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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Network
  • ASIN: B002T5FCES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Levy VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2009
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A reasonably priced anthology of main themes and incidental cues from the cream of Sir Lew Grade's ITC Company. Fans of retro TV, 60's soundtracks and library music will savour every last note. Unquestionably, this is one of the finest releases in the niche world of soundtracks this year and might encourage similar releases from other cult shows. For those who have not (and I can't believe there is anyone) seen at least one of these shows, expect to hear stylings of jazz, lounge, easy and funk - although some of it is at times generic and would benefit from seeing the on screen action, much of it (especially disc 2) is exciting stuff. Although all Main themes, or at least versions of, have been released previously on either Vinyl or CD, the incidental cues have not been except those which Network have released on their box sets and the main themes are as heard on the show, so for instance 'Avenues & Alleyways' by Tony Christie is not the same version found on many comps and appears in an edited form. The Saint includes all versions of the opening titles. Return Of The Saint includes the European theme by the De Angelis Brothers - horrible euro pap but fun. Sadly, Persuaders fans are unlikely to see a full soundtrack release as much of Ken Thorne's original music has been lost - we do however get the much requested 'Gotta Gettaway by Jackie Trent. All in all an essential purchase.

What you get: 2 discs (158 mins), 113 tracks and a lavishly illustrated booklet with decent sleeve notes.
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This collection is essential not only for anyone who loves the ITC series of the sixties and seventies, but also for anyone interested in the music of that era. As many of the series were repeated in the eighties and nineties, this music is guaranteed to transport most people back to their formative years.

The albums are laid out in chronological order so it is possible to hear the evolution of tv music in this era. The themes are excellent and the recordings clear and fresh sounding. While each theme is a true classic, the incidental tracks stand up well too. Many are beautifully crafted pieces in their own right. Stand outs among these are The Champions, which are as evocative as the theme itself; Department S, particularly the last track; Randal and Hopkirk, including a wonderful track with a rich sepulchral atmosphere; and an engaging reworking of "Avenues and Alleyways", one of the most iconic ITC themes. Repeated listenings also show what an incredible piece of work "The Prisoner" theme actually is, with complexities that make for very satisfying listening, especially as presented here with Opening theme, reprise and end theme interspersed with incidental music.

The highlight for me is the Strange Report selection, which not only features the brilliant theme in full, but also a laid back version of the theme that could almost be called lounge music.

The supporting booklet is excellent, with information on the composers and the shows themselves. There is also a nice pictorial homage to one of the unsung stars of ITC serials - the white Mark II Jaguar whose appearance always heralded a trip to the nearest cliff.

My only criticism is that the Return of the Saint tracks get a bit repetetive, but they're right at the end so it doesn't matter.

A glorious musical treat.
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A superb and valuable collection of main/end titles and incidental music from many of ITC's classic (and some not-so-classic) TV shows from the 60s and 70s. I say valuable because while a number of these scores are available elsewhere in complete editions (some running to 5 cds), some of the programs in this collection ( "Gideon's Way"; "The Baron"; "The Persuaders"; "The Adventurer"; "The Return of the Saint") have had most, if not all, of their incidental music lost over time, so that the music from these particular shows included here represent practically all the music that remains, making this a truly valuable collection. Add to this an informative and well laid-out booklet (with plenty of photos), and often surprisingly good sound quality, especially from "Danger Man", the earliest program represented here. All-in-all, an outstanding collection from a time when television not only had great music, but also main title graphics that did justice to the music.
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Anyone over a certain age will remember with fondness (and occasional rose tintidness) the ITC shows that rolled across the British TV screens in the 60s and 70s. Some were good ... and some not so. This album perfectly captures the music of those shows, and is ideal for someone that wants to hear again the muic but does not particularly want the entires soundtracks that exist for some of the shows - a perfect halfway house. Highly recommended. The only reason it didn't get five stars is that it would have been nice to have all of the Protectors end song (Avenues and Alleyways)rather than just the bit that was actually featured at the end of the show. Other than that minor flaw, an album to enjoy!
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