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Vintage Sci-Fi Nostalgia or Sampling Resource.,
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This CD is very nicely presented to look like the original vinyl album and it has that vintage feel throughout. There are over 80 tracks here - although most are very short and the vast majority under a minute.
I found the Blake Seven tracks to be the most entertaining and there were even tracks that worked as pieces of electronic music from Elizabeth Parker. These really brought back the atmosphere of that classic series - which is due for a re-boot by the Sci Fi channel.
The Hitch-Hiker's guide was really brought to life on the radio, by the wonderful sound effects and there is a lot to enjoy here.I found these less meaningful as they stand and you have to have heard the radio show to make any sense of them. The Dr Who is not from its best period, but there are some very nice Tardis samples - which give you the sound everybody now recognises.
I can see two ways of looking at this CD. On the one hand it is a "nice to have" nostalgia fest, for those who grew up with the classic Sci Fi on the BBC in the 70s and 80s. On the other hand though - you can also look at this a a resource of clean digital sound samples.
Now these sounds have been presented in the best quality available and well-indexed - this is a great CD to use for those classic "synthy" Sci Fi sounds - created mostly with analogue synthesisers, which are now obsolete and very rare. Musicians can incorporate these sounds into a mix or you can just create a nice ring-tone based on the Scorpio spaceship landing! Now that digital audio is in the hands of most people on their home computers or even mobile devices, this is a rich archive of original sounds that are unique and have their own "atmosphere".
I loved listening to these sounds - but it is something to dip into and not like an album you would put on and listen to all the way through. If you were really into Sci Fi in the 70s or 80s this is something you would want to own - although I can see how it might be baffling to anybody else. If you are looking for digital samples of classic synth sounds - this also works as a resource of "Spacey" sounds.
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Initial post: 23 May 2013 15:49:51 BDT
Big Bad Bill says:
Hi Bruce, I see you have deleted and reposted this review to delete my comment about your silly mistake. Still you have corrected the Liberator landing to the Scorpio. Well done.
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