Various Artists

Mission Accomplished, Too: More Themes

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With Hip-O's Mission Accomplished, Too, it's possible to actually buy the theme songs of favorite television spy shows. This particular volume concentrates on mostly late-'60s to early-'70s material, and most of it stands up today. Television executives often did the smart thing by giving the chore of writing and recording these themes to real pros, and there are quite a few excellent examples of that on this disc. Quincy Jones' dynamic, jazzy "Ironside" is a classy effort, and the horn arrangement is even better than a lot of the records that were being played on the radio at the time. The Ventures have a couple of excellent tracks on here as well: the tympani-laden "Hawaii Five-O" and the rocking meltdown of "Streets of San Francisco." Many of the tunes hold up without the visual images to anchor them, and this alone is a good reason for picking up this disc. Also, many of these songs used musical motifs similar to those that were popular on the charts at the time, and it's a lot of fun picking them out.

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