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“The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe”


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click here for my own arrangement
of the opening and closing titles played by keyboard and guitars. [672K]
(Are there any budding musicians out there who would like to orchestrate it?)

     1.Opening titles. [0.25]

2.Main theme. [2.14]

3.Friday. [1.55]

4.Exploring the Island. [5.20] [new track]

5.Smugglers. [5.14] [new track]

6.Crusoe's youth remembered. [1.09]

7.The Englishman abroad. [1.36] [new track]

8.Away from home. [2.11]

9.Memories. [1.36] [new track]

10.Alone [part one]. [2.59] [new track]

11.Adrift. [2.11]

12.Palm trees [part one]. [5.20] [new track]

13.Solitude. [2.24]

14.The shelter. [1.56] [contains new material]

15.Scanning the horizon / Flashback - escapades in York. [1.28]

16.Cannibals. [2.29]

17.Crusoe alert. [4.20] [new track]

18.Wild goats. [2.22]

19.Palm Trees [part two]. [0.54]

20.Pirates. [3.42] [new track]

21.In search of rescue. [1.44]

22.A civilised man. [2.02]

23.Distant shores. [0.32]

24.Alone [part two]. [2.54]

25.Catching dinner. [1.47]

26."Poor Robinson". [1.58] [contains new material]

27.Danger! [1.54]

28.Closing titles. [0.46]

29.The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: Suite. [6.58] [new track]


The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.

Executive producer for Silva Screen Records Ltd: Reynold da Silva.
Expanded CD release supervised by David Stoner and James Fitzpatrick.
Digitally mastered and compiled by Mark Ayres, September 1997.
Music and stills published by Franco London Music.
Published 1964 Robert Mellin.
© 1990 Silva Screen Records Ltd.
Thanks are due to the following people
who have helped in the preparartion of this album..
Robert Mellin, Dave Read, Mike Preston, Margaret Kirby,
Andy Marriott, Maggy Kent, Mark Ayres and Tim Beddoes.


by Mark Ayres, 2nd. September 1997.

The master tapes from which this CD has been compiled came from two sources. Composer Robert Mellin had two reels which he loaned to Silva Screen Records in 1990, and from which the original CD was mastered.

Earlier this year [1997] another four reels came to light at Franco London Films. To understand what these reels contained it is necessary to describe the production process. "The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" was scored from a library of cues provided by the composers, with cues written for various moods and situations recut to suit the individual episodes. The music cues were recorded at various sessiuons, with safety copies made of the tapes - two of which found their way into Mr. mellin's possession.

From the original masters, copies were made and the copies edited to form play-in tapes of edited cues for individual episodes. Many passages of music were used more than once. When the edited reels were completed, further safety copies were made of the edits, and it is those safety reels that have now come to light; the previous masters are still lost.

In compiling this CD, I spent many hours listening to the tapes [over two hours of material] over and over again, in order to pick the best copy of each section of music, and to work out how the musidc was written before it had been edited. I then re-edited the tapes to reconsrtuct the original cues.

The source tapes are at least third generation, and more than thirty years old, nevertheless they were in very good condition. But technical resources in 1963 were not what they are now,m and there were many small electrical clicks and pops evident in the masters, some more irritating passages of continuous interference, and evidence of chewed tape on the masters being copied to the safeties!

To remaster the music, I manually removed most of the clicks and pops using Sound Designer software running on an Apple Mac Computer before re-compiling the master in Pro Tools using various software from Digidesign and Waves to denoise and re-equalise the music. The main criteria was to remove artifacts added after the recording of the original master but to leave the original sound intact. As a result you will occasionally hear some soft clicks, minor distortion, and dropouts caused by worn tape, but these should not detract from the enjoyment of this wonderful music from a classic series.

Visit my "Pure Nostalgia" page for other TV series.
A "MUST" for UK visitors!
Includes many video clips from well-known and famous series from the BBC.
Front Page

Ordering Tapes, CD's and now - DVD's.
Now you can DOWNLOAD the CD and tracks from here.

Picture Gallery.
With some unseen colour pictures from the series.

Stories and photos from actors on the set of
“The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe”

BBC Radio 4 Programme: 20th January 2011
“Robinson Crusoe: Rescued Again”

Robert Hoffman today,
and links to Interviews and other related information.

Are you haunted by that Theme Tune?

Archaeological digs on Robinson Crusoe Island.

Comments from my Guestbook

The NEW 7” vinyl single Limited Edition - November 2011

Research, letters and e-mails,
in my long quest to find that Theme Tune!
Daniel Defoe and the origins of Robinson Crusoe.
How it all began long ago!

The UK TV series schedule.
First shown in 1965.

The UK TV series credits.
Including a video of the first part of Episode 7 from the BBC TV series.

Introduction on the sleeves
 of the Video's, CD's and DVD's.

The 1990 CD tracks list and credits.
and 30second excerpts from the CD.

The 1997 CD tracks list and credits.
and new sleeve notes.

More Detailed Robinson Crusoe information.
British TV of the sixties,
Robinson Crusoe Island at "Wikipedia",
and the actual book to download or read.

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