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Television's Greatest Hits is a series of albums containing recordings of TV theme songs through the years. The series was first introduced in 1985 as the centerpiece of the then-new TVT Records. Each of the original 8 volumes contains 65 theme songs. The format of the original eight volume series became widely imitated by other record labels. Another TVT volume, All-Time Top 100 TV Themes, was issued in 2005.
65 TV Themes! From the 50's and 60's is the first volume of the Television's Greatest Hits series of compilation albums by TVT Records. From the 50's and 60's was a double LP that featured 65 themes from television shows ranging from the mid-1950s until the late 1960s.
The album catalog was later acquired by The Bicycle Music Company. In September 2011, Los Angeles-based Oglio Records announced they were releasing the Television's Greatest Hits song catalog after entering into an arrangement The Bicycle Music Company. A series of 9 initial "6-packs" including some of the songs from the album has been announced for 2011.
Don Pardo "hosted" the original LP and cassette versions from 1985. Five tracks are exclusive to the original 1985 releases...
The first track on the first record/tape, side one, begins with "Morning Mood" from the Peer Gynt suite, which is interrupted by Don Pardo beginning the "broadcast day."
Side one concludes with a faux test announcement of the Emergency Broadcast System, leading into the "Duck and Cover" song (from the 1951 Civil Defense education film of the same name.)
Side two concludes with easy-listening muzak and Pardo making announcements of the "station" having technical difficulties and to please stand by. This was also sampled on Hexstatic's album Rewind.
Side three (the first side on the second record/tape) concludes with a medley of news themes and announcer voices, led off by Pardo announcing a faux news bulletin interrupting the "broadcast."
Side four (and the whole album) concludes with Don Pardo signing-off the "broadcast day" with a recording of our national anthem (enhanced with explosion and firework sounds near the end), and then fades on a test pattern tone (signaling the "station" has gone off the air.)
Because these tapes are sealed new and we cannot inspect for playability, we offer no warranty or guarantees on how well these tapes will perform once they are opened and removed from the cellophane package. Because these sealed new 8-track tapes are very old, the foam pads and glue on the foil splices most often has a tendency to deteriorate over many years of time. Always inspect and replace, if necessary, those items before playing any sealed new 8-track tape, or damage to the tape and player may occur.
If you would like these new sealed tapes gently opened and inspected for playability with a new pads and foil splices added, please go to "New 8-track tape repair" in the New 8-track tape category and we will gladly perform the work for you. Be sure to select 2 as the number of repairs needed for each of these sealed tapes that you are purchasing.