9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I suspect that the audience for this CD is small, but dedicated. This is a classic album of 70s and 80s BBC sci-fi sound effects, remastered for the 21st Century with original notes and artwork. The CD itself is primed for maximum nostalgia, with a print that mimics the look of the vinyl on one side. The notes and artwork are replicated from the original, but due to the shift in size from vinyl to CD they are squashed and hard to read in the original format. Thankfully the text is printed in a larger and more readable font inside the booklet.
The quality of the remastering is high. I can't imagine sitting and listening to this CD all the way though. Despite being a big fan of Doctor Who (in 1980) and Blake's 7 (in general), I didn't enjoy the Proustian rush that I'd hoped for. On the other hand, I have added the 'Cloister bell in the TARDIS' sound effect to my phone, which will give me years of pleasure when someone texts me. I'd describe this CD as for fans of the series featured, or sound effects of the late80s/early 80s. It's a high quality product with a specialised market, but there's nothing wrong with that.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Cheesyness alert... This CD is strictly for the sci-fi buff, or simply for the nostalgic amongst you. If you're into this sort of thing you'll really get a kick out of the sound effects and I love the vinyl album effect on the CD, it really gives it a stylish vintage look.
This CD consists of 81 tracks broken down into 4 series, as no one else has given a track list here you go...
Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy (Radio Dramatisation)
The Books activating code, Startibarfast's aircar - takeoff, Startibarfast's aircar - constant run, , Startibarfast's aircar - lands, Magrathea Alarm, Magrathea Police guns, Space car park outside the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, The End of the Universe, Black spaceship oscillates, Bugblatter Beast of Traal: Roars, Bugblatter Beast of Traal:Eats, , Bugblatter Beast of Traal:Walks, Penargilon kangaroo relocation drive engaged, Penargilon kangaroo relocation drive arrives, Golgafrincham Ark Fleet Sheip 'E' bridge background.
Doctor Who (1980s series)
Earth Shuttle arriving on Argolis, Planet exterior atmosphere on Argolis, Flock of Bats, Laboratory descends, Gaztok spaceship takes off, Dodecahedron energy beams, Marshmen, Respirator room background in spaceship, Time winds, Alarm, Electric Storm, Cloister bell in the Tardis, The Master's Tardis lands, The Master's Tardis takes off, Tardis 'out of time slip', Tardis 'into time slip'
Blakes Seven (1981 series, and first 3 series)
Dawn of Emptiness, Space bells for ceremonial room, Scorpio spaceship lands, Dematerialisation, Rematerialisation, Scorpio Gun (2 blasts), Orac Switch on, Orac working, Orac Switch off, Liberator computer malfunction, liberator plasma bolt explosion, Liberator laser, Federation ship laser explosion, Liberator life capsule ready to be launched, liberator ship background, Liberator guns x3, Avon's communicator bracelet, Transportation sounds: Disapearance, Transportation sounds: Reappearance, Mysterious 'being' disapears in flame, Alien gun, Appearance of the Ovoid, Heavy voltage force, Grlow from mysterious ghost who haunts the Liberator, The Core, Interior of Federation patrol ship, Going through a Black Hole in the Liberator, Space centre medical unit hum, Machine monster with a black sence of humour, Break down of machine monster, Extra terrestrial heavenly choir
Earthsearch (1980 radio drama)
UFO landing, Computer touch panel bleeps, Warbles, Alarm, Meteorite alert station, Rumbling gurgle, Hand held ray guns, Space bombs, Space police, Outer airlock open and close, Inner airlock open and close, Plasma discharge weapons, Underworld animation chamber, Bleeps for suspended animation chamber, Electric warning gong, Three harmonic stings followed by explosion, Sharp hum with trail out, Rapid fire laser guns, Space hurricane, Spacecraft crash into sea.
Enjoy reliving some of those favourite sci-fi moments through sound.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wow, this takes me back! I used to have an audio tape of BBC sci-fi sound effects as a child, although I do wonder now - after listening to 45 minutes of bleeps and gargles as an adult - just why I was so fascinated back then when listening to them out of context. The authentic sleeve notes are interesting to look at, especially as they show that this is the reproduction of record number 26 - which means that (a) releasing sound effects on vinyl must have been a profitable business for the Beeb back then and (b) some people must have amassed whole collections of these albums, which is a frightening thought in itself. Three of the four programmes featured are well known - Doctor Who (1980 series), Blake's Seven (1981 series), and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - whilst the fourth is called Earthsearch, and I may not be alone in not knowing it.
The best thing about this 81 track CD is definitely track 11, because who, who has even heard it once, could ever forget the eating noises of the Bugblatter Beast of Traal? And there are some TARDIS noises, which sound very different from the TARDIS of today, yet some strange part of me almost wants to listen to on repeat. There are various lasers, alarms and explosions which are skilfully made, but out of context maybe a bit less fun to listen to in one sitting.
I would have preferred a best of compilation, seeing as there were at least 26 records to pick from. This collection may hang off the headings of four specific series of four radio programmes but it's not really aimed at the general audience. It's hard to see who would want to buy it.
The main problem with this collection is that when the original records were out - and although they were not strictly supposed to do it - schools used to use sound effect compilations in drama lessons, and that was okay because it was only pupils copying them onto a bit of tape to use at the right point in a play or improvisation and no serious copyright breaches occurred. Nowadays there are so many ways in which you could possibly want to use sound effects - ringtones, YouTube videos, independent computer games, and so on - but these recordings remain under copyright, so you can't use them in this way.
I had a bit of nostalgic fun listening to this CD, and it's definitely something that has its place in cultural history, but I am really stuck in this review for finding any other good reason for recommending it as something anyone would want to spend money on. What this release perhaps SHOULD have been is a double CD with the best sound effects from all the sci-fi collections on one of the discs and a documentary about how they were made on the other. As it stands, this re-release is little more than a space oddity.
It's got a picture of the Liberator on the front so I really couldn't be expected to resist.
With no point of reference at the time I would have gladly told you that I was the biggest Blake's 7 fan in the world. So, despite having the DVD's I couldn't resist this.
Add the fact that somewhere around the same time, or maybe a few years later, I was the geek going to the local library to borrow the BBC sound effects LPs and then spending many an hour in that space of ultimate creativity - the Theatre of the Mind.
As for the Hitch Hikers' Guide... That has probably been the most significant Book, TV series and even Radio Series (this time tapes from the library, and we'll leave the film if you don't mind) in my life having led me from Adams to Dawkins, Hitchins and beyond.
It is with this background that the vague disappointment hit me with this compilation. Sure, hearing The Guide start up brings it all flooding back - that'll be my phone message alert pretty soon - but pretty soon the lack of context of the sounds has me slipping back into the real world.
It's a testament, though, to the skill and creativity of the sound engineers behind these effects that every so often I'm drawn back to the Liberator's transportation deck while Blake and Gan dematerialise before turning up in a disused quarry somewhere apparently on another planet.
Dr Who was never my thing really, though there are iconic sounds here even for a non-Whovian. The fourth series included, Earth Search, is entirely new to me so I felt no connection there.
And maybe that's the whole point of this review. If you have some sort of connection to the original material then you'll find some stuff of interest here and your memory gland will be suitably prodded in places. But as a whole it's usefulness and listenability is not particularly mind blowing. It demonstrates what can be achieved with a bit of imagination, a synth and a multitrack recorder, but it's unlikely to make it into your party playlist (even I wouldn't want to be at that party I'm afraid).