This is a supreme slice of seventies' cheese - a CD reissue of the album of songs from the classic kids' television series `Here Come The Double Deckers'.
If you are around the age of 40 or slightly older you will no doubt have happy memories of watching this show as a kid in the early-1970s and you will be familiar with the antics of Scooper, Spring, Sticks, Brains, Billie, Tiger and Doughnut!
One of the most memorable aspects of the show was the inclusion of song and dance routines which kind of turned each episode into a mini musical. Okay, some of the songs sound pretty cheesy now but back in the 1970s they were just right for this type of programme and this album cannot fail to invoke a strong sense of nostalgia.
My favourite tracks are the catchy main theme song `Get On Board' (with lyrics by Melvyn Hayes who played Albert in the show) and the dreamy gentle lullaby `Grannie's Rocking Chair' but it is fair to say that all the songs have a chirpy feel-good quality.
There is a very informative booklet included with this CD which provides profiles of the seven main cast members as well as background information about the show itself and its songs. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing these songs again and found myself tapping my feet and singing along with some of them. All I need now is for someone to release all of the episodes of `Here Come The Double Deckers' on DVD.
I was among the group of kids who sang all the songs for The Double Deckers back in the 70's which the "gang" mimed to. We also sang the theme tune. We also appeared as extras on many shows. Would like to know if this CD is of those tracks. We recorded at DeLane Lea studios, London and filmed at Elstree.
The Double Deckers was one of my - and many other 70's kids' - favourite TV shows. We all wanted to be part of the gang and hang out with them in their yard having wacky adventures. The thing about this soundtrack CD however is that you really do need to see the gang perform the tracks to get anything from it. Listening in isolation of the images merely highlights how corny and poor the music actually was. Let's face it - we didnt tune in for the songs, except the fantastic theme tune which is thankfully the saving grace here. Die hard fans might still want to purchase this however as it features very detailed sleeve notes about the making of the show with commentary from Gillian Bailey who played Billie. The show has appeared on DVD since this CD came out and is your best bet.
Yes, I agree, it is great to have this CD of the Double Deckers released and what a wonderful TV series it was.
But how many fans of the show are aware that the creators of the show get no financial reward what-so-ever for this CD release? Not just those singing on the CD but the writers of the lyrics & music too. Nothing at all. Not one penny. I find this fact shocking. The show was a very low budget series and the pay for all concerned was negligible. Now it is only the people issuing the CD who benefit financially.
As to the DVDs - they are being sold illegally - those selling them are gaining financial reward - there has never been a release given for their sale. If you admire the people's work on this series, you should not buy the illegal DVD versions, but try to get a legal DVD copy of the series released. Due to some clever accounting figures, even the repeat TV showings of the series paid no repeat fees to those who created it.
Do you not agree that the writer / creator of most of the episodes (including lyrics), as well as all concerned with this wonderful series should have had some financial reward? I find the fact that they have not, absolutely disgraceful.