Various, The Hunter (Drama Suite) / Adventure Story  
Various
The Hunter (Drama Suite) / Adventure Story
GBR 1xLP 
Label: Be With Records
Reissue
Release Year: 2020
Style: Library & Exotica
 
  Tracks  
  A1. Steve Gray - Theme For A Hunter (2:12)
A2. Steve Gray - The Hunter (Link 1) (0:11)
A3. Steve Gray - The Hunter (Link 2) (0:09)
A4. Steve Gray - The Hunter (Link 3) (0:09)
A5. Dave Richmond - Heavy Lead (1:43)
A6. Duncan Lamont - Uneasy Silence (2:05)
A7. Brian Bennett - Hideout (1:56)
A8. Brian Bennett - Hideout (Shock) (0:08)
A9. Brian Bennett - Hideout (Let Down) (0:16)
A10. Clive Hicks - Approach (2:00)
A11. Clive Hicks - Approach (Shock) (0:08)
A12. Clive Hicks - Approach (Sting) (0:08)
A13. Clive Hicks - Approach (Exclamation) (0:07)
A14. Steve Gray - Flashing Knives (1:18)
A15. Clive Hicks - Solid Pursuit (1:04)
A16. Brian Bennett - Flying Squad (1:08)
A17. Dave Richmond - Nightwatch (2:44)
B1. Brian Bennett - Adventure Story (1:23)
B2. Brian Bennett - Adventure Story (Link 1) (0:11)
B3. Brian Bennett - Adventure Story (Link 2) (0:10)
B4. Brian Bennett - The Investigator (2:48)
B5. Clive Hicks - Passing Hours Suite (4:21)
B6. Steve Gray - The Set Up (2:01)
B7. Stake Out (2:17)
B8. Dave Richmond - Knife Edge (1:33)
B9. Brian Bennett - Speed Trap (0:55)
B10. Brian Bennett - Speed Trap (Link) (0:13)
B11. Duncan Lamont - Battle (1:00)
B12. Duncan Lamont - Battle (Link 1) (0:06)
B13. Duncan Lamont - Battle (Link 2) (0:17)
B14. Steve Gray - Attack (0:51)
B15. Dave Richmond - Casing The Joint (1:33)
B16. Dave Richmond - The Foil (1:31)
B17. Brian Bennett - Scream (0:11)
B18. Dave Richmond - Meanwhile (0:12)
 
  They Say: 2Composite themes and incidental cues for dramatic application2.

We say: Well, it#s definitely dramatic. No wonder this LP was mined by a multitude of 70s and 80s crime shows. Much like Beat Incidental, this true gem includes a raft of enjoyable sub-ten second incidental cues alongside satisfyingly stretched out, hard-knocking sleuth-funk.

The Hunter (Drama Suite) / Adventure Story is a real library-head's library album. We#re treated to some of the best works of no less than five different heavyweights of the genre: drummer Brian Bennett, guitarist Clive Hicks (of The Gentle Rain), saxophonist Duncan Lamont, rock bassist Dave Richmond and keyboard session giant Steve Gary! Something of a dream line-up, they each contributed stellar efforts to create one of the most sought-after of the legendary KPM albums.

Both sides of this LP are dripping with insidious grooves and dramatic spy-score themes, bursting with heavy guitars, swirling flutes, creeping piano-funk and drum breaks galore. Originally released in 1975, it's clear that these library heroes were heavily influenced by the tough funk and street soul sonics emerging from the cutting edge Blaxploitation soundtracks.

Dave Richmond's taut swagger and wah-wah guitar licks of "Nightwatch", Steve Gray's sleazy horn and clav-funk on the A-side opener "Theme For A Hunter" and Brian Bennett's rolling strut of "The Investigator" are just three of the highlights here. That last one being sampled by Jeff Jank under his Captain Funkaho guise on "My 2600" for Stones Throw back in 1999.

As with all of our KPM re-issues, the audio for The Hunter (Drama Suite) / Adventure Story 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.

And don't worry! Those KPM stickers aren't stuck directly on the sleeves!
 
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