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The Music of Laurie Johnson Vol. 1 :The Avengers Box set

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B000UTOL42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Avengers Theme
2. Dead Man's Treasure
3. Escape In Time
4. What the Butler Saw
5. Honey For The Prince
6. Invasion Of The Earth Men (Section A)
See all 35 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. This Is Your Life
2. The New Avengers
3. Animal Magic
4. The Professionals
5. Riviera Police
6. When The Kissing Had To Stop
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Fanfare For HRH Prince Of Wales: Falklands Salute (F25 March)
2. Royal Tour Suite 1st Movement - Fanfare Overture
3. Royal Tour Suite 2nd Movement - Greensleeves
4. Royal Tour Suite 3rd Movement - Salute To America
5. Echoes
6. To The Few 1st Movement - Scramble
See all 8 tracks on this disc

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2011
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The music of the avengers

This is a fabulously rich release of music by British composer Laurie Johnson. There are actually three different releases by this record company Demon-Edsel. But this is the best of the three. The other two uses the tag of the TV series The Professionals and The New Avengers.
This is volume one and here on this three CD set we get a variety of music by Laurie Johnson.

Disc one is dedicated to the music he composed for the TV series The Avengers. It covers some of the music from the Diana Rigg, Emma Peel era of the popular TV show.
This is a most enjoyable disc. I feel there is room for more music from the Avengers but this is a good disc in its own right. Each episode required its own music landscape and atmosphere. Johnson did a great job of capturing the spirit of the bizarre world of the Avengers where there is a unique mixture of fantasy and reality where there is comedy and drama.
The musicians that helped to produce these recordings also did a great job and the compositions are rich, melodic, dramatic and exciting. The music to the Avengers is brilliant. And the arrangements are wonderful.
The booklet gives details of each piece and the episode it was featured in. This truly is a terrific release.

Music for TV and Film is often ignored as serious music. Possibly because of the nature of the music being a backdrop to the visual element. But the music is an important part of these films and TV shows because they are often the crucial things that create the atmosphere of the piece.
In the case of The Avengers the music was especially commissioned for this series. Composers like Edwin Astley, Barry Grey and Laurie Johnson created some very original music and deserve to be respected as serious composers.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Avenger on 4 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
It is great to have the music from episodes of The Avengers on CD for the first time. Laurie Johnson's music is such an essential part of the TV series and it is gratifying to have his music recognised in its own right. CD1 has these tracks. There are standouts such as those from the episode "the Joker" with its haunting themes and others from the episodes "dead man's treasure", "what the butler saw" "A funny thing happened on the way to the station" and more. Upon hearing these the visuals from the series immediately spring to mind. Other tracks are of course "mood music" which were used in scenes to convey tension etc and are perhaps not ideally suited to be heard in isolation. But that is the nature of such soundtracks and it is still great to hear them. The only minor niggle is the use of the Patrick Macnee/Linda Thorson credit-title themes in place of the classic Macnee/Diana Rigg themes but i presume this was a personal choice of Laurie Johnson as, apparently, he chose the selected tracks himself. So a second volume perhaps...? Disc 2 contains other tv and film themes by Jonnson such as "the new Avengers" (which might have been better placed as the last track on disc 1 for continuity) Disc 3 is Johnson's music for military bands. But disc 1 is the one most will buy this for and if you are a fan of The Avengers this CD set is a must have.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Vernon on 15 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Laurie Johnson is undoubtedly one of the most talented Composer / Arrangers this country has ever produced, and a man comfortable writing in any musical environment. Happily this quite frankly superb 3 disc release demonstrates such in spades. Arguably most famous for his gargantuan musical contribution to 'The Avengers' TV series, this is indeed the main driving force behind the release. In fact it's almost inconceivable to imagine that nearly 30 years after the series finished, this is the first genuine offering of Johnson's original recordings.

To disc one, and with Johnson heavily involved with the project it's not surprising that the music presented here is well selected, varied and amounts to a very pleasurable experience for the listener. The recordings, not surprisingly mono, have been remastered and sound excellent. Johnson has always engaged the very best musicians, and unlike most TV scores which are rushed and low budget, the performances and sound clarity are terrific. Also included are the Main and End title music from the Tara King series, each preceded with the Sound Engineer's take announcements. All in all an excellent disc, and very possibly this year's most important TV / Film music release.

Disc two brings us some of his most celebrated TV and Film themes. As previously mentioned, a great number are rerecordings, but it has to be pointed out rerecordings overseen by Johnson himself - possibly because he preferred his commercial offerings to be stereo, plus it also afforded him the opportunity to develop these short main title theme burst into more substantial and complete compositions. One also wonders if his original New Avengers and Professionals music is being held back for headline presentation in future volumes.....
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How many years have people been waiting for Laurie Johnson's music from THE AVENGERS? And not just in the UK but worldwide? This is one of the best known series around the globe.

A lot of care has been put into a comprehensive and very reasonably priced set - you get a booklet of notes and some rare photographs too.

CD1 consists of selected scores from THE AVENGERS and really, the CD just scratches the surface in terms of Johnson's total AVENGERS output. The moods and styles are varied (possibly veering - for my tastes anyway - just a little too much toward 'light' music now and again...but that's a minor complaint)

CDs 2 and 3 collect some of Johnson's film and tv themes as well as his symphony work and music for military band. The film and tv themes are re-recordings which have seen release before, but which still bear repeated listening. Johnson was a master of mood and orchestration and could match music styles to the films and tv programmes he was scoring effortlessly.

All in all the set is a must for anyone interested in tv and film music. Hopefully now a further volume will be forthcoming. How about more AVENGERS music, along with a CD each of the scores to THE NEW AVENGERS and THE PROFESSIONALS? Releases from these series (the funky 70's are making a comeback when it comes to music CD's after all...) are LONG overdue.

Thanks to all involved in producing this very attractive CD package at long last.
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