Sunday, 24 January 2016

Theme Classics (1985)



Here we have something of a rarity, an album bought new by myself!
The 12 year-old me picked this one up from Woolies after seeing an advert in a magazine for it, knowing it would be a worthy addition to my collection of TV themes! Around the same time I also picked up other great theme albums such as The TV Hits Album 1 & 2, On The Air, and Telly Hits 1 & 2, all from the 1980s. 

Sadly, the younger me wasn't as careful with vinyl as the older me, so this may not sound quite as good as other posts, and I have REALLY tried to find another copy of this, but have so far been unlucky.

The other two albums are not really what I bought the album for; there is one album of music from TV commercials, all the tracks are classical favourites from a time when most adverts used classical pieces, Air On A G String from the Hamlet cigars ad being one of the most well-known examples.
The film themes album is okay, one I can appreciate more now than then; many of the pieces are more famous than the films they featured in. A Summer Place, Lovers And Other Strangers, and Lost Horizon, anyone?

No orchestra name is supplied, either on the sleeve or label, but some of the tracks have appeared elsewhere on other albums credited to The New Reflections Orchestra and Brancaster Studio Orchestra, among others, I expect.

My highlights are the very different disco treatment of the theme from US detective drama, Kojak, and a very rare instrumental version of the theme song I Could Be So Good For You, from UK drama series Minder, which loses none of the charm and humour of Dennis Waterman's original.

I suppose I could have just posted the highlights from this 3LP set, but have decided to post the three albums in full, leaving listeners to decide for themselves what they want to hear!

I hope you enjoy this and please comment if you do!

Album Previews


31 comments:

  1. TV Themes:

    http://www77.zippyshare.com/v/kanqyfTa/file.html

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    1. What a beauty!!! I had this in the mid-eighties on cassette from a bargain bucket full of tapes, which I think was in WH Smiths! Totally agree that the tv theme selection is the best, with the Minder theme being my fav! I have just found this lp on ETSY and have ordered it! The tapes usually were in a 3 pack box set, another i'm looking for is a Hammond Organ box set! Featuring Harry Stoneham. Great stuff mate!

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    2. Simply, T E R R I F I C!!!
      Thanks a lot for your effort

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  2. Film Themes:

    http://www119.zippyshare.com/v/cDoBg8iU/file.html

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  3. TV Commercial Themes:

    http://www9.zippyshare.com/v/tyeTUDjh/file.html

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  4. Thank you for the TV & Film Themes

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  5. These are great uploads, thanks Mark.

    A few of us have a quest to collect all charted UK albums (we're all OCD I suspect!) - see http://loadsamusicsforum.blogspot.co.uk/, the Album Charts thread - and we are all missing Telly Hits 1 & 2 - which I note you say you have. Not sure if you do requests, but any chance you could upload?

    kind regards, Martin

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    1. Hi Martin!

      I have both of those albums, but they are not currently digitised.

      I will add them to the list for posting, and will appear soon.

      Cheers,

      Mark

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  6. Mark, I've been doing some research on copyright laws here in the U.S.A. and it seems many of the works we are sharing have a copyright that goes for decades (70+) years after the death of the artist. Are we on solid legal ground by sharing these old albums? Or are these so far off the radar that they're not a priority? Are the copyright police only worried about piracy of current releases and albums/movies leaked before they're officially released?

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    1. Will, I think you are right on both points.

      Technically the copyright exists, but I find they only worry about releases which are available to buy, because you are depriving an owner of revenue if you share these; the damage is virtually nil to owners of material which they have not bothered to re-issue, or some material is so old, the owner does not exist anymore.

      Other similar blogs have fallen in the past because I believe they did not seem to be as careful ensuring they were not sharing albums which were available. Some of these blogs have gone private to ensure they can continue, but I have had few problems. I put this down to my policy of only sharing what cannot be found elsewhere, the low number of regular posts, the obvious enthusiast nature of the site, as stated in the introduction paragraph at the top of every blog page, and the fact that my album recordings are never edited to remove the vinyl imperfections.

      There was a troll a few years ago, who caused a number of problems for many blogs, too.

