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Compilation Recordings
Compiled by Martin Willey



Geoff Love, Neil Norman and Frank Sidebottom- the worst versions of the Space:1999 theme ever!

20 CLASSIC SCI-FI THEMES CHANNEL X (Summit)

UK 1997. SUMCD4098

Performed by "The Unknown". Track 15 is a cover of the Gray theme. Horribly discordant at times, but at least it is recognisable, which is a lot more than can be said of other covers on this compilation. 2 minutes long.

FAB, Music From The TV Shows by Barry Gray (Silva Screen)

UK 1992. Compact Disc: FILMCD 124. Tape cassette: FILMC 124

An album of themes for Anderson series with new arrangements, played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Konstantin Pavlov. All are Barry Gray themes with the exception of the Space 1999 track, which is the Derek Wadsworth Year Two score. The 3:37 long track, arranged by Colin Keyes, includes some incidental themes and is fairly faithful. Wadsworth was asked to arrange the theme but was unavailable at the time.

FAB

FANTASTIC TELEVISION! (GNP Crescendo)

US 1996 GNPD8051

Performed by Neil Norman. Cover of Gray theme

Fantastic Television!

GREATEST SCIENCE FICTION HITS - Neil Norman & His Cosmic Orchestra

US: GNP Crescendo Record Co, GNP 2128; 1979, $7.98
UK: PRT Records Ltd, NCP 10003 (a compilation of US first album & volume 2), £2.99
33 rpm stereo L.P. record, cassette and (US, 1988, $16.95:) compact disc

1 minute 57 second adaption (initially faithful to Year One theme, with drumroll, then into synthesised pop with no connection with series). Track 1 on side 2 of US album; track 8 of side 2 on UK album.
This cover version also appears on the 33 rpm stereo record compilation "Galaxy Gold" - Neil Norman & His Cosmic Orchestra (UK: Chevron, CHV 189; 1980) and on the CD "Sounds Of The Universe" - Neil Norman (UK: Delta Target, CD 11067; 1984 -deleted 1988; also contains Year Two theme, see below).

GREATEST SCIENCE FICTION HITS VOL 3 - Neil Norman & His Cosmic Orchestra

US: GNP Crescendo Record Co, GNP 2163; 1983, $7.98
UK: Precision Records & Tapes Ltd, NCP 702 1984; as "Volume 2", £2.99

33 rpm stereo record, cassette and (US, 1988, $16.95:) compact disc
Track 2 on side 1 is 1 minute 31 second faithful adaption of Derek Wadsworth theme
Back of sleeve includes colour photo of Dragon
This cover version also appears on the CD "Sounds Of The Universe" - Neil Norman (UK: Delta Target, CD 11067; 1984 -deleted 1988; also contains Year One theme, see above), and on the 45 rpm stereo single "Indiana Jones, Raiders, Land Of The Giants, Space: 1999 II" - Neil Norman & His Cosmic Orchestra (US: GNP Crescendo Record Co, GNPS 833; 1988; $1.98).

OH SUPERMUM - Frank Sidebottom (Regal Zonophone)

UK 1986, £1.59
45 rpm stereo single: 7" no. Z41; 12" no. 12 Z41; 7" picture-disc ZP41

Side b has "sci-fi medley" including 10 seconds of 1999 theme (year 2, though credited to Barry Gray; freely adapted)
Back sleeve includes colour art of "me in a moonbase alpha suit".

Supermum

POWER THEMES NINETY (Telstar)

UK 1990, £6.99
33 rpm stereo L.P. record (STAR 2430), cassette (STAC 2430) and compact disc (TCD 2430).

Dance-type remixes of ITC action series, particularly Gerry Anderson themes. Track 5 on side 1 is "Space: 1999: The Alpha Mix", produced by Justin Sherry for Fine Balance. Based on Year 1 theme, it opens with original crescendo, then becomes freely adapted version of music with fragments of dialogue from the movies and some episodes. The chorus is Helena's "It's ingenious", "It's insane" (Victor), "It's a longshot" (Koenig), all from "Black Sun", with the Chairman (Patrick Allen) from "Alien Attack" saying "Moonbase Alpha". The voices of Sandra, Alan Carter and Ben Vincent are also used. The track lasts 4 minutes. The sleeve/ packaging features a small photograph of Alan in agony as his brain is drained, from "The Metamorph".
Videos of several tracks from the album were also produced and released on a video of the same name, but a 1999 video was not made.

In Japan in 1992 this was released as a box set (4.75" by 8") of 6 mini CDs by J!Mco records. Space:1999 was on CD 5, track 1 with a Danger Man track (CD number JIM 1011). There were no photos in the accompanying booklet (CD 5 has pictures of Straker from UFO).

SCI FI THEMES (Emporio)

UK July 1996 EMPRCD 655

Performed by the London Theatre Orchestra. Track 7 is a cover of the Gray theme with a very twangy electric guitar. 1 minute 54 seconds long.

Sci Fi Themes

SERIALEMENT VÔTRE

BMG France 1997, CD # BM 680 74321480232

Track 8: "COSMOS '99" (5:11) played by Olland. A version of Gray Year 1 theme.

