Wednesday, October 6, 2021

2001 Trilogy Identified

The missing tracks from 1989 were not the only ones identified on September 22nd.  The "2001 Trilogy," also known as Unknown Songs #48, #49, and #50, were also ID'd through some nice detective work by members of the Primetime Music Discord community.  This isn't quite as momentous as it sounds, however, because we still don't know how to access the original cuts of any of the three (the various mp3 sets (e.g., Polinsky) that have been floating around the past 10-15 years have unofficial, lower-quality versions).

It turns out the placeholder names (which came from at least one of those mp3 sets) were actually the correct names:  US #48 is "Highlights," US #49 is "Pro," and US #50 is "Legends."  All three were composed by Joel Beckerman, the founder of Made Music Studio (formerly Man Made Music), and Lloyd Landesman, the composer of the CBS College Football theme.  All three were made specifically for ESPN, so the official cuts don't exist on a public album or streaming service AFAIK.  Special thanks to Dopethrone, simtek34, RepoManFan4Lyfe, and Josh Ochs for piecing everything together for these three songs, especially Dopethrone because he found these by searching "NFL Primetime" on ASCAP (I really don't know why I didn't think of that).

LINK - Highlights
LINK - Pro
LINK - Legends

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Unknown Songs #18, #19, and #20 Identified

I'm lumping these three together because, as it turns out, they're all on the same album!  Or, at least, they were on the same album initially.  US #18 is "Team Purpose," US #19 is "Constructions," and US #20 is "Forcefields."  All three songs were composed by Sonoton regular John Fiddy and Sonoton founder Gerhard Narholz (under the familiar alias "Sammy Burdson"), and they were originally found together on Sonoton LP SON 246 (Industrial Themes & Underscores, Vol. 5).  I never encountered these tracks during my original Sonoton listening run several years ago, though, because they were not ported to CDs or streaming until much later.  Team Purpose & Constructions eventually transitioned to CD on SCD 442 (Corporate Classics) in 2000, while the original version of Forcefields has never—to my knowledge—made an official move to digital.  There is, however, a remix of Forcefields included on Sonoton Vanguards SCDV 510, which was released in 2015.  The remix isn't a whole lot different; the synth rythym ostinato (prominent at the beginning) is louder, and the tempo is a smidge slower.

I don't know of an official source for the original version of Forcefields, though you could probably find an LP rip of SON 246 if you look hard enough.  The other album links (including the Forcefields remix) are included in the original song posts linked below.  Special thanks to Craig-UK for finding all of this.

A mini-milestone was also achieved with these three identifications:  the Sonoton Era of NFL Primetime music (1989-90) has been fully identified!  At least, I think it has.  I haven't seen every single episode of the show from those two seasons, but every song from every highlight I have seen is ID'd.

LINK - Team Purpose
LINK - Constructions
LINK - Forcefields

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Unknown Song #51 (New Primetime)

Song - Unknown Song #51
Primetime Usage - 2019  
Featured Highlight - Giants @ Buccaneers, 2019
As promised (a long time ago, admittedly), here's the first Unknown Song from the new, ESPN+ version of NFL Primetime.  This version of the show debuted in Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season, but that particular week only used classic Primetime tracks from the last several years of the original show (the same ones they used for pretty much every week in 2020).  Week 3 of 2019 added four new songs, however, and US #51 was the first of those.  It's kind-of an electronic-grunge sounding piece—very mid-to-late-'90s in its instrumentation.  I'm not sure US #51 was used more than once, but I wasn't subscribed to ESPN+ in 2019 so I didn't see a lot of the highlights from that season.

The featured clip for this track (the only clip I know of) is Daniel Jones's debut for the Giants in Tampa in 2019.  Unfortunately, my original post of the video was copyright blocked by Disney.  So, instead, I cut an audio-only version of the highlight.  It's not as interesting this way, of course, but it looks like this is what I'll have to do for anything I post from New Primetime.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Unknown Song #47 Identified

Unknown Song #47, the third song to be identified within the past week, is "Touch & Go," by Colin Willsher.  Willsher's compositions have been used on a lot of TV shows (especially in the UK) and other videos.  You can read more about his work on his website.  Touch & Go is found on the Powermax album from the relatively obscure Stock Music (SMI) library, which is based in Belgium.  Special thanks to both Godzfire & Craig-UK for ID'ing this track, and to Craig-UK for nailing down the release date.


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Unknown Song #41 Identified

As promised, here's another track identified through Godzfire's work.  US #41 is "Old School Radio Bed," also by Ron Burns, and it's on another BRg album.  I'm not sure how Burns came up with the name of the song since nothing about it seems "old school" by late-'90s standards, but whatever.  There's another piece on the same album by the name of "New School Radio Bed," but it just sounds like something out of a horror movie.

At the time I made the Gut Wrencher post, there was a third song that had been partially identified (title only).  That track has now been fully ID'd, and I'll write about that in a couple days.


Sunday, August 8, 2021

Unknown Song #38 Identified (w/ at least one more to follow)

Thanks to Godzfire's skill at audio editing, he was able to trip the YouTube copyright detectors on a couple NFL Primetime tracks that had previously gone through unnoticed.  The first of these is US #38, also known as the blues-rock song from 1997.  It's actual title is "Gut Wrencher," written by Ron Burns.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find much info on Burns beyond him being a member of a few bands I'd never heard of (they're listed on his Discogs page).  Gut Wrencher is found on the first BRg Extreme Cuts Album (BRg3001).  As with the other BRg songs I've previously posted about, the release date for Gut Wrencher is murky.  The track pages on the Manhattan website for this album list the release date as 2010, so that's obviously incorrect.  I suppose these BRg albums might be compilations, but—if so—I have no idea what the original source is.

Another track was identified by the same method, and I'll post about that one within the next couple days.  Again, special thanks to Godzfire for getting these two ID'd.


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Non-Highlight Track - Strength

Song - Strength
Artist(s) - Paul Foss
Released - 1997
Primetime Usage - 2001-05? (infrequent non-highlight track)
Contained on - ATMOS 92 (Virtual Corporation) 
Featured Highlight - Game Balls - Week 2, 2001


The last of the four non-highlight tracks I've ID'd thus far, "Strength" is a somewhat somber & moody piece that wasn't used very often on NFL Primetime.  The clip included here, the Game Balls section from Week 2 of 2001 (the first post-9/11 week), is the first use of Strength I know of.  I think it was used periodically until the end of classic Primetime, but I'm not really sure; I don't really want to sift through five seasons worth of NFL Primetime episodes just to log uses of a rare non-highlight song.  If anyone does have better knowledge of Strength's exact usage, don't hesitate to comment.

Strength is the third NFL Primetime track I've found to be composed by Paul Foss.  It's actually contained on the same album as New Order, which was used for the second-&-final time on the show in the same episode as the clip below.  It's also the eighth song I've ID'd to come from the Atmosphere library, which I believe puts that library third behind FirstCom & Sonoton.