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I Spy (Original 1960s TV series/Limited Edition CD Soundtrack)


Sound: B Music: B+



Have you ever wondered to yourself, How many versions of the I Spy theme are there? If so, youre in luck. Not only is there a definitive answer to that question, but now, you can stop asking yourself dumb questions and instead fill that time by listening to the I Spy soundtrack.


Earle Hagen is probably one of the best-known TV theme composers with classics like The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mod Squad, but his best work was on I Spy. Not only did he write the compelling theme, but his scoring won Hagen an Emmy in 1967. When you listen to the entire original television soundtrack on CD, its clear why.


I Spy was one of the first TV shows to shoot on location around the world. Hagen was able to travel with the cast and crew to places like Spain, Japan, Italy and Mexico giving him the opportunity to observe the cultures of these locations and flavor his scores accordingly. Borrowing from the indigenous music of each country to help transport the viewer halfway around the world, he created a diverse range of material that boosted the show all the more.


The CD is set up to reflect this cultural influence. Its divided into five sections: Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Burma and Spain. Within each section are selected tunes from specific episodes. Even though some of the cities seem to have a more interesting soundtrack than others (I am partial to Spain, myself), the CD is put together in the perfect way that the listener never gets bored by hearing the same types of melodies repeated over and over.


Unlike many TV CDs, I Spy makes a great addition to the libraries of TV and music fans alike. Its just long enough to remind you of great episodes that have seen in the past and short enough to give you time to turn off the stereo and watch them on TV. The PCM CD sound is solid and the booklet included is the kind we do not see in CDs enough. However, only 3,000 copies of this title are being produced, so it will be in print for a limited time. You can order yours exclusively through the FSM label of Film Score Monthly Magazine by going to www.filmscoremonthly.com for this and many other outstanding exclusives.



- Paul Goebel



Paul Goebel was recently seen as the resident TV geek on Comedy Central's gameshow, "Beat the Geeks". He has appeared on numerous television shows and is recognized as the leading expert in TV trivia. He doesn't know everything about TV, he just knows more than you. Paul can be reached through his website:




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