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 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

The Fanderson 4CD set arrived today. Listening now.

I have to say I'm not impressed with the art direction. Fairly non-descript photos used on the packaging.

But that's not the point. The point is the music.

Now, what to do with the 3CD 40th annversary edition?

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   Commodore   (Member)

I'd love to purchase that! Unfortunately, I'm not a member of Fanderson. And, even if I were...just too expensive to have shipped to the US. I guess I'll just have to settle for the one-disc release that came out last year from Silva Screen...which I love!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

I will not double dip, I will not double dip. I'm hoping that if I repeat this enough times I'll be able to resist. I will not double dip.

I joined Fanderson to get the last one! Then stayed long enough to round up a few others. including the last Thunderbirds and Scarlet biggies. I resisted the bigger Space 1999 reissue so I'm praying I'll hold fast on UFO.

Can someone tell me the what the main difference is between these and the Silva releases? Am I right in thinking it's more than just the amount of tracks?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

The Fanderson 4CD set arrived today. Listening now.

I have to say I'm not impressed with the art direction. Fairly non-descript photos used on the packaging.

But that's not the point. The point is the music.

Now, what to do with the 3CD 40th annversary edition?

Cheers


Lucky you!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

When i was a kid I watched Supercar but don't remember the music, and I'm not familiar with Gray. Can you guys tell me what his music is like for these shows?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Wonderful!

But I'm speaking as someone who grew up with all these shows, and they're part of my life really. If anyone unfamiliar with them can say how it feels to come to the music for them without this background I too would be interested to hear.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

When i was a kid I watched Supercar but don't remember the music, and I'm not familiar with Gray. Can you guys tell me what his music is like for these shows?


Highly symphonic, epic, brassy, bold but also highly atmospheric and uncanny.
Gray used the 1928 electronic instrument called ondes martenot and other weird instruments.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I used to watch all the Anderson shows on first transmission in UK. I really enjoyed them including the scores but decades later don't really relate to them at all though clearly there is a significant fan base out there. So it's great that a fan organisation can be instrumental in getting these scores released. Impressive.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

When i was a kid I watched Supercar but don't remember the music, and I'm not familiar with Gray. Can you guys tell me what his music is like for these shows?


Highly symphonic, epic, brassy, bold but also highly atmospheric and uncanny.
Gray used the 1928 electronic instrument called ondes martenot and other weird instruments.


Got it spot on.

Peter.. I'm surprised and sorry it hasn't lodged in your tastes, but it's definitely an interesting perspective. Weird innit, that even in such a small community as ours there are still wide ranging tastes and feelings about it all?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

When i was a kid I watched Supercar but don't remember the music, and I'm not familiar with Gray. Can you guys tell me what his music is like for these shows?



Gray's Thunderbirds main theme...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dna8FmWFMps

An excellent action cue, fairly typical of his style...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw_BEJQq1TY

UFO main titles...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qDy4OMAkgY

UFO end titles...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_1ENlYzgr8
(This is actually a cue originally written for Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, heavily remixed.)

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbfCreIB_8w

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   George Flaxman   (Member)

My set just arrived. Our postal workers are rather depleted at the moment... around a third are off sick or self-isolating. In the great scheme of things soundtrack CDs are not high-priority, but their efforts are appreciated.

 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 4:59 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I've done a detailed comparison of the 2CD and 4CD UFO releases from Fanderson.

I haven't cross compared the music by listening to every note, it is mostly a title and description comparison exercise.

If you want to download it, get it here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sul3ay76tdtrubd/UFO-2CD-4CD-comparison.pdf?dl=0

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Now, what to do with the 3CD 40th annversary edition?
Cheers


You should correct the first post since the UFO 40th Anniv. set was 2CD, not 3CD.
Maybe you were thinking of the SPACE:1999 40th Anniversary 3CD set.

Is it stated that everything on the 2CD was included on the 4CD? One could assume it, but...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I've done a detailed comparison of the 2CD and 4CD UFO releases from Fanderson.

I haven't cross compared the music by listening to every note, it is mostly a title and description comparison exercise.

If you want to download it, get it here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sul3ay76tdtrubd/UFO-2CD-4CD-comparison.pdf?dl=0

Cheers



Look good. It seems to have a lot of new stuff. Thank you very much for the job.

Oddly enough, Fanderson states on their site that the CD set will be out from April 1?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Look good. It seems to have a lot of new stuff. Thank you very much for the job.

Oddly enough, Fanderson states on their site that the CD set will be out from April 1?



They are sending it out early, probably in case there's any postal disruption at any point in the near future due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

Got mine today. It's a shade over 5 hours long. There is new material but much of it is taken - as in the original episodes - from earlier Barry Gray scores, like STINGRAY and THUNDERBIRDS. I'm not sure of the some of the source material, such as the music in the opening scenes of the first episode where there is a lot of drumming as Peter Carlin and his companions try to get away from an alien. I'm not sure if that's from tapes or from the episode.

The booklet is excellent and explains where everything comes from.

