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Episode 54 – Track Listing

01. Ennio Morricone – Svolta Definitiva – 4’33
From the Film: ‘Città Violenta’
(Sergio Sollima , Italy/France, 1970)
Source: LP – RCA ‎– (CR-10046)

02. Ennio Morricone – Disperatamente – 5’20
From the Film: ‘Città Violenta’
(Sergio Sollima , Italy/France, 1970)
Source: LP – RCA ‎– (CR-10046)

03. Cerrone – Assassinat – 3’39
From the Film: ‘Brigade Mondaine: La Secte De Marrakech’
(Eddy Matalon, France, 1979)
Source: LP – Malligator ‎– (773.811)

04. Sante Maria Romitelli – Dreaming Of An Impossible Love – 3’05
From the Film: ‘Yeti – Il Gigante Del 20° Secolo’
(Gianfranco Parolini, Italy, 1977)
Source: LP – Aris ‎– (LM 10)

05. Francis Lai – Love Of Loving – 2’55
From the Film: ‘Emmanuelle II’
(Francis Giacobetti , France, 1975)
Source: LP – Warner Bros. Records ‎– (K 56231)

06. Cerrone – Generique B.M.II – 3’19
From the Film: ‘Brigade Mondaine: La Secte De Marrakech’
(Eddy Matalon, France, 1979)
Source: LP – Malligator ‎– (773.811)

07. Sante Maria Romitelli – Yeti – 3’10
From the Film: ‘Yeti – Il Gigante Del 20° Secolo’
(Gianfranco Parolini, Italy, 1977)
Source: LP – Aris ‎– (LM 10)

08. Sante Maria Romitelli – Celestial Reverie – 1’55
From the Film: ‘Yeti – Il Gigante Del 20° Secolo’
(Gianfranco Parolini, Italy, 1977)
Source: LP – Aris ‎– (LM 10)

09. Ennio Morricone – Città Violenta – 2’22
From the Film: ‘Città Violenta’
(Sergio Sollima , Italy/France, 1970)
Source: LP – RCA ‎– (CR-10046)

10. Sante Maria Romitelli – Funky Disco Sound – 2’35
From the Film: ‘Yeti – Il Gigante Del 20° Secolo’
(Gianfranco Parolini, Italy, 1977)
Source: LP – Aris ‎– (LM 10)

Cover Version Corner
11. James Royal – And Soon The Darkness – 2’55
From the CD: ‘Call My Name: Selected Recordings 1964-1970 ‘ – 2017
Source: CD – RPM Records ‎– (Retro 989)

Cover Version Corner
12. Orchester Werner Twardy – Born Free – 2’57
From the LP: ‘Melody Time – Party Time’ – 1977
Source: LP – SR International ‎– (66 311 2)

Cover Version Corner
13. Bob James – Pure Imagination – 5’12
From the LP: ‘BJ4’ – 1977
Source: LP – CTI Records ‎– (CTI 7074)

14. Michel Colombier ‎- Thème De L’Heritier – 3’33
From the Film ‘L’Heritier’
(Philippe Labro, France/Italy, 1973)
Source: 7″ – A&M Records ‎– (AM 8164)

15. Roger Hamilton Spotts ‎– Tongue – 4’25
From the Film ‘Tongue’
(K.B., USA, 1976)
Source: LP – Chocolate Cities ‎– (CHOC 1000)

16. Michel Colombier ‎- L’Usine – 2’00
From the Film ‘L’Heritier’
(Philippe Labro, France/Italy, 1973)
Source: 7″ – A&M Records ‎– (AM 8164

17. Roger Hamilton Spotts ‎– Mind Blower – 3’19
From the Film ‘Tongue’
(K.B., USA, 1976)
Source: LP – Chocolate Cities ‎– (CHOC 1000)

Simon’s Library Choice
18. Eugen Thomass – Devil’s Dream – 3’12
From the LP: ‘Psycho Soul & Dramatic Orchestral Suite’ – 1971
Source: LP – Harmonic ‎– (CBW 639)

Simon’s Library Choice
19. Rolf Wilhelm – Schizodelic – 1’17
From the LP: ‘Psycho Soul & Dramatic Orchestral Suite’ – 1971
Source: LP – Harmonic ‎– (CBW 639)

Simon’s Library Choice
20. Gerd Köck – Twisted Soul – 3’24
From the LP: ‘Psycho Soul & Dramatic Orchestral Suite’ – 1971
Source: LP – Harmonic ‎– (CBW 639)

