The Prisoner Files (1967/2002)

The Prisoner [File #1], [File #2], [File #3] (1967/2002)
3CD Soundtrack To One Of Television’s Coolest Shows

The Prisoner was surely one of television’s most bizarre and entertaining shows. It’s Big Brother/Secret Agent themes were wonderfully enhanced with hallucinogenic paranoia mixed with the colorful aura of the swinging 60s, UK style. It was fun, too. As was the music, a twisted assemblage of elevator jazz, patriotic brass bands, lounge, candy psych-pop and Bond-esque action themes – all intertwined behind the show’s intensely mysterious facade. It’s hard to imagine this 3CD soundtrack making much sense to those unfamiliar with the show, but fans of the era just might appreciate it anyway. The mere 17 episode series was so unique it still inspires rabid fans to this day (Dhani Harrison’s band is named thenewno2 [the new number two] – a direct quote from the show). Each disc contains snappy bits of dialog, perfect for sampling purposes and phone answering machines. No single track can encapsulate the entire set, so you get the “Main Titles” theme. Click the covers for links to Amazon. They also have the entire series on DVD for about $25. Watch the series debut, below.


[FILE #1]
Main Titles (2:20)
“Whats The Name Of This Place?” (1:00)
The Cottage Maid Is Seen (2:17)
The Band Appears (Radetski March) (1:46)
“I Suppose You’re Wondering…” (0:41)
Number 6 In The Cottage (3:20)
The Band Concert (2:40)
Afternoon Concert (2:20)
“I Will Not Make Any Deals With You.” (0:12)
Helicopter Escape Bid (1:56)
“Subject Shows Great Enthusiasm.” (0:35)
Unused Title Theme (2:16)
“I Am Not A Number.” (0:50)
Number 6 Hates The Tune (3:03)
Night-Time Drink (2:25)
“Do You Still Think You Can Escape, Number 6?” (0:14)
Number 8 Swims Off (3:07)
Number 6 Chops Down The Tree (2:33)
Village Curfew (1:58)
“There Are Some People Who Talk.” (0:54)
Exhibition Hall (2:24)
The Dinghy Casts Off (1:17)
“The Village Is A Place Where People Turn Up.” (0:40)
Crate Journey (3:01)
Back To The Cottage (2:43)
Engadine’s Party (2:49)
Number 6 Dances With ‘B’ (1:23)
Number 6 Is Drugged (1:53)
Dreamy Party (2:06)
End titles (1:11)

[FILE #2]
“Tranmission Begins…” (0:11)
Main Title theme (3:22)
Breakfast (1:18)
“Elections? In This Place?” (0:14)
Speedboat Dash (2:52)
Nightclub (1:35)
“What Happens If I Run Against You?” (0:16)
Number 6 Wins The Election (1:24)
“I Call This Meeting To Order.” (0:49)
Number 6 Gets Beaten (1:37)
“Will You Ever Learn?” (0:12)
Art Class (0:39)
Speedlearn Broadcast (0:42)
The Board Meet (0:48)
“Knowledgable Cabbages.” (0:08)
Exam Results (2:01)
The General (0:38)
Final Report (2:31)
Adrift At Sea (2:56)
“We Have A Problem.” (0:33)
Gunrunners (1:56)
Early Morning (2:08)
“You’re A Wicked Man.” (0:11)
Carnival (2:19)
Nocturnal Escape (3:44)
Number 6 Takes The Life-Belt (1:41)
Number 6 Leaves The Dance (1:32)
“I Like My Dream.” (0:17)
Angry Mob (0:48)
Human Chess (2:42)
Tower Attack (1:53)
MS Polotska (1:18)
Following Number 6 (2:28)
Village Band (0:45)
Kosho (1:32)
Number 6 Fights Number 14 (3:58)
“You Are Merely Citizen Number 6.” (0:15)
Number 6 At Café (2:16)
End Title (1:14)

