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 Posted:   Jan 10, 2023 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   Rollin Hand   (Member)

The Columbo score that most caught my ear was "The Greenhouse Jungle" by Oliver Nelson. It's a close precursor, a prequel, to The Six Million Dollar Man. And I knew it was Oliver Nelson long before checking the credits.

Oliver Nelson will re-use and rework a cue from "The Greenhouse Jungle" and inject it into the happy epilogue of "Pilot Error” (1974): a season 2 episode from The Six Million Dollar Man.

 Posted:   Jan 10, 2023 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   darthbrett   (Member)

I feel like each and every score from the original '70s series should be released in full. The full scores are only about 10-20 minutes long each, so why not?

Here's how I would rank the original Columbo scores (only the scores, with no influence from the episode's quality) from the 1970s:

01. A Stitch in Crime (Billy Goldenberg)
02. Candidate for Crime (Dick De Benedictis)
03. Double Exposure (Dick De Benedictis)
04. Murder by the Book (Billy Goldenberg)
05. The Most Crucial Game (Dick De Benedictis)
06. Publish or Perish (Billy Goldenberg)
07. Try and Catch Me (Patrick Williams)
08. Make Me a Perfect Murder (Patrick Williams)
09. Dead Weight (Gil Melle)
10. How to Dial a Murder (Patrick Williams)
11. The Greenhouse Jungle (Oliver Nelson)
12. Any Old Port in a Storm (Dick De Benedictis)
13. Suitable for Framing (Billy Goldenberg)
14. Dagger of the Mind (Dick De Benedictis)
15. Fade in to Murder (Bernardo Segall)
16. Identity Crisis (Bernardo Segall)
17. Swan Song (Dick De Benedictis)
18. Now You See Him (Bernardo Segall)
19. The Conspirators (Patrick Williams)
20. Etude in Black (Dick De Benedictis)
21. Murder Under Glass (Jonathan Tunick)
22. Lady in Waiting (Billy Goldenberg)
23. Ransom for a Dead Mean (Billy Goldenberg)
24. Death Lends a Hand (Gil Melle)
25. An Exercise in Fatality (Dick De Benedictis)
26. Last Salute to the Commodore (Bernardo Segall)
27. Prescription: Murder (Dave Grusin)
28. Forgotten Lady (Jeff Alexander)
29. Negative Reaction (Bernardo Segall)
30. Troubled Waters (Dick De Benedictis)
31. Lovely But Lethal (Dick De Benedictis)
32. The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case (Bob Prince)
33. Short Fuse (Gil Melle) (Only 2 or 3 new cues for this one, so it gets docked down)
34. Playback (Bernardo Segall)
35. A Matter of Honor (Bernardo Segall)
36. Old Fashioned Murder (Dick De Benedictis)
37. A Case of Immunity (Bernardo Segall)
38. A Deadly State of Mind (Bernardo Segall)
39. By Dawn's Early Light (Bernardo Segall) (this really is almost entirely source music save for I think 1 short cue during the opening and one reprise of that later on)

 Posted:   Jan 11, 2023 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Continuing "SEASON 1":

"Short Fuse"
By: Gil Mellé

Fish Man suite:

  • 0:00 in.^ *
  • 5:21 in.^
  • 12:56 in.^
  • 14:36 in. Just over two minutes long, though I assume more was recorded. And the cue after the commercial break.(both)^ *
  • 23:18 in. Short outtro.^
  • 24:23 in.
  • 31:31 in.^ *
  • 35:28 in.^ *
  • 50:21 in.^ *
  • 52:16 in.^ *
  • 53:18 in.^ *
  • 1:00:24 in.^ *
  • 1:14:48 in.^ *

    Another episode score I don't think needs everything released, only selections. If I may be so humble, I have put an asterix (*) by each cue I think should be selected.

    This is the first episode to delineate that Henry Mancini did not write theme music, but rather it was the Mystery Movie Theme. And this is also the first episode to have a new composer credit: "Music for Columbo". Composer credit: 1:15:00 in.

