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Escape From Television
Jan Hammer
Escape From Television
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
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All Artists: Jan Hammer
Title: Escape From Television
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mca
Original Release Date: 1/11/1988
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: Europe, Eastern Europe, Jazz Fusion, Smooth Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 076742210328, 076742210342, 5011781340723

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The Heart of Miami Vice is here
cloudlio | Sao Paulo - SP - Brazil | 04/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There would be no Miami Vice without Don Johnson, there would be no Miami Vice without Philip Michael Thomas, Michael Mann or Edward James Olmos. The same and not less can be said about Jan Hammer. When he left the series in the last season (1988-1989), even though his successor Tim Truman did a good job, it was like one of the principal characters left. This albun contains the quintessential Miami Vice instrumental music, although, certainly, Jan Hammer did more music than only a single CD or two or three CDs could handle. It would be nice to have a Hammer's Miami Vice collection released one day, a complete one (you can find more Miami Vice music on "Snapshots", Miami Vice I, II, III).All the music on this CD may be heard on Miami Vice, but the booklet informs that "Forever Tonight" (previously heard with vocals in the albun "Hammer") and "Before the Storm" are not Miami Vice tracks. These two tracks are, respectively, from "Child's play" and "Love at First Sight" episodes of the fourth season (after the release of this albun). The hits "Miami Vice Theme" (unfortunately not the rare remix version unavailable on CD) and "Crockett's Theme" are together with great icons of the series not released before. "Rico's Blues" (along with "Flashback" from Miami Vice volume I) could be named as "Tubbs' theme". "Theresa" (from the homonymous episode, an overdubbed version from the material of the first season episode "Nobody lives Forever" - an interesting technique) shows Jan's refined production on combination of sounds. This can also be said about most tracks of the albun, "Before the storm" and its Rhodes piano, "Forever Tonight" (and its remix) with the synth sounds, "Colombia" with the Andean flutes and percussion blocks (actually Farlight CMI samples) are just some examples. A complaint: some differences between what we hear on the episodes and on this albun (mixing differences and sometimes more than that). Most of times what is on the CD is better treated than in the episode, but in the episode there was the first impression. But this does not put the style away, not a bit.One could say that this music is more effective through the episodes action, which is quite non-sense. This music IS the episode action, not the contrary: it was made for that and works like that perfectly well. "The Trial" is the character of criminal judgement of young General Lao Li grandsons, "The Search", in the same way, the mood of Tubbs disappearance or the deadly encouter with druglord Mario Fuente (Frank Zappa). What would be of "Rites of Passage" or "The Prodigal Son" episodes without "Tubbs and Valerie" (one of the most remarkable Miami Vice tunes)? This happens also between "Trust fund Pirates" episode and "Night Talk" (orinally from the "Made for Each Other" episode). And what would be of "One way ticket" without the good vibrated "Rum Cay" and, on the other hand, the extremely dramatic and disturbed "Last Flight"? Possibly those moments would mean much less without those tracks.Jan Hammer's Vice music was exhaustively imitated during the eighties, and even re-recorded by others. But his music character is unique as some of his timbres are. And for sure the musical character one could hear on this albun. We must remember that Hammer is more than just Miami Vice. From Mahavishnu Orchestra to "The First Seven Days", from "Oh, Yeah?" to "Secret Admirer", he passed through lots of musical moments. This CD is one of them, a very important one: the Miami Vice soul."
Great Disc But...
cjf312002 | Charleston, SC USA | 06/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you like Jan Hammer's music for "Miami Vice" this a great disc to own, but I highly recommend that you go to and get yourself a copy of his brand new double disc set "Miami Vice: The Complete Collection". It has everything on this disc, plus all his compositions from all three soundtrack albums, plus the four MV tracks from his "Snapshots" disc. And that's just the first disc!! Disc 2 has 22 previously unreleased tracks! It is THE ULTIMATE Jan Hammer Miami Vice CD. Oh, and by the way, They're all digitally remastered, so they sound awesome!"
Jan Hammer Rocks
John B. L. Lambert | Granada Hills, California United States | 10/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this CD, mainly because I LOVE Miami Vice, it was my favorite show as a teenager and I still watch the repeats on TNN to this day. Part of what made Miami Vice such an awesom show was the music by Jan Hammer, this music is so relaxing and intoxicating, I made a tape and listen to it while I am driving around. The best tracks are "Crockett's Theme", "Theresa" and
"Last Flight". This is a must have for any Miami Vice fan. I highly recomend!"