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Sweeney, The (TV Series) Harry South Orchestra EMI 2252, 1975
Sweeney, The (TV Series) album cover

The Sweeney was the archetypal UK cop show, a 1970s classic that set the standard for tough, gritty police drama on television. The theme is a cult classic: a hard, brass-heavy 2/4 tune that deserves a place in any soundtrack collection. The A-side of this rare single, interestingly, is actually the closing theme from the show. It's a killer downtempo 4/4 version of the main theme, with sparse sax, Rhodes and drums, like a Hanged Man outtake. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating: 4

Track listing:

Main theme from the Thames TV series (closing version) | Main theme from the Thames TV series (opening version) |

 

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