Review: Sonic Images Prime Time
2.5 / 5 Stars
Sonic Images, unlike the bigger labels, Hollywood Records, Universal, RCA, and Varese Sarabande, doesnt have the same type of access (or may be willing to get it) to bigger blockbuster name "name" projects. This hampers the allowable selections from their library for a compilation, but they manage to get a reasonable one out anyhow. This is not to say that SI is a budget label, thats reserved already for Laserlight, but SI has been willing to take chances with novel concept releases like the episodic Babylon 5 series, which have been a hit, and are represented by two tracks on this release. I would wish more series that have a following such as B5 would think to follow in the same vein. GNP made a small attempt with several Star Trek projects, but SI has been the best with follow through.
For the T.V. music fan, notably for the series represented, this compilation offers some items that were the highlights of previous albums. I found myself getting into the Lois and Clark Theme remix by Jay Gruska (I thought the original theme for the series was great, which appears three tracks later) and, being a fan of Lonesome Dove, found the themes appearance here worth a listen to again. Upon listening the Chicago Hope theme here again, I found that T.V. networks have a tendency for copying and "groupthink" and make note that it has a E.R.-ish quality or visa-versa (trust me, its actually quite funny upon a listen to both). For folks that arent as familiar with the series or the composers on the album, I wouldnt expect this CD to be in your hands at the checkout. Syndicated T.V. is a good way for composers to get a good and solid start (and for some, back on their feet), and this CD offers a good sampling from that area of television work.
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