Electric Light Orchestra – Flashback

Electric Light Orchestra - FlashbackAnd to think, you thought ELO’s story was over. A series of rare tracks, live cuts, concerts and rarities have kept the band alive for fans during the 90s – not to mention a little band called ELO Part Two, who have been paying Jeff Lynne’s mortgage from publishing royalties alone for the past decade. But with the abrupt end of ELO Part Two, now operating under the somewhat generic name Orchestra, we should’ve known something was up. Jeff Lynne’s been a busy boy, supervising the restoration and remastering of the original ELO session tapes and finishing incomplete recordings which originated anywhere from 1980 to ’82. Alternate mixes of “Do Ya”, “Mission (A World Record)” and “Mama” are included here, along with a murky 1973 home demo and a completely new version of “Xanadu”, performed by Lynne in a style which seems to owe more to the Traveling Wilburys than to ELO.

There are many familiar and somewhat more obscure tracks in this box set, and the remastering that has been performed on that material is quite a revelation. For the first time, “Shangri-La” and “Livin’ Thing” aren’t pureèd by the noise reduction technology of the 70s – the latter in particular has had a very annoying overmodulation effect in the build-up to the last chorus since I first heard it, so it’s nice to hear it the way it was originally performed for the first time.

New bits are heard here and there as well, such as an interesting synth instrumental right before “Hold On Tight”, some Beatlesque echo-drenched count-ins, and so on.

The edits and alternate mixes of classic songs are interesting from a completist point of view; personally, unlike Jeff Lynne in his liner notes, I have never felt that 1972’s “Mama” was an overly long number, and to say that I preferred the original mix of “Mission (A World Record)” as released in 1976 would be an understatement. This new mix is an interesting way to study the song’s densely layered arrangements, as it lacks many of the backing vocals of the original, but that’s all. And I can’t tell if “Do Ya” is a grand rebirth for one of ELO’s oldest songs (it was originally a Move number), a product of extensive computerized editing, or both.

The real gems, however, are the half-dozen or so outtakes and previously uncompleted songs from the early 1980s. “Grieg’s Piano Concerto In A Minor” is just what it says it is, given a groovy Ventures-style surf-rock arrangement which has to be heard to be believed (!). “Tears In Your Life” is a somber reject from 1982’s Secret Messages album, which Lynne completed with a new three-part harmony vocal (the original intent was for the entire song to be sung through a vocoder), and sports some elegant middle-eastern-influenced string work. Other leftovers from the Secret Messages sessions are the incredibly silly “Who’s That?” (a Monty-Python-esque bit of messing around with fart sounds that was probably never intended to appear in any officially-released form) and “Helpless”, which has some amazing vocal harmonies hearkening back to ELO’s glory days.

But in my view, the real treat is “Love Changes All”, a never-before-heard number from the 1980 sessions for ELO’s half of the Xanadu soundtrack. Not only are the pre-requisite swirling string arrangements there, but so is a large choir and some of Lynne’s best vocals (and lyrics). It’s a shame the song was never finished until this year.

The box art is a fantastic revisitation of some of the concepts from 1977’s Out Of The Blue cover art, which forever solidified the ELO/spaceship/science fiction connection that furthered the group’s reputation as a cult-following-only band, right up there with most other well-loved science fiction icons. The booklet contained in the box is an almost fawning tribute to Lynne’s genius. I love Jeff Lynne’s songwriting and production style, but these things should not be stressed at the expense of such pivotal past members as Bev Bevan, Kelly Groucutt (who sued his ex-bandmates in the 1980s over whether he was a full member of the band entitled to royalties, or just a high-paid session musician who just happened to play on virtually every song the group recorded between 1975 and 1983), and co-founder Roy Wood.

4 out of 4With its steep price tag, I’m not sure that Flashback will spark the ELO renaissance that Epic is hoping for – and with the announcement of Zoom, a completely new ELO album created by Jeff Lynne for a 2001 release, I’m sure there was some hope that Flashback would generate some real interest. Die-hard ELO fans like myself are sure to pick it up for the new material, but will the general music-buying community catch on fire for this? Only time will tell.

