60's TV Themes

Composed by: Various Artists

Performed by: Various Artists

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Ah, the 60ís.  Who doesnít remember the shows of that decade?  Even if you donít remember them first hand, you probably grew up watching them in syndication.  These were the years of the family shows - the space age family (The Jetsons), the prehistoric family (The Flintstones), the magical family (Bewitched) and the family of creepy misfits (The Addams Family).  Secret agent men like the Impossible Missions Force, Max Smart and John Drake.  Caped crusaders and alley cats were all the rage.  These are the television shows of our youth and everyone remembers the theme songs that went along with them.  Now fans can collect some of the very best of those theme songs in a new compilation from Silva Screen Records called 60ís TV Themes.

            Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic, London Music Works, Mark Ayres and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra the 60ís TV Themes album contains eighteen of the most memorable TV themes of the decade, including I Dream of Jeannie, Mission: Impossible, Get Smart, Batman, The Addams Family, The Flinstones, The Jetsons, The Benny Hill Show, Bewitched and more.  Each track opens up a portal into television history as we relive the music surrounding the television shows we grew up watching.

            One thing I noticed when listening to this music compilation is that this decadeís themes were heavily immersed in the jazz genre, with a great emphasis on the brass section of the orchestra.  The best example of this, and in fact the longest and most interesting song on this album, is the theme for the police series called Ironside.  The most notable differences to this trend are the synthesizer driven Doctor Who theme and the use of instruments like the harpsichord to evoke a Victorian and rather spooky feel in themes like The Adams Family and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

            I found it incredibly educational to be listening to the full length versions of these themes for the first time.  Itís hard to remember that the little catchy snippets we hear as our favorite television show begins are just that - snippets.  The full length versions offer listeners a much more interesting and in depth look at the theme songs of television history.  The 60ís TV Themes album offers up some of the best of the decadeís theme songs and will make a great addition to any 60ís television series fanís music collection.


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