The Avengers & Other Top Sixties TV Themes

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This double-CD set contains 60 television themes, at least a dozen of which will be familiar to many over the age of 40 or so -- The Avengers, The Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Dr. Who, Fireball XL5, The Saint, The Champions and The Naked City are just a few of those programs whose title themes are featured here. There are a few drawbacks, however -- for starters, Sequel is a British label, its orientation is British television, and it is drawing the contents of these two CDs almost entirely from the vaults of the British Pye label, so there are at least 40 programs here that never or barely aired in the United States. Additionally, a significant number of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This double-CD set contains 60 television themes, at least a dozen of which will be familiar to many over the age of 40 or so -- The Avengers, The Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Dr. Who, Fireball XL5, The Saint, The Champions and The Naked City are just a few of those programs whose title themes are featured here. There are a few drawbacks, however -- for starters, Sequel is a British label, its orientation is British television, and it is drawing the contents of these two CDs almost entirely from the vaults of the British Pye label, so there are at least 40 programs here that never or barely aired in the United States. Additionally, a significant number of the themes here are not from the original programs' opening credits but are studio re-recordings. Several of these are quite good -- Eric Winstone and His Orchestra, for example, do quite nicely by the Dr. Who theme music with a conventional orchestra. And, in many instances, the re-recordings are done by the composer Tony Hatch is very well represented, since he was also a staff producer at Pye, though unfortunately even they falter sometimes. Much of what's here would fit into the category of "bachelor's den" repertory, with its sharp stereo separation and strings in front of electric instruments, but some is forgettable dance music -- and then there are the rock oddities. The Pentangle show up doing their "Light Flight," the theme from Take Three Girls, an exquisitely delicate acoustic piece with Jacqui McShee's soaring vocals out front; the Flee-Rekkers' a Joe Meek act rendition of the theme from Fireball XL5 doesn't resemble the program's version at all, but is great fun anyway. Jazz buffs will appreciate the presence of Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen and Bob Wallis and the Storyville Jazzmen on disc two, though the latter is also weighted down by some wimpy British pop-band renderings of American television themes. The sound is crisp, the notes are thorough and the artwork, made of choice memorabilia, is a delight. British import
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/2/2006
  • Label: Castle Us
  • UPC: 823107233023
  • Catalog Number: 72330

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Avengers - Laurie Johnson Orchestra (2:19)
  2. 2 A Man in a Suitcase - Ron Grainer & His Orchestra (2:12)
  3. 3 Thunderbirds - Barry Gray Orchestra (2:32)
  4. 4 Dr. Who - Eric Winstone & His Orchestra (3:10)
  5. 5 Old Ned (Theme from Steptoe & Son) - Ron Grainer (2:26)
  6. 6 Who Do You Think You Are Kidding... Mr. Hitler? (Dad's Army) - Bud Flanagan (1:06)
  7. 7 Captain Scarlet - Barry Gray Orchestra (1:51)
  8. 8 Theme from Z-Cars - Johnny Keating & His Orchestra (2:11)
  9. 9 The Saint - Cyril Stapleton & The Eliminators (2:47)
  10. 10 Departments - Cyril Stapleton Orchestra (2:53)
  11. 11 Joe 90 - Barry Gray Orchestra (2:16)
  12. 12 Crossroads Theme - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (2:00)
  13. 13 Lucky Stars (2:32)
  14. 14 Light Flight (Theme from Take Three Girls) - Pentangle (3:14)
  15. 15 Stingray - Barry Gray Orchestra (1:55)
  16. 16 High Wire - Bob Leaper Orchestra (1:48)
  17. 17 The Champions - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (2:07)