Order this CD

    Disc one

  1. 10538 Overture (5:31)
  2. Showdown (4:12)
  3. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle (3:54)
  4. Mr. Radio (5:03)
  5. Roll Over Beethoven (7:48)
  6. Mama – new edit (6:05)
  7. One Summer Dream (5:21)
  8. Illusions In G Major (2:41)
  9. Strange Magic (4:29)
  10. Eldorado Overture (2:12)
  11. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head (4:24)
  12. Eldorado (5:18)
  13. Eldorado Finale (1:29)
  14. Do Ya – alternative mix (4:09)
  15. Mister Kingdom (5:08)
  16. Grieg’s Piano Concerto In A Minor (2:59)
    Disc two

  1. Tightrope (5:23)
  2. Evil Woman (4:19)
  3. Livin’ Thing (3:34)
  4. Mr. Blue Sky (5:07)
  5. Mission (A World Record) – alternative mix (4:31)
  6. Turn To Stone (3:48)
  7. Telephone Line (4:45)
  8. Rockaria! (3:15)
  9. Starlight (4:45)
  10. It’s Over (3:55)
  11. The Whale (5:06)
  12. Sweet Talkin’ Woman (3:49)
  13. Big Wheels (5:32)
  14. Shangri-La (5:36)
  15. Nightrider (4:24)
  16. Tears In Your Life (3:06)
    Disc three

  1. Don’t Bring Me Down (4:04)
  2. The Diary Of Horace Wimp (4:17)
  3. Twilight (3:42)
  4. Secret Messages (4:38)
  5. Take Me On And On (4:58)
  6. Shine A Little Love (4:11)
  7. Rock And Roll Is King (3:15)
  8. Last Train To London (4:31)
  9. Confusion (3:40)
  10. Getting To The Point (4:51)
  11. Hold On Tight (3:08)
  12. So Serious (2:43)
  13. Calling America (3:27)
  14. Four Little Diamonds (4:06)
  15. Great Balls Of Fire – live, 1974 (3:06)
  16. Xanadu – new version (3:21)
  17. Indian Queen – demo (0:57)
  18. Love Changes All (3:28)
  19. After All (2:24)
  20. Helpless (3:19)
  21. Who’s That? (1:26)

Released by: Epic/Legacy
Release date: 2000
Disc one total running time: 68:52
Disc two total running time: 71:01
Disc three total running time: 73:42

Doctor Who: Time And The Rani / Dragonfire

Doctor Who: Time And The Rani / Dragonfire soundtrackAnother Doctor Who soundtrack bootleg, this CD features an odd pairing of two wildly different scores by two different composers from the show’s 24th season.

Keff McCulloch’s score from the first story to feature Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, Time And The Rani, is easily his best contribution to the series’ background music. Peppered liberally with extremely dated dance music elements (such as frequent use of sampled hand claps), the 36 tracks of Time And The Rani feature some excellent eerie synth work, and is well worth a listen. Some of the first score’s highlights are “The Death of the Sixth Doctor”, “A Little Portentious” (the whimsical music which covered the now-traditional costume changing scene), and “Red Alert”.

Dominic Glynn’s music from Dragonfire takes a much more orchestral approach, foreshadowing the later efforts of Mark Ayres. Though still very much synth-based, the music from Dragonfire is memorable and almost hummable. The three-parter from which the music hails is also notable for introducing long-serving companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) to the show’s cast.

Technically, this CD suffers from some of the same pitfalls as the earlier Castrovalva / Mawdryn Undead CD (judging by the packaging, the same party is responsible for both releases). There is a little bit of tape hiss, 3 out of 4especially during quieter passages. This CD, however, escapes most of the problems of speed variance and “warbles” which were evident on that aforementioned CD.

I have always been a big fan of these two scores, and while I’d prefer to have an officially BBC-sanctioned, remastered, properly-made copy of both, I suppose this will do until that day arrives.

