Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hawaii Five-O (1970.)

A soundtrack album featuring Morton Stevens' theme and incidental music was issued by Capitol Records in 1970. One of the instrumental pieces on the album, "Call to Danger", was excerpted as background music accompanying a "Special Presentation" logo that CBS used to introduce its prime time television specials throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The album was reissued on compact disc by Film Score Monthly in 2010.


Hawaii Five-O (the complete studio version of the theme)
Call to Danger (Interestingly, portions of this theme were used as the theme jingle for CBS Special Presentation spots back in the 70's and 80's).
McGarrett's Theme
Front Street
The Long Wait
Blues Trip


The Floater
Operation Smash
Beach Trip
Up Tight
The Chase/Hawaii Five-O (the Five-O theme here is the same as the TV version (the first few bars)

The information in the back cover of the album:


Music from the TV Soundtrack
A CBS Television Series starring Jack Lord
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Morton Stevens
(Capitol/EMI ST-410 Stereo)
All selections published by April Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Mel Taylor for Melee Productions

Back cover blurb (by Leonard Freeman):

"Before taking a tough new assignment, Morton Stevens (Director of Music, CBS West Coast), graduate of Juilliard School of Music, arranger and conductor for Sammy Davis, Jr. in those halcyon years between 1950 and 1960, composer of literally hundreds of segments of television's finest dramatic shows, and in my opinion, a stone cold genius, made a pilgrimage to Hawaii.

"In our seven-island FIVE-O state, Mort discovered for himself what I had already found: the last Eden, palm trees and skyscrapers, aloha spirit and snarling traffic jams, America;s heartbeat in the Pacific, mecca for more than two million tourists annually, and home for the polygenetic golden people of Hawaii, a vital, hip, swinging place, Polynesia now!

"That's what I asked Morton Stevens to put into music. The value of a great one-minute theme to any television series is inestimable and I wanted one for my then brand spanking new HAWAII FIVE-O. No ukeleles or steel guitars or falsetto singers or overused bongos, but a kind of melding of the Polynesian, the classic, the jazz and most of all the pop sound of today. HAWAII FIVE-O is all of these things and so, happily, is Morton Stevens' music, as you will discover. Aloha!"


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Anonymous said...

Thank you for all this great music.

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