[FILE #3]
“The One And Only Number 6″ (0:06)
Main Titles – Full Version (3:33)
Janet’s Party (1:19)
“Tomorrow, You Will Wake Up A New Man” (0:14)
European Drive (1:08)
Kandersfelt (1:31)
Cricket (1:55)
Exploding Ball (2:20)
“My Name is Death” (0:24)
Record Street (1:59)
Poisoned Beer (2:33)
Turkish Bath (2:31)
“You Are A Born Survivor” (0:14)
Boxing Booth (1:58)
Big Dipper (3:43)
Fashion Shoot (1:26)
Car Chase (2:36)
Spinning Car (2:27)
Attack On The Bulldozer (1:31)
Lighthouse Fort (2:25)
Regression (2:08)
“Till Death Do Us Part” (0:16)
School Days (0:39)
“You Must Conform” (0:21)
Opening Theme (0:44)
“Number 6 is Presented To You” (0:34)
Return of Number 2 (1:45)
President Speech (2:38)
“I Take It You Are Prepared To Meet Number 1″ (0:20)
Number 6 Throned (2:15)
Rocket Fires Up (3:08)
End Titles (1:21)

40 Comments

  • 1
    Mona
    July 29, 2009 - 04:59 | Permalink

    Man it was the BEST series, as a kud I didn't understand it all, just knew that it was WAY out there…
    Regards/

  • 2
    dabz
    July 29, 2009 - 10:13 | Permalink

    Wow, thanks a lot for this! Been looking for it for a while now.

  • 3
    J.P. Gelinas
    July 29, 2009 - 12:08 | Permalink

    Thanks for this— I was around for the original telecasts of this great series and always dug the music. The soundtrack has the feel of what I like to call that fake 1960's London ersatz jazz. Excellent stuff!

  • 4
    oz1701
    July 29, 2009 - 12:56 | Permalink

    thankyou so so so so so much for this – my favorite 60s series :-)))

  • 5
    Anonymous
    July 29, 2009 - 19:51 | Permalink

    i am not a number, i'm a free man!

    thanks once again willard. cm

  • 6
    Anonymous
    July 30, 2009 - 00:43 | Permalink

    Man, Willard, you are the sh*#. This is great.

  • 7
    kindsaluv
    July 30, 2009 - 14:31 | Permalink

    kudos to you willard!
    be seeing you!

  • 8
    Anonymous
    August 1, 2009 - 05:39 | Permalink

    I was instantly a fan upon first seeing The Prisoner series back 1978, and since then there STILL hasn't been anything to compare to it ~ it's in a league of its own. Thank you for sharing these 3 soundtracks, I shall enjoy listening to them!

    Be seeing you!

  • 9
    Loren
    August 1, 2009 - 23:04 | Permalink

    You have the freakiest shit, but I loved the Prisoner when it was on, so I'm gonna have to take a listen.

    Thanks for the share.

  • 10
    Anonymous
    August 2, 2009 - 10:11 | Permalink

    Thanks for The Prisoner files. Much appreciated. I, too, am one who was around watching it as a teen (and not getting so much of it), owing to my father's desire to watch the show (he being a "Danger Man/Secret Agent" fan), and what else was on broadcast TV back then anyway? Files downloaded and ready for insertion into a listening device. Sharing with others no doubt in the cards. Wonder if the "new" Prisoner and it's music will fare favorably?

  • 11
    Capt. Willard
    August 2, 2009 - 13:10 | Permalink

    Hey… thanks for mentioning it because I had no clue there even was a new Prisoner. Just saw a 9 minute clip from Comic Con. Of course, nothing modern could ever touch the charm of the UK, circa '67, but… Ian McKellen is a welcomed addition.

  • 12
    Anonymous
    August 4, 2009 - 22:23 | Permalink

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: this site is the best. Period.

  • 13
    Radio Free Wohlman
    September 25, 2009 - 22:53 | Permalink

    Hi Willard,

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    RFW T1509 – The Prisoner Suite

    http://radiofreewohlman.blogspot.com/2009/09/transmission-1509-rfw-prisoner-suite.html#links.

    Dave RFW

  • 14
    sean
    October 11, 2009 - 01:20 | Permalink

    Thanks for this and everything else I have downloaded over they years

  • 15
    Capt. Willard
    November 7, 2009 - 13:29 | Permalink

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    Search HERE
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  • 16
    Anonymous
    November 16, 2009 - 03:24 | Permalink

    “We want…information. Information. INFORMATON!”

    And I GOT it, by neither hook nor crook.

    We acknowledge the presence of the Individual, and We Thank You, Sir.

    “BE SEEING YOU!”

