The Singing Detective OST


Among the highlights of this selection of pre-war recordings, perhaps the most arresting is also the most familiar – Vera Lynn‘s “We’ll Meet Again”. But this isn’t the usual standard orchestrated version. Instead Vera is accompanied by Arthur Young on the Novachord, an early electronic keyboard, who’s haunting, unearthly tones transport me to some deserted, rain-washed sea-side pier of the mind’s eye.  But I’ll leave this post in the capable hands of the series’ writer, Dennis Potter, in this extract from the sleeve notes:

“Half-remembered songs from long ago can sometimes tinkle and tingle at the edge of our senses like a dimly nagging tangle of nerves. The faint ache which results is usually dismissed as one of the more cheap and useless forms of ‘nostalgia’ – a sort of ghost-pain left over from an amputated (and younger) limb. But the singing detective knows that they can do more than this…”

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