    You know, I thought for sure -- since I don't recall ever seeing this episode before -- that when he started his maniacal laughter, and put the thing around Columbo's neck, that's he take a swan dive to his death. His character was just crazy enough to make such a move.

     Posted:   Jan 11, 2023 - 11:20 AM   
     By:   darthbrett   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 1":

    "Dead Weight"


  • 6:37 in.^

    This brief cue is a tracked/edited piece from 'Murder by the Book'.

    Most of 'Short Fuse' is just tracked from 'Death Lends a Hand' and 'Dead Weight'. There's only about 3, maybe 4 actual cues that are newly scored for it and then the one source track when they are seen in the club during the accident scene.

    'Blueprint for Murder' is all tracked.

     Posted:   Jan 11, 2023 - 11:39 AM   
     By:   chriss   (Member)

    "SEASON 1":

    "Murder By the Book"
    By: Billy Goldenberg

  • 5:58 in. First cue of the "episode", which seems to harken back to the backing of the car driving cue from "Psycho".^
  • 10:52 in.^
  • 14:41 in.^
  • 22:58 in.^
  • 25:02 in.^
  • 29:27 in.
  • 37:03 in.^
  • 50:29 in. I like the nice touch of a typewriter sounds used in a sort of echo-plex way. In fact, you can hear typewriter sounds in some of the cues in this score, but not in-your-face but rather melded together with the music in a clever way instead of a gimmick-y way.^
  • 51:35 in. Dinner source music. And the cue after the commercial break.^(both; first: parts, second: all)
  • 1:01:37 in.^
  • 1:08:11 in.^
  • 1:14:03 in. And the end credits music that immediately follows.^

    That's nearly the entire score I cited. I skipped one long restaurant source cue. The entire score should be released

    The source cue is the Love Theme from Goldenberg's score for "Red Sky At Morning".

     Posted:   Jan 11, 2023 - 4:41 PM   
     By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

    Oliver Nelson will re-use and rework a cue from "The Greenhouse Jungle" and inject it into the happy epilogue of "Pilot Error” (1974): a season 2 episode from The Six Million Dollar Man.

    Hey Member, could you post the actual link for that? I like to see where I'm going before I click. Thanks!

     Posted:   Jan 12, 2023 - 8:05 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Finishing "SEASON 1":

    "Blueprint for Murder"
    By: Gil Mellé

    This is the final effort by Melle for the franchise.

  • 5:11 in.^
  • 8:13/20:25 in. Country-music flavored source cues.^
  • 40:45 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^(both)
  • 1:06:37 in.^
  • 1:11:27 in.^
  • 1:13:45 in. And the end credit music which follows.^(both)

    This is the only episode directed by Peter Falk. The IMDb Trivia page for this episode, is quite interesting:

    Nice little touch with the bad guy going ahead and letting himself into the cop car, without being asked.

    The Soundtracks page for the episode has not been contributed to, so the classical music used was left up to an internet search. What I found (which may not cover all pieces used, and does not specify exact recordings used):
  • Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18 No 1
  • 1st and 2nd movements of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2

    The episode itself has very little scoring, with long quiet parts and tracked classical music.

     Posted:   Jan 12, 2023 - 8:40 AM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    Short Fuse was the last time Gil Mellé wrote original music for Columbo. Blueprint for Murder was the last episode of the season and was entirely tracked with cues from previous episodes (only about 5 minutes of score in the entire 75 minute episode too! Still, a great Columbo Ep.)


     Posted:   Jan 13, 2023 - 8:07 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    "SEASON 2":

    "Étude in Black"
    By: Dick DeBenedictis

    Fish Man suite:

  • 7:58 in.^
  • 15:16 in.^
  • 35:12/37:10 in.^
  • 40:44 in.
  • 46:23 in. Short intro cue.^
  • 52:42 in.^
  • 1:05:30 in. All the night club jazz music.^
  • 1:16:32/1:17:24 in. Fake scoring session for a fake documentary. I bet those are some of the sessions players from this episode score.^
  • 1:18:53 in. I think this is tracked from a prior episode score.^
  • 1:33:13 in. "Duel" light.^

    First appearance of Columbo's dog.

