Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Peter Thomas Soundorchester - Raumpatrouille (Space-Patrol)


Peter Thomas Soundorchester - Raumpatrouille (Space-Patrol)
Label - Bungalow
Released - 1966/reissue
Style - Jazz/Orchestral/Soundtrack/Sci-Fi/Space-Age/Easy Listening/Library

Notes
Re-issued by popular demand, Raumpatrouille is the soundtrack to the German TV series from 1966. A big part of the programme's success was due to the unbelievable futuristic soundtrack by German soundtrack God Peter Thomas. The CD comes with 10 extra unreleased tracks. The Double LP has 3 extra tracks. Peter Thomas is the co-writer of "Hardcore" the title track from Pulp's album "This Is Hardcore", which samples the track "Bolero On The Moon Rocks" from this soundtrack.

Tracklisting:
1 Space-Patrol (Raumpatrouille)
2 Shub-A-Doe
3 Lancet Bossa Nova
4 Love In Space
5 Ballet
6 Bolero On The Moon Rocks
7 Song And Sound The Stars Around
8 Landing On The Moon
9 Piccicato In Heaven
10 Outside Atmosphere
11 Take Sex
12 Jupiter's Pop Music
13 Sky-Life
14 Starlight Party
15 Orion 2000
16 Danger For The Crew
17 Position Overkill
18 The Space Patrol's Return
Bonus Tracks
19 Mars Menuet
20 Enter The Crew
21 Attention: Frogs!
22 Vision Gamma
23 Calling Earth
24 Invasion?
25 Till The Blue Moon
26 Sneaky Robots
27 Last Minute
28 Lonesome Astronaut

(from Wiki)
Raumpatrouille - Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffs Orion, colloquially also known as Raumpatrouille Orion, is the first German science fiction television series. Its seven episodes were broadcast by the ARD in 1966, with the first episode aired on Sept. 17th. It achieved audience ratings of up to 80%. The series has since acquired cult status in Germany. Raumpatrouille translates as "Space Patrol" in English.

The soundtrack was composed by Peter Thomas. As emblematic as Thomas' catchy soundtrack was the voiceover introduction, which both, like used in Star Trek of the same year, set tone and atmosphere of the series.

Voiceover introduction in German:
"Was heute noch wie ein Märchen klingt, kann morgen Wirklichkeit sein. Hier ist ein Märchen von Übermorgen: es gibt keine Nationalstaaten mehr. Es gibt nur noch die Menschheit und ihre Kolonien im Weltraum. Man siedelt auf fernen Sternen. Der Meeresboden ist als Wohnraum erschlossen. Mit heute noch unvorstellbaren Geschwindigkeiten durcheilen Raumschiffe unser Milchstraßensystem. Eins dieser Raumschiffe ist die ORION, winziger Teil eines gigantischen Sicherheitssystems, das die Erde vor Bedrohungen aus dem All schützt. Begleiten wir die ORION und ihre Besatzung bei ihrem Patrouillendienst am Rande der Unendlichkeit."

English translation:
"What may sound like a fairy tale today may be tomorrow's reality. This is a fairy tale from the day after tomorrow: There are no more countries. There is only mankind and its colonies in outer space. Mankind has settled on faraway stars. He has settled on the ocean floor. With velocities still unimaginable today, spaceships are rushing through our Milky Way. One of these spacecraft is the ORION, a minuscule part of a gigantic security system protecting the Earth from threats from outer space. We shall now accompany the ORION and her crew patrolling at the edge of infinity."


Such a bleak & sexy German vision of the future!

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ich liebe das äußer-Raum Thema. Wie Ringe um Uranus, ist diese Bibliothekmusik für Gespräch Themen gut. Orion ist nicht in der Lage, Masse vor meinen gasförmigen Knallen zu schützen! Danke für die wundervolle Überraschung. Raum ist der Platz!

dx said...

Thank you very much for this record! Your blog is really good.

Karel said...

Wow! Many thanks!