34 Songs, 2 Hours 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A classically trained jazz musician from Czechoslovakia, Jan Hammer moved to the States in the late '60s to attend the famed Berklee School of Music. He was an original member of the pioneering fusion group Mahavishnu Orchestra and an early adopter of the Mini Moog synthesizer. He recorded with the likes of Elvin Jones, Jeff Beck, and Mick Jagger, releasing 10 solo or group albums that blurred the line between jazz and rock. But it was Hammer's work on the '80s TV series Miami Vice that catapulted him into the mainstream, earned him multiple GRAMMYs® and Emmys, and made him a household name.(He worked on the hit show from 1984 to 1988 before moving on to film work and other ventures.) This exhaustive collection includes the original themes and instrumentals found on both Miami Vice soundtracks, plus tons of new recordings of various background music. Full of heavily layered keyboards, rowdy guitars, and intricate drum programming, this is sure to take you back to the days of white sportcoats with pastel T-shirts, high-speed boat chases off the Florida coast, and explosive-laden shootouts with ruthless Colombian cartels.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A classically trained jazz musician from Czechoslovakia, Jan Hammer moved to the States in the late '60s to attend the famed Berklee School of Music. He was an original member of the pioneering fusion group Mahavishnu Orchestra and an early adopter of the Mini Moog synthesizer. He recorded with the likes of Elvin Jones, Jeff Beck, and Mick Jagger, releasing 10 solo or group albums that blurred the line between jazz and rock. But it was Hammer's work on the '80s TV series Miami Vice that catapulted him into the mainstream, earned him multiple GRAMMYs® and Emmys, and made him a household name.(He worked on the hit show from 1984 to 1988 before moving on to film work and other ventures.) This exhaustive collection includes the original themes and instrumentals found on both Miami Vice soundtracks, plus tons of new recordings of various background music. Full of heavily layered keyboards, rowdy guitars, and intricate drum programming, this is sure to take you back to the days of white sportcoats with pastel T-shirts, high-speed boat chases off the Florida coast, and explosive-laden shootouts with ruthless Colombian cartels.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Mr. M. Loren ,

A Long Awaited Masterpiece

By Marc Loren

Miami Vice: The Complete Collection is a powerful monument to composer Jan Hammer's groundbreaking soundtrack to one of television's most memorable series. With over two hours of music, this collection features 43 memorable cuts, including 23, which have never been released to the public before. Miami Vice redefined television and Jan Hammer's soundtrack completely redefined the way in which shows were scored. The result was a chart-topping commercial success never before seen from a television soundtrack and international acclaim for series and composer alike.

While there have been other Miami Vice albums in the past, fans have long hoped for this expanded collection and, in resounding fashion, Hammer does not fail to deliver. The old favorites, such as the original "Miami Vice Theme" and "Crockett's Theme", are all there but the real payoff is a complete disc, 23 tracks, of previously unreleased gems such as "The Talk", surely one of Hammer's finest compositions from his three and a half years scoring Miami Vice. The end result of it all is a totally wonderful musical experience.

Even after several listenings it continues to amaze me just how many memorable tracks there are and really, when you think about it, it is amazing that anyone could fill two CDs with great music from any television series. Hammer has the most incredible gift for mood and melody and his music stands tall even without the visual components it was written to accompany.

Whether you are a fan of Miami Vice, Jan Hammer, or even if you just enjoy great music, Miami Vice: The Complete Collection delivers the goods.

Marc Loren

shadownaut ,

It's Hammer time

Five stars for Jan Hammer, without question. Minus two for the sneaky underhanded way iTunes lumped the soundtrack releases together into a medley to make them album only and force you to buy the album. The Miami vice theme and crocketts theme were spared only because they have already been released on iTunes on a different comp.

RAE999 ,

Oh, he's good!

Three words for you...
Astounding! Buy it!

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