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Danger Man Hour Long Episodes: Original Soundtrack Box set, Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Soundtrack
  • Label: Network
  • ASIN: B001S3OKWW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

The DANGER MAN is back! ... Danger Man is now produced as one-hour programmes, with vivid new stories which take Special Security Agent John Drake into even more tensely dramatic adventures in every part of the globe ... Excitement and suspense are the keynotes of stories which live up to the title. The emphasis is on DANGER.

ITC Press Brochure, 1964

Never previously released and compiled from the original master tapes, this five-CD set comprises Edwin Astley s distinctive theme and incidental scores for Danger Man, containing almost 400 pieces of music which were especially composed for the series. With the distinctive harpsichord lead, the tunes and melodies whisk John Drake into fresh danger in colourful locations: the back streets of Arabia, the jungles around Delhi, a fishing village suspiciously close to Albania, the desert town of Beth ja brin, a peaceful Scottish island, an emergent African nation, the riot-torn Caribbean, the neon streets of Tokyo, a French château, a bizarre English town behind the Iron Curtain ... or the very heart of London just as the Sixties started to swing. Including extensive liner notes from archive television historian Andrew Pixley, this set is an essential purchase for all ITC aficionados.

Some of the original audio tapes for Shinda Shima are unfortunately damaged, resulting in several tracks where the resultant recording is noticeably inferior to the rest of the music. No restoration work has been carried out on these tracks and they are presented as is for reference only.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Edwin Astley composed this wonderful music for the new look second, third and fourth Danger Man TV series. This is the music for the 50 minute episodes series. The music is really very good.
Astley was a British Composer who composed a lot of music but was famous for creating some of the most successful scores for Television series. He composed a wealth of music for ITC based programmes including The Saint, The Baron, Gideon's way, Randall and Hopkirk and Danger Man.

Here in the soundtrack to Danger Man we get rich melodies and strong arrangements. There is a wide variety of music influences with strong big band, Jazz and pop variations. The music sets a great atmosphere of action, tension, relaxation and emotion.
The main theme called "High Wire became a hit record in its own right.
It would have been better to have had a true compositional set of pieces arranged for a true soundtrack album or concert performance but sadly Astley did not create one. Therefore this release is actually a full set of recordings made for the Television programme soundtrack and used to set the mood of individual scenes. However this is a good thing. We get the original music cues, the original recordings composed and performed by Edwin Astley.
Network have put together a collection set over five discs. The sound is good despite being in its original mono sound.

This is a unique product with a comprehensive set of recordings of music for the first series of Danger Man that you will not get anywhere else.
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Amazon.com: 1 review
The stylish soundtrack from one of THE BEST series 18 Jun. 2014
By U.N. Owen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In 1964, after a hiatus, a bit of retconning, & expansion to an hours' length, Danger Man with Patrick McGoohan as M9 agent John Drake returned to televisions.

In the states, the series went by the name Secret Agent, & a new then we song - Secret Agent Man - was written & performed (by Johnny Rivers), but, the series original theme - the harpsichord-driven High Wire - was still there.

For those who remember and are fans of the series - the precursor to Mr. McGoohans' follow-up series, the legendary Prisoner - these well- written & wonderfully acted series were accompanied by the stylish music of Mr. Edwin Astley.

It's hard not to think of Danger Man without hearing the harpsichord music which accompanied it, but, in a sedition to this well known piece, there were other - equally memorable tunes, such as I Wonder Where The Microdot Went (from the episode Don't Nail Him Yet), to the hauntingly beautiful Italian version if The Zombies classic, Shes Not There (entitled Mi Amore Sta Lontano, & used in several episodes - amongst them Are You In Any Trouble, with the beautiful Susan Hanpshire).

I got this album when it first came out and highly recommend it to anyone who loves Danger Man, but, also to anyone who likes good music from this period. It's an outstanding representation of Mr. Astley's work (and I'd also recommend if possible, to view the terrific BBC documentary done on Mr. Astley which Jools Holland (XTC & a big Astley fan) did as presenter (it's on YouTube).
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