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Catalogue numberZCD 547
TitleFantasy album - London symphony orchestra
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Country of originUK UK flag
Media typeREF 547
Media genreFilms - Disney
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The BBC Records Fantasy Album was never legitimately released, available only in promotional form (copies sent to magazines for review, for example) before cancellation. Copyright dispute - apparently over the Alien theme tune - led to a complete withdrawal of the LP and cassette, though it appears that the same recordings were issued later that year on the Mobile Fidelity label. Many tracks from the resulting Final Frontier album (see Additional Releases, above) were 'borrowed' for subsequent compilations - Doug Payne's online Roy Budd Discography has all the details.

Roy Budd appears to have based his recording on the Eric Winstone Orchestra single of 1964, repeating the 'middle' section of the theme in preference to the more popular opening melody. Budd's orchestration of the theme tune is dramatically different from previous arrangements, with quietened organs and horns leading to a predominantly string-led rendition. Both the bass-line and melody are carried by the string section, with some horns jumping in to give it some volume towards the end. A few woodwinds also pop in to play the melody with some jarring notes along the way, and after a while an organ also appears in the left ear and tinkers away to itself. Budd replaced the Winstone fade-out with his own cheesy ending, later mirrored by John Debney for the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie.

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BBC Radio Enterprises Ltd and BBC Enterprises Ltd, predecessors of BBC Worldwide / BBC Worldwide Ltd., the BBC's commercial arm. Formed 1968 and 1979 respectively, they were a subsidiary wholly owned by the BBC and merged into BBC Worldwide in 1995. In that time, there were companies set up within or structured brands as part of the company to deal with separate parts of the business, e.g. BBC Records for recorded audio. Sometimes written as BBC Enterprise Ltd.

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