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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know how Laurie Johnson is doing? Such a talented man. Has he ever spoken about how he came up with TA theme? Sometimes there is an interesting story behind it.

Does anyone happen to know if a copy of the score for TA is available anywhere? It would be fascinating to see in print.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Anyone know how Laurie Johnson is doing? Such a talented man. Has he ever spoken about how he came up with TA theme? Sometimes there is an interesting story behind it.

Does anyone happen to know if a copy of the score for TA is available anywhere? It would be fascinating to see in print.


The theme to the filmed episodes of The Avengers already existed as an album track called The Shake, then when he became involved with the series, Laurie Johnson re-recorded it with a slightly up-tempo arrangement.

I'm sure that during the sixties, the score for the theme would have been available from music shops.

When the Chichester University Big Band and Pops Orchestra performed their tribute to Laurie Johnson on Friday evening at The Avengers at 50 event four years ago, their conductor borrowed the original scores for The Avengers theme, The New Avengers theme and the Thorson end tag scene music from Laurie. They also did an absolutely perfect version of the Johnny Dankworth theme.
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Anyone know how Laurie Johnson is doing? Such a talented man. Has he ever spoken about how he came up with TA theme? Sometimes there is an interesting story behind it.

Does anyone happen to know if a copy of the score for TA is available anywhere? It would be fascinating to see in print.


The theme to the filmed episodes of The Avengers already existed as an album track called The Shake, then when he became involved with the series, Laurie Johnson re-recorded it with a slightly up-tempo arrangement.

I'm sure that during the sixties, the score for the theme would have been available from music shops.

When the Chichester University Big Band and Pops Orchestra performed their tribute to Laurie Johnson on Friday evening at The Avengers at 50 event four years ago, their conductor borrowed the original scores for The Avengers theme, The New Avengers theme and the Thorson end tag scene music from Laurie. They also did an absolutely perfect version of the Johnny Dankworth theme.
I guess I am 50 years late! Or at least 4 (for the 50th). Is there anywhere to still at least get the album? I gather Laurie was not actually at the 50th.
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anti-clockwise wrote:
Anyone know how Laurie Johnson is doing? Such a talented man. Has he ever spoken about how he came up with TA theme? Sometimes there is an interesting story behind it.

Does anyone happen to know if a copy of the score for TA is available anywhere? It would be fascinating to see in print.


The theme to the filmed episodes of The Avengers already existed as an album track called The Shake, then when he became involved with the series, Laurie Johnson re-recorded it with a slightly up-tempo arrangement.

I'm sure that during the sixties, the score for the theme would have been available from music shops.

When the Chichester University Big Band and Pops Orchestra performed their tribute to Laurie Johnson on Friday evening at The Avengers at 50 event four years ago, their conductor borrowed the original scores for The Avengers theme, The New Avengers theme and the Thorson end tag scene music from Laurie. They also did an absolutely perfect version of the Johnny Dankworth theme.
I guess I am 50 years late! Or at least 4 (for the 50th). Is there anywhere to still at least get the album? I gather Laurie was not actually at the 50th.


The Shake was on The Laurie Johnson Orchestra vinyl album The Big New Sound Strikes Again, which was issued in 1965 and has never been released on CD.

However, The Shake by The Laurie Johnson Orchestra is on the compilation CD, The Easy Project: 20 Loungecore Favourites. Copies can be found inexpensively on Amazon.

A much rarer item is the CD issued by Sequel Records in 1998, containing only The Avengers Theme and The Shake as a promotional item and only given away free with the VHS Video set The Avengers: The Parallel Lines Collection Vol 1. Around this time I did some freelance work for Sequel and I managed to get a copy.

Laurie Johnson did not attend The Avengers at 50 event, but Howard Blake, who filled in by composing the incidental music for some of the Thorson episodes and who played in Johnsonís usual group of backing musicians did.
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MikeR wrote:
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Anyone know how Laurie Johnson is doing? Such a talented man. Has he ever spoken about how he came up with TA theme? Sometimes there is an interesting story behind it.

Does anyone happen to know if a copy of the score for TA is available anywhere? It would be fascinating to see in print.


The theme to the filmed episodes of The Avengers already existed as an album track called The Shake, then when he became involved with the series, Laurie Johnson re-recorded it with a slightly up-tempo arrangement.

I'm sure that during the sixties, the score for the theme would have been available from music shops.

When the Chichester University Big Band and Pops Orchestra performed their tribute to Laurie Johnson on Friday evening at The Avengers at 50 event four years ago, their conductor borrowed the original scores for The Avengers theme, The New Avengers theme and the Thorson end tag scene music from Laurie. They also did an absolutely perfect version of the Johnny Dankworth theme.
I guess I am 50 years late! Or at least 4 (for the 50th). Is there anywhere to still at least get the album? I gather Laurie was not actually at the 50th.


