Ken Thorne – The Persuaders (1971) (Bootleg)

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The Persuaders – one of the greatest TV series of the Seventies, which got cancelled after its first season. It shared thus a fate with other great, and far too short TV series such as Police Squad!. At the same time, the tapes for The Persuaders have been lost – otherwise there surely would have been a reissue by now, most probably by the ‘Network’ label, which has issued soundtracks for other ITC productions. A couple of tracks from the OST have actually survived, and made their way onto a Network compilation titled ‘The Music of ITC’. Unfortunately, it’s highly doubtful whether we will ever have the pleasure of the full OST to The Persuaders. Thankfully, there has been somebody who assembled a bootleg soundtrack directly from the TV series. If I knew the author, I would name him here. This compilation doesn’t seem to be around in the Blogosphere anymore, so I put it up here.

Some examples from YouTube

Enjoy!

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Angela Morley – Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)

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While the film received a poor 5.4 rating on IMDB, the soundtrack itself is a golden nugget. A mixture of different classical periods (classical, romantic, impressionist) and sounds of the day in 1969. I doubt whether any other composer could have grasped the underwater atmosphere better than she did – it’s amazing what you can express with music. In 2009, Film Score Monthly published the score apparently for the the first time, at 1,500 copies. Those went of course out of print, however, and today copies of the score fetch high prices.

01. Main Title
02. Underwater

Angela Morley on Wikipedia

Welcome aboard!

Henry Mancini – Visions Of Eight (1973)

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Mancini’s soundtrack to a 1973 documentary showing the Munich Olympic Games 1972 from the perspective of eight different directors. Mancini uses different musical styles throughout the album, ranging from easy listening (2,4,8) to futuristic (3) as well as classical sounds (5).

01. Ludmilla’s Theme
02. Pretty Girls
03. Spaced Out
04. Warm Up
05. Soft Flight
06. The Race
07. Salute To The Olympians
08. Olympic Village
09. Ludmilla’s Theme (Reprise)
10. Hurdles And Girdles
11. Theme For The Losers
12. Salute To The Olympians (Finale)

Ready, steady, GO!

Johnny Keating – Hotel (1967)

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01. Theme from Hotel (Main Title)
02. Airport
03. Love Theme
04. Key Case
05. This Year
06. Bourbon Street
07. Hotel Lobby
08. Duke and Duchess
09. Hotel
10. Elevator
11. Jeanne and Pete
12. End Title

One of the few, but refined and slick soundtracks of Johnny Keating. This album features some classy jazz tracks, evoking a noble, James Bond -like atmosphere. The track »Key Case« reminds me of the »Incredibles« soundtrack by Michael Giacchino. »This Year« features a performance by singer Carmen McRae.
Mr. Keating’s orchestra has the typical clean, brassy signature sound here as well, a sound some may have become familiar with by his other soundtrack from the same year, Robbery.

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Henry Mancini – 99 44/100% Dead (1974)

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I think it is only appropriate to start off my very first music blog and my very first music blog post with one of my all-time favourite composers, Henry Mancini. He is one of the composers and arrangers so skilled that I don’t hesitate buying everything from him that gets reissued. He was purportedly also a very sweet person. There is a couple of interesting interviews with and on Mancini on YouTube. Mancini gets primarily connected with his hit period in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and tracks such as Peter Gunn (1959), Moon River (1961) and Pink Panther (1962). His creative output in the 1970s hasn’t nearly received equal amount of attention, and unrightfully so. There is also a great overview by Doug Payne, »Mancini in the Seventies« (part 1 and part 2). 99 and 44/100% Dead is a wry gangster film, and as Wikipedia states, »the title is a play on an advertising slogan for Ivory soap«. The score finally made it on CD in 2010 (on the Intrada label) at an amount of 1200 copies. Those sold out pretty darn quickly, and nowadays the used score fetches very high prices. Mancini should have been a safe bet so as to produce much more than 1200 copies, but maybe it was because Intrada is not that big a label and the film itself is not too well-known. After all, we ain’t talking about no Bullitt, here.

I’m 99 and 44/100% happy already!