Order this CD

  1. The Death of the Sixth Doctor (0:22)
  2. Main Title (0:52)
  3. It’s The Man I Want (0:15)
  4. Inside The Rani’s Laboratory (0:41)
  5. Urak, Get In Here! (1:15)
  6. The Death of Sarn (0:52)
  7. Mourning (0:24)
  8. Mel Taken Hostage (0:28)
  9. Mel and Ikona (1:02)
  10. The Rani’s Base (1:01)
  11. Feeding the Tetraps (0:44)
  12. Sad Skeleton (0:23)
  13. A Little Portentious (1:00)
  14. Melanie Trapped (1:15)
  15. Melanie Trapped – episode 2 recap (0:16)
  16. Feeding The Tetraps Again (0:43)
  17. Urak Pursues Mel (0:56)
  18. Strange Matter (1:19)
  19. Rendezvous With Faroon (0:22)
  20. Mel Goes It Alone (0:58)
  21. Mel Meets the Seventh Doctor (0:18)
  22. The Rani Returns (1:48)
  23. The Rani’s TARDIS (0:22)
  24. Sneaking In (0:42)
  25. Accidental Capture (0:40)
  26. Adept At Maneuvering (1:28)
  27. You Know, Don’t You? (0:15)
  28. You’re Going To Put It Back (1:27)
  29. Red Alert (0:23)
  30. Step Back (0:56)
  31. The Centre of Leisure (0:34)
  32. Future Pleasure (0:46)
  33. Punishing The Innocent (2:36)
  34. Not A Worthy Opponent (0:51)
  35. An Uneasy Silence (1:30)
  36. Oh You Lucky, Lucky People (0:08)
  37. He’s A Dead Man (0:26)
  38. Perhaps You Need A Reminder (0:54)
  39. Saving the Nosferatu (0:53)
  40. Enter the Dragon (0:28)
  41. Exploring Iceworld (2:23)
  42. Army of the Dead (0:42)
  43. Spot Temperature (1:11)
  44. Die Fulfilled (0:32)
  45. Mad Dash (0:31)
  46. Kane’s Inner Sanctum (1:25)
  47. The Dragon’s Fire Unleashed (0:26)
  48. The Hostage (0:38)
  49. Negotiations (0:38)
  50. Iceworld’s True Nature Revealed (0:54)
  51. Playing with Fire (0:52)
  52. The Final Betrayal (0:38)
  53. A Matter of Time (1:06)
  54. Meltdown (0:50)
  55. Exit Melanie, Enter Ace (0:47)
  56. End Titles (0:48)

Released by: ?
Release date: 2000?
Total running time: 48:24

Doctor Who: Castrovalva / Mawdryn Undead

Doctor Who: Castrovalva / Mawdryn Undead soundtrackYikes. Well, this one’s obviously a bootleg, but it’s the real thing and it appears to have beaten the official BBC releases to the punch.

Nice packaging and artwork (some of it borrowed from the BBC’s video covers – sheesh, who made these, and just how many copyright lawyers are they trying to honk off?) gives this Doctor Who CD a look that’s a notch or three above the average bootleg (hell, it looks nicer than some of the official releases that have gone before it!), but it would’ve been nice had the sound quality been up to the same level. To put it mildly, this CD is an almost blatantly obvious tape transfer, and the source tape has some occasional (but infrequent) speed and “warble” problems.

Technical problems aside, however, this release presents – for the first time – some of Paddy Kingsland’s contributions to the early 80s adventures of the Doctor. Kingsland’s Doctor Who scoring debut was 1980’s Full Circle, and he quickly proved to be one of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s most adept composers with his positively hummable melodies and mysterious suspense themes. Kingsland had a habit of building a small handful of themes and developing that material over the course of four episodes. By the time the end credits rolled on part four of a given story, this thematic material was burned into our brains.

This CD picks up with the opening pre-credits sequence of Castrovalva, the first outing for Peter Davison as the fifth incarnation of the Time Lord. Castrovalva initially restates the closing musical cue of Logopolis, the cliffhanger that leads into it, and then jumps into the main title. (Big whoop – the main title turns out to be the extended single version of the early 80s theme arrangement we’ve all heard a gazillion times.)

Much of the Castrovalva score is plagued by repetition. There are some hummable themes and interesting variations on those themes, but not a huge amount of variety.

