In September 1965 a dramatic countdown, 5-4-3-2-1, echoed on television sets across the United Kingdom. The steely voice of Jeff Tracy showcased a remarkable collection of spacecraft and an equally remarkable set of brothers. Thunderbirds were go!
Producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson had launched a programme that has now become part of the British psyche, embedded for all time in our culture. The leap from 30 minute episodes of previous productions Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Stingray into an hour long slot enabled their marionette puppetry to enter into a new miniature world packed with fully developed characters, a wide array of vehicles on the ground, air and sea plus a stunning repertoire of special effects.
A major beneficiary to these new extended adventures was accomplished regular, Anderson composer, Barry Gray, who now had the canvas to work his magic across a wider spectrum of drama, thrills and themes. From the cascading strings which dance around the melody of the main theme’s title march, to the brooding and foreboding brass which effortlessly added drama to many tense unfolding rescues, Barry Gray’s distinctive score composed for Thunderbirds is as much of a character in the series as one of the Tracy brothers.
This third release follows the success of the UFO and Supercar soundtracks issued in conjunction with Fanderson and brings together music from series one and two. Delving deep into the Barry Gray music archives, this collection of 37 tracks features a wide range of material from the composer’s original source tapes.
LP1 1. Thunderbirds Main Titles 2. The Hood and London Airport – Trapped in the Sky 3. Tracy Island and Thunderbirds Are Go! 4. Fireflash Landing – Trapped in the Sky 5. Tracy Lounge Piano – Trapped in the Sky 6. Penny in Paris – The Perils of Penelope 7. International Rescue to the Rescue – The Perils of Penelope 8. Monorail Drama – The Perils of Penelope 9. Espionage on the French Riviera – The Man from MI5 10. Sidewinder – Pit of Peril 11. The Pit – Pit of Peril 12. Recovery – Pit of Peril 13. A Night in Spoke City – 30 Minutes After Noon 14. Expedition – Desperate Intruder 15. The Hood vs International Rescue – Desperate Intruder 16. Evil Plan – Edge of Impact 17. Tower of Terror – Edge of Impact
LP2 18. Avalanche – End of the Road 19. Eddie on Tracy Island – End of the Road 20. The Rescue – End of the Road 21. Christmas with the Tracy Family – Give or Take a Million 22. San Miguel Bridge – Move and You’re Dead 23. Finding the Fireflash- Operation Crash Dive 24. KLA Collision – Ricochet 25. The Launch – Sun Probe 26. Heading for the Sun – Sun Probe 27. The Cass Carnaby Set – The Cham-Cham 28. Dangerous Game – The Cham-Cham 29. Jeremiah – The Impostors 30. The Pyramid of Khamandides – The Uninvited 31. The Vault – Vault of Death 32. Light-Fingered Fred – Vault of Death 33. San Martino – Path of Destruction 34. World Exclusive Foiled – Terror in New York City 35. Ned Cook in Trouble – Terror in New York City 36. Thunderbird 4 – Terror in New York City 37. Thunderbirds End Titles