Original TV Soundtrack

The Saint [Original TV Soundtrack]

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The only reason for releasing this material, recorded in the mid-1960s for RCA by composer Edwin Astley and his orchestra, is to take advantage of the recent Val Kilmer film version of the The Saint. Otherwise, the music, apart from the memorable title track and one distinctive piece of background music ("Cantina"), is nothing but forgettable instrumental material, not even on the level of the elegant hi-fi and "bachelor's den" schlock of the late 1950s. Astley was actually a decent composer, and contributed mightily to several films (including The Giant Behemoth) with his crashing, explosive brass passages, which ended up repeated on the early black-and-white Saint TV episodes. None of that is here, unfortunately, and it's hard to recommend this to any but diehard fans of the series or its moody, winsome title theme. The sound is quite good, however.

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