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 writtenhere 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.
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.
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.
Alan Menken wins his third and fourth Oscars, for Beauty and the Beast's score and title song (1992)
Dimitri Tiomkin wins Oscar for High and the Mighty score (1955)
Ennio Morricone, inexplicably, doesn't win the Best Score Oscar for The Mission, which was pretty much the only score album anyone in Hollywood listened to during the late '80s; Herbie Hancock wins Oscar for Round Midnight score instead (1987)