Various Artists

TV Themes of the '70s

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Leave it to the folks at Time Life Music to assemble a collection of television themes to bring you back to those places in the 1970s where all was sweetness and light -- or at least you thought it was because you were too young to know differently; you were blasted out of your gourd; and/or you were a teen and your folks were occupied by the tube while you were doing more "meaningful" things. No matter how you slice it, the music from the TV themes to the big shows of the 1970s was either creative, corny, fun, or some combo of all three. Where else could you find a former rockabilly prince (in this case none other than Sonny Curtis) writing and singing the theme song to The Mary Tyler Moore Show? That's right, the guy who wrote "Rockin' Around with Ollie Vee" and "I Fought the Law" wrote "Love Is All Around," the show's theme. Quincy Jones was kickin' it with "The Streetbeater," the theme for Sanford & Son, as were John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful with the Welcome Back Kotter theme, Henry Mancini with the song of note for Charlie's Angels, Mike Post with The Rockford Files, the Brady Bunch with, well, The Brady Bunch theme, and, of course, the Banana Splits with "The Tra-La-La Song." Michael Parks' reading of "Long, Lonesome Highway" was the theme for Then Came Bronson, too! In other words, this is one crazy, kooky, and utterly fine album of TV themes for any collector -- or strange person who wants to relive television in the 1970s for any reason.

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