MUSIC FROM SPACE CITY (a Kindred Production for Fanderson)

UK: Fanderson 1993 (£8.50)

24 minutes. Composed and produced by Paul Westerman and Tim Newnham.

Music composed for Fanderson conventions and videotapes, including Psychon (for 1992 Psycon convention) and Darkside (for 1991 Alphacon video). Launched at September 1993 Space City convention.

Front and rear cover features colour photos from Space 1999 Year 2 (Koenig and Helena in Command Centre on front; Texas City control room on back) plus the Space City convention logo, the circle and triangle design from Space 1999.

Music From Space City. Images thanks to Gordon Moriguchi Back Cover

SPACE MOODS (E2/MCI)

UK Feb 1998 ETDCD008

Performed by the Outer Limits. Track 17 is Space: 1999 (Gray theme). 1 minute, 21 seconds

STAR WARS AND OTHER SPACE THEMES - Geoff Love & His Orchestra

EMI Music For Pleasure Ltd; LP: MFP 50355. CD: CDMFP 6395
UK 1978, £1.25

33 rpm stereo L.P. record: track 5 on side 1 is a jazzed up version of Barry Gray's theme (lasting 2 minutes 22 seconds). Reissued on CD (CDMFP 6395) in 1997.
Sleeve painting includes version of an Eagle (with fins) behind 2 Star Wars figures.
Track also included as track 5 on side 2 of "An Hour Of Superthemes" - Geoff Love & His Orchestra (EMI Hour Of Pleasure), stereo cassette HR 41811034 (UK 1986, £1.99), which also uses the same cover painting.

Geoff Love

It was released in Turkey in 1978 as Space 1999 and other space themes. The Star Wars title is rather crudely replaced by Space: 1999. Star Wars wasn't released in Turkey until 1979, so Space: 1999 would have been more recognisable. The album code (MFP 50355) is identical to the UK release. Thanks to Patrick.

Turkish release

THE CULT FILES: RE-OPENED (Silva Screen)

US/UK 1997 Compact Disc FILMXCD 191

2 CD set; tracks 16 & 17 on CD 1 are the Gray and Wadsworth themes, arranged and conducted by Year Two composer Derek Wadsworth, with the City Of Prague Philharmonic. Booklet has notes on page 8 by David Hirsch. An account by Wadsworth of the recording is in FAB #31 p6-8.

Cult Files Reopened

THE WORLD OF SCIENCE FICTION (ZYX Music)

Germany 1997 11091-2
2 CD set. Internet: http://www.zyx.de

  • CD1- Track 10 is Mondbasis Alpha 1 (Barry Gray) 1:58
  • CD2- Track 7 is Mondbasis Alpha 1 (Derek Wadsworth) 1:31

THEMES UNLIMITED (Emporio/Music Collection)

UK August 1997. EMTBX309

3 CD set. CD 3, track 15 is Space: 1999 (Gray theme). 1 minute, 50 seconds.

Themes Unlimited

THIS IS...CULT FICTION ROYALE (Virgin)

UK Sept 1997 VTDCD151

2 CD set, track 5 on CD 1 is original Barry Gray Year One theme.

Time Of Adventure

Ennio Morricone (BMG 1997) 4321315512

Track 4 is the title music for Spazio 1999, the Italian version of Space: 1999. 4 minutes 20 seconds.

Time Of Adventure

TV THEMES Vol 2 (ABC Records)

Australia 1985. LP: L 38417. CD: CD 38417. Tape cassette: C 38417

Side 1 track 8 Space 1999. Ref: The Gerry Anderson Memorabilia Guide (Dennis Nicholson) p313.

WORLDS OF GERRY ANDERSON (Apollon Inc)

Japan 1992. Compact Disc: APCF/5117. 3200yen

Track 2: Space 1999. Mentioned in The Gerry Anderson Memorabilia Guide (Dennis Nicholson) p313.

CULT THEMES FROM THE 70S Volume 2 (Future Legend)

UK March 1999. Compact Disc. £8.99

Covers by new acts. Track 3: Space 1999 by Ambassadors of Om

THE A-TO-Z OF FANTASY TV THEMES: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (Silva Screen)

UK August 1999. 2 CD set. TVPMCD806 £10.99

Track 26 is the year 1 Gray theme, track 27 is the year 2 Wadsworth theme.

Battlestar Galactica

SLEEPING ASTRONAUTS AND OTHER SPACE THEMES (Fanderson Records)

UK June 2004. "Original TV Soundtrack Sampler"

Membership bonus from the Fanderson fan club (not available for sale, even from the club). With a card cover. A mixture of tracks from other Fanderson and Silva Screen CDs, new tracks and new mixes.

  • 6. We're All Aliens (from The Metamorph. As on Year 2 soundtrack) 2.57
  • 9. The Last Sunset (new mix). 7.06
  • 16. Year One Main Theme (new mix, on the Silva Screen CD). 1.12
  • 18. Strange Light (from The Metamorph. As on Year 2 soundtrack) 1.41

ITV 50: CULT THEMES (Virgin)

UK October 2005. 2 CD set. VTDCD748 £12.99

Disc 2 track 19 is the year 1 Gray theme.

