Nov 042015
 




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A collection of work from composer, bandleader and conductor Robert Earley (born Robert Sharples) – Themes for TV Drama: The Music of Robert Earley – is to be released on 10” vinyl and limited to just 1,000 copies. It will be released on 21st December 2015 exclusively through networkonair.com for £25, and is available to pre-buy now for £20. Terms and conditions apply.

Lancashire-born Robert Sharples is probably best remembered as the musical director of prototype TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, where he was frequently name checked on screen by host Hughie Green, but it was under the pseudonym Robert Earley that he provided memorable themes and incidental cues for a range of ITV drama series during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

Themes for TV Drama brings together some of Earley’s best-known compositions, ranging from the smokey, jazz-tinged Public Eye (perfectly encapsulating the down-at-heel milieu of investigator Frank Marker) to the brassy, urgent aggression of Special Branch.

Compiled and mastered from the original analogue production masters, the result is a remarkable transformation in quality, restoring depth and definition lost in the familiar broadcast versions of these famous themes.

Track listing:

Side One

  1. Man at the Top

Main titles
Commercial break in
Commercial break out
End title short
End title medium
End Title long

  1. The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

Main title
Commercial break in
Alternate
End title reduction
End title long

  1. Public Eye

Side Two

  1. Special Branch (1969)

Opening reduction 1
Opening reduction 2
Commercial break in
Commercial break out
End title reduction

  1. Special Branch (1973)

Main Title
Incidental 1
Commercial break in
Incidental 2
Commercial break out
Incidental 3
End titles

This 10” EP is presented on 80g virgin vinyl featuring new transfers from original analogue tape elements. Mastering engineers Ray Staff and John Webber at Sir George Martin’s legendary AIR studios mastered the audio for this and cut the lacquers. The high quality pressing was done by the renowned Pallas pressing plant in Germany.

the-baron-soundtrack

THE BARON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

RELEASED ON 12” VINYL

THE NEVER before released original soundtrack for the popular ‘60s crime drama series The Baron, from legendary film and TV composer Edwin Astley (The Saint, Danger Man), is to be released as a 12” vinyl LP in gloss gatefold sleeve packaging and limited to just 1,000 copies. It will be released on 23rd November 2015 exclusively through networkonair.com for £25, and is available to pre-buy now for £20. Terms and conditions apply.

Notable in its absence from Network’s earlier CD releases of ITC soundtrack material, The Baron now emerges triumphant from the original analogue tapes which were unearthed in 2014. Specially selected tracks from those existing music cues have been used here to create superb episodic music suites featuring the work of one of the 20th century’s premier soundtrack composers.

The main theme exhibits some similarities with Astley’s contemporary work on Gideon’s Way: the two themes are in related keys (The Baron in B major, Gideon’s Way in F#), but while Gideon’s Way marches along at a steady plod, The Baron is considerably more upbeat and dynamic, with the main theme carried by a strident brass section. Listeners of this 12” LP will detect new depths and textures previously unheard in the television broadcast versions of these themes and incidental cues.

Track listing:

Side One
1 Main titles
2 Diplomatic Immunity
3 Epitaph for a Hero
4 Sponsor tag

Side Two
1 Commercial break tag
2 Portrait of Louisa
3 Masquerade
4 The High Terrace
5 End titles

Composer Edwin Astley

John Creasey’s famous character had been in print for nearly 30 years when The Baron finally arrived on television. Steve Forrest – brother of actor Dana Andrews – portrayed antiques dealer and international adventurer John Mannering, Creasey’s British character having been Americanised to guarantee transatlantic sales. With Sue Lloyd on hand to inject the requisite glamour, The Baron became the first of ITC’s adventure series to be filmed entirely in colour, and ran for 30 episodes between 1966 and 1967.

This audiophile-level album is presented on 180g virgin vinyl featuring new transfers from original analogue tape elements. Mastering engineers Ray Staff and John Webber at Sir George Martin’s legendary AIR studios mastered the audio for this LP and cut the lacquers. The high quality pressing was done by the renowned Pallas pressing plant in Germany.

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