The Best of Mission: Impossible - Then and Now (Soundtrack from the TV Show)
Lalo Schifrin and John E. Davis
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The Best of Mission: Impossible (Then and Now) is an album reprising the works of Lalo Schifrin and John E. Davis for both the Mission: Impossible original television series and the later Mission: Impossible from 1988 to 1990, filmed in Australia. The first track of the album is the ever-present "Mission: Impossible Main Title." After this, the album moves on to various bits of sounds composed by Schifrin for the original series, and eventually to his works for the newer series, including his revised versions of the opening and ending themes to the show. These are followed by a number of works by Davis for the newer series, which are actually quite good, though they may be easily overshadowed by Schifrin's work. At the end of the album, there is an interview with Peter Graves, the actor who played Jim Phelps, the leader of the Impossible Missions Force in both series, and a wonderfully rousing finale of the "Mission: Impossible Theme" performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Schifrin himself. For true Schifrin fans, the earlier Music from Mission: Impossible would be a better choice, as it showcases only his work, ignoring any other interviews, etc. For devotees of the show, though, The Best of Mission: Impossible (Then and Now) would be a perfectly good choice for a novelty-type album. The music is still good and the interview may be a nice addition.
You want the theme? You must buy the album. Is it worth it? Yes.
Good evening, Mr. or Ms. Phelps wannabe. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Search out the original Mission Impossible theme. You will discover an album with gems that MUST be from the original show (plus some later themes from a reunion show, most of which do not meet with our retro tastes). But, oh, the treats that lie within: the original opening and closing themes, as well as "The Plot", "Ready", "Good Job", all state and restate the theme and sub-themes with fresh arrangements and special flavor. You don't hear REAL acoustic instruments and orchestral arrangements like these on TV today. It's all synthesizers ala' "E.R." and "Law and Order" (themes I happen to like. anyway). Of course, the "Scrubs" theme is an exception. As to the interview with Peter Graves: we wish it was really done with Phil Hartman, who portrayed Graves as the Discover host on numerous SNL skits. Buy this album. Thank the spirit and genius of Lalo Schifrin for the suspense and excitement he creates, the memories his music evokes. Then, put it on before your next Impossible Mission (Christmas shopping? Anniversary shopping? Explaining sex to your pre-teen? Rooting for the Dolphins?) It will psyche your spirit for the task at hand. You'll be glad you did. You WILL succeed, before the last commercial break. This message will self destruct in five seconds......
Select songs are excellent
Amazon beat iTunes on this one... You CAN buy just the first and last songs with Amazon's new MP3 download service. The TV main title theme is a classic and the Israeli Philharmonic rendition is awesome!
MI: Great for iMovie
I have used the MI music from this CD for a series of iMovies used at my work. The background and theme music are perfect for accentuating the drama or parody I am trying to create. This album is perfect for me since it has the orignal style and sound. The original music brings back memories for MI veterans and is still catchy for new ears.