ITV 50 Cult Themes

INTERNATIONAL CONCERTO and Other Classic Themes (Fanderson Records)

UK Dec 2005. "Original TV Soundtrack Sampler"

Membership bonus from the Fanderson fan club (not available for sale, even from the club). With a card cover. A mixture of tracks from other Fanderson and Silva Screen CDs, new tracks and new mixes. The five Space tracks are from the Fanderson Year 1 and Year 2 soundtrack cds (track 12 appears in a truncated form on the Silva Screen cd).

  • 12. Ring Around The Moon 6.45
  • 13. Alpha Child. 4.10
  • 14. Year Two Main Theme. 0.48
  • 15. The Emporium. 4.48
  • 16. Make Me A Pretty Nose. 1.28

STAND BY FOR ACTION - The Music Of Barry Gray

UK May 2009. SILCD1279

Covers all Anderson series scored by Gray. The 1999 tracks are from the Year 1.

  • track 37 - Breakaway introduction
  • 38 - Space:1999 titles extended
  • 39 - Space:1999 Medley: Ring Around the Moon, Another Time Another Place, Black Sun, Matter of Life and Death
  • 40 - End titles
European version Japanese version

THEME FROM SPACE: 1999 - Cosmopo-Lys

Italy, 1999. 12" vinyl record. Streetlab Records - SLAB 003

House music remix of Barry Gray theme. Produced, arranged and mixed by Lys

  • Side 1:
    • "Theme from Space 1999" (Extended Mix)
    • Feelin' Again
  • Side 2:
    • "Theme from Space 1999" (Instrumental)
    • "Theme from Space 1999" (Big Beat Mix)
Record label

SPACE: 1999 - DJ Lisa Alison & Alex Baraldi

Italy, unknown date. 12" vinyl record. Fox Records - X002

Progressive house/techno remix of Barry Gray theme.

  • Side A:
    • Eagle 1 6:52
    • Eagle Dub 5:18
  • Side B:
    • Spettrale Alien Mix 5:33
    • The Black Hole Mix 5:21
Record sleeve Record sleeve

Theme From UFO/Space:1999 - The Preservation Society

Austria, 20-Oct-2014. 7" vinyl record. Record Shack - RS45-007

Vintage funk remix of Barry Gray theme. "T.P.S." comprises Hammond organist Andy Fairclough, guitarist Leigh Gracie, bass player Richard Hindes, Nick Etwell on trumpet. Stephen Wilcock on Sax and Neil Robinson on drums.

  • Side A:
    • UFO Arranged By Leigh Garcie
  • Side B:
    • Space: 1999 Arranged By Andrew Fairclough
UFO cover Space 1999 cover Label Promo leaflet

The Heisenberg Diaries - Book A: Sounds of Future Past - Docker's Guild

Italy, 21 January 2016, Lion Music (digital), Rock Company/Black Swan Records (CD)

"A collection of vintage sci-fi movies and TV series soundtracks reworked in the Docker's Guild style." Docker's Guild is a "prog metal space opera superproject". Barry Gray's Year 1 theme is track 1, Wadsworth's Year 2 theme is the last track, track 14. Intervening tracks include Flash Gordon, UFO, Babylon 5 and Doctor Who.

Docker's Guild

Appendix: Incidental Music

Gerry Anderson Evocation
EMI Songbook Classics (EMI March 15th 1999)

Includes Albinoni's Adagio amongst Gerry Anderson's favourite music. Also includes an Eagle on the artwork cover.

Gravure Universelle Dance and Mood Music by Jack Arel (Virgin 1997) CDV 2831

Track 19 is Arel Dutour's Picture Of Autumn from Testament Of Arkadia (5'05").

The Prisoner volume 2
FILMCD/MC 084

Includes Roger Roger's Lunar Landscape

The Classical Collection volume 4 (CHP 156)

includes Appassionata composed by Serge Lancen as used in Testament Of Arkadia

Grands Travaux
Roger Roger, The Metropole Orchestra
EW

Track 15: PROFONDEURS (Lunar Landscape) (1963) 2:53.

Alien Invasion: Space Above and Beyond II
Silva Screen FILMXCD 190

Includes Holst's Mars. The booklet notes (by David Hirsch) attribute this primarily to Space 1999 Space Brain.

Appendix B: Music referencing Space: 1999

S.P.O.C.K.

S.P.O.C.K: 1999

Swedish science fiction influenced synth-pop. The 1998 album Speed of Light contains the track Human Decision Required: lyrics "Suddenly: explosions near the moon base! Totally unpredicted but definitely self-afflicted. And when we ask for a little help from our friend, the only response we get is "Human Decision Required"

The 1999 album S.P.O.C.K: 1999 referenced the series both in title and the stylised Moonbase on the cover.

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YCB track "Space: 1999" on album "Full Gaz" (2015)

A British funk band, also influenced by science fiction (the band name comes from the film Alien 3).

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