Ok, so last week I caught cold at the same time my allergies went out of control, which aggravated my asthma. Needless to say, I was miserable. But I still had time to listen to the music that I assigned myself.
Last week’s album was Sammy Davis, Jr. & the Mike Curb Congregation – Best of.
First off let me explain why I picked this up in the first place. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m a huge fan of television theme songs. I’ve got all of those TVT compilations. Anyway, my best friend Jason and I became completely infatuated with the theme song for Baretta. Basically, it’s just an abbreviated version of Sammy singing â€œKeep Your Eye on the Sparrowâ€, but it’s the hardest Sammy’s ever sounded. The song rocked.
Plus it ended posing the question â€œwhere can I go where the cold wind won’t blow?â€ And I really needed to know the answer.
Flash forward to me, flush with cash, at The Soundgarden. I see this album, check the track listing and see â€œKeep Your Eye on the Sparrow’ clocking in at 2:14! I was so there!
Now onto the actual album.
With eleven tracks, no track is over four minutes long and only three break the three-minute mark. It’s a very brief affair.
Obviously â€œKeep Your Eye on the Sparrowâ€ is the high point of the album. But Sammy also includes two other TV themes, making for a TV theme trifecta. â€œMovin’ on Upâ€ (a.k.a. the theme to The Jeffersons) is pretty much a paint-by-numbers affair. Yeah, it’s jazzed up (or rather discoed up), but it’s really nothing new.
â€œThose Were the Daysâ€, the theme to All in the Family, is a nutty thing to hear. It’s weird because hearing Sammy joyfully singing the words really shows what a schmuck Archie Bunker was. I know it’s his character, but Archie was saying some really gully stuff in that theme.
Nothing else really stands out. Except for the disco version of â€œThat Old Black Magic.â€ That sucked. As a guy who digs TV theme songs (and dreams of having a TV theme cover band) I dig the album, but it’s hard to find anything redeeming here.
I really hope I bought this used.