To be honest, lavish though it is, I'd probably listen to the first 2 sets that Fanderson issued over this one. And for those who only have a casual interest, the recent one-disc release from Silva Screen will be very satisfactory.

Incidentally, I did rather like the art direction!

 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I've done a detailed comparison of the 2CD and 4CD UFO releases from Fanderson.

I haven't cross compared the music by listening to every note, it is mostly a title and description comparison exercise.

If you want to download it, get it here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sul3ay76tdtrubd/UFO-2CD-4CD-comparison.pdf?dl=0

Cheers



Thanks, Stephen, that's tremendous!

 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

Got mine today. It's a shade over 5 hours long. There is new material but much of it is taken - as in the original episodes - from earlier Barry Gray scores, like STINGRAY and THUNDERBIRDS. I'm not sure of the some of the source material, such as the music in the opening scenes of the first episode where there is a lot of drumming as Peter Carlin and his companions try to get away from an alien. I'm not sure if that's from tapes or from the episode.

The booklet is excellent and explains where everything comes from.

To be honest, lavish though it is, I'd probably listen to the first 2 sets that Fanderson issued over this one. And for those who only have a casual interest, the recent one-disc release from UFO will be very satisfactory.

Incidentally, I did rather like the art direction!


That's why I didn't start salivating over their all-inclusive Thunderbirds set- the released material covered it all quite well, I could pick up a couple of missing tracks individually on Amazon, and of course the Fanderson gateway.
Mind you I love me expanded and all-inclusive sets, but some days I just can't keep up.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Got mine today. It's a shade over 5 hours long. There is new material but much of it is taken - as in the original episodes - from earlier Barry Gray scores, like STINGRAY and THUNDERBIRDS. I'm not sure of the some of the source material, such as the music in the opening scenes of the first episode where there is a lot of drumming as Peter Carlin and his companions try to get away from an alien. I'm not sure if that's from tapes or from the episode.

The booklet is excellent and explains where everything comes from.

To be honest, lavish though it is, I'd probably listen to the first 2 sets that Fanderson issued over this one. And for those who only have a casual interest, the recent one-disc release from UFO will be very satisfactory.

Incidentally, I did rather like the art direction!


That's why I didn't start salivating over their all-inclusive Thunderbirds set- the released material covered it all quite well, I could pick up a couple of missing tracks individually on Amazon, and of course the Fanderson gateway.
Mind you I love me expanded and all-inclusive sets, but some days I just can't keep up.


I'm with you. I joined to make the most out of two years membership, the soundtracks. A friend already got me the original double Supercar/Fireball XL5, then I joined to get the two disc UFO, and Stingray. Despite me already having the Silva Thunderbirds 1 and Captain Scarlet I put them on my list to get when they were expanded. I have the Joe 90 on Silva and that will do me. So. My collection stands at

1) Supercar/Fireball XL5 - first release.
2) Thunderbirds - last big one (plus the Silva 1)
3) Captain Scarlet - last big one (plus Silva)
4) UFO - the two disc set
5) Joe 90 - Silva
6) Space 1999 - Season 1 (not interested in Season 2) original two disc set.
7) Doppleganger

And that rather does me. I deliberated for ages whether to get the Four Feather Falls disc, even though it's not as important, but it is sweet and nostalgic. Who knows whether I'll give in some day?.....

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

It follows the format of the previous 'large' sets in that the music is edited and presented to 'replicate' its placing in the episodes themselves. I'm a big fan of the series and of Gray's music in general, so buying this was a natural thing to do - but I'll be using previous releases for the best - non fatiguing - listening experience.

It's all fantastically well done but a bit repetitive in parts (Barry did like to wring every last drop of use out of his music, across various series) and what works with the pictures as they play out on screen doesn't always translate into the smoothest listening away from the images.

The first two Fanderson CD sets (and the Silva Screen release) do accomplish that, since while they might not be 'complete' in the fullest sense of the word, they do contain most of the important cues, and are more manageable in a single listening session.

One thing always strikes me when I listen to the UFO CD's and that is high good the sound quality is - to my ears there's a real depth to the sound (the stereo cues anyway) and it's hard to believe how old the source material is now.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2020 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

It follows the format of the previous 'large' sets in that the music is edited and presented to 'replicate' its placing in the episodes themselves. I'm a big fan of the series and of Gray's music in general, so buying this was a natural thing to do - but I'll be using previous releases for the best - non fatiguing - listening experience.

It's all fantastically well done but a bit repetitive in parts (Barry did like to wring every last drop of use out of his music, across various series) and what works with the pictures as they play out on screen doesn't always translate into the smoothest listening away from the images.

The first two Fanderson CD sets (and the Silva Screen release) do accomplish that, since while they might not be 'complete' in the fullest sense of the word, they do contain most of the important cues, and are more manageable in a single listening session.

One thing always strikes me when I listen to the UFO CD's and that is high good the sound quality is - to my ears there's a real depth to the sound (the stereo cues anyway) and it's hard to believe how old the source material is now.



What about “The Long Sleep”?
Do the cues come from the master tape?
In the previous Fanderson edition, two cues came from the stem.

 
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