Welcome to the world of Carey Blyton: composer, writer and nonsense poet (and nephew of Enid). Carey is perhaps best known as the creator of the accidental children’s hit Bananas in Pyjamas, but he was an accomplished musician and a man of many talents—not to mention an all-pervading sense of humour.
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21st December 2013
50th Anniversary Collection
Fans of Doctor Who will be pleased to learn that Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection has just been launched.
Officially released on 9th December, The 50th Anniversary Collection is the most comprehensive collection of Doctor Who soundtracks assembled to date, and contains material spanning all incarnations of the Doctor across all five decades of the series’ existence (1963–2013).
The collection is a lavishly produced four-disc set with a comprehensive full-colour booklet. All four discs are packed to bursting-point with material (the shortest playing time in the set is 78:55; the longest 79:28). An interesting essay about the history of Doctor Who’s music, written by Mark Ayres, occupies the first two pages of the 20-page booklet, and is followed by a long and detailed track listing with full composition, performance and publication credits. Mark Ayres, himself a Doctor Who composer (The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric), is responsible for the research, compilation and mastering of the set.
The relevance to Carey Blyton is that the set contains music from two of Carey’s three Classic Doctor Who series: just under four minutes’ music from Death to the Daleks (performed by the London Saxophone Quartet) and five-and-a-half minutes of music from Revenge of the Cybermen. The recordings have been compiled from the original tapes into miniature suites, and are consequently not identical to the individual and complete tracks presented on the Carey Blyton: Film & Television Music (2/4); The Film Production Music CD.
The first (and perhaps most distinctive) of Carey’s three Doctor Who scores, Doctor Who and the Silurians, is unfortunately not represented in the collection. However, a limited-edition eleven-CD box set of soundtracks, the so-called TARDIS edition, is due out in the new year and will be much more comprehensive. In this collectors’ edition there will be longer versions of Carey’s Daleks and Cybermen suites, together with the Silurians music.
The 50th Anniversary Collection is available now for approximately £12.50 from Silva Screen Records, Amazon and iTunes. (Oddly, other than on Amazon, the digital downloads are considerably more expensive than the physical CDs at around £16.)
More information about both the four-CD and the forthcoming eleven-CD box-sets can be found at Doctor Who Music (Silva Screen Records).
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