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  • Audio CD (11 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silva Screen
  • ASIN: B0024IVZNC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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An historic new release celebrating the career of one of television's greatest composers and featuring an extensive collection of music from 10 of his Gerry Anderson collaborations. Forty tracks that include, unreleased material, newly discovered mixes and an extensive booklet packed with memorabilia and track by track notation from Barry Gray archivist Ralph Titterton. Highlights include music from The Secret Service and UFO, different title themes and library tracks used for Supercar and Fireball XL5.

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I almost missed this CD - having seen it was released by Silva Screen, I had initially dismissed it as yet another tedious collection of re-issued tracks by the City Of Prague Philharmonic and the usual crowd.

However, it isn't! This disc is stuffed with original recordings from Barry Gray and his orchestra, some previously unreleased.

Full marks to Silva Screen - this is a brilliant disc, and proof that they can still produce superb CDs that stand head and shoulders above all the endless cover versions and re-recordings.

More like this please - how about giving the same treatment to other TV composers?
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Without a doubt this has to be the most complete and best of all the CDs that have been released over the years featuring the music of Barry Gray and his Orchestra. There are 40 tracks (including previously unreleased & rare material) from Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5 (including the original 1963 45 release of Fireball sung by Don Spencer - the first time I've seen this on a CD), Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, The Secret Service, UFO and Space:1999. So if you are a Gerry Anderson fan like myself you will be in seventh heaven listening to this superb CD. Even if you are not a fan still buy it - I can thoroughly recommend this. Thanks to Silva Screen Music - you've made my day! It's just FAB-ulous!
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Fantastic collection of wait for it.......ORIGINAL TV RECORDINGS....not ur usual rubbish. Superb, love it....so will you.
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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 July 2012
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This CD contains eighty minutes of themes and incidental music written by Barry Gray for Gerry Anderson's TV series of the 1960s and 70s. The CD is accompanied by a generous and colourful set of sleevenotes comprising fourteen pages about the series and the music, but not enough about Gray himself and how he came to write for Anderson.

I was born in 1965, so for me this CD was purchased for the music from `Thunderbirds' and thereafter. But Gray's musical style is clearly evident right near the beginning in his work for `Supercar' (1961), where riffs from the title song would appear later in music written for `Thunderbirds'. Similarly, a four-note sequence in the music for `Stingray' often appeared in `Space 1999'. But Gray was no mere musical regurgitator, as he clearly continued to come up with some great themes in differing styles and arrangements that suited the period when each series was first conceived: in this way, he was always hip!

Although many of the earlier tracks are in mono, remastering has done wonders for the sound quality. I was disappointed to find that the `Thunderbirds' set on this CD does not include the theme used when the boys get into their ships, but at least I have a thrillingly-arranged version recorded by Geoff Love and his orchestra on his `Star Wars & Other Space Themes'. (And I consider that Geoff Love's arrangement of the `UFO' theme is actually better than the original.)

For the second series of `Space 1999', the producers brought in Barry Wadsworth to provide a new theme. That music too is very good, but somehow - as with much else of that second series - the changes made meant that something was missing. Barry Gray was thus the auditory `face' of Anderson's programmes, and was just as much a genius as many of the rest of the technical team.
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Even if you don't know the name Barry Gray, you'll almost certainly know some of his work - he's the man responsible for the 'Thunderbirds' march, and indeed, the soundtracks to the majority of the futuristic TV shows produced by Gerry Anderson in the 1960s and 70s. 'Stand By For Action! - The Music of Barry Gray' is probably the best overview of Gray's Anderson-related material so far, featuring a handful of tracks from every series from black and white western 'Four Feather Falls' right through to the first season of big-budget live action series 'Space:1999'. Better still, the tracks are original recordings, many previously unreleased.

It goes without saying that all the iconic themes are on here - the bombastic and fast paced 'Stingray', the majestic 'Thunderbirds' march, the 'Captain Scarlet' theme (with original vocals, as heard on TV), jazzy up-tempo 'UFO' and disco-influenced 'Space:1999' amongst others. There are also various songs as heard in the shows - such as the charming 'I Wish I Was A Spaceman' from Fireball XL5, and the memorable 'Aqua Marina', heard over the closing titles of 'Stingray'. Then there are more obscure gems - the Mike Sammes Singers performing the theme from 'The Secret Service', the short-lived are rarely-seen final Supermarionation series, 'International Concerto' from 'Joe 90', 'The Perils of Penelope' (aka 'Thunderbirds' stock French theme), and the catchy instrumental 'White As Snow' from the 'Captain Scarlet' episode of the same name.

If I have any complaint about this release, it's that it could easily have accommodated a second disc without feeling overstretched in the slightest.
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As a child growing up in the halcyon days of the 1960s, the programmes of Gerry Anderson were an important part of my early life.
One element of these programmes, for me at least, was the music of Barry Gray. His work added another dimention to the programmes.
It's a sad fact that most people will only know his theme from "Thunderbirds".
On this excellent CD you have, for the first time, an almost complete retrospective of his work.
From the somewhat twee "Four Feather Falls" to the sweeping majesty of "Space: 1999". A must have collection for the soundtrack collector.
I can only hope that Silva Screen can release a second or even third volume of this vastly underated composers work!
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