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 Posted:   May 16, 2005 - 9:16 PM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

from cinescape.com:

England’s Harkit Records have announced their latest releases of terrific 1960’s film music with two new scores from popular television shows of the era. BURKE’S LAW starred Gene Barry as the millionaire police captain, Amos Burke, who turned up at crime scenes in a suave suit and a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. Herschel Burke’s jazzy music with its distinctive theme was a hallmark of this 1963 production. HONEY WEST was a 1965 spin-off from BURKE’S LAW about a beautiful private investigator played by Anne Francis and also featured a distinctive jazz based scored by Joseph Mullendore. Both scores epitomize the early to mid ‘60s trend of tuneful pop/jazz and secret agent suspense and action.


http://www.harkitrecords.com

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2005 - 10:09 PM   
 By:   James Phillips   (Member)

Are these legitimate releases, or bootlegs?

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2005 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Anne Francis is my dream girl. What a great cover. This is ONE reason to bring back the 12" LP!!

Back to the music, these look like LP retreads.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2005 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Yes, I think they are re-releases of the old vinyl albums. I don't *think* Harkit is a 'bootleg' label by the way, although there have long been claims that it is...

Anyway, if this is the road they are going down then I hope they re-release the two I-SPY vinyl albums on CD, which would go very well with the superlative FSM release of the original scores.

Of course, ultimately I'd prefer an I-SPY vol 2 from FSM - the preferred option!

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2005 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Robyn Hood   (Member)

I'd settle for a HONEY WEST boxed set on DVD.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2005 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Anonie_Mouse   (Member)

Anne Francis is my dream girl. endquote]

She had an uncredited role in Portrait of Jennie... one of three school girls at the end.


 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Yes, I think they are re-releases of the old vinyl albums. I don't *think* Harkit is a 'bootleg' label by the way, although there have long been claims that it is...

So, now that MeTV is running Burke's Law and Honey West back-to-back, early Sunday morning (3-5AM PST). I am interested in the music. Any opinions on the sound quality of this release? The price seems enticing.

http://www.harkitrecords.com/burkeslaw_honeywest.html

Burke's Law is now into the Amos Burke: Secret Agent season, and the Leith Stevens scores are pretty cool. These scores would make for a great release, but I'm gonna guess the masters are probably long lost. frown

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I had the LP, which was pretty rare years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

I do not have this combo CD (yet), but I do have the earlier Harkit CD that had only BURKE'S LAW on it, and it sounds just fine. It's pretty cool that they also included about half of the rather rare stereo version of the Dot LP DICK POWELL PRESENTS THEMES FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK OF FOUR STAR TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS, as well as that cut from THE ROGUES, which I think comes from an RCA soundtrack LP. I will say, however, that they could have chosen better on the FOUR STAR cuts, and left off something like the TOM EWELL SHOW, and included either Rosenman's THE PLAINSMAN theme or Rudy Schrager's WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE instead.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   Altamese   (Member)

I'd settle for a HONEY WEST boxed set on DVD.

There is such a set.

It's available at Amazon..

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I do not have this combo CD (yet), but I do have the earlier Harkit CD that had only BURKE'S LAW on it, and it sounds just fine. It's pretty cool that they also included about half of the rather rare stereo version of the Dot LP DICK POWELL PRESENTS THEMES FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK OF FOUR STAR TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS, as well as that cut from THE ROGUES, which I think comes from an RCA soundtrack LP. I will say, however, that they could have chosen better on the FOUR STAR cuts, and left off something like the TOM EWELL SHOW, and included either Rosenman's THE PLAINSMAN theme or Rudy Schrager's WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE instead.

Thanks for the info. smile

I just checked Amazon, and it's a bit pricey, but I'll likely get it when I have some spare cash.

http://www.amazon.com/Burkes-Honey-West-Other-Four/dp/B009R4KVRW/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1368472883&sr=1-1&keywords=burke%27s+law

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I'd settle for a HONEY WEST boxed set on DVD.

There is such a set.

It's available at Amazon..


And it's dirt cheap.

http://www.amazon.com/Honey-West-Complete-Series-Fullscreen/dp/B001B0H7DG

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 4:24 AM   
 By:   skyross   (Member)

I do not have this combo CD (yet), but I do have the earlier Harkit CD that had only BURKE'S LAW on it, and it sounds just fine. It's pretty cool that they also included about half of the rather rare stereo version of the Dot LP DICK POWELL PRESENTS THEMES FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK OF FOUR STAR TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS, as well as that cut from THE ROGUES, which I think comes from an RCA soundtrack LP. I will say, however, that they could have chosen better on the FOUR STAR cuts, and left off something like the TOM EWELL SHOW, and included either Rosenman's THE PLAINSMAN theme or Rudy Schrager's WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE instead.

Thanks for the info. smile

I just checked Amazon, and it's a bit pricey, but I'll likely get it when I have some spare cash.

http://www.amazon.com/Burkes-Honey-West-Other-Four/dp/B009R4KVRW/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1368472883&sr=1-1&keywords=burke%27s+law

Greg Espinoza


I picked this up from Amazon UK quite cheap.

Very enjoyable music and good sound quality.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2013 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Well, I bought a copy of this CD and I'm quite happy with it. All the cuts are in stereo, and though they may be lifts from LPs, the sound is just fine. At the very most, they may be lacking just a tad of high end, but nothing worth complaining about. Both shows feature great jazz scores, alternately slinky and punchy/dynamic. A perfect pairing. The extra themes from various television shows produced by Four Star Television are also mostly top notch.

A side note: Under the track listings for H.B. Gilbert's BURKE'S LAW is a notice, "* Composed by Joseph Mullendore," but no tracks are listed with an asterisk. My guess is that at least track 8, "Blues for a Dead Chick" is Mullendore, as the exact same melody appears in Mullendore's HONEY WEST score as track 20, "Sweet Honey."

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2013 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

The Liberty Burke's Law LP suffers from a very weak stereo mix in which the rhythm section is entirely in one speaker with the brass way too hot in the center. The only way to improve is if you have a stereo expand/stereo wide feature, or if you can adjust the phasing. I traded in my stereo copy for pristine mono copy years ago.

It'd be great if the multi-tracks still existed and could be given a decent mix, but the fact that the Capitol Ultra-Lounge suite used the existing mixes, when they tended to remix tracks, makes me doubt it.

 
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