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The Prisoner - Original Soundtrack Highlights Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Network
  • ASIN: B002PDFU28
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Levy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov 2009
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Possibly ITC's finest series, The Prisoner continues to fascinate viewers since it's original airing in 1967.

This was Network's first foray into the soundtrack arena and created a buzz on many soundtrack sites - being released as a 3 disc set containing the incidental cues used and rejected from 10 of the 17 episodes, all sourced from the original tapes. Disc 1 for instance contained 76 pieces from the episode 'Arrival'.

True, The Prisoner has had 2 previous outings (not counting the release by Bam Caruso), both in fact by Silva. The 3 volume second edition contained everything found on the first and added many tracks that were used for the series from various sound librarys as well as snippets of dialogue. The Silva version contains tracks from 14 0f the 17 episodes.

The Network edition is not a replicant of the Silva edition but that is not to say you won't hear some of the same cues, or at least variations of them - for example track 10 (from the Network single disc edition) is clearly track track 10 from Silva's Prisoner File #1 - the difference being Silva's cue lasts a minute longer and sounds better. In fact Silva's discs are superior in sound full stop. But I have to admit that even on this single disc edition there are many cues that are new to my ears.

With few exceptions, most of these 58 tracks were composed by Albert Elms who also composed much of 'Man In A Suitcase'. There's a fair amount of action cues interspersed with music that borrows from the classical tradition, British folk and British psychedelia (not to be confused with it's US counterpart). 'Arrival' includes such playfull moments as 'Pop Goes The Weasel' and the utilisation of a music box as well as a brass band playing Strauss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Nov 2011
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The music to the TV series the Prisoner is very interesting as a concept like project. This CD release is excellent. The music is the actual music used on the TV series. This is the original sound recording and not a re recording. The sound is mono but it is very good.
The TV series The Prisoner was a production released through ITC in the late 1960s. At that time, and unlike other TV shows in Britain, ITC invested in an original music score for each new series. This copied the American TV formula and it also copied both American and British Film formula.
These music scores helped to give a show a big budget feel to the shows and became an important ingredient in the success of the shows. They helped to cement the individual identity of each series through familiar music themes and cues.
Most other TV companies only needed a main theme to start or end a show but ITC shows used music throughout each episode. Most ITC shows had one composer per series.

The music for the Prisoner comes from many composers. And that makes the soundtrack so rich and interesting.
Patrick McGoohan who was responsible for the series, had been very particular about many aspects of the shows conception. This was also true when it came to the music. To start with he had asked for compositions for the series from British composer Edwin Astley who had composed the music for the previous McGoohan series Danger Man. But Astley was busy on other projects and didn't feel he could give McGoohan what he wanted. Then he asked for compositions from Robert Farnon and Wilfred Josephs. They both offered theme tunes but they were both rejected. McGoohan also asked Ron Grainer to compose something and after two attempts was finally successful.
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I had no idea this was released in 2010. Ive been looking for this for decades, and it fully lives up to expectations!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Wilfort on 13 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Ordered this as I couldn't afford the full three CD set. It brought back lots of memories from the show and the times. However, my one complaint is that there was nothing included from the episode "The Girl Who Was Death" one of my favorite episodes and soundtracks from the series and I know from fellow "Prisoner" fans is more better known than some of the selections did make it.
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