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I still remember the curious thrill I experienced when I read the announcement: FSM had released music from the TV version of Logan's Run. I watched the show as a kid, built my own sandman shirt and pistol (I used a water pistol as the base with an Enterprise nacelle as the barrel. I owned many Enterprise models back then, building fleets of starships, and by 1977, Star Trek had become more of a memory and the model kits began getting recycled. I used what I believe are the intercoolers from the rear of the nacelle to help make the front section of the barrel.).

I'd not thought much about the show since then, and when the cd announcement appeared, I had no idea what to expect, musically. I listened to the main title and was instantly transported. The siren-like strains of the opening sent a real live shiver down my spine. A Proustian flood of childhood memories returned as I heard the theme and I didn't hesitate another moment before placing my order. The cd remains one of my all time favorite FSM releases. It's just a joy, from beginning to end. I have not seen the show since 1977 and I don't think I want to. The music makes it seem wonderful, just the way the show exists in my memory. I'd rather not let the cold stench of reality spoil that feeling.

So in that mode, Here are some other favorite shows from my youth that I'd like to hear on cd -- and should probably never try to watch.

MAN FROM ATLANTIS

Anyone who's ever read anything I've written here likely knows that this is my big time original holy grail. I adored this series and the music from the pilot film has continued to haunt me since then. I mentioned recently how much I enjoyed a retooled version of the title theme BSX produced last year. But it's Fred Karlin's original tracks that I truly crave.

Here's another interesting cover version of the theme.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Oh yeah, baby. Now here's some swingin' seventies funk. Oh yeah. I loved this show, I don't want to see it and spoil my memories of it, and I would love love love to have the music.

SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN

Another series I haven't seen since it originally aired. This might - might - have aged better than the others, but I think it would be best not to tempt fate. The music is lost to me, though I dig the theme song and suspect I'd love whatever other cues would make it onto a cd. After all, I enjoy the Bionic Woman music that's been released.

WONDER WOMAN

Here's a series that's actually made it to dvd, but I still haven't revisited it. I can still recall the feel of the music, similar in tone and fun to the opening theme. Lots of great seventies horns and wah wah guitars. Would make a fun cd, I'm sure.

SALVAGE ONE

This short lived series featured Andy Griffith as a junkyard owner who built his own spaceship in order to salvage and resell NASA's junk left on the moon. Hmm. This series is probably ripe for a remake. But I digress. The opening theme is charming and I'll bet the rest of the music is, too.

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SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN

Another series I haven't seen since it originally aired. This might - might - have aged better than the others, but I think it would be best not to tempt fate. The music is lost to me, though I dig the theme song and suspect I'd love whatever other cues would make it onto a cd. After all, I enjoy the Bionic Woman music that's been released.



SMDM's episode scores were superb at the time and they hold up tremendously well today. "The Seven Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman" parts 1 and 2 are two favorites.

Also wicked cool: Dusty Springfield's "He's the Man" song. In syndication you used to hear just a few seconds of that after the announcer got done reading his promo. Very frustrating. Having the whole song is excellent.

I'd love to see more Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers music released from the great Stu Phillips (OK cheating here slightly as it segues into the 80s too).

Would also like to see some soundtrack releases for the animated Star Trek TV series scores (and the original series for that matter).

I would love to see an album of Star Trek-TAS and Wonder Woman.

Fred Karlin's score to Man From Atlantis ranks near the top of my list, too! As a kid, I once taped the audio of the pilot movie directly from the tv onto a little cassette deck and played it back repeatedly until the tape wore out!

Another score I would definitely love to have released would be Jimmie Haskell's eerie soundtrack to the 1974 series Land Of The Lost! Using a strange combination of distorted electric bass, mini-Moog synthesizer and banjo, he came up with a soundtrack that was both fun and creepy. It complimented perfectly the bizarre, alien atmosphere of the series.
I recommend renting DVDs of the first season and pay particular attention to episodes like "Stranger", "The Possession" and "Circle". You'll see what I mean.

Can we venture back, a little, to the sixties??? "The Invaders"???

Who can forget the voice-over..."THE INVADERS...A QUINN MARTIN PRODUCTION!"

Can we venture back, a little, to the sixties??? "The Invaders"???

Who can forget the voice-over..."THE INVADERS...A QUINN MARTIN PRODUCTION!"


Dominic Frontiere's 3-note motif originated in the main title of the unsold pilot "The Unknown" (which itself aired as the final episode ["The Forms Of Things Unknown"] of "The Outer Limits" first season).

Perhaps I'm wrong but I don't know if a lot of sci-fi television shows were made in the 70's as opposed to the previous decade. Were they? Certainly a whole bunch of really good cop television shows were, with great scoring, which are fondly remembered by millions all over till this day. Many of them were shown outside the United States. The score music of those... I would like very much to see on cd!!!
Back to topic, off hand the sci-fi ones that first come to mind are SPACE 1999 and of course the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and THE BIONIC WOMAN which were VERY popular. I can't think of any others really. Comic book character driven TV shows like WONDER WOMAN already mentioned as well as HULK were very popular too. I think of WONDER WOMAN more of as fantasy rather than sci-fi per se. In any case, I would love to see a cd release with music from WONDER WOMAN as well.
This has been brought up in the past. Perhaps someone will listen. Along those lines of comic book hero worship, there was this very brief SPIDERMAN 70's television show. I think it ran for something like a couple of seasons and then just vanished. It had some cool music. Well... if wishes were horses (whatever that means), I would like a cd release with music from THAT television series... AND proper DVD releases of all the episodes. YouTube has tons of clips if you wanna check them out. Here is a preview. Music is by Stu Phillips/Dana Kaproff.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8aQvCEn3JU&feature=related[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHsu1-LcdL4&feature=related[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbEvlB-x8nQ&feature=related[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOwzogdY6k0&feature=related[/youtube]

I love David Shire's theme from Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected.

hmmmm....what about the late 70's 1 season wonder of "Quark" with Richard Benjamin (Love at First Bite) as the space going garbage collector...? Or early 1980's "the Phoenix" which was another one season wonder staring Judson Earney Scott (Joachim ...right hand of Khan in Star Trek II). I remember that show because it was truly different but never garnered a great audience to stay around.

Perhaps I'm wrong but I don't know if a lot of sci-fi television shows were made in the 70's as opposed to the previous decade. Were they?

Other lesser sci-fi (or scifi-ish) shows I remember from the 70s (outside the obvious suspects listed already) include Logan's Run, Fantastic Journey, Quark, Futurecop, Gemini Man, Holmes and Yoyo, Invisible Man, Ark 2, Space Academy, Jason of Star Command -- and most of those predate Star Wars. That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure I've missed some...

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