Still More Prisoner Music Coming To CD!
Is six discs of Prisoner music not enough for you? Then how about three more? The always impressive spy music website Spy Bop Royale reports that a brand new 3-disc set of Prisoner music has been privately pressed in a limited edition of 1000, available exclusively through the Prisoner website The Unmutual. So why should you get this set if you already have the three CDs of Prisoner music (the still available File #1, and the out-of-print File #2 and File #3) issued by Silva Screen (and maybe even the previous Silva releases as well) and the 3-disc set put out in 2008 by Network? Because this new release consists mostly of completely different, previously unavailable cues!
While the Network set features entirely original music composed for the series by Albert Elms, Robert Farnon, Wilfred Josephs and Ron Grainer and the Silva releases split their content between original music and library tracks (existing music selected for particular scenes by music editor Eric Mival from the Chappell Library), the new set focuses exclusively on the Chappell tracks. Apparently, there is very little crossover between the three different soundtrack sets. The Unmutual's new set comes packed, factory-sealed, in a DVD-style case (like Network's) and includes a 56-page booklet containing an episode-by-episode, scene-by-scene listing of all the music (library, original soundtrack and commercial tracks) used in the whole series as well as additional sleeve notes and a special introduction by Eric Mival. Whew! Sounds worth it for the booklet alone! But don't forget: that's only the icing on the cake. Between the three CDs, this release includes 100 tracks, many of them available for the first time on CD, totalling 174 minutes of music. The entire track list can be found here. The Unmutual is also already planning a "budget supplimentary CD" featuring the few library tracks omitted from this massive compilation as well as the best of the unused Chappell cues short-listed for inclusion in The Prisoner by Mival and original music editor Bob Dearberg.
So if you already own all those other CDs, I guess you have to ask yourself: do I really need every single piece of music used on The Prisoner? For me, a few minutes' pondering reveals the obvious answer: um... yeah. I do. I just wish there were this many soundtrack releases for The Avengers!
The Prisoner: The Complete Chappell Recorded Music Library Cues is available exclusively from The Unmutual for £26.99 (about $40 as of March 5, 2009).
For a complete complete collection of Prisoner music, you might also want to check out Rupert Gregson-Williams' soundtrack CD for the 2009 remake miniseries as well. The music and the production design (and Ian McKellen's performance) were the best things about that otherwise mediocre version.