  18. 18 Hancock - Derek Scott Music (2:19)
  19. 19 Forsyte Saga Theme - Cyril Stapleton (2:49)
  20. 20 On the Ball - The John Schroeder Orchestra (2:10)
  21. 21 The Power Game - Cyril Stapleton Orchestra (2:35)
  22. 22 A Little Sutie (Theme from Dr, Finlay's Casebook) - Les Reed Strings (2:32)
  23. 23 Fireball (Theme from Fireball Xl5) - The Flee Rekkers (2:32)
  24. 24 Maigret Theme - The Eagles (2:22)
  25. 25 Out of This World - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (2:11)
  26. 26 No Hiding Place - Laurie Johnson Orchestra (2:03)
  27. 27 The Fugitive Theme - The John Schroeder Orchestra (2:02)
  28. 28 Theme from 'Who Dun It' - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (1:58)
  29. 29 W. Somerset Maugham - Cyril Stapleton Orchestra (2:55)
  30. 30 Happy Joe - Ron Grainer (2:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Scarlett - Peter Knight Orchestra (2:34)
  2. 2 How Soon - Jackie Trent (2:14)
  3. 3 The THW Willow Waltz (Tim Frazer's Theme) - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (2:17)
  4. 4 Mr. Rose - Roy Budd (2:24)
  5. 5 The Doctors - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (1:36)
  6. 6 Theme from Sam Benedict - Johnny Keating & His Orchestra (2:22)
  7. 7 Ben Casey - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (2:05)
  8. 8 Sir Francis Drake - Piccadilly Stings (2:02)
  9. 9 Perry Mason - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (1:44)
  10. 10 Our House - Piccadilly Stings (2:09)
  11. 11 Who Is Sylvia? - Charlie Drake (2:12)
  12. 12 Latin Quarter - Laurie Johnson Orchestra (2:16)
  13. 13 Ghost Squad - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (2:14)
  14. 14 Echo Four-Two - Laurie Johnson Orchestra (2:13)
  15. 15 Our Love Story - Sounds Orchestral (2:20)
  16. 16 Theme from 'The Naked Story' (Somewhere in the Night) - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (1:51)
  17. 17 Sucu Sucu - Laurie Johnson Orchestra (2:08)
  18. 18 Casablanca (Theme from Crane) - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen (2:19)
  19. 19 Oliver Twist Theme - The Eagles (1:51)
  20. 20 Carlos' Theme - Johnny Keating (2:53)
  21. 21 The Spies Theme - Cyril Stapleton (2:36)
  22. 22 The Deputy - Laurie Johnson (2:09)
  23. 23 Man Alive - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (2:04)
  24. 24 Memories of Summer (Love Story Theme) - Tony Hatch & His Orchestra (3:10)
  25. 25 Lunar Walk - Johnny Hawksworth Orchestra (2:31)
  26. 26 West End (From Whicker's World) - Laurie Johnson (2:36)
  27. 27 Three Live Wires - Bob Wallis (2:13)
  28. 28 Quick Before They Catch Us - Paddy, Klaus & Gibson (2:07)
  29. 29 That's Me over Here (Ronnie Corbett's Theme) - Cyril Stapleton (2:36)
  30. 30 Theme from 'Peyton Place' - Jack Dorsey Orchestra (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pentangle Track Performer
Johnny Keating Track Performer
Roy Budd Track Performer
Ron Grainer Track Performer
The Eagles Track Performer
Sounds Orchestral Track Performer
Laurie Johnson Track Performer
Gary Miller Track Performer
Charlie Drake Track Performer
Jackie Trent Track Performer
Bud Flanagan Track Performer
The John Schroeder Orchestra Track Performer
Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen Track Performer
Tony Hatch & His Orchestra Track Performer
Paddy, Klaus & Gibson Track Performer
The Flee Rekkers Track Performer
Cyril Stapleton Track Performer
Eric Winstone & His Orchestra Track Performer
Ron Grainer & His Orchestra Track Performer
Jack Dorsey Orchestra Track Performer
Bob Wallis Track Performer
Johnny Hawksworth Orchestra Track Performer
Laurie Johnson Orchestra Track Performer
Piccadilly Stings Track Performer
Johnny Keating & His Orchestra Track Performer
Peter Knight Orchestra Track Performer
Cyril Stapleton Orchestra Track Performer
Les Reed Strings Track Performer
Derek Scott Music Track Performer
Bob Leaper Orchestra Track Performer
Cyril Stapleton & The Eliminators Track Performer
Barry Gray Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jack Marshall Composer
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