Original Soundtrack

Secret Agent

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In 1959, Patrick McGoohan first appeared as counter-intelligence agent John Drake in a half-hour British series called Danger Man. It came back to television in England in 1964 as a one-hour series of the same name, and to American television under the title Secret Agent, accented by a distinctive title theme ("Secret Agent Man") unique to the American version. This album consists of material recorded at the time by composer Edwin Astley and his orchestra and arranger Ken Jones. Astley chose the harpsichord as the dominant instrument for the score of Danger Man, and one of the highlights of this CD is the presence of his original title theme from the British version of the series, "High Wire." This pulsing, exciting harpsichord-driven piece (which could be heard over the individual episode credits opening the action of each Secret Agent show) is a superb piece of music. Not all of the rest matches it for quality or originality, but it's all fun and surprising -- indeed, the weakest moments here may be the two vocal numbers, a disappointing cover of "Secret Agent" and a romantic piece sung in Italian (why they didn't include the French version of the Zombies' "She's Not There" sung in one of the episodes is anyone's guess) by some female performer. These problems aside, the record is fun.

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