- 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)
The Music of ITC Soundtrack
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What you get: 2 discs (158 mins), 113 tracks and a lavishly illustrated booklet with decent sleeve notes.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To all those soundtrack buffs that (like me), hark but to a time, your childhood, which to me, was the only time in my life when I was happy, when even rhe tv was better, you buy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Simon P
Arhhhhh brought back memories, I was surprised at what I rememberedPublished 6 months ago by Jeff Page
If you grew up in the 60s and 70s, this is a 'must have' nostalgia trip!Published 12 months ago by Jon
Like the avengers, it's a recording make for the fans of these wonderful british series of the 60 and 70, that enjoyed my teens years.
that was television! Read more