John Baker (who worked for the BBC alongside Delia Derbyshire) ranks as one of the world’s most influential electronic musicians. His talent as a jazz pianist & ability to manipulate tiny fragments of tape into new sound is legendary. Whilst working on ‘The John Baker Tapes’ compilation for Trunk Records, producer Alan Gubby unearthed several reels of music & sound effects from the 1960’s BBC TV series ‘Vendetta’ - a mafia themed cop thriller starring Italian actor Stelio Canelli (Barbarella, Django, Planet Of The Vampires). The theme tune for the show was composed by John Barry whilst Baker produced all the incidental music. He created brilliant, tense, rhythmic & unhinged James Bond style themes for the show between 1966 & 1968, featuring radiophonic beats, twanging bass lines & screaming jazz solos.
Available for the 1st time ever, Baker’s soundtrack for Vendetta displays his skill in fusing groovy tape loops, ambient drones & bass textures with real instruments. The music is thrilling, sleazy, deranged & very hip. Highlights from the score are presented on this compilation alongside other rare & previously unreleased Baker tracks, all digitally remastered by Mark Ayres from the Radiophonic Workshop archive.
1: The Sugar Man (Cue 2) Trw 6539 Short Flute Swing
2: The Sugar Man (Cue 3) Trw 6539 Extended Chase Sequence
3: The Sugar Man (Cue 7) Trw 6539 Sax Chase
4: The Sugar Man (Cue 9) Trw 6539 Mystery Flute
5: The Sugar Man (Cue 15) Trw 6539 Heavy Bass, Flute & Growls
6: The Sugar Man (Cue 17) Trw 6539 Happy Flute Swing Outro
7: The Dolly Man (Cue 1) Trw 6544 Piano Marsellaise
8: The Dolly Man (Cue 2) Trw 6544 Sleazy Sax, Drums & Organ
9: The Dolly Man (Cue 3) Trw 6544 Swinging Sax & Organ
10: The Ice Cream Man (Cue 7) Trw 6547 Tones, Drones & Toms
11: The Ice Cream Man (Cue 15) Trw 6547 Drones & Toms
12: The Ice Cream Man (Cue 1 A) Trw 6547 A Manic Flute Chase
13: The Ice Cream Man (Cue 4 A) Trw 6547 A Tones & Tremolo Piano
1: The Ice Cream Man (Cue 18 A) Trw 6547 A Sax Swing
2: The Widow Man (Cue 9) Trw 6550 Toms & Delay
3: The Caves Of Steel – Rq1 (Music) Trw 6103 Intro Theme
4: The Caves Of Steel – Rq9 (Music) Trw 6103 Swing Segue
5: Orbit Trw 6191 Extended Theme
6: The Lively Mind Trw 6221 Barnacle Bill Version
7: Suivez La Piste (Cue 3) Trw 6343 Ambient Tones
8: Suivez La Piste (Cue 5) Trw 6343 Piano Improvisation
9: Suivez La Piste (Cue 8) Trw 6343 Extended Theme
10: Coi Technology Pavilion Trw 6507 Abstract Jazz Epic
11: The Tape Recorder (Cue 2) Trw 6729 Metallic Hits
12: The Tape Recorder (Cue 4) Trw 6729 Percussive Bed
13: Computers In Business Trw 7374 Radio Theme
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