Norrie Paramor – 40 Years Of BBC T.V. Themes

13 Jun

Norrie Paramor - 40 Years Of Television DS393f frontWithdrawn due to pending new ‘Hydra’ decode

Released in 1976 and marked as stereo, it is actually an un-marked Matrix-H encoded album. This discovery takes the number of known commercially released Matrix-H albums to four!

Release: DS393f

Source: Matrix-H LP

Process: H-77/II



15 Responses to “Norrie Paramor – 40 Years Of BBC T.V. Themes”

  1. Derek Gally January 17, 2015 at 17:11 #

    I was wondering when someone would recognize this MATRIX H disc. It was mentioned in both hifi mags hifi for now in an article by Adrian Hope and also Angus McKenzie in hifi news and record review. I have a cd copy which may be h. It’s on the Emporio label. What’s most interesting though is there is a small discography which mentions a possibility of a second disc which was transmitted in H or hj of which I only have about 2 or 3 songs as a filler on my cassette tape. If it is h well great find indeed. One most noteworthy track is theme from a Pink Panther movie anyway the artist is not provided . Title “Music from the Movies Emprcd/mc 001. Oh yes and the Norrie Paramore BBC tv themes disc no. Is EMPRCD 633.

    • oxforddickie January 17, 2015 at 20:45 #

      I do have a CD of this and although it is H encoded it doesn’t decode too well. I suspect some eq-ing happened when remastering it, something that H & HJ are very sensitive to. I’ll look out for that CD, although it may well have been subjected to the same eq-ing.

    • oxforddickie January 18, 2015 at 11:47 #

      I’ve managed to track down that other disc and it crosses into an on going project concerning ‘101 String’, and that album is a compilation of previous recordings. It certainly isn’t Matrix H, but it ‘might’ be either EV-4 or QS.

      It depends on when it was recorded and whether it was released on one of the quad albums released under that name.

      Interestingly i can’t find a Pink Panther title on the release you mention.

  2. gulliverity July 1, 2014 at 02:09 #

    Always a shame that Norrie never received the attention he deserved.

  3. lenikus June 28, 2014 at 23:35 #

    This is not the first time that a release here is reported by the label as stereo, been actually a quad disc or cartridge. Do you know why is that? Is it some sort of commercial strategy or just a mistake by the label or the recording company?

    • oxforddickie June 29, 2014 at 09:04 #

      As far as this release goes, it would have been a test for the matrix to test compatibility and also possibly to gauge any response from the buying public.

    • Owen Smith June 29, 2014 at 10:58 #

      A 10 minute section of Star Wars I was shot digitally without telling anyone, to see if the film going public noticed the difference from film. They didn’t. But if you tell people in advance they’ll pick holes where none exist.

  4. bigheadrascal June 28, 2014 at 00:58 #

    Of all the programs represented here, only “The Last of the Summer Wine” is familiar in the States. (Love Summer Wine, btw. The wedding gift episode remains my fave in competition with the “wheely bin” episode) My curiosity was drawn by the Matrix H process. It’s quite effective even on my cheap but trusty Phillips.

  5. forthosewithfourears June 25, 2014 at 10:23 #

    I’m old enough to remember most of these themes (not all!). Nice to hear them played ‘straight’ -i.e. no additional frills, percussion, etc. Wikipedia has some info on Norrie, indicating just how very successful he was as a producer/arranger in his time.

    • oxforddickie June 25, 2014 at 10:36 #

      I remember most of them as well! Norrie was very famous as an arranger, he had the great fortune of working with The Beatles, which couldn’t have done him any harm.

  6. Owen Smith June 22, 2014 at 16:31 #

    I’m 48 years old and have lived in the UK all my life, yet I recognised only 1 of these tracks as a TV theme tune. Hardly surprising for an album made in the late 70s. The music isn’t entirely to my taste here, but it was a fun listen as crispin14 says.

    The Matrix H decode seems to be working well here, it’s as nicely discrete as the SQ/II and QS/IIa processes to my ears.

    I am however disappointed that this did not feature the Doctor Who theme tune. Just think what the BBC Radiophonic Workshop of the 1970s could have achieved when let loose with quadraphonic. A missed opportunity, sigh.

  7. crispin14 June 17, 2014 at 22:01 #

    I have to admit that I really enjoyed this recording even though the music is not usually my cup of tea. Not living the UK, none of these tunes were familiar to me, but they evoke a wonderful innocense now lost.

    The sound field that OD extracted from this Matrix LP that I assume is not as robust of UHJ is really impressive with a broad front soudstage and instruments extending into the surrounds.

  8. quadro2013 June 13, 2014 at 18:50 #

    Hello O.D.,

    your collection and your knowledge are really amazing!

    Thank You again and again!

  9. Owen Smith June 13, 2014 at 09:13 #

    Given no-one else can decode Matrix H, it would be really good if you could release all four known albums.

    • oxforddickie June 13, 2014 at 09:32 #

      Well one of them is David Bedford’s ‘Instructions For Angels’, which will be re-released in a special version, the other two are from the Nimbus label, which, at the moment, i don’t have, but i’m always on the lookout for them.

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