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When FSM released music from the Logan’s Run tv show I just about crapped in my pants. Mid-seventies science fiction shows like that one formed the backbone of my TV viewing as I began to hit my teen years. And while I remembered few real details about the show let alone any of the music, when I played the sample and heard that siren opening of the theme tune, something primal in the back of my brain lit up with glee. Yes. The music was imprinted in the very fibers of my being and I couldn’t wait to place my order. The CD as a whole didn’t disappoint and, in fact, remains one of my very favorite FSM releases.

Now, thanks to the magic of the internet, I can even relive the actual title sequence which, again, as soon as I viewed it, flooded straight back into my brain like it was the mid-seventies all over again.



So then I started looking for some of the other shows from around that time that I also remember fondly, hoping again to feel that jolt. But when I watched the opening for the Fantastic Journey, a show that I recall more details from than Logan’s Run, the music left me flat.



Nothing. No big warm flash of nostalgia. The theme just isn’t very memorable. The show itself, the characters and concepts, stayed with me. The music, not so much.

So next I look for Gemini Man, another short-lived show that I loved, about Ben Murphy wearing a watch that made him invisible.



Sort of familiar but, really, again, nothing. Rosenthal just really nailed that Logan’s Run theme, creating something indelible, as opposed to these others that were infinitely more forgettable.

Ah, but what about the Amazing Spiderman?



That’s more like it. Cool and funk-tastic. But still, not that really primal hit in the back of the skull.

Better just go back to one of my all-time favorites, one I taped off the television numerous times and have been humming to myself ever since.



Yep, still hoping for a release of the Man From Atlantis. A boy can dream, right?
 

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I agree with you concerning the musical impact of "Logan's Run". The other series you mentioned haven't aged well because they were designed for kids, especially "The Fantastic Journey" which was anachronistic in terms of achievement--it's done with the means of a late 1960's "Star Trek" episode. Too bad you omitted to add the 1975 series "The Invisible Man", starring David McCallum whose pilot was decent, even by today's standards.

"The Invisible Man" (1975
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L4H5JlPf1M

I agree with you concerning the musical impact of "Logan's Run". The other series you mentioned haven't aged well because they were designed for kids, especially "The Fantastic Journey" which was anachronistic in terms of achievement--it's done with the means of a late 1960's "Star Trek" episode. Too bad you omitted to add the 1975 series "The Invisible Man", starring David McCallum whose pilot was decent, even by today's standards.

"The Invisible Man" (1975
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L4H5JlPf1M


I was gonna do Invisible Man and forgot! Thanks for reminding me. I'll add it. Looking forward to hearing the music...


Obviously this is a coincidence but The Invisible Man theme sounds like Schindler's List! Is that Mancini? imdb was vague.

Lukas

Obviously this is a coincidence but The Invisible Man theme sounds like Schindler's List! Is that Mancini? imdb was vague.

Lukas


I had the same thoughts!
I found this info:

Open Theme 1: "Invisible Man Main Title"
[This was also the Main Title for the Pilot -- a 1975 Made-For-TV movie]

Composer: Richard Clements (ASCAP)

1978 Publisher: Duchess Music Corp. (BMI)

2001 Publisher: Duchess Music Corporation (BMI)
c/o Hawaii Music Corp.
of Los Angeles, CA

Copyright Date:
Renewal Date:

Recordings:


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Close Theme 2: "The Invisible Man (Theme fr T V Series)"
[ASCAP title variations...
aka: "The Invisible Man Theme";
aka: "The Invisible Man"]

Composer: Henry Nicola Mancini (ASCAP)

1978 Publisher: Leeds Music Corp. (ASCAP)

2001 Publisher: Universal-On Backstreet Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
c/o Universal Music Publishing Group
of Los Angeles, CA


Oh God, Man from Atlantis. When I was a kid I used to try to swim like him. I must have looked ridiculous.

I remember working at committing those themes to memory becasue I knew the shows wouldn't last and would never be rerun and I'd never hear them again. Didn't count on YouTube ... or FSM for that matter.

I can hum the theme to the William Shatner-Doug McLure series Barbary Coast, too, if anyone's interested.

Oh God, Man from Atlantis. When I was a kid I used to try to swim like him. I must have looked ridiculous.

I remember working at committing those themes to memory becasue I knew the shows wouldn't last and would never be rerun and I'd never hear them again. Didn't count on YouTube ... or FSM for that matter.

I can hum the theme to the William Shatner-Doug McLure series Barbary Coast, too, if anyone's interested.


Barbary Coast! I watched about two episodes solely for Shatner, but I'm pretty sure it was on opposite something I actually liked.

Meanwhile, I kind of enjoyed the Invisible Man theme. It's got a little bit of the catchiness to it, undoubtedly due to Mancini's inability to write a melody that's not somehow memorable.

And Man From Atlantis -- yes, I, too, sadly swam that way in the pool all summer and later embarrassed myself in front of a cute girl because of it. Ugh. But I still love the tune played at the end of the first pilot during the section when Mark has left Elizabeth on the beach and then starts recalling his adventures, only to turn around and say "I have not yet learned enough." That one section, that melody, is my one and only remaining Holy Grail. I want it and, now that we've lost Karlin, I fear I shall never have it.

Harnell's INCREDIBLE HULK theme with the urgent piano intro still gets me, to say nothing of that eternally-haunting "Lonely Man" theme!

Harnell's INCREDIBLE HULK theme with the urgent piano intro still gets me, to say nothing of that eternally-haunting "Lonely Man" theme!

Lonely Man theme is one of the greatest TV melodies of all time.

Harnell's INCREDIBLE HULK theme with the urgent piano intro still gets me, to say nothing of that eternally-haunting "Lonely Man" theme!

Lonely Man theme is one of the greatest TV melodies of all time.


Yes, it said everything that the David Banner character was feeling, even if Bill Bixby hadn't already done the outstanding job that he did with that role. Bixby's David Banner succeeded in making a rather dull comic book character human and feeling, and Joe Harnell's themes were perfectly synched with that.

Oh, and Lou Ferigno's Hulk throwing a grizzly bear across a lake was cool, too! ;)

I can hum the theme to the William Shatner-Doug McLure series Barbary Coast, too, if anyone's interested.

Never got much into MAN FROM ATLANTIS and FANTASTIC JOURNEY, but I remember loving BARBARY COAST. I recall it being a good show (don't know if I'd think that now, since I was in grade school at the time) and enjoying Shatner's disguises. I was disappointed when it was canceled, and durned if I don't remember that catchy theme, too! That's a show I wish they'd put on DVD, to see if it holds up to my vague memories of it ...

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