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 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

I finally managed to purchase a copy of this album (£14.99) as a Christmas Present to myself. I had the original LP when it was released in the sixties, but I've never managed to get hold of the cd until now.

I've always loved the album (even the Shadows tracks) and though it was one of Barry Gray's finest efforts. The Zero X theme is just F.A.B. (sorry couldn't resist)

Anyway I was wondering if anyone else here ever listened to this score and if there was any chance of an expanded release sometime in the future.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   nilnav45   (Member)

I too once owned the LP but bought the CD several years ago. My favourite tracks are San Marino & That Dangerous Game. The TV Soundtracks from Silva Screen (Thunderbirds & Thunderbirds 2) are also worth having.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   nilnav45   (Member)

Dup post

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Does anyone know why Gray put such a Spanish influence into his main theme?; the trio section is very ballroom.

His melodies are first class, he had talent.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Great score. Too many strings.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

double post

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Chris,

I too like this score. You're lucky, apparently you found the EMI CD that includes the Shadows tracks. The one I have is on Silva Screen, and only had the Gray score. However, I was able to find a Shadows CD that had all four of their tracks. I eventually made my own version that grabbed the tracks from those two CDs, and lifted the UA logo/Century 21 logo and the end title title march from the DVD.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Zambra Alex   (Member)

A great score.
However am just happy to have the Shadows versions.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 8:35 AM   
 By:   Elmo Bernstein   (Member)

Does anyone know why Gray put such a Spanish influence into his main theme?; the trio section is very ballroom.

I never really noticed it in Thunderbirds, but I always thought the middle section of the main title from Doppelganger was very "Spanish". (By the way, when will we get a release of Doppelganger?)

In any case Thunderbirds Are Go is one of my all time favorites. I've loved Gray's music ever since I was a little kid and still do.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Chris,

I too like this score. You're lucky, apparently you found the EMI CD that includes the Shadows tracks. The one I have is on Silva Screen, and only had the Gray score.







 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   stevieD   (Member)



Anyway I was wondering if anyone else here ever listened to this score and if there was any chance of an expanded release sometime in the future.


Thunderbirds Are Go! is one of my favourite scores. I originally had the LP, then latterly the CD version (with The Shadows tracks). It was originally intended that the 60's LP release was going to be all score tracks from the movie, and they were recorded but a decision was made to re-record and include some tracks from the tv show instead (like Dangerous Game/San Marino etc). However one of those tracks entitled, "Penelope On The Move", is available on Silva's Thunderbirds CD vol one.

Back in 2002/2004 I worked with the guy who did the transfers of Barry's tapes for Fanderson & Carlton, specifically in order to try and restore the actual film score from TAG (the LP/CD is a re-recording as most of you know). To this day, I have no idea if any multi-track session masters exist (from which a stereo master could be made), BUT currently, the entire score does now exist in mono.

Also for a long while it seemed the opening film versions of the Zero X Assembly cues, parts one and two, had been lost, Barry did have a habit of re-recording over some of his old tapes. Fortunately however, those two cues were finally located on a "misc" reel, along with the original Zero X-demo theme.

The cues from the movie equate to about 44 mins, and I think it would make for a fantastic release.

Anyway apologies for rattling on, but I know some of you guys find the backround info interesting,

Steve

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Rattle away Steve. Thanks for that information, love the score and can't get enough of the Zero-X material.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I'd happily buy a Thunderbirds Are Go actual OST, minus the TV contributions (and definitely minus The Shadows).

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

I too once owned the LP but bought the CD several years ago. My favourite tracks are San Marino & That Dangerous Game. The TV Soundtracks from Silva Screen (Thunderbirds & Thunderbirds 2) are also worth having.

I've just ordered both Thunderbirds & Thunderbirds 2 from Silva Screen.

I can't understand why it's taken me so long to buy these!

