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The Secret Service – Original TV Soundtrack (CD)

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The Official Gerry Anderson Store is excited to offer you a new CD soundtrack release from Silva Screen. The Secret Service.


The origins of the series The Secret Service began in 1968 whilst working at Pinewood Studios, Gerry Anderson bumped into a familiar face of stage and screen: comic actor Stanley Unwin. With his whimsical charm and hilarious gibberish double talk (playfully christened ‘Unwinese’) Unwin had earned great popularity throughout the 50s and 60s and the Anderson's immediately knew that they had found someone to base their next puppet series on. For several years the Century 21 team had toyed with directly basing a puppet character on a real-life actor, now the time had come to make it a reality. Duly, the Andersons developed a premise around Unwin, returning to their ‘unlikely spy’ scenario which had worked so well with Joe 90, they created ‘Father’ Unwin, a kindly priest who, despite outwardly disappearing into whimsy, doubles as a determined agent for British Intelligence. In the series the lines would be blurred even further between the miniature Supermarionation world and reality, as live action footage of Stanley Unwin would also be used in the series.


To appropriately reflect the The Secret Service’s premise and compliment the gentle title sequence created to introduce the series, Barry Gray decided step completely away from his usual attention-grabbing themes and write a three-part fugue in the style of the Baroque composer Bach. To perform the vocals, the Mike Sammes Singers were hired, the vocal group who Gray had used on the Supercar theme back in 1961. Once coupled with soft organ and minimalist percussion, a truly unique piece of inventive music was born to bookend Father Unwin's adventures, which perfectly captured the off-beat nature of the series. 


Barry Gray was a classically trained composer and a versatile musician, and was amongst the first composers to use electronic instruments in music for television. Best known for creating the music for most of the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson television series in the 1960's and 70's (Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds, UFO, Space:1999), Barry Gray’s complete musical opus is still not commercially available in its entirety.
 
Track Listing
1 Century 21 Logo
2 Robbery at Healey Automation
3 The Secret Service Main Titles
4 Calling Father Unwin
5 Operation Intercept
6 250 Hours
7 Sabotage
8 Aerial Spies
9 The Unwilling Accomplice
10 Feathered Bombers
11 Ambush
12 Bufflers Halt Reopens
13 The Train Hijack
14 The Secret Service End Titles 
 
NOTE THAT THE LP RELEASE IS EXPECTED LATE 2022

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A PRE-ORDER ITEM AND IS ESTIMATED TO BE AVAILABLE AND DISPATCHING ON JULY 29TH 2022

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***PRE-ORDER NOW FOR SHIPMENT FROM OUR WAREHOUSE ON OR AROUND JULY 29TH 2022***

Please do not purchase any non-pre-order items in the same order with pre-order items as delivery will be delayed until your pre-ordered items are ready for dispatch.


The Official Gerry Anderson Store is excited to offer you a new CD soundtrack release from Silva Screen. The Secret Service.


The origins of the series The Secret Service began in 1968 whilst working at Pinewood Studios, Gerry Anderson bumped into a familiar face of stage and screen: comic actor Stanley Unwin. With his whimsical charm and hilarious gibberish double talk (playfully christened ‘Unwinese’) Unwin had earned great popularity throughout the 50s and 60s and the Anderson's immediately knew that they had found someone to base their next puppet series on. For several years the Century 21 team had toyed with directly basing a puppet character on a real-life actor, now the time had come to make it a reality. Duly, the Andersons developed a premise around Unwin, returning to their ‘unlikely spy’ scenario which had worked so well with Joe 90, they created ‘Father’ Unwin, a kindly priest who, despite outwardly disappearing into whimsy, doubles as a determined agent for British Intelligence. In the series the lines would be blurred even further between the miniature Supermarionation world and reality, as live action footage of Stanley Unwin would also be used in the series.


To appropriately reflect the The Secret Service’s premise and compliment the gentle title sequence created to introduce the series, Barry Gray decided step completely away from his usual attention-grabbing themes and write a three-part fugue in the style of the Baroque composer Bach. To perform the vocals, the Mike Sammes Singers were hired, the vocal group who Gray had used on the Supercar theme back in 1961. Once coupled with soft organ and minimalist percussion, a truly unique piece of inventive music was born to bookend Father Unwin's adventures, which perfectly captured the off-beat nature of the series. 


Barry Gray was a classically trained composer and a versatile musician, and was amongst the first composers to use electronic instruments in music for television. Best known for creating the music for most of the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson television series in the 1960's and 70's (Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds, UFO, Space:1999), Barry Gray’s complete musical opus is still not commercially available in its entirety.
 
Track Listing
1 Century 21 Logo
2 Robbery at Healey Automation
3 The Secret Service Main Titles
4 Calling Father Unwin
5 Operation Intercept
6 250 Hours
7 Sabotage
8 Aerial Spies
9 The Unwilling Accomplice
10 Feathered Bombers
11 Ambush
12 Bufflers Halt Reopens
13 The Train Hijack
14 The Secret Service End Titles 
 
NOTE THAT THE LP RELEASE IS EXPECTED LATE 2022

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A PRE-ORDER ITEM AND IS ESTIMATED TO BE AVAILABLE AND DISPATCHING ON JULY 29TH 2022

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    09/06/2022
    ian s.
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    Fantastic recording that brings back many memories

    Living in the Granada region as a child i was one of very few people who watched the original transmissions of The Secret Service in the late 60s. I remember it well. I have owned it on DVD for many years and to now have the soundtrack too. What a quirky series it was. Well worth discovering for those who haven't. And Barry Gray's score is as unique as the show itself.

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