Classic TV show soundtracks released on vinyl

Classic TV show soundtracks released on vinyl.

Network Distributing have announced that they are ready to launch a new range of what they call definitive soundtracks of iconic British TV shows on vinyl. The records will come in classic gatefold sleeves and will feature classic shows from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

They have recruited Ray Staff to create these wonderful collectable. Ray is a renowned vinyl engineer who has, amongst his credits, the David Bowie Album Ziggy Stardust and it’s Only Rock and Roll by the Rolling Stones.

The first records are released on the 26th October and feature Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Man in a Suitcase. They will cost £25 each are available only from More vinyl releases are planned for next year.

Working with Ray Staff, the renowned vinyl cutting engineer whose credits include David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” and The Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll, MAN IN A SUITCASE and RANDALL & HOPKIRK (DECEASED) will be available to own on 26 October 2013, RRP £25. These titles are available exclusively from the website Additional vinyl releases are planned for 2014.

The expertise of the mastering and cutting engineer combined with tape transfer from FX Group and pressing by Pallas in Germany ensure that these 180g virgin vinyl records offer unrivalled audio quality that can only be described in positive terms. These soundtrack albums will appeal to fans of the original series as well as vinyl collectors.


Against this dynamic signature tune, Albert Elms’ incidental cues provide contrasting moods throughout the series, reflecting the diverse global settings for McGill’s unorthodox adventures, and underscoring the character’s tough, downbeat lifestyle. In place of the glitz and glamour of sixties private eyes, McGill’s world is one of uncertainty, tough decisions and a constant struggle to survive. Reflecting his work on Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner, Albert Elms provides another moody, unsettling score that follows every pitfall on the rocky career path of the outsider known only as McGill.

Music by Albert Elms

Theme by Ron Grainer

Cat No: 7959028


Theme and incidental music were supplied by the versatile Edwin Astley, who had previously provided iconic themes for ITC series including The Saint and The Baron. Returning to the harpsichord, which he had previously employed as a lead instrument in the theme for the hour-long Danger Man series, Astley furnished Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) with a minor key main title theme, with the lead instrument intoning a plaintive melody over an upbeat, rhythmic brass section, perfectly matching the series’ balance of drama and humour. The harpsichord recurs throughout the incidental cues, as well as providing a memorable ‘sting’ whenever the ghostly Marty pops in and out of the action.

Cat No: 7959033