(2000) Adventures Of Superman: Music From The Original 1950S Television Series

Various Artists

... read moreThe history of this music could fill -- and, indeed, has filled -- magazine articles. At the time The Adventures of Superman (starring George Reeves) went into production in 1952, the Musicians' Union had made it almost impossible to commission original music for television, or to get it recorded...

01:12′:16″ 36 Songs

1
Various Artists
Superman Main Title
1:00
2
Various Artists
The Slap
1:52
3
Various Artists
Violin Scream
1:22
4
Various Artists
Brawl
4:27
5
Various Artists
Tympani Beat Tension
2:18
6
Various Artists
Delirium
1:34
7
Various Artists
Build To Sting
0:33
8
Various Artists
The Skeleton
2:38
9
Various Artists
Last Reel Fight
3:02
10
Various Artists
Creeping Misterioso
1:33
11
Various Artists
Murder Will Out
2:23
12
Various Artists
Spectral Thumps
2:05
13
Various Artists
Mounting Drama
1:00
14
Various Artists
The Fight
1:43
15
Various Artists
Hit And Run!
1:22
16
Various Artists
A Nightmare
1:38
17
Various Artists
Quiet Tension
1:38
18
Various Artists
Spreading Misterioso
4:24
19
Various Artists
Blood And Thunder / Just In Time
2:37
20
Various Artists
Beating Heart
4:25
21
Various Artists
The Battle
2:32
22
Various Artists
The Monkey Mystery Suite: Brutal Regiment
0:49
23
Various Artists
The Monkey Mystery Suite: Moleska's Plight
1:42
24
Various Artists
The Monkey Mystery Suite: Tender Secret
1:45
25
Various Artists
The Monkey Mystery Suite: Cue For String Orchestra
1:46
26
Various Artists
The Monkey Mystery Suite: Tragic Tension
1:49
27
Various Artists
June Waltz
1:46
28
Various Artists
La Tango
2:08
29
Various Artists
Superman On Earth Suite: Smallville Pastorale
1:45
30
Various Artists
Superman On Earth Suite: Years Go By
1:56
31
Various Artists
Superman On Earth Suite: He Was A Good Father
2:28
32
Various Artists
Superman On Earth Suite: A Mother's Farewell
0:44
33
Various Artists
Shadows On The Wall
2:50
34
Various Artists
Revenge!
2:25
35
Various Artists
Superman End (Long Version)
1:15
36
Various Artists
Corn Flakes Commercial
1:02
Released 14 March 2000, This Compilation ℗ 2000 Varese Sarabande Records

Review

The history of this music could fill -- and, indeed, has filled -- magazine articles. At the time The Adventures of Superman (starring George Reeves) went into production in 1952, the Musicians' Union had made it almost impossible to commission original music for television, or to get it recorded. As a result, most such series relied on stock music, such as that here, which was assembled from various sources -- and re-recorded overseas, in Mexico and Europe (especially France, where orchestras in the postwar era could be put together for as little as $2 per player per afternoon) into coherent and saleable libraries. The music here appeared on more than a dozen other series, including Mr. & Mrs. North, Dick Tracy, Space Patrol, Ramar of the Jungle, and Terry & the Pirates, but The Adventures of Superman was the only series that it seemed to fit perfectly. It's a strange body of work: exciting fight themes alternating with eerie misteriosos and horror "stings," all as fans remember from the first season (the violent black and white season) of The Adventures of Superman. Annotator and producer Paul Mandell has identified Herschel Burke Gilbert, Herb Taylor, and Rudy Schrager as being among the composers and orchestrators deserving credit for the music on this CD. Hearing it without dialogue or sound effects, it's possible to make out details in the scoring -- wind instruments, brass, and percussion, in particular -- that weren't always obvious, and are fascinating to hear today. It is oddly compelling material, even divorced from the violent images of the series' first season (which had a higher body count than The Untouchables). On the other hand, a lot of people who grew up with that series may find their blood pumping and their hearts racing when they hear this music. Producer Paul Mandell has done a monumental service to the soundtrack music genre with this extraordinary CD. ~ Bruce Eder