Edwin Astley

International Detective

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Prior to establishing the kinetic sound of British espionage drama via themes and scores for legendary television series like The Saint and Secret Agent, composer Edwin Astley channeled his energy into the mystery genre via International Detective, which premiered in 1959. Featuring jet-setting sleuth Ken Franklin, played by Arthur Fleming, the series' international locales and glamorous settings proved ideally matched with Astley's brassy, jazzy music, his dramatic big-band approach anticipating the big-screen scores associated with Lalo Schifrin and Elmer Bernstein. This International Detective soundtrack comp assembles the best and most exotic of Astley's scores for the series, spanning from a version of the main "International Theme" complete with male chorus to the rhumbas and mambos written for Franklin's missions to South America. While not Astley's best, most gripping work, the material here nevertheless outlines the themes and motifs he would perfect on The Saint, and remains a leap forward for TV music as a whole.

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