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The Professionals, The music of Laurie Johnson
on 9 August 2011
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. The other two uses the tag of the TV series "The Avengers" and "The New Avengers".
This is volume two and here on this three CD set we get a variety of music by Laurie Johnson.
Laurie Johnson has composed a wealth of music. He is famous as a composer of music for film and TV. But he is also famous for composing for Big Band, Classical concert hall, military and state occasions.
After composing music for the TV series The Avengers in the 1960s and then music for other shows such as Animal Magic, Jason King, and Wickers world, he wrote music for the New Avengers in the 1970s. Both the Avengers and the New Avengers had been produced by Fennel and Clemens and as the New Avengers came to a close they moved on to produce a new show called The Professionals. The brought in Laurie Johnson to compose the music thus continuing the winning formula of producer and composer.
Johnson composed music for the individual episodes that lasted for four series.
Disc one is dedicated to the music he composed for the TV series "The Professionals". It is a good disc with great music. I do think that they could have included more music. When you consider that there were four series there must be more that they could have used. However any release is welcome. The music is fabulous. 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 Professionals is brilliant. And the arrangements are wonderful.
The booklet gives interesting details about the episodes that the music is taken from. 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. Laurie Johnson has his own unique style.
Disc two is also interesting with a wide variety of music on it. This includes music for TV and films, concert hall and military. The best disc is the first one and it is worth buying this set just for that alone. until the day there is a more complete release of the music for The Professionals this release is a welcome addition to the music of Laurie Johnson. All of the recordings are the original recordings for the TV series and same goes for the misic on the other two discs.
This release if a very good issue of the music of Laurie Johnson.