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Album Review

Jan Hammer recorded the original Snapshots in 1989 following his multi-platinum success with the Miami Vice albums and his solo album Escape From Television. The first full album recorded at his own Red Gate Studio, Snapshots showcased him at his very best, with every track composed, performed, and produced by the artist himself. Released worldwide, excluding North America, the album yielded three charted European singles: ''The Runner," originally from a series of British television advertisements starring Bob Geldof; "Eurocops," the theme from the top-rated European television series of the same name; and "One Way Out" from Miami Vice.

Retitled Snapshots 1.2 for its first release in North America, this album seems more a new release than a re-release. The newly repackaged disc has been totally remastered, several tracks have been remixed, and Snapshots 1.2 features the addition of two bonus tracks: the theme from the motion picture "A Modern Affair" and a new composition entitled "Nova." Snapshots 1.2 lives up to the stylish grace associated with the finest of Hammer's work for movies, television, and radio. He masterfully creates evocative moods and tone poems that conjure up visions of dramatic land and mindscapes. A musical delight, version 1.2 is well worth the upgrade.


Born: April 17, 1948 in Prague, Czech Republic

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

To pop music fans, keyboardist Jan Hammer is best known for his work on the soundtrack of the stylish '80s cop series Miami Vice. But Hammer also achieved considerable success in the jazz fusion world, both on his own and as a charter member of John McLaughlin's legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra. Though jazz purists often decry major portions of his solo work, Hammer has undeniably left his mark, both musically and commercially. A native of Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, Hammer was born into...
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