21. I Pepper ‎– Queen Kong – 2’15
From the Film: ‘Queen Kong’
(Frank Agrama, UK/West Germany, 1976)
Source: 7″ – CAM ‎– (AMP 189)

22. William Sheller ‎– Excitissimo – 1’11
From the Film: ‘Erotissimo’
(Gérard Pirès, France/Italy, 1969)
Source: 7″ – CBS ‎– (4231)

23. Jerry Fielding – Cuffs And Guns/The End Of Canino – 3’14
From the Film: ‘The Big Sleep’
(Michael Winner , UK/USA, 1978)
Source: CD – Intrada ‎– (112)

24. Jerry Fielding – The Big Sleep Main Title – 3’43
From the Film: ‘The Big Sleep’
(Michael Winner , UK/USA, 1978)
Source: CD – Intrada ‎– (112))

25. Francis Lai – Emmanuelle’s Lesson Of Love – 4’02
From the Film: ‘Emmanuelle II’
(Francis Giacobetti , France, 1975)
Source: LP – Warner Bros. Records ‎– (K 56231)

26. William Sheller ‎– Erotissimo – 4’10
From the Film: ‘Erotissimo’
(Gérard Pirès, France/Italy, 1969)
Source: 7″ – CBS ‎– (4231)

27. Jerry Fielding – The Man With The Gray Car/Here’s To The Truth, Harry – 1’49
From the Film: ‘The Big Sleep’
(Michael Winner , UK/USA, 1978)
Source: CD – Intrada ‎– (112))

28. William Sheller ‎– Generissimo – 1’43
From the Film: ‘Erotissimo’
(Gérard Pirès, France/Italy, 1969)
Source: 7″ – CBS ‎– (4231)

29. Bobby Solo ‎– Ringo Dove Vai? (Ringo Come To Fight) – 2’19
From the Film: ‘100.000 Dollari Per Ringo’
( Alberto De Martino, Spain/Italy, 1965)
Source: 7″ – Ricordi ‎– (SRL 10-400)

Lord Thames on Laurie Johnson and ‘And Soon the Darkness’

Although Laurie Johnson’s contribution to And Soon The Darkness is a relatively small one, it does at least provide us with a chance to celebrate a long and distinguished career.


Johnson’s first film score came in 1957, with The Good Companions, with scores for Girls At Sea, The Moonraker and Tiger Bay – as well as hit musical Lock Up Your Daughters – to follow.

By the 1960s, Laurie Johnson’s name started to become much better known thanks to the rise of commercial television. His recording of ‘Sucu Sucu’ for Associated-Rediffusion’s Top Secret was a chart hit in 1961, and as well as other commissions for A-R, he was also writing for the KPM music library. Many of these tracks became well know, as themes for Animal Magic, This Is Your Life, Whicker’s World and World In Action (the latter theme, ‘Private Eye’, is still in use today as the theme for Michael Apted’s 7 Up documentaries, the latest installment of which has started on ITV this month.)

The middle of the decade saw possibly his most important commissions to date – Dr Strangelove (of which Johnson recalls Stanley Kubrick telling him at the end of the recording sessions it was the best soundtrack to any of his films), and of course The Avengers, where Johnson came up with a gloriously decadent string theme which would last till the end of the series in 1969..

And Soon The Darkness followed soon afterwards, and features many familiar Avengers faces behind the camera, like director Robert Fuest and writer Brian Clemens. Johnson’s contribution is limited to the instantly memorable theme, which later had lyrics added by Alan Price and was recorded by pop-soul singer James Royal (with the help of an excellent arrangement by Keith Mansfield) though sadly with limited success.

Johnson continued to write soundtracks through the 1970s, and added another string to his bow – not only did he furnish The New Avengers with a fantastic military funk theme tune, he also became co-producer with Albert Fennel and Brian Clemens. This partnership would continue with LWT’s The Professionals into the 1980s. Johnson continued as a producer with the revived Gainsborough Pictures, as well as scoring their productions.

In 1997, Laurie Johnson would form the London Big Band, with many familiar jazz and session players in the line-up, including old friends from the Ted Heath days, and he even returned to the charts thanks to the theme from The Professionals being used to advertise the Nissan Almera.

Although And Soon The Darkness doesn’t even merit a mention in Johnson’s autobiography, ‘Noises In The Head’, for me it’s among his best work, almost as much for what isn’t there as what is. The lack of incidental music, normally a minus point for me, only adds to the grim and bleak atmosphere of the film, which is almost in contrast to the relatively upbeat theme See what you think!

These words were taken from the programme notes of the Filmbar70 screening of ‘And Soon the Darkness’ London, 17 May 2012.