The Shake was on The Laurie Johnson Orchestra vinyl album The Big New Sound Strikes Again, which was issued in 1965 and has never been released on CD.

However, The Shake by The Laurie Johnson Orchestra is on the compilation CD, The Easy Project: 20 Loungecore Favourites. Copies can be found inexpensively on Amazon.

A much rarer item is the CD issued by Sequel Records in 1998, containing only The Avengers Theme and The Shake as a promotional item and only given away free with the VHS Video set The Avengers: The Parallel Lines Collection Vol 1. Around this time I did some freelance work for Sequel and I managed to get a copy.

Laurie Johnson did not attend The Avengers at 50 event, but Howard Blake, who filled in by composing the incidental music for some of the Thorson episodes and who played in Johnsonís usual group of backing musicians did.
the Easy Project does not include any music from TA right? Suppose I am looking more for TA theme itself? The Easy Project looks interesting-thanks for letting me know.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That's right. The Easy Project: 20 Loungecore Favourites is a collection of TV Themes and easy listening tracks by Laurie Johnson and others.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd forgotten about the CD with the Shake on it. It came in. A plastic wallet. Goodness knows where I put it...

The orchestration isn't as confident (for want of a better term). Of course it lacks the opening fanfare ("Bom! The Avengers! BOM The AVENGERS!!!!" - Laurie doing what he did with This is Your Life) but I like the rhythm played on the piano (it's not a piano but I can't think what it is. If I recall correctly the bridge section is somewhat different.

I love that lounge version of the theme that appears in some early series four episodes like as a backing to the dinner party in Dial a Deadly Number and the fashion show in Two's A Crowd. Then there's twinkling driving version played over the opening to Master Minds, Steed enjoying the train ride in The Gravediggers and all the potential victims finding a beeper in the pockets towards the end of Dial a Deadly Number. Then of course the really obvious one is the creepy, atmospheric, harp and moody strings version. I'd love to own these variations. But my favourite has to be the one that Laurie did for Mrs. Peel's debut scene in The Town of No Return.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'd forgotten about the CD with the Shake on it. It came in. A plastic wallet. Goodness knows where I put it...

The orchestration isn't as confident (for want of a better term). Of course it lacks the opening fanfare ("Bom! The Avengers! BOM The AVENGERS!!!!" - Laurie doing what he did with This is Your Life) but I like the rhythm played on the piano (it's not a piano but I can't think what it is. If I recall correctly the bridge section is somewhat different.

I love that lounge version of the theme that appears in some early series four episodes like as a backing to the dinner party in Dial a Deadly Number and the fashion show in Two's A Crowd. Then there's twinkling driving version played over the opening to Master Minds, Steed enjoying the train ride in The Gravediggers and all the potential victims finding a beeper in the pockets towards the end of Dial a Deadly Number. Then of course the really obvious one is the creepy, atmospheric, harp and moody strings version. I'd love to own these variations. But my favourite has to be the one that Laurie did for Mrs. Peel's debut scene in The Town of No Return.


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Although The Music of Laurie Johnson Vol 1: The Avengers, contained some of the incidental library of tracks compiled for the show, there was still plenty of material missing. However, as this was not issued it appears that Laurie Johnson does not have any master tapes of it and the chances of it ever being released commercially does now appear remote.
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MikeR wrote:
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I'd forgotten about the CD with the Shake on it. It came in. A plastic wallet. Goodness knows where I put it...

The orchestration isn't as confident (for want of a better term). Of course it lacks the opening fanfare ("Bom! The Avengers! BOM The AVENGERS!!!!" - Laurie doing what he did with This is Your Life) but I like the rhythm played on the piano (it's not a piano but I can't think what it is. If I recall correctly the bridge section is somewhat different.

I love that lounge version of the theme that appears in some early series four episodes like as a backing to the dinner party in Dial a Deadly Number and the fashion show in Two's A Crowd. Then there's twinkling driving version played over the opening to Master Minds, Steed enjoying the train ride in The Gravediggers and all the potential victims finding a beeper in the pockets towards the end of Dial a Deadly Number. Then of course the really obvious one is the creepy, atmospheric, harp and moody strings version. I'd love to own these variations. But my favourite has to be the one that Laurie did for Mrs. Peel's debut scene in The Town of No Return.


Darren

Although The Music of Laurie Johnson Vol 1: The Avengers, contained some of the incidental library of tracks compiled for the show, there was still plenty of material missing. However, as this was not issued it appears that Laurie Johnson does not have any master tapes of it and the chances of it ever being released commercially does now appear remote.



so much good music..over the course of the series, would love to see the complete scores of the series re mastered and released...that would be choice.
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I'd forgotten about the CD with the Shake on it. It came in. A plastic wallet. Goodness knows where I put it...