    I looked up to see if there were any film/television composers wo have committed murder, no matter how obscure, and the only name I could come up with is Phil Spector, who is serving prison time for it right now. He scored one project, and -- as noted on the Supposedly page on my Rejected Film Scores website -- he was originally hired to score the film "The Hot Rock", which was ultimately scored by Quincy Jones; I have no idea if Phil did a score for that or not.

     Posted:   Jan 14, 2023 - 1:56 AM   
     By:   On the Rooftops   (Member)

    On “Etude in Black” the “scoring session” for a WWII show has music that
    brings Leonard Rosenman to mind (as does Cassevetes’ attitude).
    Also, in the lame Columbo 90’s effort “Murder with too many notes” the
    murderer is a shady film composer who looks for all the world like
    Michael Kamen!
    In real life, there is the story of Piero Piccioni implicated in a mysterious
    death in the 50s thanks to his father’s political enemies and his later

     Posted:   Jan 17, 2023 - 7:36 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 2":

    "The Greenhouse Jungle"
    By: Oliver Nelson

    Fish Man suite:

    This is the only effort by Nelson for the series.

  • 0:12 in.^
  • 4:50 in.^
  • 7:28 in.^
  • 21:01 in.^
  • 25:22 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^(both)
  • 28:28/30:13 in.^
  • 31:47 in.^
  • 33:43 in.^
  • 35:29 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^(both)
  • 49:18 in.^
  • 52:57 in.^
  • 57:20 in.^
  • 1:03:13 in.^
  • 1:06:25 in.^
  • 1:13:01 in. Followed by the end credits music.^

    I cited nearly the entire score. I wouldn't be opposed to the entire score being released, though I really think just the cues I highlighted, are needed.

    NOTE: This episode had a rejected score by Paul Glass. See my Rejected Film Scores website for a little information:

    At this time there are no further known rejected scores, though later on in the series there is a largely un-used score by another composer. I will note that when I get there.

    (Note to Me: 1:13:33 in -- composer credit)

     Posted:   Jan 18, 2023 - 9:54 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 2":

    "The Most Crucial Game"
    By: Dick DeBenedictis

    Fish Man suite:

  • 0:57 in.^
  • 12:53 in.^
  • 31:49 in.^
  • 36:09 in.^
  • 43:19 in. So much intricate to the second scoring for so many details, even the dog turning around. The effort for this must have been mind boggling.^
  • 46:55 in.^
  • 55:06 in.^
  • 59:25 in. Pleasant source cue.^
  • 1:04:10 in.^
  • 1:12:21 in. Followed by the end credits music.^

    I cited everything except one pointless brief intro cue and a bunch of source music which I think probably isn't original and just tracked library pieces.

    I think it's possible some of these cues can be logically combined without notice.

    "Your wife has my sympathy."

    "Dagger of the Mind"
    By: Dick DeBenedictis

    Fish Man suite:

  • 3:28 in.^
  • 6:45 in.^
  • 12:33 in.^
  • 27:10 in. 33:30 could make a good closer to this cue.^
  • 39:59 in. London Tourists on the Menu.^
  • 45:06 in.^
  • 49:28 in.^
  • 1:01:42 in.^
  • 1:04:$7 in.^
  • 1:06:27 in.^
  • 1:10:14 in.^
  • 1:22:04 in.^
  • 1:25:41 in.^
  • 1:32:58 in. Followed by the end credits music.^

    The load freezes up for a few minutes, but I'm just going to assume there is no score during that time rather than hunt down another video.

    33:44 in: IS this pre-existing classical work?

    (NtM: about 1:20, 1:15:42)

     Posted:   Jan 19, 2023 - 8:05 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 2":

    Only episode with no credited composer.

