Sunday, 26 October 2014

Tomorrow's World - Pt.2

As a follow up to this post about Tomorrow's World and the superb Johnny Dankworth theme, here's a brand new rip of the later Martin Cook and Richard Denton theme from around 1980 (it's only taken me about 2 years to get round to it!).
Easily my second favourite theme to this series, it's a great bit of electronic music and it did indeed sound like it was music from the future back then. Listening to it now it's still great (with a surprisingly hefty 4/4 beat), it's clearly influenced by Jean-Michel Jarre and has a little Star Wars style middle eight but that can be forgiven when you consider this was 1980.
I initially made a rip from the 7" vinyl release of this theme but it wasn't in the greatest of condition so ended up recording it from an LP release from 1980 of this and many other Denton/Cook themes (more info here) and to my ears this is a better quality pressing than the 7" anyway. As a bonus I've included the theme from "Hong Kong Beat" as well, it's a great little mid-tempo number with a Pink Floyd type vibe.

High res (24Bit 96KHz) FLAC and 320 MP3 Links in comments and as usual I'd love to hear your comments.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Friday, 20 June 2014

Gurney Slade

I was wandering around the house doing a few jobs the other month when a tune came on the radio that I'd not heard in years!
It took me right back to being a child in the 70's but I couldn't recall where I knew it from.
I listened to the end and discovered it was "Gurney Slade" by Max Harris.
Now this rang no bells with me whatsoever so I turned to Google to help me out. It transpires that the tune was the theme to "The Strange World of Gurney Slade" a six part TV series broadcast on ITV in 1960. 

Clearly my memories of the tune could not be from that (it predates me by 10 years), a few clicks later and I discovered that the tune had also been used in "Vision On", a series that I remember well and defines a particular era of my childhood, so mystery solved.

Anyway, it's a great piece of flute jazz music, I do love these "Jazz" theme tunes from the 60's (see also my post for Johhny Dankworth's "Tomorrows World" theme here)
There have been a few versions recorded over the years and I've started to buy the original 7" singles, this download includes a rip straight from the original Max Harris 7" as well as a 7" released by Steve Stannard in the same year. The original version is the smoothest and classiest but the Stannard version is faster and swings a bit more during the solo, leave you to decide which is the best. 
I'm still looking out for other versions and will post them as I find them....links in comments (24Bit 96KHz & 320K MP3)

Max Harris

Steve Stannard

All Download Links Fixed...

I've decided to host all the download files myself so that I don't keep getting caught out by the various File sharing sites changing their policies whenever they feel like it and leaving me with a bunch of dead links!
Anyway, you should find new links in the comments of all the appropriate posts....and I should be putting some more stuff up soon so keep checking back for that.

Thanks for your patience,
Mark Morb

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Briars Frome EP

Well todays the new EP is available in all the usual Digital outlets and also direct from me via Bandcamp.

I'd love to hear people's comments....