Released 14 April 2023. Pre-order on CD now.
First appearing on TV screens in September 1968, Joe 90 was a unique nine year old boy with the ability to absorb the brain patterns of top experts enabling him to become the most special agent of W.I.N. (World Intelligence Network).
Whilst there are arguably better-known scores amongst Barry Gray’s sublime catalogue of work with the Andersons, the composer’s work for Joe 90 is in many ways the most consistent and inventive selection he ever wrote. Developing a theme for the new series was always the musician’s starting point, and for Joe 90, the pop charts breezed into Gray’s studio, with an opening tune featuring a genuine groove. Mixing Gray’s inventive electronics with 60s “surf rock” guitars was an inspired decision. It is no wonder that this piece has gone on to enjoy a second life as a Northern Soul disco floor-filler.
For episodic incidentals, Gray was freed from the detached unearthly premise of Captain Scarlet and able to bring back a playful sensibility and a more mature musical palette which are amply illustrated in this 24 track collection.
1. The Most Special Agent – Joe 90 Main Titles
2. The Most Special Agent – A Dream Come True
3. Hijacked – A Wolf in the Fox’s Den
4. Splashdown – Air/Sea Rescue
5. Colonel McClaine – Wagon Train of Fear
6. Colonel McClaine – Running the Gauntlet
7. Big Fish – Tragedy Aboard the U85 / Porto Guava
8. Three’s A Crowd – A Song and Dance of Death
9. Three’s A Crowd – The Tangled Web
10. The Race – Race of Intelligence
11. The Race – Taking the WIN
12. The Fortress – Fleming in the Fortress
13. The Fortress – Breakout and Pursuit
14. Arctic Adventure – Nuclear Winter
15. Double Agent – Boy with a Suitcase
16. The Unorthodox Shepherd – Church Rats
17. The Unorthodox Shepherd – Divine Intervention
18. International Concerto – Agent Sladek
19. International Concerto – Sladek’s Recital
20. Talkdown – Trapped in the Sky
21. Project 90 – The Alpine Clinic Waltz
22. Project 90 – Balloon Ride
23. Relative Danger – The Mine Rescue
24. Joe 90 End Titles