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CHiPs Vol. 3: Season Four, 1980-81 (1980-1981)
Music by Alan Silvestri
CHiPs Vol. 3: Season Four, 1980-81 CHiPs Vol. 3: Season Four, 1980-81
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Price: $19.95
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: August 2010
Catalog #: Vol. 13, No. 12
# of Discs: 1

For fans who can't get enough of Alan Silvestri’s disco-driven, up-tempo and melodically inspired music for seasons two and three of the hit TV series, CHiPs, FSM now proudly presents Volume 3—focusing on music from the show’s fourth season (1980-81).

The show, which mixed spectacular stunts with human-interest police stories, brought out the best of Silvestri’s pop sensibilities. Unlike his better-known symphonic scores, the music he created for CHiPs was contemporary and energetic, organic to the disco style of the day yet unlike anything else on the air. He kept the music fresh by writing new melodies for each episode.

Because a musicians’ strike forced the producers to re-use music from past shows for part of the season, only 12 episodes in season four featured new and original music by Silvestri. This means that this volume features longer suites (with more cues) for each episode.

Typically, Silvestri orchestrated each episode for an ensemble of around 20 players, but one episode on this disc (“Mitchell and Woods,” produced in season four but aired in season five) was a pilot for a potential spin-off series. Its larger budget gave Silvestri the chance to create a slightly different sound with an orchestra of 35, including a scat-singing vocal component.

Just as with Volumes 1 and 2, FSM’s third CHiPs CD is entirely in stereo from first-generation 1/2” three-track master tapes and features liner notes by Lukas Kendall. No collection of classic television scores is complete without CHiPs, so rev up your ‘cycles, put on your shades and get ready to travel back to the early 1980s!

Alan Silvestri Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Alan Silvestri (b. 1950) is one of the most successful composers in modern-day Hollywood, enjoying a long collaboration with Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) and scoring box-office hits like Predator, The Mummy Returns and Night at the Museum. While he is best-known today for his symphonic scores, he began his career as pop/R&B guitarist and many of his early scores for film and television are in pop styles—including his fan-favorite disco scores to the 1977-1983 CHiPsIMDB

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CHIPs Season Four 1980-81 by Alan Silvestri

Film Score Monthly presents volume three from the hit TV series!

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/14278/CHIPS-VOL-3-SEASON-FOUR-1980-81/

CHIPs Season Four 1980-81 by Alan Silvestri

Film Score Monthly presents volume three from the hit TV series!

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/14278/CHIPS-VOL-3-SEASON-FOUR-1980-81/[/endquote]

Awesome release!

The First to Volumes of Silvestri's CHips are some of the best fun summer music CDs! I will for sure be buying this volume this payday.

Silvestri fans should jump on all three volumes. As much as his other releases such as Predator sell out. CHips just hangs under the radar.

That's awesome. I love the first two CDs, so will most definitely get this one as well!
Thank you, FSM.

I love the first volume, but volume 2 not as much. Too many vocals for my taste and, somehow, the music just wasn't as catchy or something. They never hooked me in, as volume one did from the very opening.

Now volume three is sounding, so far, much more to my liking. Sadly for my bank account, I'm going to have to purchase it.

I love the first volume, but volume 2 not as much. Too many vocals for my taste and, somehow, the music just wasn't as catchy or something. They never hooked me in, as volume one did from the very opening.

Now volume three is sounding, so far, much more to my liking. Sadly for my bank account, I'm going to have to purchase it.[/endquote]


At first, I did think that the 'vocal' tracks on volume 2 de-railed the album a bit (thankfully they decided not to use them in the show itself....) but having listened again more recently to it (beyond those tracks), I think there is still a lot of catchy music on the rest of the album. Perhaps the vocal tracks would have been better spread throughout the CD rather than being grouped near the start?

Seeing as how the tracks demonstrate Silvestri's 'pioneering and experimentative' phase on the series, I wouldn't have advocated leaving these cues off, even if they are a bit annoying ;)

Volume 3 was ordered immediately of course.

I am reevaluating volume 2 even as I type. Started listening deeper into the cd, post-vocals, and, yes, there's some fun stuff there. Still nothing that grabs me as much as Peaks and Valleys or High Explosive or a number of other tracks from volume 1 did.

sa-weet! bring on more funk!

Right here.

Thank you so very much for releasing all the CHIPS CD's. A friend of mine gave me the first volume and I was so thrilled to find out that it had actually been released! I wait now for each disc with great excitement! Just put in my order for this new one!

Please PLEASE continue to release each season as done by Silvestri! (I hope they continue to release the DVD's too...)

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
CHiPs Sea. 4: A Simple Operation
CHiPs Sea. 4: Dead Man's Riddle
CHiPs Sea. 4: Go Cart Terror
CHiPs Sea. 4: Home Fires Burning
CHiPs Sea. 4: Karate
CHiPs Sea. 4: Mitchell and Woods
CHiPs Sea. 4: New Guy In Town
CHiPs Sea. 4: Ponch's Angels
CHiPs Sea. 4: Sharks
CHiPs Sea. 4: The Hawk and the Hunter
CHiPs Sea. 4: To Your Health
CHiPs Sea. 4: Vigilante

Leader (Conductor):
Alan Silvestri

Violin:
Judith Aller-Talvi, Arnold Belnick, Charles Blackman, Assa Drori, Reginald Hill, Richard Kaufman, Ezra Kliger, Bernard Kundell, David L. Newman, Wilbert Nuttycombe, Don Palmer, Christopher Reutinger, Marshall Sosson, Robert "Bob" Sushel

Cello:
Marie Fera, Igor Horoshevsky, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Ronald A. Leonard, Jacqueline Lustgarten, David H. Speltz, Gloria Strassner, Mary Louise Zeyen

Bass:
Charles C. Berghofer, James Campbell, Abe Laboriel, Mike Porcaro, Neil Stubenhaus, Ken Wild

Woodwinds:
Don Ashworth, Phil Ayling, Peter Christlieb, William "Buddy" Collette, Gary L. Herbig, Kim Hutchcroft, Ray Pizzi, Kim Richmond, Larry Williams

French Horn:
James Atkinson, James A. Decker, Todd Miller, Henry Sigismonti

Trumpet:
Gary Grant, Larry Hall, Jerry Hey, Dalton Smith

Trombone:
Garnet Brown, Edward Kusby, Richard "Dick" Nash, Richard Noel, William Reichenbach, George M. Roberts, Thomas Shepard, Phillip A. Teele, William Tole, Lloyd E. Ulyate

Keyboards:
Tom Garvin, Craig Huxley (Hundley), Michael A. Lang, J. Peter "Pete" Robinson, Ian R. Underwood, Randy Waldman

Guitar:
Dennis Budimir, Mitchell L. "Mitch" Holder, Daniel Sawyer

Fender (electric) Bass:
Charles C. Berghofer

Harmonica:
Bernie Fields

Drums:
Ed Greene, Ralph S. Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Steve Schaeffer, Robert J. Zimmitti

Percussion:
John E. "Jack" Arnold, Mike Baird, Larry Bunker, Alan C. Estes, Joe Porcaro, Jerry D. Williams, Robert J. Zimmitti

Orchestrator:
Alan Silvestri

Orchestra Manager:
Harry W. Lojewski

Copyist:
Steve Cartotto, Dominic John Fidelibus, Jack Furlong, Wendy Hall, Robert G. Hartley, Willard W. Jones, Harry W. Lojewski, Ray Mace, Donald J. Midgley, Priscilla Nemoy, Arthur Richards

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