Captain Scarlet
Original Television Soundtrack

Composer: Barry Gray
Silva Screen
RRP £9.95
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The music of Barry Gray was an integral element of the shows of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - and no less so than here in Captain Scarlet Vs The Mysterons - so it's good to see yet another fine release from Silva Screen of the great man's work. As with the previous Thunderbirds disc this CD is a lovingly restored, well-annotated item of pure pleasure for fans of Supermarionation and at well over an hour running time it also represents great value for money.

The tracks are pretty much in chronological order although it's odd that there's nothing from the first episode aside from the opening and closing credits. Does this hint at a Volume 2? Let's hope so. There's certainly enough left over material to justify a second roundup of music cues from Captain Scarlet as there is with Thunderbirds.

One of the most interesting things about the music is how Gray tries to distance himself from his previous work by abandoning the use of strings for the early episodes. This helps create some harsher tones more in keeping with the shows militaristic themes, although Barry clearly couldn't help himself and there are also some typically lush string arrangements to be found further into the CD.

The overall quality of the restoration combined with the quality of the compositions themselves ensures that this CD will appeal to fans of Captain Scarlet as well as lovers of good TV and film music everywhere. If only every record label took as much care as Silva Screen.

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Anthony Clark


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