The Ted Lewis group continue their excellent appreciation of the author and his finest work by announcing their events for 2020. As we are approaching the 50th year of the anniversary of the film’s release and the 80th birthday of Ted they have assembled a bumper programme of events to celebrate Ted and the film. More detail will follow in due course but see below for a list of upcoming events from the ever-busy group.
The ever useful Modculture website has alerted me to the fact that a brand new 3CD reissue of the Get Carter soundtrack is being released this month. It looks like it contains new tracks that haven’t ever been released before, as well as Roy Budd ‘best of’ disc. I’ll let Modculture explain…
Fans of the classic film might be interested in the Get Carter soundtrack deluxe 3-CD reissue with book, which is out this month.
The new and improved edition of Get Carter has three CDs of music from Roy Budd – the first two devoted to the film’s soundtrack and the third to the best of Roy Budd’s other scores.
Disc 1 is the original Japanese soundtrack, with the addition of ‘Hallucinations’ (which was on the soundtrack but not the LP).
Disc 2 combines other incidental music from the film with single mixes and remixes and other rarities.
Disc 3 is other Roy Budd soundtrack highlights from the likes of Diamonds, Fear Is The Key, The Stone Killer and The Black Windmill.
All of that comes in a ‘deluxe’ hardback book format with a huge booklet featuring a new, 15,000 essay from film soundtrack writer Charlie Brigden and a foreword from Paul Fishman, as well as numerous images from the cult classic movie.
It’s available to order now ahead of the release date of 26th July 2019, with a price of £26.99.
Looks a nice release. Once released I’ll update the discography page.
DISC ONE – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
GET CARTER (Intro)
CARTER TAKES THE TRAIN (Main Title)
LOOKIN’ FOR SOMEONE
THE RACE TRACK (Dialogue)
SOMETHIN’ ON MY MIND
GETTIN’ NOWHERE IN A HURRY
THE GIRL IN THE CAR
THE PHONE CALL (Dialogue)
LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD
LIVING SHOULD BE THAT WAY
GOODBYE ERIC + DIALOGUE
DISC TWO – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BONUS MATERIAL
GET CARTER (Alternative Mix 1) *
HALLUCINATIONS (Alternative Vocal Mix) *
LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD (Alternative Mix) *
MANHUNT (Alternative Mix) *
GET CARTER (Alternative Mix 2) *
GETTIN’ NOWHERE IN A HURRY (Alternative Vocal Mix) *
HALLUCINATIONS (Instrumental Mix)
HOW ABOUT YOU
GET CARTER (7″ Single Version)
GET CARTER (Dope On A Rope US Remix)
GET CARTER (De Few 2 Smoking Barrels Remix)
GET CARTER (Deadly Avenger Remix)
GET CARTER (Breakneck Dirtbox Remix)
DISC THREE – A BIT OF BUDD
MR FUNKER (M15-FB) (from Foxbat)
WAY OUT M1 (SK 10) (from The Stone Killer)
NO DOUBT (MC-M11) (from The Marseille Contract)
DIAMOND FORTRESS (from Diamonds)
IN THE SHADOWS (from The Stone Killer)
JAZZ IT UP (MC-M4) (from The Marseille Contract)
FREE TARRANT (from The Black Windmill)
CASSETTE JAZZ (from The Black Windmill)
FOR ALL MY DAYS (from Kidnapped)
NO COOPERATION (from The Black Windmill)
TEACHER AND PUPIL (from Paper Tiger)
MAIN THEME (from Fear Is The Key)
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (Theme from The Warsaw Concerto) (from The Sea Wolves)
HOW CAN WE RUN AWAY (from Something To Hide)
CRESTA’S SONG (from Soldier Blue)
THEME FROM AUNT HARRIET
THE CAREY TREATMENT (from The Carey Treatment)
WHO NEEDS LOVE ANYWAY
The Newcastle Chronicle has just published an article that includes a video of the last few hours of the infamous Gateshead Trinity car park and what it looked like internally just before it was torn down.
It really does show the state into which it had descended and it includes the chief architect, Owen Luder surveying the crippled building. A nice quick read for any Get Carter fan.
As we all know, without the original Jack’s Return Home book we would never have had the film that we all know and love.
