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 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 12:08 AM   
 By:   Caldera   (Member)

Caldera Records is proud to present David Shire’s score for the TV pilot “Three for the Road.”

“Three for the Road” (1975) was an ambitious idea, a road trip as a family show, mostly shot on location throughout the US. While the show allowed for levity throughout, at its heart it dealt with loss and the desire to (re-)connect. Pete (Alex Rocco) is the kind of father every kid wants to have. He is kind and cool. He lets his two boys ride a motorcycle, while always providing emotional support when needed. And needed it often is, as his two kids, John (Vincent Van Paten) and Endy (Leif Garrett), have recently lost their mother. Now the three live in a recreational vehicle in which they drive through the United States while Pete takes on commissions as a photographer. While Bruce Broughton provided the music for the individual episodes, David Shire was contracted to score the pilot. His score is built around his main theme, a memorable, uplifting piece that makes its appearance throughout the pilot, and with its use of guitar featuring subtle folk elements. It’s a varied score also incorporating lounge jazz pieces, and for the more intimate moments, elaborate string writing.

In addition, we also include music from “The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened” and “Daddy, I Don’t Like It Like This,” two TV movies that also deal with trauma. For the former, Shire provided a rousing, energetic sports score with gentler, tender moments to illustrate the illness of the main character. Shire’s score for the latter film is built around a lullaby-like main theme, often performed on a solo instrument such as a clarinet or piano. This music perfectly captures both the main protagonist Peter’s child-like wonder and also the longing of his parents. The theme is used, for example, both as Peter escapes into the woods and as his father lays on his bed, indulging in his memories of happier times when everything seemed possible. The boy’s escapes enable Shire to infuse his compositions with drive and verve that make “Daddy, I Don’t Like It Like This” an eclectic listening experience. The 54th CD-release of Caldera Records features a detailed booklet text by Stephan Eicke and elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas. The CD was mastered by Richard Moore and produced by Stephan Eicke and John Elborg.


Music Composed and Conducted by David Shire
Album Produced by Stephan Eicke, David Shire
Executive Producers for Caldera Records: John Elborg, Stephan Eicke
Album Art Direction and Design by Luis Miguel Rojas

For more information and sound clips, please visit our homepage:

Three for the Road
1. Main Title (Pilot) (1:41)
2. Restaurant Source (2:14)
3. Endy & Amy (1:27)
4. Motorcycle Ride (2:19)
5. Kitchen Scene (2:14)
6. Looking for Amy (1:31)
7. Here Comes Trouble (0:56)
8. God’s Country (3:33)
9. Finale and End Title (1:43)
10. Turnaround (0:48)
11. Main Title (Series) (1:08)

The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened
12. Main Title (1:42)
13. Morris, Father & Sandra (1:14)
14. Basketball (3:17)
15. “Julie, Come Here” (2:46)
16. “I Love You” (1:16)
17. Finale and End Credits (1:58)
18. Jingle Bells (2:29)

Daddy, I Don’t Like It Like This
19. Main Title (1:53)
20. Wedding Flashback (2:51)
21. Second Forest Scene (2:12)
22. Pete’s Death (2:53)
23. Double Flashback (2:22)
24. Pete Looks for Helen (0:57)
25. Central Park Flashback (3:31)
26. Finale and End Credits (2:44)

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 4:51 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I think this is the first MTM TV production to get a proper soundtrack release...

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

I remember the 'Three for The Road' series getting an airing on some ITV stations in the UK in the late seventies - on my local station, it was in the children's tea-time slot! I don't remember the pilot at all though.

The tv series theme was quite a memorable, bouncy one and I'm glad it's included on the CD (although unless my memory is playing tricks ISTR it was written in conjunction with James di Pasquale?).

Anyway, I'll be getting this smile

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

And when was Shire anything other than stellar?
Nice release

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Shire is always welcome!

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Series intro:

The pilot movie:

There were a lot of those "roaming the highways and byways" series in the 1970s...

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Fantastic release!

I did suites over the years for the first two scores on it, in an attempt to get the scores more attention.

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Anyone who's tried contacting caldera via their website (not here), did they ever respond?

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Alex Rocco was the best thing in the show.

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Album Produced by Stephan Eicke, David Shire
Executive Producers for Caldera Records: John Elborg, Stephan Eicke

Three for the Road

Behold, Eicke!

Considering what Caldera had done in the past, I suspect it's not "Three for the Road" but three hours of music on the cutting room floor.

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 7:25 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Considering what Caldera had done in the past, I suspect it's not "Three for the Road" but three hours of music on the cutting room floor.

Good lord.

Every label in the entire world has spent the last five decades not releasing a single note of any of these scores. Along comes Caldera to remedy that, and yet you lambaste them for committing the heinous crime of considering a CD to be music and not an archive.

I, for one, am looking forward to this, as they've done terrific work on their previous Shire releases.

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

Hear, hear! This is an irresistible release for me too. Rich mid-70s TV sound from one of the greats of that period. Thank you for another treasure, Caldera!

 Posted:   Apr 1, 2024 - 10:53 PM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Alex Rocco was the best thing in the show.

Yes, he was. And given the number of times I saw him playing villainous roles, it was good to see him play against type in this show.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2024 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I've done my part to help spread the word, by adding note of the release in the two old suites I did.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2024 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   jeffhall7   (Member)

Always grateful for more David Shire.

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