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Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 6: Remote Control

Various Artists

Initial release : November 1996

TVT 1800

A compilation of TV theme music that includes two Grateful Dead related tracks; the Grateful Dead/Merl Saunders theme for the Twilight Zone and the Hart/Kreutzmann theme for Vietnam: A Television History.


  • Fish (Elliott/Ferguson)
  • Night Court (Elliott)
  • What's Happening? (Mancini)
  • It Takes Diff'Rent Strokes (Burton/Loring/Thicke)
  • According to Our New Arrivals (Hart/Portnoy)
  • As Long as We Got Each Other (Bettis/Dorff)
  • Charles in Charge (Thompson)
  • Together (Howard/Wirth)
  • Then Came You (Nelson/Sunshine)
  • Too Close for Comfort (Mandel)
  • Brand New Life (Carlton/Cohan/Hunter/Kraft)
  • Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now (Frederick/Salvay)
  • There's a New Girl in Town (Bergman/Bergman/Shire)
  • It's a Living (Bricusse/Tipton)
  • Angie (Fox/Gimble)
  • There's No Place Like Home (Colcord)
  • Thank You for Being a Friend (Gold)
  • Alf (Clausen/Kramer)
  • Mork & Mindy (Botkin)
  • Police Squad (Miller/Newborn)
  • Without Us (Barry/Scott)
  • Moonlighting (Holdridge/Jarreau)
  • Soap (Tipton)
  • Benson (Tipton)
  • Yakety Sax (Randolph/Rich)
  • Young Ones (Bennett/Tepper)
  • Big One (Tew)
  • Family Feud (Israel)
  • Price Is Right (Israel/Kalehoff)
  • Siskel and Ebert (Feldstein)
  • Superstar (Heavy Action) (Pearson)
  • Come with Me Now (Conti/Gimble)
  • Fame (Gore/Pitchford)
  • Paper Chase (Fox/Gimbel)
  • Fantasy Island (Rosenthal)
  • Falcon Crest (Conti)
  • Colbys (Conti)
  • Heaven (Rose)
  • Good Ol' Boys (Jennings)
  • B.J. And the Bear (Larson)
  • Movin' On (Haggard)
  • Unknown Stuntman (Jensen/Larson/Sommerville)
  • It's All up to You (Coley/Seals)
  • Eight Is Enough (Holdridge/Leiken)
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep (Carpenter/Post)
  • Trapper John, M.D. (Parker)
  • CHiPS (Parker)
  • Vega$ (Frontiere)
  • Matt Houston (Frontiere)
  • Cagney and Lacey (Conti)
  • T.J. Hooker (Snow)
  • Drive (Carpenter/Post)
  • Hunter (Carpenter/Post)
  • MacGyver (Edelman)
  • Knight Rider (Larson/Phillips)
  • Airwolf (Levay)
  • Incredible Hulk (Harnell)
  • V: The Series (McCarthy)
  • New Twilight Zone (Constanten/Garcia/Hart/Kreutzmann/Lesh/Mydland/Saunders/Weir)
  • Doctor Who (Grainer)
  • Mystery! (Roger)
  • Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (Phillips)
  • Roots (Fried)
  • Vietnam: A Television History (Hart/Kreutzmann/Vega)
  • Heaven and Hell (Vangelis)

Detailed musician information is not known for the recording of the Twilight Zone theme. The Twilight Zone recordings involved the Grateful Dead, Merl Saunders and the occasional guest. The musicians primarily involved are;

  • Merl Saunders
  • Jerry Garcia
  • Mickey Hart
  • Bill Kreutzmann
  • Phil Lesh
  • Brent Mydland
  • Merl Saunders
  • Bob Weir
Musician on the theme to Vietnam: A Television History are probably;
  • Vic French
  • Mickey Hart
  • Zakir Hussain
  • Bill Kreutzmann
  • Airto Moreira
  • Merl Saunders
  • Bobby Vega

For the Twilight Zone theme;

  • Music composed, produced and performed by - The Grateful Dead and Merl Saunders
  • Music supervision - Robert Drasnin
  • Album producer - Ford A Thaxton
  • Project supervision - Yusuf Gandhi
  • Digital editing and mastering - James Nelson at Digital Outland and Bob Fisher at Digital Domain
For the theme to Vietnam: A Television History;
  • Music Recording - Phil Kaffel
For the compilation;
  • Producer - Tony Battaglia, Alf Clausen, Steve Gottlieb, Brian Gucciardo
  • Executive producer - Steve Gottlieb
  • Mastering - Tom Coyne, Joseph M. Palmaccio
  • Digital editing and mastering - Ken Wallace
  • Arranger, conductor - Alf Clausen
  • Art direction - Greg Knoll
  • Photography - Michael Benabib
  • Liner Notes - Tim Brooks

The original Twilight Zone was produced between 1959 and 1964.

CBS produced a new series of the Twilight Zone in 1985 with a new title theme composed by the Grateful Dead and episodic music scored by the Grateful Dead, individual members of the Dead and Merl Saunders.

The CD notes suggest that further volumes will be released, presumably if this volume is financially successful.

Related releases

The theme music and music from a number of episodes of The Twilight Zone, all written and performed by the Grateful Dead and Merl Saunders, were released on the album;

This is the 6th in a series of Television's Greatest Hits releases that also includes;
  • Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - Themes From The '50s and '60s, Various Artists, 1986
  • Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 - Themes From The '50s and '60s, Various Artists, 1987
  • Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 - Themes From The '70s and '80s, Various Artists, 1990
  • Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 4 - Black and White Classics, Various Artists, 1996
  • Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 5 - In Living Color, Various Artists, 1996
  • Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 6 - Remote Control, Various Artists, 1996
  • Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 7 - Cable Ready, Various Artists, 1996
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