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9 minutes ago, Faulkner said:

Ha! We’ll have to agree to disagree on that one. 😂 

 

Don't get me wrong, this GL theme is still miles better than that dreadful ATWT theme with the flushing noise (I used to call it the 'rejected Crest commercial' theme song).

 

This theme that I always associate with the first time I saw GL, remains such a gorgeous closing theme.

 

 

Oops, I realized the thread is about Opening Themes and this is clearly as Closing Theme but I've always truly loved it. When I think about summers as a little kid, this was part of that summertime experience (even though I didn't start really investing in the show until that had that bouncy pop theme, which I thought was pretty fun!)

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The 2002 theme wasn't bad per se, but it was a poor man's "Hold on to Love." I would have preferred that they updated that theme compared to what we got. But we can all agree that it's better than Rick Rhodes' 2003 atrocity. 

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I liked a lot of the 2002 GL theme, but I just thought the couples being in the lighthouse spins was a bit cheesy. They looked like they were trapped in Life Savers.

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5 hours ago, DRW50 said:

I've always thought this OLTL opening was so underrated. Gorgeous. This is so precious to me. A "generic" opening done right, rather than like a failed USA network crime show from 1993 (looking at you Linda Gottlieb...)

 

 


Easily my favorite combo of music and visuals in all of soap history. The clouds, the birds, the big crescendo before the title appears. Beautiful aesthetic.

 

5 hours ago, Dan said:

The 2002 theme wasn't bad per se, but it was a poor man's "Hold on to Love." I would have preferred that they updated that theme compared to what we got. But we can all agree that it's better than Rick Rhodes' 2003 atrocity. 


I loved the music with this opening, so grand and majestic. What pissed me off the most was that we were told that the Rick Rhodes's theme/opening was going to "be like an update to the old 90s titles" which was foolish bc the one they were replacing was much more an update to it than what they debuted. I still can't believe they were proud of that and that it lasted that long. Even those 80s openings where it's just a clip montage followed by the title card made more sense.

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One prime time series that had a great opening theme by Henry Mancini was the soap-like Hotel in the 1980s.  This 90 second lush orchestrated theme would never air on TV today because it would interfere with advertising time to make money for the networks...

 

 

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This is, without a doubt, my all-time favourite, both visually and musically. The nostalgic, longing music and the beautiful English countryside seen through a golden mist.....  :wub:

 

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5 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

 

Don't get me wrong, this GL theme is still miles better than that dreadful ATWT theme with the flushing noise (I used to call it the 'rejected Crest commercial' theme song).

 

This theme that I always associate with the first time I saw GL, remains such a gorgeous closing theme.

 

 

Oops, I realized the thread is about Opening Themes and this is clearly as Closing Theme but I've always truly loved it. When I think about summers as a little kid, this was part of that summertime experience (even though I didn't start really investing in the show until that had that bouncy pop theme, which I thought was pretty fun!)

This is my favorite GL theme. I could listen to it all day. I always wondered if the background was flashes of light through leaves or gamma rays a la the Incredible Hulk.....LOL.......And of course as you can tell by the ending that this was included in the GL DVD release. The picture quality in HD looks so good.

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This was one of my favs... dramatic and eye catching (shame the show at the time didn't match with this opening).

 

 

When I was very little... I remember this theme (my mom was a huge fan).

 

 

 

Brookside (UK's answer to Knots Landing.. before Mal Young ruined it)

 

 

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I love this opening... But I always find it shocking that for a Predominately black city... The show Capitol did not show ONE AFRICAN AMERICAN on the show....

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Of course, DAYS and Y&R are timeless and iconic, but I think GL’s 1991-2002 “Hold On to Love” is soap music at its very finest. The beautiful slow closing theme, the upbeat opening, the background music used during the show... I even liked the 1995 updated version, and the 1996 slow jazz (the opening not so much, with the loud light rays and the music didn’t match the visuals, but the closing jazz theme is gorgeous). 

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45 minutes ago, Marco Dane said:

But I always find it shocking that for a Predominately black city... The show Capitol did not show ONE AFRICAN AMERICAN on the show....

 

True.  But they DID have Lola Falana on in some short-term role, I think.

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