Things look up with Mawdryn Undead, the score from a gimmicky 1983 four-parter which introduced the fifth Doctor to Brigadier Lethbridge- Stewart (as played by perennial fan favorite Nicholas Courtney). This story’s music was memorable, well-produced, and well-spotted. And the problem of musical variety is solved by a wide range of styles in the space of a single four-parter: from a synth-and-drum-machine pastiche of early 20th century jazz (“Turlough And Ibbotson Take A Ride”), to the tense, heavy-distorted-guitar strains of “Collision Course”, to the mysterious themes for Turlough (also introduced in this adventure) and the Black Guardian. One of the all-time best moments of Doctor Who incidental music is included: the track “Lethbridge-Stewart’s Flashback”, which accompanied a goosebump-inducing series of clips from the 3 out of 4Brigadier’s past appearances in the show all the way back to 1967.

My recommendation, even if you should happen to run across one of these at a con or online, is to wait for the BBC’s upcoming compilations of Radiophonic Workshop music from the 1980s. At least that title will be remastered (very likely from the original tapes and not somebody’s cassette copy).

Order this CD

  1. The Death Of The Fourth Doctor (1:07)
  2. Main Title (2:41)
  3. Escape (1:04)
  4. The Master’s TARDIS (1:23)
  5. Cricket, Anyone? (0:12)
  6. The Zero Room (1:57)
  7. Deleting Rooms (0:50)
  8. Russian Roulette With The TARDIS (0:58)
  9. Journey To Castrovalva (2:58)
  10. Are You Sure This Is The Right Way? (0:53)
  11. We’ll Have To Think Of Something (0:44)
  12. He’s Gone! (0:38)
  13. The Tapestry (1:05)
  14. That’s Democracy For You (1:06)
  15. Recursive Occlusion (0:45)
  16. Tegan Takes Charge (1:27)
  17. The Master Revealed (1:08)
  18. Broken Glass (0:09)
  19. You Made Us, Man Of Evil (0:25)
  20. Shardovan’s Sacrifice (0:19)
  21. It Still Makes Sense To Mergrave (0:50)
  22. The Creator Of Castrovalva (0:29)
  23. Mergrave Attacks The Master (0:49)
  24. Trim Timeship And A Ship-Shape Team (1:29)
  25. The Brigadier’s Car (0:20)
  26. Turlough And Ibbotson Take A Ride (1:14)
  27. The Most Accomodating Of Partners (0:25)
  28. Collision Course (0:59)
  29. Queen Mary Or Marie Celeste? (2:37)
  30. The Wrath Of The Black Guardian (1:00)
  31. Turlough Stows Away (0:42)
  32. In The Name Of All That Is Evil (1:01)
  33. Reunion (0:28)
  34. Lethbridge-Stewart’s Flashback (1:53)
  35. Tegan’s Run (0:15)
  36. A Bit Of Bother (1:45)
  37. Perpetual Torment (1:31)
  38. The Brigadier Explores (0:44)
  39. Such Luxury (1:09)
  40. Find The TARDIS (0:17)
  41. The Regeneration Room (0:15)
  42. Reach Out Your Hand (1:52)
  43. Eternal Agony (1:05)
  44. Mawdryn’s Revenge (0:46)
  45. Turlough’s Reward (1:18)
  46. Return To Mawdryn’s Ship (1:26)
  47. End Title (0:52)
  48. Theme from K-9 and Company (1:00)
  49. Main Title (Extended) from The Five Doctors (0:59)
  50. End Credits from The Five Doctors (0:59)

Released by: ?
Release date: 2000?
Total running time: 52:50

Tim Russ

Tim RussSo impressed was I with Tim “Tuvok” Russ’s self-published EP a couple of years ago that I happily picked up his new solo effort, backed up by Neil Norman and the Cosmic Orchestra (a band which is fast gaining a reputation as the de facto musical ensemble at science fiction conventions) and released on Norman’s GNP Crescendo Records label. And Russ still has it – the guy can sing. And covers such as “Crossroads” and “Money Talks” demonstrate that Russ may be missing his greatest calling: the man is a fantastic blues vocalist. He has all the pre-requisite growliness necessary to pass muster with the blues, which you might not guess from hearing him emotionlessly intone technobabble every week on Voyager.

Some other surprising covers also emerge: Cat Stevens’ “Where Do The Children Play?”, Randy Newman’s Louisiana (the only holdover from Tim’s Only A Dream In Rio EP), Bruce Hornsby’s “Great Divide”, and Stephen Stills’ sixties anthem, Love The One You’re With. There are also three originals: “I Can’t Imagine”, “Crazy”, and “Strangers”, the latter two of which especially hint at some hidden songwriting talent. “Crazy” makes a couple of humorous references to Tim’s sudden rise to fame – and that’s as close as this 3 out of 4album comes to having any connection to Star Trek.

