As the exhaustive liner notes suggest, this complete two album collection is a dose of pure Dalekmania! Restored from the original mid ’60s tapes, these two soundtracks give you a glimpse into the jazzy orchestral world of early science fiction , a time when dodgy acting and bad makeup could be forgiven by the excitement of seeing a silver technicolor alien (with a plunger for a hand) shoot smoke at humans, swim through the Thames and glide (somewhat) effortlessly across the floor, no strings attached. It was a heady time for sci-fi, and it needed daring music to match.
The first record contains Malcolm Lockyer’s score, a very straight-forward piece that gets to the point and stays there without losing momentum. Steeped heavily in jazz and swing, Lockyer uses guitar to accentuate the action scenes and strings to convey stillness or remorse. A marching rhythm is prevalent on most of the tracks, possibly due to the fact that the Daleks are a nazi-like race of aliens out to exterminate the world. The score shines on “Finale and End Titles,” where the whole orchestra and guitar rise to a squelching peak, never letting go until the last note rings out.
Contrary to Lockyer’s more subdued score, Bill McGuffie’s tracks for Invasion Earth sound like a cross between ’60s teeny bop beach party and espionage film. Swinging drum fills and electric guitar take center stage, while sharp horn hits accent the rhythm and groove. Side C contains the film score, with sound effects from the movie added in for colour, but it’s side D that really gets the ball rolling (or slowly scooting across the floor), featuring the tracks released as singles to the general public. “The Eccentric Dr. Who” is a real blast, containing all the signature melodies from the film, while “Fugue For Thought” is a fun Moog and synth play on the classical fugue form. Side D ends as the collection begins, with a return to the main theme from Dr. Who & The Daleks, this time with effects from the film added in.
“The Eccentric Doctor Who,” “Daleks and Robomen” & “TARDIS Effects.”
“Dr. Who and The Daleks/Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.” is limited to 1,000 copies and will be available at your local record store for Record Store Day 2016.