Some classic Five-O Richard Shores music

by ringfire211 Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:10 pm

Found quite a few Richard Shores Five-O cues on YouTube. Some of them Mr. Mike already has somewhere in his extensive music library, but I found 2 which I don't believe Mr. Mike currently has. One is the excellent "We Hang Our Own" theme and the other is the equally superb "3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu".

We Hang Our Own:
3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu:

The latter has many similarities to Shores' 3rd season score for "And a Time to Die" heard here:

by Jeff*H Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:56 pm

My favorite H5O composer after Mort Stevens, with my favorite scores including "We Hang Our Own", "And a Time to Die", "The Second Shot", and "Forty Feet High and it Kills". He also did some Mannix scores that were re-used in later episodes, unmistakably Shores.

by ringfire211 Wed May 03, 2017 9:14 pm

Yes, Shores was great! For me Mort Stevens, Richard Shores, and Don Ray were the golden trio when it came to Five-O composers. Bruce Broughton, who came along later, was also very good but not quite on the same level as that golden trio. For me his best was "McGarrett is Missing" - great suspense piece!

by ringfire211 Wed May 03, 2017 10:13 pm

Getting back to Shores... here's a piece I found on YouTube from "Face of the Dragon" (an episode which Shores scored) and whoever posted it calls it "the plague theme":

Two things that immediately jumped out at me about this particular cue is that... a) this is not Shores' music but Mort's... and b) this cue is not really related to the plague but plays over many difference scenes in many episodes. How did I deduce this wasn't Shores' music? Well I knew I heard that particular piece of music much earlier in the season (before "Face of the Dragon") in episodes like "Yesterday Died..." where it's famously played in the teaser as Trinian stalks McGarrett in the brush as the latter is jogging on the beach, or in "Twenty-Four Karat Kill" when the mom is stabbed in the teaser after she discovers the gold bar in the fish, and I'm sure a few other episodes. Those were all scored by Morton Stevens. "Face of the Dragon" was produced much later in the season (its production number is #21) and it was the first episode scored by Shores so we know he couldn't have created that cue. Must be a Morton Stevens cue then. I like to think of it as "the stalking theme".

But then I read one of the comments under that YouTube clip and it says that this cue was used in an episode of THE WILD WILD WEST called "The Night of the Plague" and of course Shores was the resident composer on that show. This would explain I guess why the poster calls it "the plague theme" - as it is heard in 2 episodes of 2 different shows dealing with a plague. I haven't seen that episode but now I'm curious to check it out just to hear that cue. So of course knowing that WILD WILD WEST preceded Five-O I began to think that maybe it was a Shores cue after all and since both are CBS shows the music belongs to the CBS library and sometimes CBS would plug in music from one show into another show. So even though those early season 1 Five-O episodes were scored by Stevens that particular cue could have been a Shores composition from WILD WILD WEST which Stevens may have borrowed from the CBS library and plugged it in where he needed to. So being the inquisitive guy that I am I decide to look up that WWW episode "Night of the Plague" and I discover that not only was it an episode from the 4th season (the show's final season) but it even aired AFTER "Face of the Dragon" (more than 2 months after, to be exact). Furthermore that episode doesn't have a composer credited so we have to assume it's stock music. So unless that particular cue shows up in one of the earlier WWW episodes it appears that the reverse may be true - that it was WWW that borrowed Five-O music from the CBS library and not the other way around. If so that means that this wonderfully chilling cue rightfully belongs to Five-O and is indeed a Morton Stevens creation!

Wheew!! The things a simple YouTube clip compels me to do.

by Jeff*H Sat May 06, 2017 7:05 pm

I always called that plague theme The Sally Kellerman theme, based on "The Big Kahuna". They played it every time she scared the shit out of poor old crazy but lovable Sam Kalakua, as the goddess Pele. SPOILER ALERT, by the way.

by ringfire211 Sat May 06, 2017 10:27 pm

Lol @ the Sally Kellerman theme. I guess I'm calling it the John Larch theme now lol.