    "Requiem for a Falling Star"

    While I am only double checking credits while going threw the episodes, so far as I know, this out-of-place entry is the only episode to not have a credited composer. I'm wondering if maybe a score was rejected so late in the game there wasn't time to do a new one and a track job was rushed in. OR perhaps Glass was engaged to do two episodes, but after the rejection, he was dropped and there was no time to get a replacement composer. I assume once La La Land Records gets to the show, we'll know for sure, unless MV or somebody in-the-know can comment on this now.

    (Score: 0:33, 5:06, 8:33, 13:33 [probably Nelson], 21:26, 24:33, 31:45 [from either "The Most Crucial Game" or "Dagger of the Mind".], 32:17 [probably from the Nelson score], 44:18, 45:18, 55:37 [should be Goldenberg], 59:52, 1:01:46, 1:06:05 [should be Goldenberg], 1:10:02, and 1:12:32.)

    "A Stitch in Crime"
    By: Billy Goldenberg

    Fish Man suite:

  • 7:18 in. First cue.^
  • 10:48 in.^
  • 13:25 in.^
  • 16:22 in.^
  • 22:45 in.^
  • 25:01 in. And the source music after the commercial break which serves as score music in brief moments (I think this is a first in all the series I have watched).^
  • 33:35 in.^
  • 51:26 in. And the cue after the commercial break, which could easily come out of "Duel".^
  • 1:05:50 in. At one point the cue is put on an edited loop until it stops abruptly; I don't know if that's because Goldenberg didn't write enough music for the scene and they realized it need more, or if they simply replaced part of his cue.^
  • 1:12:12 in. Followed by the end credits music.^

    Serviceable score that works in the episode, but I'm not sure really how much of this needs to be released.

    Leonard Nimoy was perfectly cast for this.

    Columbo: "You ask tough questions, doc'."
    "So do the jury."

     Posted:   Jan 20, 2023 - 8:52 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 2":

    "The Most Dangerous Match"
    By: Dick DeBenedictis

  • 5:18 in. I think this may be tracked from either "The Most Crucial Game" or "Dagger of the Mind".^
  • 18:19 in.^
  • 20:25 in.^
  • 35:45 in.^
  • 38:06 in.^
  • 51:15 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 54:29 in. I think this may be tracked from either "The Most Crucial Game" or "Dagger of the Mind".^
  • 1:00:24 in. I think this may be tracked from either "The Most Crucial Game" or "Dagger of the Mind".^
  • 1:07:52 in.^
  • 1:11:27 in.^
  • 1:12:49 in. I think this and the end credits which follows, may be tracked from either "The Most Crucial Game" or "Dagger of the Mind".^

    10:28 in: I'm rather certain this is tracked source music from a prior episode. In fact, I'm not sure how much original scoring is in this episode.

    (NtM: 35:38)

     Posted:   Jan 23, 2023 - 8:26 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Finishing "SEASON 2":

    "Double Shock"
    By: Dick DeBenedictis

  • 0:31 in.^
  • 5:24 in.^
  • 6:26 in.^
  • 7:53/13:31 in.^
  • 12:35 in.^
  • 16:59 in.^
  • 30:04 in.^
  • 44:21 in.^
  • 58:37 in.^
  • 1:05:09 in.^
  • 1:12:48 in. And the end credits music which follows (which is in the mold of the 44:21 highlight).^

    (NtM: 33:48 / 1:13:31 -- use this composer credit)

     Posted:   Jan 24, 2023 - 8:18 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    "SEASON 3":

    "Lovely but Lethal"
    By: Dick DeBenedictis

    Fish Man suite:

  • 0:31 in. I think this might be tracked from a prior episode.
  • 7:05 in.^
  • 9:23 in.^
  • 10:51 in.^
  • 17:15 in.^
  • 23:30 in.^
  • 33:39/42:25 in.^
  • 47:47 in. Short outtro that I like. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 51:11 in. Sounds like something Richard Markowitz would have done.^
  • 53:47 in.^
  • 55:16 in.^
  • 58:40 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 1:04:12/1:05:49 in.^
  • 1:11:29 in. And the end credits music which follows.^

    Some of cues share some ideas and orchestrations heard in Billy Goldenberg's score to "Duel". Some moments are really strikingly similar -- two different composers both doing such similar things. Interesting. I guess since "Duel" was from 1971 and this episode is from 1973, that perhaps DeBenedictis was simply inspired by Billy's work. Were they doing temp tracks for TV movies back then?