  • 17
    Weird Eyes
    January 27, 2010 - 06:06 | Permalink

    Beauty.
    Can't wait…

  • 18
    Delbert Grady
    March 1, 2011 - 04:51 | Permalink

    By God, Willard. You'll make Major for this!!!

  • 19
    Gerald Fisher
    September 4, 2011 - 07:30 | Permalink

    Thanks for this Willard. I don’t remember anything about the music for the ‘new’ Prisoner, but the show itself had little to do with the original story (other than people being imprisoned) and it was pretty bad. Even Ian McKellan and ‘Jesus” (James Caviezel) couldn’t save it.

  • 20
    Willard
    September 4, 2011 - 09:31 | Permalink

    Thanks. Never saw the new show or heard the any music, outside of a short clip. Even forgot all about it after we originally posted this in ’09. Too bad. In the right hands, this legacy could be quite fun, though the original is untouchable.

  • 21
    Winking Tiger
    September 4, 2011 - 13:26 | Permalink

    I Downloaded this from the old ‘Boat’… *snif, sob*… I really am just posting to say:

    1) This is brilliant, thanks Willard for making it available.

    2) “Number Six Chops Down The Tree” (from File #1) is one of the best slices of spy/surf/exotica guitar music you will ever hear…

  • 22
    Mylene
    September 4, 2011 - 19:05 | Permalink

    The ‘new’ Prisoner used samples from Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE is every episode.

  • 24
    September 4, 2011 - 19:36 | Permalink

    The Prisoner was my favorite show in the sixties (forget about da Mod Squad!)….I have this collection and it’s a must have for any fan of this late great television series (ripples from The Prisoner are still reverberating across the pond of popular culture)

    • 25
      Willard
      September 4, 2011 - 20:26 | Permalink

      It’s one of the greats.

  • 26
    Crazed
    April 1, 2012 - 01:01 | Permalink

    Teh interwebs and I are grateful, Captain!

  • 27
    September 4, 2012 - 23:41 | Permalink

    LOVE the site! Any chance of a reup?

  • 28
    Willard
    September 5, 2012 - 00:09 | Permalink

    Comment #15

  • 29
    September 5, 2012 - 19:40 | Permalink

    Thank you! My apologies for missing it.

    This is an amazing site. I’ve spent hours on here already….great stuff!!!

  • 30
    Willard
    September 5, 2012 - 19:46 | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • 31
    Chris Bell
    December 26, 2012 - 18:25 | Permalink

    Greetings, Willard– just discovered your site & am ecstatic that you’ve put up The Prisoner soundtracks! File 3 though does not seem to work on MF. Any chance for re-up? Thanks so much, keep up the great work.

    • 32
      Willard
      December 26, 2012 - 20:06 | Permalink

      New links up, many thanks Chris.

  • 33
    Chris Bell
    December 26, 2012 - 23:40 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard– brings back memories, especially that great Penny Lane-ish horn in #6 throned. Cheers!

  • 34
    Michael
    February 18, 2013 - 09:08 | Permalink

    Thank you, Captain.

  • 35
    greggery
    March 24, 2013 - 17:05 | Permalink

    Willard, just had to say thanks for all of this marvellous stuff and pulling me right back into music…

    To quote one musical ‘Hero’ of mine….

    Long May You Run

    greggery

    • 36
      Willard
      March 24, 2013 - 17:11 | Permalink

      Cool… glad you’re diggin’ it all. And… thanks for reporting dead links.

  • 37
    July 23, 2013 - 08:48 | Permalink

    Dearest Capt. Willard.

    Thanks very much for all of your beautiful music, It is very kind of you to share it with us layabouts. May I ask you to be gracious enough to make The Prisoner File # 3 available again please..? The DF link would appear to be down.

    Many thanks for your time!

    You are Number Six, Number Six, Pick Up Sticks!

    Meestah Meest

    • 38
      Willard
      July 23, 2013 - 10:11 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks for the note.

  • 39
    Meest
    July 25, 2013 - 06:46 | Permalink

    Wow! That was quick work!

    Many thanks Willard – I wish your stay in the Village a happy one.

    Meest (No.23)

  • 40
    Dan
    June 2, 2014 - 04:33 | Permalink

    Thank you so very much for the time you spend on all this, been to a few pages and picked up things I could not find anywhere else (even as a great internet explorer).

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