This was $1.00. I could say I got it for the Dark Shadows‘ Theme but in all honesty, I am sure the light blue made me go ahead with the purchase. I m a sucker for aesthetically pleasing colors. At the time of writing this post, Real Madrid just won their 12th European Crown over Juventus. When I had money, I used to go watch Madrid play. Of course, given the insanely short time span of the useful life of football players, Sergio Ramos and possibly Marcelo are the only players left from when I used to go to games. Anyway, there that is. Back to the post.
Dark Shadows was the soap opera which ran from 1966 to 1971 portraying the ups and downs of the gothic Collins family. Kind of a radical concept for the time. It was made into a Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp in 2012. The theme music was written by Robert Corbet and actually became quite popular.
Charles Randolph Grean, on the other hand, worked mainly behind the scenes, spending his early years as a copyist for Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw. His career led him to become a composer, arranger, producer, and A&R director for such labels as RCA Victor. Among others, he worked with Nat King Cole as well as Vaughn Monroe on “Ghost Riders In The Sky”. His cover of “Quentin’s Theme” from Dark Shadows in 1969 was his first and perhaps his only foray into the charts as a performer. The single peaked at #13 on the Billboard Pop Chart as well as #3 on the Easy Listening chart. He would die of natural causes in 2003 at the age of 90.
This album, produced by Grean, was probably meant to capitalize on the success of the single. It features 3 songs from Dark Shadows, two songs from the Grand Canyon Suite, two other TV theme songs, and some standards. Overall, it is ok. I have heard better. I guess there is nothing that really jumps out at me on this.
For a sample, I went with “Manolito” from the TV series High Chaparral. I thought it was the best number. I also went with “Shadows of the Night” which is a variant of “Quentin’s Theme” because I thought I should post something from Dark Shadows after writing about it.
I thought this album was meh but in all fairness, I am doing about 20 things at the same time when writing this.