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on 14 March 2014
Good vinyl pressing, lovely artwork, download code (hooray thank you SoulJazz) and bizarre graphic novel but, as someone else mentioned, not enough music and much of it a touch - er - mediocre. I know, it's a compilation of old library music that's been forgotten about precisely because no one used it for a Sweeney or a Professionals or a Harry Palmer etc. but I can't help feeling that a little distillation has been missed here and we've got some slightly under-brewed material along with a few real gems. Glad I bought it nonetheless and glad to support SoulJazz as they are a great bunch but it's not quite to the standard of many of their other releases.
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I'm a huge fan and collector of soundtracks, library music and all related stuff on vinyl. I was really looking forward to this release but ended up a little disappointed. The packaging is great, the included graphic novel is fine to flick through once and the download code is a nice touch.

Whilst some of the music is great, some of it is a tad mediocre and has appeared many compilations. Soul Jazz have missed a trick here, I feel. There is a wealth of material out there so it would have been nice to not only include some of the "big hitters" of the library scene, but to also give us a chance to experience some gems from the faults.
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Featuring 24 tracks recorded for British Library music labels KPM, De Wolfe, Amphonic and Conroy between 1967 and 1975, all of this music was intended for use by TV & film studios and radio stations and was never commercially available. None of the music here was made to order. Instead, Library labels would commission music and send out vinyl demonstration copies of it to production companies, who would then use any of the music that was suitable under license from the labels.

Music wise, this is a good compilation from Soul Jazz Records and it's almost a companion piece to their TV Sound and Image album from a couple of years ago. A combination of easy listening, jazz, and funk usually underpinned with solid bass and percussion and featuring orchestration, brass, keyboards and even the occasional flute break, there are some very good tracks. However, some of the music is very average and could not really be considered suitable for the 'Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers' that the subtitle implies.

Like most Soul Jazz Records releases, the CD is housed inside a jewel case alongside a 60 page booklet and together they're housed inside a slip case. SJR booklets are usually filled with archive photos and information about the music but with this release the concept behind the booklet is lost on me. It consists solely of "A graphic novel of death, murder and revenge in an urban and industrial landscape" featuring rudimentary black and white art work and a pulp fiction text that I gave up reading after a couple of minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to read it all, has nothing whatsoever to do with the music on the CD and is completely pointless.

Clocking in at 57 minutes, I do feel a bit short changed by this compilation - there's an abundance of similar themed British library music from the same period and I think SJR should have spent less time on the booklet and instead focussed their resources on filling this CD with an extra 20 minutes of music and sourcing better and more appropriate music.

In summary, the music here is at times underwhelming but if you dig library music it's still worth buying for the good stuff. However, I do think that SJR have taken their eye off the ball with this release.
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on 30 March 2014
I agree with the 2 previous reviews that this is quite a mediocre affair, as ever with Souljazz we get glorious packaging but the music content is not exceptional. Whilst the 1st half provided strong material, the 2nd half fades into fillers & I found myself frequently using the fast forward button to skip through it. (I also remember feeling the same about their "Television Sound & Image" from a year or so ago).

One for Souljazz completists only.
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on 17 March 2016
just perfect
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on 11 May 2014
Not as good as the one for tv series, still worth to listen, and even investigate. I advise to buy it.
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