enough, but is done just sloppily enough to remind any connoisseur that it isn't the original. By the same token, the second-season Outer Limits title music by Harry Lubin is here, not the listed first season music credited to Dominic Frontiere. And the re-recording of The Avengers title music (erroneously credited to Johnny Dankworth, who wrote the original theme from the show's first three British seasons, but not the familiar Diana Rigg-era title music used here, which was written by Laurie Johnson) sounds wimpy. On the other hand, it is pretty cool to hear the Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse title music, George of the Jungle, Jonny Quest, Underdog, Gidget, Car 54, Where Are You?, My Mother the Car, and the main title themes for The Virginian, Wagon Train, and Have Gun Will Travel, all in pretty good sound. There are 65 television themes here, and apart from the little mistakes, they're almost all interesting. Among the strangest material here is the music from some of television's failures, such as It's About Time (one of the longest theme songs ever done for TV) and The Green Hornet. Also pleasing is the fact that the producers have used opening and closing theme versions of this material grafted together, so we hear the fullest possible versions of the themes from Ben Casey (written by no less a name than David Raksin, of Laura fame). ~ Bruce Eder

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Three Stooges - 1:03
  2. 2. Merrie Melodies (Merrily We Roll Along) - 1:41
  3. 3. Rocky & Bullwinkle - 2:32
  4. 4. Huckleberry Hound - 1:38
  5. 5. Mighty Mouse - 0:29
  6. 6. Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse - 1:56
  7. 7. Pink Panther Theme - 2:00
  8. 8. Road Runner - 1:02
  9. 9. George of the Jungle - 1:02
  10. 10. Jonny Quest - 2:35
  11. 11. Spiderman - 1:02
  12. 12. Underdog - 1:14
  13. 13. Looney Tunes - 0:28
  14. 14. Linus and Lucy - 2:21
  15. 15. Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood - 2:32
  16. 16. Odd Couple - 1:16
  17. 17. My Best Friend - 1:59
  18. 18. Love Is All Around (Theme from Mary Tyler Moore) - 1:58
  19. 19. Gidget - 1:26
  20. 20. That Girl - 1:54
  21. 21. Bewitched - 1:01
  22. 22. Love, American Style - 1:53
  23. 23. Honeymooners - 1:24
  24. 24. I Married Joan - 1:40
  25. 25. (Theme From) The Monkees - 1:52
  26. 26. Brady Bunch - 1:01
  27. 27. Come on Get Happy - 1:05
  28. 28. My Mother the Car - 1:56
  29. 29. Car 54, Where Are You? - 1:11
  30. 30. It's About Time - 2:30
  31. 31. My Favorite Martian - 1:52
  32. 32. Jeopardy (Think Music) - 1:37
  33. 33. Hogan's Heroes - 1:45
  34. 34. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - 1:53
  35. 35. Rat Patrol - 2:42
  36. 36. Twelve O'Clock High - 1:15
  37. 37. Time Tunnel - 1:40
  38. 38. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - 1:51
  39. 39. Sea Hunt - 1:59
  40. 40. Daktari - 1:01
  41. 41. Tarzan - 1:07
  42. 42. Adventures of Robin Hood - 1:09
  43. 43. Rawhide - 1:53
  44. 44. Bat Masterson - 1:08
  45. 45. Maverick - 1:09
  46. 46. Wagon Train - 1:49
  47. 47. Have Gun Will Travel - 1:50
  48. 48. Virginian - 1:51
  49. 49. Rebel - 2:00
  50. 50. Peter Gunn - 1:05
  51. 51. Route 66 - 1:10
  52. 52. I Spy - 1:00
  53. 53. Avengers - 2:55
  54. 54. Saint - 1:58
  55. 55. Hawaiian Eye - 1:16
  56. 56. Green Hornet Theme - 1:59
  57. 57. Outer Limits - 1:12
  58. 58. Dark Shadows - 1:11
  59. 59. Ben Casey - 2:30
  60. 60. Medical Center - 1:42
  61. 61. NBC Mystery Movie Theme - 1:05
  62. 62. ABC's Wide World of Sports - 1:07
  63. 63. Jackie Gleason Show (Melancholy Serenade) - 2:01
  64. 64. Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour - 1:05
  65. 65. Monty Python's Flying Circus - 1:11

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