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V: The Series
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V Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Joe Harnell

V: The Series Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Dennis McCarthy

Albums Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton

Orchestrated by:
Don Davis
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Super Tracks Music Group (Promo)
(August, 1998)
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Both albums were promotional releases, available through soundtrack specialty outlets for slighly more than the cost of a regular retail album.
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Buy it... only if you one of the lingering fans of the cult series, for the cheesy, second rate sci-fi sounds of the 80's won't play well outside the context of the show.

Avoid it... on the Dennis McCarthy promotional album if you expect the episodic scores to maintain the same spirited character of Joe Harnell's original ideas.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #455
WRITTEN 8/8/98, REVISED 8/5/07
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V/V: The Series: (Joe Harnell and Dennis McCarthy) Bridging the gap between the Star Wars phenomenon on the big screen and the soon to come resurrection of Star Trek on television, V was the most popular sci-fi series on television from its premier in 1983 to its untimely end in 1985. The original pilot mini-series, alternately known as "The Final Battle," was, in concept, supposed to be a literal drama based on the rise of the Nazis in Germany, but given the popularity of science fiction at the time, NBC insisted that the Nazis be mutated into an alien race. That race advertised themselves as friendly, but in reality their own planet was dying and they needed the resources of the Earth and its humans to survive. The resistance was on, and so was a follow-up TV series. For two years and 19 episodes, V explored the aftermath of the human's partial victory over the aliens. But budget restrictions didn't allow for miniature models of the 50+ alien motherships to be made, and laser effects were limited due to their exorbitant costs. To save on make-up costs, aliens could also disguise themselves as human. The production, while worthy in some of its concepts, was a failure of its own restricted expenditures, and its inevitable cult following continues to hope for NBC to explore the series once again, which the network has expressed an interest in remaking for years. Some merit should probably be given to such rumors because the series did, after all, attract 80 million viewers for each episode (NBC's top show for two years) and gain a few Emmy nominations. One nomination was for Joe Harnell's score for the opening mini-series. Harnell's relationship with director Kenneth Johnson from the days of The Incredible Hulk would lead to only the score for V's opening story. His music has a spirited, albeit occasionally hokey feel perfect for the equally cheesy visuals, though his work isn't without its own merit. Several creative inspirations can be heard. For instance, the four-note motif used upon the arrival of the alien ships represents the letter V in Morse code, used, of course, during the resistance in World War II. It also owes to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and pieces of Wagner and Herrmann are evident in various parts of the score as well.



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TRACK LISTINGS
V Tracks   ▼Total Time: 58:08
• 1. Opening Titles/Donovan Looks Up
• 2. "It's Opening"/Good Luck
• 3. Just Buddies/Lizard Love
• 4. Ruthless/The Car/1st Victim/Flashback
• 5. Shuttle Bodies/Meal Time/Lizard Wrestling
• 6. The Resistence
• 7. Into the Trap/Tony & Donovan Captured
• 8. Ben's Flight
• 9. Go Tell Your Friends
• 10. Abraham's Music/The Letter
• 11. Storage Area/Watertanks/Food!/Attack
• 12. Escape from the Mothership/Air Chase/Donovan's Luck
• 13. The Wounded Fall/Julie's Stand/Donovan to the Rescue
• 14. Kathleen's Death
• 15. Finale/Gloria Victoria

Bonus Tracks:

• 16. "V" Theme
• 17. Elias' Radio
• 18. Street Music
• 19. Finale/Gloria Victoria (w/o choir)
(track times not listed on packaging)
V: The Series Tracks   ▼Total Time: 59:13

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The insert notes for both albums include information about the shows and the respective composers' career.
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