Themes For TV Drama: The Music of Robert Earley

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Lancashire-born Robert Sharples is probably best remembered as the musical director of prototype TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, where he was frequently name checked on screen by host Hughie Green, but it was under the pseudonym Robert Earley that he provided memorable themes and incidental cues for a range of ITV drama series during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

Themes for TV Drama brings together some of Earley's best-known compositions, ranging from the smokey, jazz-tinged Public Eye (perfectly encapsulating the down-at-heel milieu of investigator Frank Marker) to the brassy, urgent aggression of Special Branch.

This EP is presented on 80g virgin vinyl featuring new transfers from original analogue tape elements. Mastering engineers Ray Staff and John Webber at Sir George Martin’s legendary AIR studios mastered the audio for this and cut the lacquers. The high quality pressing was done by the renowned Pallas pressing plant in Germany.

Track listing

Side A

Man at the Top
00:50  Main titles
00:10  Commercial break in
00:33  Commercial break out
00:45  End title short
00:60  End title medium
01:15  End title long

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes
01:00  Main title
00:09  Commercial break in
00:18  Alternate
01:12  End title reduction
01:16  End title long

02:06  Public Eye

10:24  (TOTAL DURATION SIDE A)

Side B

Special Branch (1969)
01:11  Opening reduction 1
01:11  Opening reduction 2
00:10  Commercial break in
00:15  Commercial break out
01:35  End title reduction

Special Branch (1973)
00:55  Main title
01:20  Incidental 1
00:08  Commercial break in
00:41  Incidental 2
00:18  Commercial break out
02:53  Incidental 3
01:00  End titles

11:37  (TOTAL DURATION SIDE B)

22:01  (TOTAL DURATION EP)


Reference
7959045
Barcode
5027626904531
Number of Discs
1
Sound
Mono
Time
22 mins