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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:12 am    Post subject: Favourite Laurie Johnson Music? Reply with quote

I'm sure I've done this before (very likely) but what the heck.Smile

Since Mr. Johnson got his MBE in the recent Queen's Honour's list I've been thinking about his Avengers music.

What episodes or moments do you particularly love that he scored?

I find the period of Town of No Return, Castle De'ath, Hour That Never Was and Silent Dust have very strong scores.

There's the romantic stuff from Love All that's quite dark until the end when it goes all Barbara Cartland as Steed reveals his microdot waistcoat.

Fog is a wonderful faux horror/slasher score, very atmospheric.

Not an episode I like but A Touch of Brimstone is beautifully scored with the harpsichord and strings.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Favourite Laurie Johnson Music? Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
I'm sure I've done this before (very likely) but what the heck.Smile

Since Mr. Johnson got his MBE in the recent Queen's Honour's list I've been thinking about his Avengers music.

What episodes or moments do you particularly love that he scored?

I find the period of Town of No Return, Castle De'ath, Hour That Never Was and Silent Dust have very strong scores.

There's the romantic stuff from Love All that's quite dark until the end when it goes all Barbara Cartland as Steed reveals his microdot waistcoat.

Fog is a wonderful faux horror/slasher score, very atmospheric.

castle DE'ath is probably my all time fave...HOUR, is very good as well...but I think CASTLE is the overall choice for me

Not an episode I like but A Touch of Brimstone is beautifully scored with the harpsichord and strings.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favourite is what I call the Purdy music.
It appears in Obsession, where she is in the meadow, talking about the house they will build, and it appears in other episodes often played on a xylophone.

I would love to hear it without talking over it, but I don't think it is available.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my favourite is the short scores played in Season 4 to denote a tense moment. Always sends shivers down my spine.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The little music cue in The Hidden Tiger as Steed drives into Purr, and the entirety of Quick Quick Slow Death.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lhbizness wrote:
The little music cue in The Hidden Tiger as Steed drives into Purr, and the entirety of Quick Quick Slow Death.


Yeah, there's lots of great music in Quick Quick Slow Death. I was very irritating that none of the really great stuff appeared on the Johnson's Avengers Album.

Another piece I love is that rather lilting version of the theme that plays over the fashion show in Two's A Crowd and in the background of other stories (Silent Dust as Mrs. Peel is being sculpted).

Then there's the atmospheric version of the theme that pops up in so many season 4 episodes and last got used in You'll Catch Your Death.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
Lhbizness wrote:
The little music cue in The Hidden Tiger as Steed drives into Purr, and the entirety of Quick Quick Slow Death.


Yeah, there's lots of great music in Quick Quick Slow Death. I was very irritating that none of the really great stuff appeared on the Johnson's Avengers Album.

Another piece I love is that rather lilting version of the theme that plays over the fashion show in Two's A Crowd and in the background of other stories (Silent Dust as Mrs. Peel is being sculpted).

Then there's the atmospheric version of the theme that pops up in so many season 4 episodes and last got used in You'll Catch Your Death.


would love for someone like rhino, or the shout factory, to put out a 4 or 5 cd set of
the complete LJ sessions for the show...with a nifty booklet etc....ahhh, one can only dream
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mousemeat wrote:
Darren wrote:
Lhbizness wrote:
The little music cue in The Hidden Tiger as Steed drives into Purr, and the entirety of Quick Quick Slow Death.


Yeah, there's lots of great music in Quick Quick Slow Death. I was very irritating that none of the really great stuff appeared on the Johnson's Avengers Album.

Another piece I love is that rather lilting version of the theme that plays over the fashion show in Two's A Crowd and in the background of other stories (Silent Dust as Mrs. Peel is being sculpted).

Then there's the atmospheric version of the theme that pops up in so many season 4 episodes and last got used in You'll Catch Your Death.


would love for someone like rhino, or the shout factory, to put out a 4 or 5 cd set of
the complete LJ sessions for the show...with a nifty booklet etc....ahhh, one can only dream


I still dream about a complete - or as complete as they can make it - album of all his music with none of his non-Avengers stuff bunged on!

I don't understand why Laurie doesn't seem to think it would sell. Silvascreen would do a good job or maybe Network (they did releases for the ITC shows (Jason King) with wonderful detailed booklets by Andrew Pixley).

They could do several volumes.

I can dream...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
mousemeat wrote:
Darren wrote:
Lhbizness wrote:
The little music cue in The Hidden Tiger as Steed drives into Purr, and the entirety of Quick Quick Slow Death.


Yeah, there's lots of great music in Quick Quick Slow Death. I was very irritating that none of the really great stuff appeared on the Johnson's Avengers Album.

Another piece I love is that rather lilting version of the theme that plays over the fashion show in Two's A Crowd and in the background of other stories (Silent Dust as Mrs. Peel is being sculpted).