For Tim’s fan following, those curious to hear a Star Trek alumnus who doesn’t belong on a Golden Throats collection, and those who’d like to hear some better-than-decent music by someone that not a lot of people associate with music, I recommend this one.

Order this CD

  1. I Can’t Imagine (3:20)
  2. Can’t Do It Like That (3:03)
  3. I Would Stop The World (5:10)
  4. Crossroads (2:45)
  5. Money Talks (4:06)
  6. Where Do The Children Play (3:18)
  7. Crazy (3:48)
  8. Louisiana (3:03)
  9. Strangers (3:54)
  10. Great Divide (4:06)
  11. Love The One You’re With (3:12)

Released by: GNP/Crescendo Records
Release date: 2000
Total running time: 39:49

Doctor Who, Volume 2: New Beginnings 1970-1979

Doctor Who, Volume 2: New Beginnings 1970-1979 soundtrackThis selection of freshly unearthed, newly remastered music and sound effects from the 1970s, arguably Doctor Who’s heyday with the role being played by Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker (the two longest-serving actors in the part), is quite an interesting listen.

Central to this lengthy CD is a suite of cues from Malcolm Clarke’s score for the 1972 six-parter The Sea Devils, which had previously been represented on an earlier Silva Screen collection by a track of “edited highlights.” Clarke’s abstract electronic music, in fourteen tracks of its full glory, will likely still be inaccessible to many listeners. This is electronic music at its most abstract and challenging. Mark Ayres’ liner notes aren’t kidding when they cite Clarke’s Sea Devils score as “undoubtedly some of the most uncompromising electronic music ever to feature in mainstream popular entertaiment.” In places, the music sounds more like sound effects gone berzerk, and yet in other places, there are clear, tonal ideas being explored. To be honest, I’m actually able to grok the Sea Devils music more now than I did when I first watched the six-parter from which the music originated.

Other gems include some previously unreleased Dudley Simpson cues from The Mind Of Evil and The Claws Of Axos; though Simpson was a freelance composer, he did experiment with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s capabilities early in the 1970s. A brief selection of sound effects, none of which – thankfully – were previously released in 1993 as part of 30 Years at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, draws material from the period between Jon Pertwee’s last season as the Doctor and Tom Baker’s penultimate year in the part.

The real Holy Grail of this whole endeavour comes in the form of two tracks toward the end of the CD. These never-before-heard cues by Peter Howell, who composed many of the better Radiophonic Workshop scores for Doctor Who in the 1980s, were part of a demo recorded to scenes of a 1979 episode to demonstrate to the series’ then-new producer John Nathan-Turner that the Radiophonic Workshop was up to the task of scoring entire episodes in addition to providing sound effects.

Also included is the pre-requisite selection of different versions of the theme music, including the 1970 “stutter-start” edit (which, truth be told, I’ve always rather liked), the infamous “Delaware” version, and other minor variations.

3 out of 4Is this second volume of the Radiophonic Workshop series worth picking up? Well…maybe. I like it, but the Sea Devils suite may be musical anathaema to those with more traditional tastes, and since that is what takes up most of Volume Two, that will probably determine whether or not you care to shell out your hard-earned money to buy it.