The orchestration isn't as confident (for want of a better term). Of course it lacks the opening fanfare ("Bom! The Avengers! BOM The AVENGERS!!!!" - Laurie doing what he did with This is Your Life) but I like the rhythm played on the piano (it's not a piano but I can't think what it is. If I recall correctly the bridge section is somewhat different.

I love that lounge version of the theme that appears in some early series four episodes like as a backing to the dinner party in Dial a Deadly Number and the fashion show in Two's A Crowd. Then there's twinkling driving version played over the opening to Master Minds, Steed enjoying the train ride in The Gravediggers and all the potential victims finding a beeper in the pockets towards the end of Dial a Deadly Number. Then of course the really obvious one is the creepy, atmospheric, harp and moody strings version. I'd love to own these variations. But my favourite has to be the one that Laurie did for Mrs. Peel's debut scene in The Town of No Return.


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Although The Music of Laurie Johnson Vol 1: The Avengers, contained some of the incidental library of tracks compiled for the show, there was still plenty of material missing. However, as this was not issued it appears that Laurie Johnson does not have any master tapes of it and the chances of it ever being released commercially does now appear remote.



so much good music..over the course of the series, would love to see the complete scores of the series re mastered and released...that would be choice.


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I don't know if Studio Canal have any masters of incidental music in their vault. Perhaps Jaz Wiseman would know.
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MikeR wrote:
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MikeR wrote:
Darren wrote:
I'd forgotten about the CD with the Shake on it. It came in. A plastic wallet. Goodness knows where I put it...

The orchestration isn't as confident (for want of a better term). Of course it lacks the opening fanfare ("Bom! The Avengers! BOM The AVENGERS!!!!" - Laurie doing what he did with This is Your Life) but I like the rhythm played on the piano (it's not a piano but I can't think what it is. If I recall correctly the bridge section is somewhat different.

I love that lounge version of the theme that appears in some early series four episodes like as a backing to the dinner party in Dial a Deadly Number and the fashion show in Two's A Crowd. Then there's twinkling driving version played over the opening to Master Minds, Steed enjoying the train ride in The Gravediggers and all the potential victims finding a beeper in the pockets towards the end of Dial a Deadly Number. Then of course the really obvious one is the creepy, atmospheric, harp and moody strings version. I'd love to own these variations. But my favourite has to be the one that Laurie did for Mrs. Peel's debut scene in The Town of No Return.


Darren

Although The Music of Laurie Johnson Vol 1: The Avengers, contained some of the incidental library of tracks compiled for the show, there was still plenty of material missing. However, as this was not issued it appears that Laurie Johnson does not have any master tapes of it and the chances of it ever being released commercially does now appear remote.



so much good music..over the course of the series, would love to see the complete scores of the series re mastered and released...that would be choice.


Mousemeat

I don't know if Studio Canal have any masters of incidental music in their vault. Perhaps Jaz Wiseman would know.


that sadly, is one of the problems of a 50 plus year old show....especially when material and studio changed hands
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Great to hear Laurie Johnson's classic theme was aired with such thunderous vitality, almost complete, as part of a symphony of fine popular and classical music in the BBC's lovely tribute to football legend Jimmy Hill.
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There is a YouTube uploader named Fish Man who has posted meticulous music compilations taken directly from the soundtracks of the series 4 and 5 episodes, editing out the dialogue. Although certainly not perfect they are quite well done and nice to have lacking any official CD release. An 85-minute-long "suite" was posted in early 2016, and as of March 2017 shorter sequences from individual episodes have begun to appear.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCEoz8yJmr4VN0h7QXH8x4w
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There is a YouTube uploader named Fish Man who has posted meticulous music compilations taken directly from the soundtracks of the series 4 and 5 episodes, editing out the dialogue. Although certainly not perfect they are quite well done and nice to have lacking any official CD release. An 85-minute-long "suite" was posted in early 2016, and as of March 2017 shorter sequences from individual episodes have begun to appear.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCEoz8yJmr4VN0h7QXH8x4w


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Thanks for the pointer. There are quite a few of these devoted to particular episodes. Someone has gone to a lot of work. Just listened to the one for From Venus with Love so far.
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There is no doubt that the music - both theme tune and incidental - was a huge part of the success of the artistic project. Had Dankworth taken up the option of creating the film era music, it would not have worked nearly as well. Serendipity once again.
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I see that over on You Tube, Fish Man has added quite a number of new episode recordings taken directly from the audio soundtrack, including Dead Man's Treasure and The Winged Avenger. I recommend checking these out.
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