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 Posted:   Oct 25, 2020 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   afn   (Member)

Still a fun, watchable show with lots of good music, but now I stumbled upon this:

https://www.kittstillrocks.com/knight-rider-online-store/Hills-Of-Fire---Don-Peake-Soundtrack---25-Tracks-p135497929

Do any of you here know anything about these releases? I know there's an FSM release. How do they differ?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2020 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Still a fun, watchable show with lots of good music, but now I stumbled upon this:

https://www.kittstillrocks.com/knight-rider-online-store/Hills-Of-Fire---Don-Peake-Soundtrack---25-Tracks-p135497929

Do any of you here know anything about these releases? I know there's an FSM release. How do they differ?





The FSM release (and the subsequent re-release by Varese) feature only the initial scoring for the series by Stu Phillips; nothing by Peake.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2020 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Captain_Kaos (no Giacchino fan)   (Member)

Still a fun, watchable show with lots of good music, but now I stumbled upon this:

https://www.kittstillrocks.com/knight-rider-online-store/Hills-Of-Fire---Don-Peake-Soundtrack---25-Tracks-p135497929

Do any of you here know anything about these releases? I know there's an FSM release. How do they differ?


I have one of those CDs, but the quality isn't as good as the FSM/Varèse album. It seems it is pressed directly from the tapes onto disc without editing and remastering. Besides the tracks are often quiet short, that means you listen to tracks from 20 seconds to one minute a lot of tracks along. On the other side you have complete scores to many "Knight Rider" episodes. Meanwhile, as far as I know, they are only available via download or USB-sticks.
What I do not understand: how Don Peake managed it to distribute and sell his music? Phillips and other composers had always problems with Universal.

 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Wow, I didn't even know this site with all of this music available existed. Thanks!

 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2020 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)


What I do not understand: how Don Peake managed it to distribute and sell his music? Phillips and other composers had always problems with Universal.


I've noticed that composers who release from their own person tapes seem to be able(?) to release them on "not authorized for retail sale" private labels. A lot of Joe Harnell's scores from V, The Incredible Hulk and The Bionic Woman were released that way. Dennis McCarthy's V: The Final Battle and a sample CD of his work from the subsequent series also had the same sort of releases (and I'm still holding out hope for a release of V episodic scores). I don't know how this works with the legality of it, but since we know about it, I'm sure WB/NBC/Universal is more than aware.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2020 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Yikes - what a fantastic website! 27 scores....!

Does anyone know the format of these digital files? I downloaded one of the samples and it's.... MP3.... (beggers can't be choosers, I suppose!)

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   mastersofuniverse   (Member)

Yikes - what a fantastic website! 27 scores....!

Does anyone know the format of these digital files? I downloaded one of the samples and it's.... MP3.... (beggers can't be choosers, I suppose!)

i hope they are lossless files

Man, i wish Jan hammer and tim truman did the same for Miami Vice, just dump all the episode recordings online!
i would pay good money!

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   afn   (Member)

You're all most welcome! :-)

Oh yes, if only more composers did that with their scores...

To quote from the website:

“These digitizations come directly from the magnetic audio master and have not been remastered or otherwise altered. Please note that there may be some minor degradation in quality due to the age of the masters, and these reels are the best and only source of the original music”

The legendary Don Peake played with such musical greats as The Jackson Five, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson and The Supremes, but fans of "Knight Rider" know him best as the composer for 77 episodes of "Knight Rider". Don has released a number of these musical scores over the last 15 years, but many episodes have not been available to the public - until now! KITT STILL ROCKS has been working with Don over the last 6 months to digitize 27 previously unreleased episodes, and this is one of them! Each musical cue from the episode has been extracted, cleaned up and labeled in chronological order, so you can follow the music in the order it was played in the episode! As an additional bonus, we've included snippets, where available, of things you didn't hear in the episode - such as scene intros (Production #, Take #) and outros ("Save it!"). Hearing these additional bits adds a whole other layer to the fantastic work that Don did on the show.

Choose between an instant download of the soundtrack or add on a USB stick (in the shape of a car key!) to have the music delivered to you in the mail."

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2020 - 9:43 PM   
 By:   Mateo Sanboval   (Member)

Man, i wish Jan hammer and tim truman did the same for Miami Vice, just dump all the episode recordings online!
i would pay good money!


Seconded. Hard.

 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2020 - 1:18 AM   
 By:   pooter   (Member)

Thanks for sharing this as I had no idea these were available.

It’s a shame it wasn’t possible to buy individual tracks rather than entire albums only. I say that as I now have every Knight Rider soundtrack release (apart from these ones). They contain some amazing cues. But they also regularly repeat the core theme in many tracks. Id love to be able to go through these albums and buy the non-theme tracks. I’d have bought them all. As it stands though, to get them would mean buying all of the full albums which would cost about $260. I just can’t warrant that for the chance of buying so many similar cues again.

Having said that I still applaud Don Peake for releasing these and I hope other composers may do this in the future if they’re able to.

 
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