Order this CD

  1. Music: Doctor Who (opening title theme, 1970) (0:46)
  2. FX: Tardis control on & warp transfer (0:22)
  3. Blue Veils & Golden Sands (3:25)
  4. The Delian Mode (3:33)
  5. The Master’s Theme (0:43)
  6. Dover Castle (0:39)
  7. FX: Keller Machine appears/vanishes (0:23)
  8. Keller Machine Theme (0:42)
  9. FX: Brain centre atmosphere (0:21)
  10. The Axons Approach (1:45)
  11. TARDIS lands (0:22)
  12. Doctor Who (closing title theme, 1970 (1:13)
  13. The Prison (1:19)
  14. The Master (2:05)
  15. The Naval Base (1:28)
  16. The Sea Fort (2:13)
  17. Stranded (2:39)
  18. The Sea Devil (2:43)
  19. The Master At Large (3:04)
  20. Air Conditioning Problem (0:48)
  21. Duel (1:44)
  22. The Master’s Plan (1:31)
  23. The Submarine (1:52)
  24. Jo Frees The Doctor (1:11)
  25. Rock Bottom (1:15)
  26. The Beach (1:57)
  27. The Minefield (0:23)
  28. Devil Underwater (1:18)
  29. The Doctor And Jo On The Run (0:35)
  30. The Sea Devils Take The Prison (3:24)
  31. The Diving Bell (1:23)
  32. Mr. Walker’s War (3:05)
  33. Torpedo (1:28)
  34. Attack In Force (2:02)
  35. Ventilation Shaft (1:20)
  36. Sea Chase (2:06)
  37. Escape (0:46)
  38. Doctor Who (stereo version, 1972) (2:21)
  39. Doctor Who (Delaware version, 1972) (2:08)
  40. FX: Aggedor’s temple atmosphere, Peladon (0:59)
  41. FX: Metebelis 3 atmosphere (1:51)
  42. FX: Nerva Beacon infrastructure & T-Mat couch (1:42)
  43. FX: The Planet Karn (1:49)
  44. FX: The Shrine of the Sisterhood of Karn (1:13)
  45. FX: The Mandragora Helix (0:46)
  46. FX: Nova Device Countdown & Explosion (0:12)
  47. Demo 1 (1:13)
  48. Demo 2 (1:07)
  49. Doctor Who (new theme, 1980) (2:42)

Released by: BBC Music
Release date: 2000
Total running time: 78:19

Doctor Who, Volume 1: The Early Years 1963-1969

Doctor Who, Volume 1: The Early Years 1963-1969The second title in the BBC’s series of remastered sound effects and music compilations is impressive in its scope, even though it leans much more heavily in the direction of effects than it does music.

The musical selections on Early Years are limited primarily to the various minor revamps of the ubiquitous Doctor Who theme, as well as a handful of fleeting cues from several other episodes – many of which, surprisingly, are considered “lost” shows, their videotape masters having disappeared from the BBC’s archives. The sound effects accompanying the show’s first-ever regeneration – in which the role of the Doctor is handed to a new actor by the incumbent Doctor in a metamorphosis sequence – is among the biggest of these surprises (and makes me pine even more for BBC Video’s upcoming home video release of The Tenth Planet, the four-parter from which those effects originate, even if its all-important fourth episode will basically by a slide show on tape).

Perhaps the coolest piece of music is “Time In Advance” by BBC Radiophonic Workshop veteran John Baker. This cue, which actually originated with another show but was tracked as background source music in at least two Doctor Who episodes, is heard in two forms: its original ethereal form, and an unbelievable combination of the original cue and a light jazzy piano accompaniment overdubbed. The latter of these is gorgeous even by modern standards, and makes me want to hear more. It’s tragically brief.

As for the sound effects, many of the sounds heard here did not appear on the excellent 1993 30 Years At The Radiophonic Workshop compilation – such as the distinctive “Dalek Control Room” effects which were used in nearly every Dalek-related adventure from 1963 to 1988 – making this one a worthwhile investment for vintage FX buffs.

Given the CD’s heavy emphasis on effects, I can recommend this safely for rabid Doctor Who enthusiasts…but what about casual fans? Unless you’re that intrigued by the theme arrangements and various incidental music snippets I’ve discussed here, I’d pass on it, were I you. But for Doctor Who completists, this is a promising preview of how the Beeb plans on handling future music releases related to the Time Lord’s twenty-seven years on television.

