Prelude & Deodato 2
Themes from The Exorcist, The French Connection, The Sting and other great films & Flashpoint
Hiroshima & Odori
Drummer and composer Brian Bennett is the man behind the exciting, tension-filled music on Drama Montage Volumes 1 & 2 two of the finest albums within the Bruton Music library. Best known as the drummer with legendary pop group The Shadows, in the '60s Bennett's career as composer took off. He kick-started his career as a composer of library music in the '70s at the KPM 1000 Series under the aegis of Robin Phillips; when Phillips left to form Bruton Music, Bennett went with him. Drama Montage, recorded in 1978, was his first Bruton Music assignment an album aimed at the world of television thrillers and cop shows. Bennett came up with a brilliant set of compositions ideally suited to car chases, shoot-outs, stakeouts and all manner of contemporary dramatic situations. As a result, the Drama Montage material turned up in shows such as The Sweeney, Strangers, Shoestring, Bergerac and Return of the Saint. More than three decades on, Drama Montage Volumes 1 & 2 are as exciting and engaging as they ever were and illustrate why Bennett enjoyed such success as a library music composer.
IIncludes an 8-page booklet detailing the history of Bruton Music as well as biographical information and the stories behind the albums.
Remastered from the original analogue tapes. First time on CD.
The original LP BRJ 2 (1978) STEREO
A comprehensive theme set of modern dramatics
Drama Montage link 1
Drama Montage link 2
In Danger link 1
Fast and Furious
The Plot link 1
Pussy Foot as above with regular bars
Foiled Again tag only
All titles composed by Brian Bennett
Drama Montage Volume Two
The original LP BRJ 8 (1979) STEREO
A comprehensive set of modern dramatic movement, suspense and atmosphere
Mr Big link 1
Mr Big link 2
Hip Joint link
Thrash 1 link 1
Thrash 2 link 2
Got it Made
Got it Made link
Blueprint for Murder
Watchful Eye link
All titles composed by Brian Bennett
It's a good few years now since library music cuts like these never intended for public consumption started making their way into the hands of us plebs via a mix of fortuitous car-booting and well curated compilations. Suddenly it was possible to hear again some of the great incidental music and theme tunes that filled the TV airwaves throughout the '70s and '80s. Many of the composers and musicians involved in those long-ago sessions became, if not quite household names, a little less anonymous. These new collections and re-issues from Vocalion prove that there's still some gold left to mine as we play our game of where's that one from?'
The original production (and performance) of all these recordings was top-notch and these new transfers gleam. Extensive liner notes give a history of the Bruton library and informative, comprehensive biographies for each of the composers. Very impressive too is the packaging, which evokes the collectable colour-coded styling of the original library albums while making it less utilitarian. These are niche artefacts, but if it's your niche, snap them up.
As for Brian Bennett's 1978 collection, Drama Montage, if you ever dreamed of swinging your Granada round the grimy streets of Shepherd's Bush or stalking villains in an abandoned chemical works then this is the soundtrack for you
Christopher Budd, Shindig! magazine, March 2015
The iconic title music to The Sweeney was written by jazz pianist and composer Harry South, but Brian Bennett's endeavours contributed to the atmosphere and drama in several episodes with much in evidence here on a double-disc CD made up of two LPs that were issued in 1978 and 1979
The meticulously crafted compositions involve a wide range of instrumentation incorporating woodwind and keyboards and naturally plenty of percussive sounds With the outstanding first disc in particular, proceedings move between the driving and propulsive, the suspenseful and tense, and the jazzy and funky
It's no surprise that as well as displaying its value as an accompanying enhancement for moving images, [this] creatively developed music stands proud in isolation.
Russell Newmark, The Beat magazine, April 2015
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