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Atmosphere stretched a little thin...
on 6 August 2002
Fans of Jan Hammer's scoring of the TV show Miami Vice will (should) already be familiar with the first of the 2 CDs that comprise this title -- a rehash of earlier releases 'Escape from Television' and 'Snapshots'.
The second CD offers up more of the same, but at the same time reveals that the music was actually written to order for specific programmes, and so often an idea lasted for thirty or forty seconds. What were great snippets are here stretched to create 3-minute-plus pieces, and sometimes the stretch is too thin to carry off successfully.
So, a collection of great ideas, given some coherence by their vintage and provenance while still being varied. The form is a little unsatisfying, though it is difficult to see how Jan Hammer could have pulled it off differently.