- Audio CD (22 Oct. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
- Label: Edsel
- ASIN: B000UTOL42
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Music of Laurie Johnson Vol. 1 :The Avengers Box set
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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.Read more ›
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.....Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always loved the TV show but this is something else I had no idea who Laurie Johnson was when I got this CD. He has composed some of the most iconic British TV & Film music ever. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr. Engley Stewart
Well, I knew it when I bought, but having to buy 3 CD just to listen to one... : it's a bit painful (for my money). Read morePublished on 30 April 2014 by Arwenig
I am a fan of the series (but not a die-hard fanboy) and particularly like the music of Laurie Johnson, but this CD is a massive disappointment and not worth buying unless you are... Read morePublished on 15 July 2008 by Raven Shaddock