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Network's vinyl LP soundtracks

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:03

Network Distributing is imminently launching a range of vinyl soundtracks, in gatefold sleeves, of some of British television’s most iconic programmes from 1960s and 1970s. Working with Ray Staff, the renowned vinyl cutting engineer whose credits include David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” and The Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll”, Man in a Suitcase and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) will be available from 28 October 2013. The recommended retail price will be £25.00 a pop, and will be available exclusively from the website  

Man in a Suitase and Randall & Hopkirk - Vinyl LP Releases imminentAdditional vinyl releases are planned for 2014, and these are expected to include The Saint, Department ‘S’, The Prisoner, The Champions, Strange Report and The Protectors. The roll-out of retro-product of this nature, designed for the discerning audiophile and television fandom alike, was gauged by the release of a limited edition EP called Themes for Action! on Record Store Day in April this year. This was available exclusively in those participating record stores who had got their orders in quick (as they realised the value of such a release), and contained the opening titles from Man in a Suitcase, The Saint (1966 and 1968 themes), The Prisoner, and Danger Man (1960 and 1964 main titles).

The expertise of the mastering and cutting engineer, combined with a tape transfer from FX Group and pressing by Pallas in Germany, ensures that these 180g virgin vinyl records offer unrivalled audio quality which can only be described in the most positive of prose. The schedule announced earlier in the year suggested that Man in a Suitcase, The Saint, The Prisoner and The Protectors would launch the LP range in September, with Department ‘S’ and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) slated for October. However, as we have come to expect from them, Network has taken the time to ensure that the releases will be as pristine as possible, hence the revision to the schedule.

Whilst the Network range of soundtrack CDs is nothing short of spectacular in itself, this product line does indeed take the celebration of the music of these series to another level.



With the dynamic Ron Grainer signature tune at its core (which many refuse to accept did not first get used for the Chris Evans show TGI Friday), Albert Elms’ incidental cues provide contrasting moods throughout the series, reflecting the diverse global settings for ex-agent McGill’s unorthodox adventures, and underscoring the character’s tough, downbeat lifestyle. In place of the glitz and glamour of most 1960s private eyes, McGill’s world is one of uncertainty, tough decisions and a constant struggle to survive. Reflecting his work on Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner, Elms provides another moody, unsettling score that follows every pitfall on the rocky career path of the outsider known only as McGill. Cat No: 7959028



The theme and incidental music were supplied by the versatile Edwin Astley, who had previously provided iconic themes for ITC series including The Saint and The Baron. Returning to the harpsichord, which he had previously employed as a lead instrument in the theme for the hour-long Danger Man series, Astley furnished Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) with a minor key main title theme, with the lead instrument intoning a plaintive melody over an upbeat, rhythmic brass section, perfectly matching the series’ balance of drama and humour. The harpsichord recurs throughout the incidental cues, as well as providing a memorable ‘sting’ whenever the ghostly Marty pops in and out of the action. Cat No: 7959033

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