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Inner city beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers [Soundtrack]

Soul Jazz Records Presents Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Soul Jazz Records
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. SparksPeter Reno and Barry Stoller 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Danger Musicians at WorkSyd Dale 1:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. TransitClive Hicks 1:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Theme From New Scotland YardNorrie Paramor 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Funky ChimesFrancis Coppieters 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gotta GetawayDave Richmond 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Heavy LeadDave Richmond 1:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ode To A StoneReg Tilsley 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Fuel InjectionErnest Copley 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. On A Bicycle Made For 3Brass Incorporated 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The RatcatchersTilsley Orchestral 1:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dynamic PatternsErnest Copley 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Men of ActionDavid Lindup 1:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Come One, Come AllBrass Incorporated 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Cross TalkFrancis Coppieters 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. High DiplomacyThe International Studio Orchestra 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Hell RaisersSyd Dale 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Product EfficiencyJohnny Pearson 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Conveyor BeltJohnny Hawksworth 1:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Police FiveThe International Studio Orchestra 1:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Grand PrixJohnny Pearson 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. SuperformanceDavid Lindup 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. CrossflowErnest Copley 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. WorkshopJohnny Hawksworth 1:080.99  Buy MP3 

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Soul Jazz Records new release “Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers” is a unique music album that comes with an exclusive limited edition, specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp-fiction writer Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham).
The music is a killer selection of funky, deep, rare, exciting and dancefloor heavyweight ‘spy themes’, ‘detective music’ and thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. It spans heavyweight break-beat funk, deep and heavy jazz, super-catchy mod themes, imaginary super-charged orchestral soundtracks and more.
These tracks are put together from British library music companies (DeWolfe, KPM, Conroy, Amphonic), all of whom supplied music regularly to television and films around the world during this period, often for use in detective and spy programmes, series and films. Many were never broadcast and have thus remained unheard, stored in the vaults for many years.
To accompany this unique album, Soul Jazz have also commissioned the creation of a special 60-page graphic novel which features the stunning artwork of the elusive illustrator John C. Patterson, in partnership with the celebrated 1960s pulp fiction cult novelist Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham. The graphic novel is set in the imaginary seedy streets of East London in the 1960s in a world full of corrupt police, political intrigue and violent sadistic criminals.
This unique limited-edition graphic novel comes free with the initial run of the album Inner City Beat.

"The collection demonstrates how some short theme tunes and pieces of incidental music also received serious play as standalone tunes. Most of the artists and composers are not too well known, but there’s quite a kick and bite" The Irish Times

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice wall art 14 Mar 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Good vinyl pressing, lovely artwork, download code (hooray thank you SoulJazz) and bizarre graphic novel but, as someone else mentioned, not enough music and much of it a touch - er - mediocre. I know, it's a compilation of old library music that's been forgotten about precisely because no one used it for a Sweeney or a Professionals or a Harry Palmer etc. but I can't help feeling that a little distillation has been missed here and we've got some slightly under-brewed material along with a few real gems. Glad I bought it nonetheless and glad to support SoulJazz as they are a great bunch but it's not quite to the standard of many of their other releases.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Featuring 24 tracks recorded for British Library music labels KPM, De Wolfe, Amphonic and Conroy between 1967 and 1975, all of this music was intended for use by TV & film studios and radio stations and was never commercially available. None of the music here was made to order. Instead, Library labels would commission music and send out vinyl demonstration copies of it to production companies, who would then use any of the music that was suitable under license from the labels.

Music wise, this is a good compilation from Soul Jazz Records and it's almost a companion piece to their TV Sound and Image album from a couple of years ago. A combination of easy listening, jazz, and funk usually underpinned with solid bass and percussion and featuring orchestration, brass, keyboards and even the occasional flute break, there are some very good tracks. However, some of the music is very average and could not really be considered suitable for the 'Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers' that the subtitle implies.

Like most Soul Jazz Records releases, the CD is housed inside a jewel case alongside a 60 page booklet and together they're housed inside a slip case. SJR booklets are usually filled with archive photos and information about the music but with this release the concept behind the booklet is lost on me. It consists solely of "A graphic novel of death, murder and revenge in an urban and industrial landscape" featuring rudimentary black and white art work and a pulp fiction text that I gave up reading after a couple of minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to read it all, has nothing whatsoever to do with the music on the CD and is completely pointless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity 30 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I agree with the 2 previous reviews that this is quite a mediocre affair, as ever with Souljazz we get glorious packaging but the music content is not exceptional. Whilst the 1st half provided strong material, the 2nd half fades into fillers & I found myself frequently using the fast forward button to skip through it. (I also remember feeling the same about their "Television Sound & Image" from a year or so ago).

One for Souljazz completists only.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK 11 May 2014
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Not as good as the one for tv series, still worth to listen, and even investigate. I advise to buy it.
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