Order this CD

  1. Music: Doctor Who (original theme) (2:21)
  2. TARDIS exterior hum and door (0:23)
  3. Entry into the TARDIS (0:40)
  4. TARDIS original takeoff sequence (1:47)
  5. Music: Doctor Who (original title music) (2:09)
  6. TARDIS takeoff (1:23)
  7. Skaro: petrified forest atmosphere (1:46)
  8. TARDIS computer (1:08)
  9. Dalek city corridor (1:01)
  10. Dalek control room (0:26)
  11. Capsule oscillation (0:19)
  12. Explosion; TARDIS stops (1:10)
  13. Sleeping Machine (0:52)
  14. Sensorite speech background (1:10)
  15. Dalek spaceship lands (0:16)
  16. TARDIS lands (0:11)
  17. Chumbley constant run (0:27)
  18. Chumbley at rest (0:28)
  19. Chumbley sends message (0:07)
  20. Chumbley dome (0:19)
  21. Chumbley dies (0:11)
  22. Activity on Dalek ship control panel (0:46)
  23. Energy escapes (0:22)
  24. Machinery in TARDIS goes wild: regeneration (1:03)
  25. Regeneration runs down (0:09)
  26. The Doctor’s transitional trauma (0:52)
  27. Music: The Fish People (0:37)
  28. Heartbeat Chase (1:57)
  29. Music: Chromophone Band (1:56)
  30. Controller chimes (0:10)
  31. Music: Time In Advance (3:19)
  32. Propaganda sleep machine (1:08)
  33. Music: Doctor Who new opening theme, 1967 (0:51)
  34. Sting & web / cobweb pulsates (2:04)
  35. 4 stings (0:18)
  36. Music: Mr. Oak and Mr. Quill (0:39)
  37. Lead-in to Cyber Planner (0:14)
  38. Cyber Planner background (0:37)
  39. Music: Cyberman stab and music (1:32)
  40. Rocket stab (0:08)
  41. Birth of Cybermats (0:44)
  42. Cybermats attracted to Wheel (0:39)
  43. Rocket in space (1:49)
  44. Music: Interior rocket (suspense music) (1:55)
  45. Music: Servo Robot music (1:28)
  46. Wheel stab (0:14)
  47. Cosmos atmosphere (1:08)
  48. Music: Alien ship music (1:00)
  49. Jarvis in a dream state (0:47)
  50. Floating through space (1:14)
  51. 2 stabs (0:11)
  52. TARDIS (new landing) (0:18)
  53. Galaxy atmosphere (1:04)
  54. Tension builder (A) (0:45)
  55. Tension builder (B) (0:40)
  56. Tension builder (C) (1:06)
  57. Low sting (0:10)
  58. TARDIS: extra power unit plugged in (1:53)
  59. Music: Zoe’s Theme (1:19)
  60. White void (1:16)
  61. Music: Time In Advance (2:48)
  62. Cyberman brought to life (1:12)
  63. Cyber invasion (2:11)
  64. The learning hall (2:40)
  65. Entry into the machine (1:33)
  66. Sting (0:19)
  67. Music: Machine and City Theme (1:49)
  68. Music: Kroton Theme (2:13)
  69. TARDIS land (0:25)
  70. Alien control centre (0:27)
  71. Time zone atmosphere (0:40)
  72. Dimensional control (0:49)
  73. War Lord arrival (0:16)
  74. Silver box: the Doctor calls for help (1:02)
  75. Time Lord Court atmosphere (1:18)
  76. Music: Doctor Who closing titles (0:41)

Released by: BBC Music
Release date: 2000
Total running time: 78:23


BetchadupaCatchy music seems to be a family affair among the members of New Zealand’s Finn clan, as this EP featuring Liam Finn – son of Crowded House frontman Neil Finn – demonstrates.

Boasting only half a dozen songs, the self-titled Betchadupa EP puts to rest any comparison between this group’s young members, and, let’s say for example, Hanson. And to say that the production style shows a little bit of influence from Liam’s dad’s latest solo album would be an understatement.

The better tunes include the lively “Derelict” (which sounds – production-wise, though not musically, a little like “Souvenir”), the bouncy “Empty Head”, and the slow, Beatlesque “Spill The Light”. This latter track demonstrates that Liam has picked up quite a few of his father’s stylistic licks. All of them are originals written by the band members themselves.

The production is a little rough in places, but it’s important to remember that Betchadupa’s freshman effort is basically a demo Rating: 3 out of 4which has gotten more attention than most demos thanks to one of its members’ family connections. This shows the potential that Betchadupa could have.

And from the sound of this release, they have a lot of potential.

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  1. Empty Head (3:08)
  2. Spill The Light (3:34)
  3. Bits (1:33)
  4. Mr. White (2:03)
  5. Derelict (3:25)
  6. Heavy Dog (2:20)

Released by: Flying Nun
Release date: 2000
Total running time: 16:06