I'd actually forgotten how much I enjoyed Barry Gray's music, it must be age. confused

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2014 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   stevieD   (Member)

I see Thunderbirds Are Go! & Thunderbird 6 have just been announced on blu-ray from Twilight Time, with isolated scores.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 1:13 AM   
 By:   dave norris   (Member)

Yes Chris I also had the LP as a child & wore it out playing it. Was very glad when Silva put it out on CD (& cassette back in the day).
I'm hopeful that the new Blu Ray release will lead to a cd release of the original tracks & maybe somebody will do Thunderbird 6 properly & in stereo as well!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

It does indeed seem a great shame that Silva didn't carry on with the Gray releases. The collection is sorely incomplete without Stingray and UFO. And I'd buy any expanded movies scores without delay. For me, take away Barry Gray and the Anderson productions lose their 'voice'. Just as there's something missing before and after Herrmann with Hitchcock.

On a more amusing level there's a juke box in a local pub where I live, and it has a song and two themes that always surface as default tracks when it hasn't been used for a while. The song is an irritating Smurfs record, and one theme is from old 80s soapy BBC drama Howards Way. But the other theme is the opening and closing titles for Fireball XL5. I always find it hard to supress a cheer when Steve Zodiac's voice is heard... "Ready, Venus?"

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   stanatstationnj   (Member)

I finally managed to purchase a copy of this album (£14.99) as a Christmas Present to myself. I had the original LP when it was released in the sixties, but I've never managed to get hold of the cd until now.

I've always loved the album (even the Shadows tracks) and though it was one of Barry Gray's finest efforts. The Zero X theme is just F.A.B. (sorry couldn't resist)

Anyway I was wondering if anyone else here ever listened to this score and if there was any chance of an expanded release sometime in the future.


Hi Chris
Good to know you're still around on the board. How is Ready When You Are JB holding up?
I remember badgering my Dad to take me to see TAG, when I was six, back in 1966 at the (now defunct) Hippodrome Cinema in Liverpool. Of course, I sat there gobsmacked at Derek Meddings' special effects. What really stuck with me (to this day) is Barry Gray's music and the terrific Zero X March. I could not find it on LP at the time.
As I had moved to the States, I missed the 1988 Silva CD reissue of the soundtrack LP and then I missed the 1992 EMI CD reissue that included the Shadows tracks. I think this coincided with the TV series being broadcast on BBC 2, for the first time since its ITV broadcasts in the 1960's. Fortunately, I was able to find good copies of the CD's at very reasonable prices through Backtrack in Rye.
Of course, the LP was a rerecording with a slightly smaller orchestra than that used for the actual film score but still bigger than the orchestra used for the TV series. Hence the rerecording of some of Barry Gray's favourite TV series tracks.
After the DVD release of TAG and Thunderbird 6 in the US in 2002, MGM Music released the Thunderbird 6 score on CD, for the first time in any format. I hoped that the score to TAG might follow...
So here we are in 2014. Still no CD release of the TAG score but the new Twilight Time blu rays of both movies will have isolated scores.
I think that the rights issues are probably so complex b/c TAG was issued on LP by EMI/UA: As I see it, ITV has a stake as the Thunderbirds copyright holder; so does MGM as TAG's distributor; then there is whoever controls the EMI catalogue; and possibly, Silva Screen as the label of choice of the Barry Gray estate. So, I think it's a case of use the audio ripper software and then edit what you have in Adobe Audition to produce one's own CD b/c I suspect it will be a very long time before all those parties might reach agreement, assuming that any score master tapes are in salvageable condition.
I am just rejoicing that we will get the TAG score in a clean form on the blu ray!
Hope you are doing well.
Stan

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 8:35 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

I see Thunderbirds Are Go! & Thunderbird 6 have just been announced on blu-ray from Twilight Time, with isolated scores.

That would be SWEET if a cd is coming out too!

MV

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2014 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I see Thunderbirds Are Go! & Thunderbird 6 have just been announced on blu-ray from Twilight Time, with isolated scores.

That would be SWEET if a cd is coming out too!

MV


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