The book was only made possible as it was written by a mercurial author called Ted Lewis, a multi-talented author, musician, screenwriter and artist who despite his grim northern English background, revolutionised a particular brand of storytelling that has been applauded and copied ever since. Despite his complicated life and sad, early demise, there are is a recent reinterest of the author being led by the Ted Lewis Group – a non-profit organisation whose aim is to celebrate Ted’s life and work.
Being based in Barton upon Humber, their aim is to spread the word of Ted’s life and output. It’s a busy period for them at the moment as they ramp up their efforts to get Ted’s body of work recognised for what it is.
They have a number of upcoming events which people may be interested in, including an open afternoon on Saturday 3rd March at the East Riding’s Museum, and various ad-hoc and organised gatherings throughout the year.
They have produced a series of pamphlets, books and a website which chronicles the life of the excellent Ted Lewis – for any fan of Get Carter and noir, it’s a must visit website that you will soon get lost in. Please feel free to drop in – they have also published a separate biography of Ted, perfect to read alongside the Nick Triplow autobiography.
Some excellent pre-Christmas news for all those Get Carter fans who are looking for a good book over the winter. It looks like we have, at last, a strong, definitive look at the life of Ted Lewis – the author who wrote ‘Jacks Return Home’, the book that started it all for this wonderful film. Whilst it’s a story that is lesser known by fans of the film, and with a sad ending, I’m glad that Nick Triplow has chronicled the short life of Ted Lewis.
The story of Ted Lewis carries historical and cultural resonances for our own troubled times
Get Carter are two words to bring a smile of fond recollection to all British film lovers of a certain age.
The cinema classic was based on a book called Jack’s Return Home, and many commentators agree contemporary British crime writing began with that novel. The influence of both book and film is strong to this day, reflected in the work of David Peace, Jake Arnott and a host of contemporary crime & noir authors. But what of the man who wrote this seminal work?
Ted Lewis is one of the most important writers you’ve never heard of. Born in Manchester in 1940, he grew up in the tough environs of post-war Humberside, attending Hull College of Arts and Crafts before heading for London. His life described a cycle of obscurity to glamour and back to obscurity, followed by death at only 42. He sampled the bright temptations of sixties London while working in advertising, TV and films and he encountered excitement and danger in Soho drinking dens, rubbing shoulders with the ‘East End boys’ in gangland haunts. He wrote for Z Cars and had some nine books published. Alas, unable to repeat the commercial success of Get Carter, Lewis’s life fell apart, his marriage ended and he returned to Humberside and an all too early demise.
Getting Carter is a meticulously researched and riveting account of the career of a doomed genius. Long-time admirer Nick Triplow has fashioned a thorough, sympathetic and unsparing narrative. Required reading for noirists, this book will enthral and move anyone who finds irresistible the old cocktail of rags to riches to rags.
More information on the book can be found on the publisher’s website. The book, released on the 26th October is currently available now and at a discounted rate for the hardback. Otherwise, it will become available in the usual places in the usual formats later this month.
The author is also doing a number of personal appearances to promote the book – more information on these can be found in the same place above.
- Q&A WITH NICK TRIPLOW, 15 Oct, 2017 4:30 pm, Gangland London Film Festival, Regent Street Cinema
- GETTING CARTER – NICK TRIPLOW TALK AT THE SOHEMIANS, 25 Oct, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Upstairs in The Weatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JB
- GETTING CARTER BOOK LAUNCH, 01 Nov, 2017 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Cafe INDIEpendent, 169-173 High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6EH
- GETTING CARTER BOOK LAUNCH, 17 Nov, 2017 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Kardomah 94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN
- HULL NOIR – GET CARTER: TED LEWIS AND THE HARD-BOILING OF BRITISH CRIME FICTION, 18 Nov, 2017 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, The Britannia Royal Hotel, Hull
Word has reached us that famed Get Carter director, Mike Hodges, is currently crowdsourcing funding for three new novels that he has written.
The three noir novellas, titled Bait, Security and Grist explore various themes and include all you would expect from a director who has spread himself across multiple genres during his career.
You can find out more over at the Unbound website, with various packages available starting at £10, including various collectable Get Carter rewards.