The Prisoner is one of the most talked-about and discussed
TV shows of all time. Its combination of surreal elements
and the mundane helped create a programme with an atmosphere
all of its own. And part of that process was the programme's
use of music - now lovingly gathered together across three
CDs by those nice people at Silva Screen.
let's praise the company for doing such a thorough job on
the packaging and design, then let's compliment them on the
audio quality, and finally, let's commend them for the clever
use of sound bites from the series to help place the music
in context. If only all soundtracks were given this lavish
treatment - but Silva Screen has never been a label to do
things by halves.
In truth, much of the music on these discs will only be of
interest to hardcore fans of the show - of which there are
plenty - but that's not a criticism, it's just hard to imagine
a casual listener wanting several version of the theme and
a bunch of library tunes so maybe's there's room for a 'Best
of.' compliation as well.
if you like The Prisoner then even the naff will have
you excited - and so it should. The series often relied on
a juxtaposition of images and sounds to create its moods and
with these three CDs you'll be able to revisit the Village
as often as you want.
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