This is a brilliant album, and long, long overdue. It showcases the work of the much-missed BBC Radiophonic Workshop between 1958 and 1997, including music from "The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy", Radio 4's "PM" news programme, "The Demon Headmaster", the BBC's Natural World programmes and many others. I was particularly pleased to see the inclusion of Peter Howell's "The Astronauts".
Most of the album is essentially a CD re-issue of two BBC Radiophonic Workshop LPs: "21" and "Soundhouse", released in 1979 and 1983, but also contains some gems that have never before been released.
Of course, the collection contains perhaps the workshop's most famous recording - the theme from Dr Who, and the Tardis sound effect.
Along with the two recent CD collections of music by John Baker, this is a much welcomed addition to the slowly growing collection of music by the workshop issued on CD. It's taken an unbelievably long time, but at last, the full scope of the Radiophonic Workshop's composers' work is gradually getting the recognition it so richly deserves.
Sadly, as the progress in technology marched on, the BBC, in its "wisdom", decided that it could buy mass-produced "electronic music" more cheaply that the workshop could produce it, so in 1997 they closed the workshop for good, and in doing so lost the creativity and talent evident in so much of the work produced by the workshop over its life.
As the saying goes - "they don't make 'em like that any more".
Hopefully more albums are on the way...