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The Secret Service (Original Television Soundtrack)
Artist
Barry Gray
Label
Silva Screen Records
Catalogue Number
SILED1681
Release Date
July 29, 2022
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    SILLP1681

    Estimated release date: January 27, 2023

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    The Secret Service - Original Television Soundtrack - Music by Barry Gray

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The origins of the series The Secret Service began in 1968 whilst working at Pinewood Studios, Gerry Anderson bumped into a familiar face of stage and screen: comic actor Stanley Unwin. With his whimsical charm and hilarious gibberish double talk (playfully christened ‘Unwinese’) Unwin had earned great popularity throughout the 50s and 60s and the Anderson's immediately knew that they had found someone to base their next puppet series on. For several years the Century 21 team had toyed with directly basing a puppet character on a real-life actor, now the time had come to make it a reality. Duly, the Andersons developed a premise around Unwin, returning to their ‘unlikely spy’ scenario which had worked so well with Joe 90, they created ‘Father’ Unwin, a kindly priest who, despite outwardly disappearing into whimsy, doubles as a determined agent for British Intelligence. In the series the lines would be blurred even further between the miniature Supermarionation world and reality, as live action footage of Stanley Unwin would also be used in the series.

To appropriately reflect the The Secret Service’s premise and compliment the gentle title sequence created to introduce the series, Barry Gray decided step completely away from his usual attention-grabbing themes and write a three-part fugue in the style of the Baroque composer Bach. To perform the vocals, the Mike Sammes Singers were hired, the vocal group who Gray had used on the Supercar theme back in 1961. Once coupled with soft organ and minimalist percussion, a truly unique piece of inventive music was born to bookend Father Unwin's adventures, which perfectly captured the off-beat nature of the series.

  1. Century 21 Logo
  2. Robbery at Healey Automation
  3. The Secret Service Main Titles
  4. Calling Father Unwin
  5. Operation Intercept
  6. 250 Hours
  7. Sabotage
  8. Aerial Spies
  9. The Unwilling Accomplice
  10. Feathered Bombers
  11. Ambush
  12. Bufflers Halt Reopens
  13. The Train Hijack
  14. The Secret Service End Titles 

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Century 21 Logo 0:11 Buy

    Century 21 Logo

  2. 2 Robbery at Healey Automation 1:32 Buy

    Robbery at Healey Automation

  3. 3 The Secret Service Main Titles 1:15 Buy

    The Secret Service Main Titles

  4. 4 Calling Father Unwin 4:16 Buy

    Calling Father Unwin

  5. 5 Operation Intercept 3:27 Buy

    Operation Intercept

  6. 6 250 Hours 3:11 Buy

    250 Hours

  7. 7 Sabotage 5:39 Buy

    Sabotage

  8. 8 Aerial Spies 0:52 Buy

    Aerial Spies

  9. 9 The Unwilling Accomplice 3:32 Buy

    The Unwilling Accomplice

  10. 10 Feathered Bombers 4:07 Buy

    Feathered Bombers

  11. 11 Ambush 2:47 Buy

    Ambush

  12. 12 Bufflers Halt Reopens 4:20 Buy

    Bufflers Halt Reopens

  13. 13 The Train Hijack 4:58 Buy

    The Train Hijack

  14. 14 The Secret Service End Titles 1:29 Buy

    The Secret Service End Titles

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