Howard Blake - The Avengers

The Avengers

Howard Blake

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Howard Blake - The Avengers

A 2 CD set featuring Howard Blake’s classic music for The Avengers final TV series, which includes an attractive 16 page booklet with full colour stills and extensive notes on music and episodes from the TV programme.

The Avengers TV series embodied the style and flamboyance of sixties Britain and the music score was right on the mark.

Alongside Johnny Dankworth and Laurie Johnson, Howard Blake is the third, none-the-less important, but often forgotten, contributor to The Avengers TV series music. Dankworth’s laid-back jazzy theme was the signature tune of the first three series, while Johnson penned the flamboyant rousing up-tempo theme to the three series shot on 35mm film.

Brought into the job late in the series in 1967 by Laurie Johnson, and on the recommendation of Bernard Herrmann, Howard Blake scored ten episodes in the sixth and final series starring Linda Thorson as Tara King alongside the stalwart Macnee. From big-band sound with modern jazz inflections and spooky trombone choir, flutes and vibraphones, to bass clarinets, solo piano, timpani, amplified harpsichord, 'wah-wah' guitar and Fender-Rhodes electric piano, Blake created a rich and relevant score that remains a classic to this day.

Today, composer Howard Blake is internationally renowned for his delightful and other-worldly masterpiece The Snowman, a version of which was sung by Aled Jones and reached number five in the UK pop charts in 1985. Other international successes include Blake’s Piano Concerto commissioned by the Royal Festival Hall for Princess Diana's 30th birthday with the composer himself as the soloist at the gala premiere in 1991, and the Violin Concerto, which premiered in the 1993 Leeds International Concert Season.

With a varied and rich opus that includes works for children, choral, chamber, orchestral, ballet, opera, theatre, film and TV, Howard Blake was awarded the OBE in 1994 in recognition of his services to music in all its forms.

Reviews

“Essential for fans”
– Soundtrack Collector

Tracklisting

CD Double Album (SILCD1363)
    1. Laurie Johnson - The Avengers Main Titles Theme
    2. Howard Blake - My Wildest Dream (Main Title)
    3. Howard Blake - My Wildest Dream (Action Sequence)
    4. Howard Blake - My Wildest Dream (Nightmare For Harp)
    5. Howard Blake - My Wildest Dream (Finale)
    6. Howard Blake - Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40? (Main Title)
    7. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Main Title)
    8. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Action Sequence)
    9. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Blues In Suspense)
    10. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Over The Top)
    11. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Optical Illusions)
    12. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Fife and Drum)
    13. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Main Title)
    14. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Action Sequence)
    15. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Action Sequence 2)
    16. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Cyber Crush)
    17. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Finale)
    18. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Tag Scene)
    19. Howard Blake - Game (Main Title)
    20. Howard Blake - Game (Contrabassoon Plays Burlesque)
    21. Howard Blake - Game (Circus Snakes and Ladders)
    22. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Main Title)
    23. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (South Of The Border)
    24. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Lone Railroad)
    25. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Ticking Clock)
    26. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Death By Bullfight)
    27. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Insistent Heartbeat)
    28. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Marking Time)
    29. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Finale)
    1. Howard Blake - Wish You Were Here (Main Title)
    2. Howard Blake - Wish You Were Here (Interlude For Bassoon)
    3. Howard Blake - Wish You Were Here (Woodwind Games)
    4. Howard Blake - Wish You Were Here (Cor Anglais)
    5. Howard Blake - Wish You Were Here (Tag Scene)
    6. Howard Blake - The Interrogators (Main Title)
    7. Howard Blake - The Interrogators (Adagio Flute / Main Theme)
    8. Howard Blake - The Interrogators (Harp To Flute / Brass Menace)
    9. Howard Blake - The Interrogators (Tag Scene)
    10. Howard Blake - Take Me To Your Leader (Main Title)
    11. Howard Blake - Take Me To Your Leader (Wah-Wah Blues March)
    12. Howard Blake - Take Me To Your Leader (Wah-Wah Blues March 2)
    13. Howard Blake - Take Me To Your Leader (Light Suspense)
    14. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Main Title)
    15. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Winds and Oboe Solo)
    16. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Fender Rhodes leading back to Theme)
    17. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Fender Rhodes Suspense)
    18. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Extended Title Music)
    19. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Quiet Winds)
    20. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Finale)
    21. Laurie Johnson - The Avengers End Titles Theme
    Download Double Album (SILED1363)
      1. Laurie Johnson - The Avengers Main Titles Theme
      2. Howard Blake - My Wildest Dream (Main Title)
      3. Howard Blake - My Wildest Dream (Action Sequence)
      4. Howard Blake - My Wildest Dream (Nightmare For Harp)
      5. Howard Blake - My Wildest Dream (Finale)
      6. Howard Blake - Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40? (Main Title)
      7. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Main Title)
      8. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Action Sequence)
      9. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Blues In Suspense)
      10. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Over The Top)
      11. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Optical Illusions)
      12. Howard Blake - All Done With Mirrors (Fife and Drum)
      13. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Main Title)
      14. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Action Sequence)
      15. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Action Sequence 2)
      16. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Cyber Crush)
      17. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Finale)
      18. Howard Blake - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (Tag Scene)
      19. Howard Blake - Game (Main Title)
      20. Howard Blake - Game (Contrabassoon Plays Burlesque)
      21. Howard Blake - Game (Circus Snakes and Ladders)
      22. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Main Title)
      23. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (South Of The Border)
      24. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Lone Railroad)
      25. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Ticking Clock)
      26. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Death By Bullfight)
      27. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Insistent Heartbeat)
      28. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Marking Time)
      29. Howard Blake - Noon Doomsday (Finale)
      1. Howard Blake - Wish You Were Here (Main Title)
      2. Howard Blake - Wish You Were Here (Interlude For Bassoon)
      3. Howard Blake - Wish You Were Here (Woodwind Games)
      4. Howard Blake - Wish You Were Here (Cor Anglais)
      5. Howard Blake - Wish You Were Here (Tag Scene)
      6. Howard Blake - The Interrogators (Main Title)
      7. Howard Blake - The Interrogators (Adagio Flute / Main Theme)
      8. Howard Blake - The Interrogators (Harp To Flute / Brass Menace)
      9. Howard Blake - The Interrogators (Tag Scene)
      10. Howard Blake - Take Me To Your Leader (Main Title)
      11. Howard Blake - Take Me To Your Leader (Wah-Wah Blues March)
      12. Howard Blake - Take Me To Your Leader (Wah-Wah Blues March 2)
      13. Howard Blake - Take Me To Your Leader (Light Suspense)
      14. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Main Title)
      15. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Winds and Oboe Solo)
      16. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Fender Rhodes leading back to Theme)
      17. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Fender Rhodes Suspense)
      18. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Extended Title Music)
      19. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Quiet Winds)
      20. Howard Blake - Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (Finale)
      21. Laurie Johnson - The Avengers End Titles Theme