    2:49 in: You can see some of Martin Sheen's tiger blood, man.

    (NtM: 23:24)

     Posted:   Jan 25, 2023 - 12:51 AM   
     By:   darthbrett   (Member)

    Both The Most Dangerous Match and Double Shock were entirely tracked from other Columbo episodes. Neither had any new music in them.

    Season 3 is the last season of the '70s era Columbos that has episodes with tracked score music (Mind Over Mayhem, A Friend In Deed). Starting with season 4 and thru the show's end, all episodes contained all-new and exclusive scores.

     Posted:   Jan 25, 2023 - 8:07 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 3":

    "Any Old Port in a Storm"
    By: Dick DeBenedictis

    Fish Man suite:

  • 0:30 in. I swear this is tracked from a prior episode. Specifically, I am thinking of the London episode.
  • 2:24 in.^
  • 6:47 in.^
  • 8:29 in.^
  • 10:30 in.^
  • 23:31 in.^
  • 29:17 in. The source music.^
  • 52:52 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 56:48 in.^
  • 1:05:02 in.^
  • 1:08:02 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 1:14:18 in. Short outtro cue; could probably be logically attached to another cue.^
  • 1:22:09 in.
  • 1:26:51 in.^
  • 1:32:27 in.^
  • 1:34:07 in.^

    The whole last ten plus minutes of this episode are just wonderful. The writing and execution, down to even little character details like Columbo asking if its alright if he smokes -- to the killer.

    Columbo says he has over 400,000 miles on his car. Over twenty years later in the show he is still driving the car, so who knows how many miles it has later on; that would be far in excess of any [Twilight Zone level of suspension of disbelief.

    "You really are a sly one, lieutenant."

    Columbo: "Five thousand dollars for a bottle of wine. You know, my father never made five thousand dollars in one year? Can you imagine drinking a year's pay in one night?"

     Posted:   Jan 26, 2023 - 8:13 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 3":

    "Candidate for Crime"
    By: Dick DeBenedictis

    Fish Man suite:

  • 0:31 in.^
  • 4:58 in.^
  • 8:55 in.^
  • 12:16 in.^
  • 13:56 in.^
  • 59:23 in.^
  • 1:02:25 in. Short little marching-band-like cue for an outtro. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 1:14:11 in.^
  • 1:21:03 in.^
  • 1:21:55 in.^
  • 1:29:01 in.^
  • 1:30:54/1:32:50 in. That short outtro cue would make a good opening to the next cue, so I lumped them together here.^
  • 1:35:47 in.^

    Good score. A little sparse, but very effective when present.

    Never once in my life have I been pulled over or seen a person pulled over, to get a forced auto inspection from the police. I suppose this is a thing that happens/used to happen.

    (NtM: 11:46, 51:08)

     Posted:   Jan 27, 2023 - 7:56 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 3":

    "Double Exposure"
    By: Dick DeBenedictis

    Fish Man suite:

  • 0:26 in.^
  • 7:41 in.^
  • 8:55 in. Score for a fake movie. Four minutes long. Played again at 55:08 and 1:09:30 in.^
  • 41:54 in.^
  • 59:30 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 1:08:28 in.^

    Not much scoring in the episode. I only skipped one long cue and the rest were short intro and outtro cues. I really think only what I cited should be released.

    This is the third (of four total) times Robert Culp guest stars as the killer. He just can't stop killing people. Ralph Hinkley's secret may have been a superhero, but Bill Maxell's secret was killing people... ;-)

    (NtM: 21:33, 27:09 / 1:13:!6 in -- possible composer credit use)

    "Nice try though."
    Columbo: "Can't win 'em all."

    "Here's my ball. There it is; I'll just toss it out a bit ... and no one will ever know..."

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