      Thanks,

      Mark

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  7. Will & Mark: Do either of you remember (before the raid on MegaUpload) collectors posting that many of the major label online downloads of old LPs were from collectors' rips -- some without any additional work done on them (on one that I heard you could still hear little "thumps" from where the scratches were taken out)? While the majors were ranting about copyright, they were downloading because they had purged most of their master tapes decades before.
    And then there were situations like the collector in California who uploaded a perfect copy of a 1950s Warner Bros pipe organ LP, and WEA tried to sue him for money and the copy of his album (they lost).
    It's a big difference in attitude from radio, where the BBC and Springbok (South Africa) asked for contributions from collectors without threat of prosecution because they had to rebuild their libraries.
    And then there have been situations where music and film producers here in the US have had to go to court to get control of their own productions because they had been leased to now-defunct companies and became untouchable because of "orphan copyright."
    There really shouldn't be any question about a collector posting a decades-old LP that's not available on CD, especially when it's from an LP collection (like this one) where you can't find a replacement. And most of us who like what's posted will put it on our "want lists" to find our own copies.

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  8. Do you by any chance have a 4-LP set entitled "The Gift Of Music"? I saw it on Instrumental Cafe, but 2 of the 4 links are expired. Volumes 3 and 4 are expired.

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  9. Thanks for the input. I figured that most "elevator music" is not on the radar when it's from old LPs that have been out of print for so long.

    Does anyone have a 4-LP set entitled "The Gift Of Music"? It features Ronnie Aldrich, Frank Chacksfield, and others. I saw it on the "Instrumental Cafe" blog but 2 of the 4 links are expired.

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    1. I am sure I have it. Let me know which are the expired links and I will upload them to you.

      Mark

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  10. Mark, It's Volumes 3 and 4 that have expired. I can download 1 and 2. Thanks so very much for helping me out here.

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  11. I have another request. There are two nice albums by the Gino Marinello Orchestra I'd love to get, but are expired as well. Their titles are "Golden Love Instrumentals" and "Latenight Melodies". So many good albums on Instrumental Cafe, but lots of them are expired. :-(

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    1. Sorry, I don't have either of those. I am uploading The Gift Of Music 3 & 4 now.

      Mark

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  12. https://zokyat.wordpress.com/category/the-gift-of-music/

    https://zokyat.wordpress.com/category/gino-marinello-orchestra/

    Here are the links to the albums I'm requesting that have expired on Instrumental Cafe. I thought you might want them for visual reference.

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  13. Hello there. Do you have anymore Ray Davies or 101 strings albums?

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    1. Hello!

      Yes, I do have more of both of those, a Button Down Brass album will be my next post!

      Cheers,
      Mark

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  14. Thanks for posting the Telstar albums. They're not to my taste, but I appreciate all the work that goes into digitising LPs, and the above are useful additions to the internet.

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  15. Some more of your always-excellent stuff. Thanks, Mark, for film and TV gems!!!

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  16. Great share, thanks Mark :)

    This is a long shot but would you happen to have an LP box set called "TV Music Spectacular"?
    It was an 8LP box from 1978 and I've been searching for a rip forever!

    You seem like the person to ask, so I'm askin' :)

    info:
    http://www.discogs.com/Various-TV-Music-Spectacular/release/1878353

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    1. THXjay,

      Yes I do have that album and plan to post the individual albums very soon!

      Mark

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  17. AWESOME!!! you just made my day matey :)

    Really looking forward to them!

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  18. Thank you. I often stop by your site and every so often I hit a treasure like this. Thank you for ALL your hard work and please please keep it up.

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  19. Sorry to bother you Mark but do you have a rough idea of when you will be posting that LP Theme box set?

    Just curious, please don't take it the wrong way, I know how irritating it is when folks keep asking "when will it be posted" all the time :)

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    1. Hi, I have recorded 5 out of the 8 records and will be posting the first one tomorrow!

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  20. Fantastic!

    Thanks Mark, I really appreciate the work you put in to sharing. So looking forward to finally getting these LP's :)

    Cheers,

    Jay

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  21. Damn, I keep running into ThxJay!

    Jay, I'm not following you, honest. It seems we have similar interests and musical tastes. And that's a good thing :)

    Thanks for posting this LP, Mark!!

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