Original TV Soundtrack

The Prisoner: File #3

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The third and final installment in this series of music from the soundtracks to episodes in The Prisoner contains pieces used in four of the later programs in the show, including a good chunk from the final and most famous episode, Fall Out. Actually there are only a few minutes of music from two of the other three episodes represented, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling and Once Upon a Time. The most heavily represented episode, in fact, is one of the series' less memorable, The Girl Who Was Death, for a logical reason. Since that show was the closest The Prisoner came to a standard action-spy TV series, it consequently included more accompanying action music than the others. Nevertheless, this CD does have, along with some ordinary or unmemorable bits picked to complement the plot or action, a good deal of unusual and creative music, even if it turns out that much of it was not written specifically for the show, but taken from the Chappell Recorded Music Production Library. From Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, "Janet's Party" is at the pinnacle of '60s swinging London bachelor pad music; the pieces for The Girl Who Was Death are particularly whimsical, as befits titles like "Car Chase," and the primitive farting electronics of "Attack on the Bulldozer" would no doubt find favor with Perrey-Kingsley fans, though actually this track sounds better. More strikingly, the selections from Fall Out are among the series' best, particularly a menacing version of the great title theme (unfortunately lasting only 45 seconds); "Return of Number 2," prototypical gorgeous autumnal British 1967 pop that sounds like it could have been a backing track for a Lulu record; "Number 6 Throned," which sounds very much like fruity late-'60s U.K. psychedelic pop in its ultra-cheery piano-organ-horn blend; and the ghastly organ on "Rocket Fires Up." As with other The Prisoner File volumes, bits of dialog from the episodes are sprinkled throughout the disc.

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