Various, Breath Of Danger (Themes)  
Various
Breath Of Danger (Themes)
GBR 1xLP 
Label: Be With Records
Reissue
Release Year: 2020
Style: Library & Exotica
 
  Tracks  
  A1. David Lindup - Cold Sweat
A2. David Lindup - Unease
A3. David Lindup - Aftermath
A4. David Lindup - Isolation
A5. Brian Bennett - The Unknown
A6. Alan Hawkshaw / Brian Bennett - The Manipulator
A7. Alan Hawkshaw - Space Probe
B1. Alan Parker - Psychosis
B2. David Lindup - At Risk
B3. David Lindup - At Risk (Link)
B4. Alan Parker - Manhunt
B5. Kenny Salmon - Flying Squad
B6. David Lindup - Dead End
B7. David Lindup - Collision Course
B8. Barry Morgan / Ray Cooper - Voodoo
 
  They Say: "A selection of suspense underscores and drama blackcloths which vary in intensity and cover a wide range of suspense and drama situations".

We say: A breaky, funky library great masquerading as a horror score. Oh, and the cover art is amazing.

Breath Of Danger was originally released in 1974, and rounded up a killer ensemble cast of library legends including Alan Hawkshaw, Brian Bennett, Alan Parker, David Lindup, Kenny Salmon, Barry Morgan and Ray Cooper.

Lindup's opener "Cold Sweat" sounds like hip-hop-friendly mode Axelrod and, indeed, was brilliantly sampled by Kool Keith for his Dr. Dooom project. Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett's "The Manipulator" sounds like it arrived straight out of the same sessions as their legendary Synthesizer & Percussion LP from the same year.

Over on the B-side Alan Parker's "Psychosis" is a moving and beautifully restrained funk-guitar/cello/harp workout. Stunning. Kenny Salmon's "Flying Squad" is a sleazy, flute-enhanced gem and the album closes with "Voodoo", a seventy second riot of sound and colour from the dynamic drumming-percussion duo of Barry Morgan and Ray Cooper.

Sonically, there's a widescreen vitality in all these tracks thanks to the driving rhythms, vibrant horn sections and blazing guitar work. It renders Breath Of Danger - 45 years old - truly ageless. The Themes series is known for having particularly striking sleeves, which was unusual for library records at the time, and Breath Of Danger's scraps of comic-book crazy make for one of the most eye-catching.

As with all of our other Themes re-issues, the audio for Breath Of Danger comes from the original analogue tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Be With regular Simon Francis. We've taken the same care with the sleeves, handing the reproduction duties over to Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPM's brand identity.
 
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