LP 274: Various – Top BBC TV Themes Volume 3 (BBC, 1980)

7 Aug

Side 1
01 The Frank Barber Orchestra – Dallas
02 Paul Phoenix – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sky (Nunc Dimittis)
03 Richard Denton and Martin Cook – Tomorrow’s World
04 Patrick Halling Chamber Ensemble – Pride And Prejudice
05 George Fenton – Shoestring
06 BBC Radiophonic Workshop – The Body In Question (Greenwich Chorus)
07 Tony Hatch Orchestra – Man Alive

Side 2
08 Gordon Giltrap – Holiday 80/81 (Heartsong)
09 Harry Stoneham Five – Parkinson (Michael’s Theme)
10 Richard Hartley and The Westminster Sinfronia – Penmarric
11 The Frank Barber Orchestra – Knots Landing
12 The Early Music Consort directed by David Munrow – The Six Wives Of Henry VIII (Fanfare, Passomezo Du Roy, Gaillarde D’Escosse)
13 Joe Griffiths – Breakaway
14 Anthony Isaac Orchestra – The Enigma Films

The third volume in the BBC’s television themes round-up is a diverse bag of tricks – a real mix of different styles. Most of them are pretty memorable too and in my opinion it’s a stronger LP than the previous instalment (see LP 253).

Frank Barber brings two US soaps to the table – the unforgettable Dallas and Knots Landing while fans of Shoestring will revel in George Fenton’s rich jazz funk theme. Elsewhere on side one there’s the evocative strains of both Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Pride and Prejudice.

Richard Denton and Martin Denton crop up again – like good twopences – with the storming electronic weirdness of Tomorrow’s World. Speaking of strange sounds, The Body In Question (Greenwich Chorus) is a spooky, almost ghostly composition from Peter Howell and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Groovy lounge cats should be satisfied with the swinging Man Alive and funky Parkinson theme from easy stalwarts Tony Hatch and Harry Stoneham. Gordon Giltrap’s Holiday 80/81 (Heartsong) is a melancholy and meandering epic and easily the finest of the various themes that the show has had during the years.

The lush piano of Penmarric (under the expert conducting of Richard Hartley) makes for a most pleasant palate-cleanser before the baroque old-English sounds of David Munrow giving the six wives of Henry VIII a good seeing-to. That one reminds of Ray Davies’ excursion into the past as The In-Keepers.

The final two tracks maintain the high standard. Joe Griffiths’ Breakaway can be filed under ‘brooding and tense dramatic sounds’ while Anthony Isaac’s take on The Enigma Files is an uplifting piece of lively boogie.

Comments and feedback are welcome.


2 Responses to “LP 274: Various – Top BBC TV Themes Volume 3 (BBC, 1980)”

  1. nlgbbbblth August 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM #


  2. Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 1:14 PM #

    Just got back from holidays…and re-discovered you…..Welcome back! Some great posts over the last month…thank you.

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