For those of you who have been pining away for the music from that good ol' series from the 80's, AIRWOLF (and who hasn't?), your day has come!
Just received this press release regarding a re-release of what has been one highly collectible soundtrack. First it will be available for digital download and later on CD. Check the release below for all the details or
Embargo: for immediate release
15th November, 2007
AIRWOLF THEMES TAKES TO THE AIR AGAIN
GER Soundtracks are pleased to announce the highly anticipated re-release of the critically-acclaimed soundtrack for the mid-80s action/adventure TV series, ŒAirwolf¹, via new, digitally re-mastered & re-mixed release from both Apple iTunes Store and Pinnacle-Digital with a launch date of 3rd December, 2007.
Containing 25 tracks based on the episodic score for the original TV series about a high-tech, covert helicopter and its reclusive pilot, the ŒAirwolf Themes¹ soundtrack captures the diversity of the music on the show, from the majestic character-driven orchestral themes to the melodic synth-based themes for its exciting, aerial action sequences.
The ŒAirwolf Themes¹ soundtrack has also become hugely collectible amongst television fans and the soundtrack community, in general selling for upwards of $981 (a world record for a television soundtrack) on eBay in recent years, with the majority of original 2CD sets now selling for between $300 - $600.
An interesting fact with this release is that the majority of the tracks were arranged by ear by its Northern Ireland-based creator (and Airwolf ŒSuperFan¹) Mark J. Cairns. The original release¹ Special Bonus CD No.2 was created by original primary composer, Sylvester Levay who revisited his orchestral pieces from the show via new recordings using the 80-piece Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Sound engineering was produced with Bernie Grundman Studios in Los Angeles (who produced Michael Jackson¹s ŒThriller¹ and ŒBad¹ recordings in the 1980s).
A sequel ŒAirwolf Themes¹ soundtrack is currently in production and will be released in late 2008.
AIRWOLF: THE SERIES
Unlike other action/adventure shows of its day, Airwolf was unique in that the original composers, Sylvester Levay and Udi Harpaz chose to take a memorable Œtune-of-the-week¹ approach to their scoring - unlike many other shows that took a monotonous background score direction the climax of each episode being a rendition of Levay¹s memorable main theme for the star helicopter's aerial battle sequences, adding greatly to its blackbird of
death amalgam of Lone Ranger, Mighty Mouse and God¹ ethos.
Digital Downloads Release Date: 3rd December, 2007
Territory: Worldwide distribution release
Catalogue No: GERCD3
Licensed from: NBC-Universal
30-sec MP3 teasers at: www.airwolfthemes.com
- 25 tracks (22 by Mark J.Cairns, 3 by Sylvester Levay)
- Original 2CD Special Limited Edition Release date: 1999
- Original 2CD Special Limited Edition cost: $60
- Sold to 42 countries originally
- Highly collectible soundtrack selling for up to $981 on eBay.
- Airwolf series starred Jan-Michael Vincent and veteran actor, Ernest
Borgnine and aired from 1984-1986