CD Top Dog: A Retrospective of Classic TV & Radio Themes 1960-1982 (CD 6994035),
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Top Dog: A Retrospective of Classic TV & Radio Themes 1960-1982

  • 1. Eye Level [Van Der Valk] - Jack Trembey
    2. Accroche-Toi, Caroline [Vision on Title Theme] - Claude Vasori
    3. Roobarb - Johnny Hawksworth
    4. Liberty Bell [Monty Python's Flying Circus] - John Philip Sousa
    5. Top Dog [The Men from the Ministry] - Ivor Slaney
    6. George & Mildred - Johnny Hawksworth
    7. Comedy Hour [Harry Worth] - Ivor Slaney
    8. Gonk [Seeing & Doing], The - Herbert Chappell
    9. Left Bank Two [Vision on "The Gallery" Theme] - Wayne Hill
    10. Precinct [Whodunnit!] - Simon Haseley
    11. Power Game, The - Wayne Hill
    12. Up to Date [Man About the House] - Johnny Hawksworth
    13. Greatest Show on Earth [Queenie's Castle], The - Peter Reno
    14. Fruity Flutes [Farmhouse Kitchen] - Reg Wale
    15. Ready to Serve [Delia Smith's Cookery Course] - Johnny Hawksworth
    16. Inspector Rose [The Odd Man] - J. Snow
    17. Radioscope [The Round Britain Quiz] - Georges Delerue
    18. Henry's Cat - John Hyde
    19. Trombones on Parade [Junior Showtime] - Jack Trembey
    20. Flatrock [The Kids from 47A] - Willi Andrea
    21. Merry Ocarina [Vision on "Humphrey the Tortoise" Theme] - Pierre Arvay
    22. Mugwamp [Angling Today], The - Reg Wale
    23. Domino [Never the Twain] - Jack Trembey
    24. Rite de la Terre/Earth [Timeslip] - Edward Michael
    25. Tonight and Every Night [Tonight] - Frank Spencer
    26. Distant Hills [Crown Court] - Simon Haseley/Peter Reno
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DWCR004

  • Credits

    Liner Note Authors: James de Wolfe; Joel Martin .
    De Wolfe Music is one of the U.K.'s leading production music houses, creating music that can be leased for use in motion pictures, television, and radio, and more than a few of the melodies composed and recorded for De Wolfe were used in noted British television shows. Top Dog: A Retrospective of Classic TV & Radio Themes 1960-1982 collects 26 tracks from the De Wolfe archives that will be familiar to folks who watched a lot of television in the U.K. in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. For folks whose aerials didn't pull in the BBC or Thames, this won't have the same nostalgic appeal, but De Wolfe's recording of John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell March," better known as the theme music for Monty Python's Flying Circus, is included here, as is "The Gonk," which in Great Britain was known as the music from Seeing and Doing, but horror film buffs will know it as the curious bit of Muzak playing at the shopping mall in Gorge A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. Not much of what appears on Top Dog is startling or revelatory to folks who don't know the more familiar contexts for these numbers, but "Roobarb" and "Henry's Cat" are admirably off-kilter pieces created for children's shows, "The Merry Ocarina" is a witty and deadpan number featuring the titular instrument, "Precinct" aims for a funky, urban sound and just about hits the target, and "Left Bank Two" could pass for jazz in dim light. The craft of the songwriting, production, and performances is top-notch throughout, and even if you don't know the music or the television shows, this music generates an appealing and entertaining retro vibe, as if this is what would be heard coming from the TV in your space age bachelor pad. ~ Mark Deming

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a riveting stroll amid the often inspired world of the jobbing composer."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[M]any are fiendishly clever and beautifully executed: the melancholy theme to 'Crown Court' remains a mini-masterpiece."
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