The Avengers – Original Tara King Season Score by Howard Blake (CD review).

Just in case you’re an ‘Avengers’ fan (the British ITV 60s-70s series not the American super-hero team, although you are allowed to like both) and didn’t know, composer Laurie Johnson wasn’t available to score the final ten episodes of Tara King’s season because he was scoring ‘The Four Musketeers’ film. Instead, Howard Blake who had actually played on earlier ‘Avengers’ scores stepped in. This CD, ‘The Avengers – Original Tara King Season Score’ thus highlights this material in a glorious 93 minutes 2 CD package. A 16 page booklet details all of this with a few photos of Steed and Tara from the show. What was most startling in the reveal of the session men involved in playing the music included notable names Kenny Baker, George Chishom and Herbie Flowers, all playing the instruments we’re familiar with that they played. If you’re British and of the right age, then their names should be familiar with you.


What is most remarkable about hearing music from these ten episodes away from the show is the diversity of composition. It goes without saying that they all have an action twist but it’s conveyed so well with a variety of musical instruments. There is very much a jazz appeal to the music, especially when a saxophone is added to the mix. On a lazy afternoon, this really is cool music to listen to as it enchants the room.

The longest selection of tracks and for its variety is ‘Noon Doomsday’ on disk # 1 which gained a western ‘High Noon’ theme to accompany the assassins waiting for their boss to accompany them to attack Steed.

The second CD has a shorter playing time than the first and if anything a more darker tone. The ‘Wah-wah Blues Marchs from ‘Take Me To Your Leader’ being especially effective.

One odd note is the music credits on the back of the CD box with nary a horizontal line between the columns is divided in two so be careful how you match them when listening and placing which episodes they came from. A must have for all ‘Avengers’ fans.

GF Willmetts

(pub: Silva Screen Records SILCD1363. 2 CDs 41 tracks 93 minutes. Price: £13.25 (UK))

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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