Then there's the atmospheric version of the theme that pops up in so many season 4 episodes and last got used in You'll Catch Your Death.


would love for someone like rhino, or the shout factory, to put out a 4 or 5 cd set of
the complete LJ sessions for the show...with a nifty booklet etc....ahhh, one can only dream


I still dream about a complete - or as complete as they can make it - album of all his music with none of his non-Avengers stuff bunged on!

I don't understand why Laurie doesn't seem to think it would sell. Silvascreen would do a good job or maybe Network (they did releases for the ITC shows (Jason King) with wonderful detailed booklets by Andrew Pixley).

They could do several volumes.

I can dream...



same here...i would certainly buy one....will it happen ? probably not!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mousemeat wrote:
Darren wrote:
mousemeat wrote:
Darren wrote:
Lhbizness wrote:
The little music cue in The Hidden Tiger as Steed drives into Purr, and the entirety of Quick Quick Slow Death.


Yeah, there's lots of great music in Quick Quick Slow Death. I was very irritating that none of the really great stuff appeared on the Johnson's Avengers Album.

Another piece I love is that rather lilting version of the theme that plays over the fashion show in Two's A Crowd and in the background of other stories (Silent Dust as Mrs. Peel is being sculpted).

Then there's the atmospheric version of the theme that pops up in so many season 4 episodes and last got used in You'll Catch Your Death.


would love for someone like rhino, or the shout factory, to put out a 4 or 5 cd set of
the complete LJ sessions for the show...with a nifty booklet etc....ahhh, one can only dream


I still dream about a complete - or as complete as they can make it - album of all his music with none of his non-Avengers stuff bunged on!

I don't understand why Laurie doesn't seem to think it would sell. Silvascreen would do a good job or maybe Network (they did releases for the ITC shows (Jason King) with wonderful detailed booklets by Andrew Pixley).

They could do several volumes.

I can dream...



same here...i would certainly buy one....will it happen ? probably not!


Agree with all the above. I was particularly disappointed at the omission of the Emma Peel era theme arrangement and tag scene music from series 5 on the album - also would like to have seen the atmospheric arrangement of the theme tune that lhbizness mentioned on there...

Favourite backing is from the teaser to "A funny thing happened..." Brilliant.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have all three volumes of Laurie's triple CD sets and most of the good stuff is on them although there are some surprising ommissions.

I suspect Laurie knows very well that no-one would buy his marching band music or theme for the RAF flyover if they weren't on the same albums as his Avengers stuff and that's why we get the collections we do.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have all three volumes of Laurie's triple CD sets and most of the good stuff is on them although there are some surprising ommissions.

I suspect Laurie knows very well that no-one would buy his marching band music or theme for the RAF flyover if they weren't on the same albums as his Avengers stuff and that's why we get the collections we do.


true. so much good music. certainly gave the show a different spin...from the dankworth era.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoy two of Laurie Johnson's better known tracks Fisticuffs and Chase That Car, which were both available on KPM library music albums before the release of The Music of Laurie Johnson: The Avengers Original Soundtrack Recordings CD collection. Further to this, his scores for the episodes From Venus with Love and Dead Man's Treasure are particularly memorable and who could ever his send-up of the Batman TV series theme for the conclusion of The Winged Avenger.
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MikeR wrote:
I enjoy two of Laurie Johnson's better known tracks Fisticuffs and Chase That Car, which were both available on KPM library music albums before the release of The Music of Laurie Johnson: The Avengers Original Soundtrack Recordings CD collection. Further to this, his scores for the episodes From Venus with Love and Dead Man's Treasure are particularly memorable and who could ever his send-up of the Batman TV series theme for the conclusion of The Winged Avenger.


yes, winger avenger was a great score for that episode. funny, he didn't branch off into films more...like John Barry
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hatpeg wrote:
My favourite is what I call the Purdy music.
It appears in Obsession, where she is in the meadow, talking about the house they will build, and it appears in other episodes often played on a xylophone.

I would love to hear it without talking over it, but I don't think it is available.


The 1980 Unicorn Kanchana LP "The Avengers, The New Avengers and The Professionals" and the 1988 Varese Sarabande CD have a track called "Theme from Obsession" which sounds pretty close to what we hear in the episode. Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to see Silva Screen release a series of definitive CDs. There's a mine of musical gems out there, just waiting to be released.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was amazed at how Laurie Johnson has made the musical score fit the "subversive champagne" theme. During Superlative Seven there is an eery ominous scene full of doom. But what are the chord changes to? Get this-- "Silent Night" the X-mas song. Creepy mixed with peace and serenity. Well Done!

Sort of like murder at the Happy Ploughman pub in Murdersville.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an unconditional love for the Joker score.
It's just perfect, it fits the decor, the plot rather well. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see that Laurie Johnson's 3CD set The Music of Laurie Johnson Vol 1: The Avengers is getting rare as prices on Amazon UK have risen to 40.67 pence. If this gets any rarer, I expect Amazon to start listing it at really silly money, so if you don't have it, now would seem to be the time to buy.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really hope that one day a more definitive Avengers soundtrack gets released. Network have done some great releases of the ITC scores. Survival permitting, I'd love to see more from the show released (preferably without an CD of non-Avengers Johnson music bunged with it).
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