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Silva Screen Records: "The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" music by Robert Mellin and Gian-Piero Reverberi

Silva Screen Records will reissue Robert Mellin and Gian-Piero Reverberi's evocative TV score in CD format. The reissue will include the music material discovered in 1997 and new packaging, featuring never seen before cover and pictures as well as a definitive history of the music and series written by Stephen Brown & Lynn Simpson. The audio was digitally cleaned by BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s producer-composer Mark Ayres.

The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe is one of Silva Screen Records’ oldest releases that has never been issued on vinyl as the full album. The theme tune was released as a 7" single for Record Store Day 2012. The vinyl was often requested but there was never enough visual material to work with till now. After more than 20 years, the full album vinyl release with a lovingly prepared package will finally be released this Autumn.

Some will say that British Television had its heyday in the 1960s, a plethora of entertainment for all ages. Children’s TV was no exception, the many adventure series, educational programs and puppet shows all had a profound effect on those lucky enough to have grown up in those years. At 5PM on October 12th, 1965, BBC1 viewers witnessed The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe opening credits - a gentle sea rolling over a sandy shore that could just about be anywhere in the world. In that short twenty seconds, Mellin and Reverberi’s wonderful, haunting music theme established itself as one of the most successful pieces of TV music ever.

The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was a French- German drama series made by Franco London Films as an adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe. It was the first, and often quoted as being the best television adaptation of the original story. The series would enjoy a huge European audience in what would be the very first European Television Channel co-production.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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