TV Is The Thing: Fifties And Sixties Television Themes – Various Artists

Catalogue No: CR9012  Release Date: 27/10/2014

From the wide-open skies of Champion The Wonder Horse to the mean streets of Z Cars Merseyside via Anthony Newley’s oddball Gurney Slade, here is a collection of much-loved and unjustly forgotten TV themes.

To add to the genuine goggle-box experience, all the themes are linked with period TV ads for the likes of Outspan orange juice, Good News chocolates, and Eden Vale yoghurt (“it’s the young idea!”). Early Gerry Anderson (Supercar) rubs shoulders with Honor Blackman (The Avengers), with help from stellar composer credits like John Barry and Johnny Dankworth.

Compiled by pop historian Bob Stanley – who also writes the sleevenotes – and DJ Martin Green, this is a proper 60s UK time capsule.

TRACK LISTING: 

  1. TV IS THE THING – Dinah Washington
  2. THE PURSUERS – Malcolm Lockyer
  3. ROUTE 66 – John Gregory
  4. OUTBREAK OF MURDER – Gordon Franks
  5. SASHA’S THEME – Sasha Distel
  6. SUPERCAR – Charles Blackwell
  7. THE DESPERADOES – Cambridge Strings
  8. GURNEY SLADE – Alan Ainsworth
  9. THE BEAT WAY (FROM HONEY HIT PARADE) – Ted Heath And His Music
  10. Z CARS – John Warren Orchestra
  11. 77 SUNSET STRIP – Pete Candoli And His Orchestra
  12. LUNCHBOX – Jerry Allen
  13. LAS VEGAS (FROM ANIMAL MAGIC) – Laurie Johnson
  14. SOOTY’S PARTY (EXCERPT) – Harry Corbett
  15. CHAMPION THE WONDER HORSE – Frankie Laine
  16. CUTTY SARK (FROM DATELINE) – John Barry
  17. DANGER MAN – Alan Swain
  18. THE AVENGERS – Johnny Dankworth
  19. M SQUAD – John Gregory
  20. MAN OF MYSTERY (FROM THE EDGAR WALLACE MYSTERIES) – Steve Stannard
  21. SAM BENEDICT – Johnny Keating
  22. SID’S THEME (FROM CITIZEN JAMES) – Gordon Franks
  23. EGGHEADS – Bryan Blackburn And Peter Evans
  24. CHICK SHAPE – Craig Douglas