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the Dreamstone Album:

the Dreamstone ( CD, UK)

Year 1990
Origin Great Britain
Label Adventure Records
Reference AADVT CD 1001
Barcode 5 021032 000122
Matrix
IFPI Mastering SID
Inner Plastic Ring
Other Identifiers
Track List
  • 1.Better Than A Dream – Mike Batt
  • 2.The War Song Of The Urpneys – B. Connolly, Ozzy Osbourne & F. Bruno
  • 3.Dreamdance (Theme From The Dreamstone)
  • 4.Into The Sunset – Mike Batt & Bonnie Tyler
  • 5.The Vile Bros Mountain Band – Gary Glitter & Joe Brown
Line up
  • Mike Batt: Vocals
  • Billy Connolly: Vocals
  • Ozzy Osbourne: Vocals
  • Frank Bruno: Vocals
  • Bonnie Tyler: Vocals
  • Gary Glitter & Joe Brown: Vocals
  • Ray Russell: Guitars
  • Mike Batt: keyboards
  • Joe Brown: fiddle, banjo, jaw’s harp
  • The London Philharmonic Orchestra conductor: David Nolan
Notes
The soundtrack of The Dreamstone was created by the (in)famous Mike Batt, who is best known for “Bright Eyes” (the signature song from the 1979 animated production of Watership Down) and, of course, all those Wombles records. The Dreamstone soundtrack itself is an odd but quite charming mix of classical music, which accompanied the action of the feature-length special and was reused in most of the subsequent episodes, and a selection of loosely-related songs which did not feature in the show. Oddest of all were the celebrities featured on the album; Billy Connolly, Frank Bruno and Ozzy Osbourne sang “The War Song of the Urpneys”, Joe Brown and Gary Glitter sang “The Vile Bros. Mountain Band” and Bonnie Tyler dueted with Batt himself on the ballady “Into the Sunset”. The show’s theme tune, “Better than a Dream” was also sung by Mike Batt.

the Dreamstone (LP, UK)

Year 1990
Origin Great Britain
Label Adventure Records
Reference ADVTLP 1001
Barcode ?
Other Identifiers
Track List
  • 1.Better Than A Dream – Mike Batt
  • 2.The War Song Of The Urpneys – B. Connolly, Ozzy Osbourne & F. Bruno
  • 3.Dreamdance (Theme From The Dreamstone)
  • 4.Into The Sunset – Mike Batt & Bonnie Tyler
  • 5.The Vile Bros Mountain Band – Gary Glitter & Joe Brown
Line up
  • Mike Batt: Vocals
  • Billy Connolly: Vocals
  • Ozzy Osbourne: Vocals
  • Frank Bruno: Vocals
  • Bonnie Tyler: Vocals
  • Gary Glitter & Joe Brown: Vocals
  • Ray Russell: Guitars
  • Mike Batt: keyboards
  • Joe Brown: fiddle, banjo, jaw’s harp
  • The London Philharmonic Orchestra conductor: David Nolan
Notes
The soundtrack of The Dreamstone was created by the (in)famous Mike Batt, who is best known for “Bright Eyes” (the signature song from the 1979 animated production of Watership Down) and, of course, all those Wombles records. The Dreamstone soundtrack itself is an odd but quite charming mix of classical music, which accompanied the action of the feature-length special and was reused in most of the subsequent episodes, and a selection of loosely-related songs which did not feature in the show. Oddest of all were the celebrities featured on the album; Billy Connolly, Frank Bruno and Ozzy Osbourne sang “The War Song of the Urpneys”, Joe Brown and Gary Glitter sang “The Vile Bros. Mountain Band” and Bonnie Tyler dueted with Batt himself on the ballady “Into the Sunset”. The show’s theme tune, “Better than a Dream” was also sung by Mike Batt.

the Urpney song ( Cassette Single, UK)

Year 1990
Origin Great Britain
Label Adventure Records
Reference ADVTSC102/td>
Barcode 5 021032000207
Other Identifiers
Track List
  • A1 – The Urpney Song
  • B1 – The Whirlyped Launch
Line up
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals
  • Frank Bruno – Vocals
  • Billy Connolly – Vocals
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
Notes
The Dreamstone is a British animated television series that ran for 4 series of 13 episodes each between 1990 and 1995. The show was notable for its musical score, which is practically unique among cartoons in that it was performed by a full-size professional orchestra, namely the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The score, by Mike Batt, was heavily characterised by the use of leitmotifs and thematic variations, particularly on the two main songs used in the series, Better than a Dream (characterising the good characters) and War Song of the Urpneys (characterising the evil characters) Ozzy Osbourne, Frank Bruno, and Billy Connolly provided lead vocals on The War Song of the Urpneys single and album track, although the version heard in the series was largely sung by composer Mike Batt.

the Urpney Song (7″, UK)

Year 1990
Origin Great Britain
Label Adventure Records
Reference ADVTS102
Matrix (A) ADVTS 102 A1
(B) ADVTS 102 B1
Barcode 5 021032 000276
Other Identifiers
Track List
  • A1 – The Urpney Song
  • B1 – The Whirlyped Launch
Line up
  • Side A
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals
  • Frank Bruno – Vocals
  • Billy Connolly – Vocals
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
Notes
– The Dreamstone is a British animated television series that ran for 4 series of 13 episodes each between 1990 and 1995. The show was notable for its musical score, which is practically unique among cartoons in that it was performed by a full-size professional orchestra, namely the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The score, by Mike Batt, was heavily characterised by the use of leitmotifs and thematic variations, particularly on the two main songs used in the series, Better than a Dream (characterising the good characters) and War Song of the Urpneys (characterising the evil characters) Ozzy Osbourne, Frank Bruno, and Billy Connolly provided lead vocals on The War Song of the Urpneys single and album track, although the version heard in the series was largely sung by composer Mike Batt.
– Poster sleeve version

The Urpney Song (7″, UK, Picture disc)

Year 1990
Origin Great Britain
Label Adventure Records
Reference ADVTS102
Matrix (A) ADUTSP102A
(B) ADUTSP102B
Barcode ?
Other Identifiers
Track List
  • A1 – The Urpney Song
  • B1 – The Whirlyped Launch
Line up
  • Side A
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals
  • Frank Bruno – Vocals
  • Billy Connolly – Vocals
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
Notes
The Dreamstone is a British animated television series that ran for 4 series of 13 episodes each between 1990 and 1995. The show was notable for its musical score, which is practically unique among cartoons in that it was performed by a full-size professional orchestra, namely the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The score, by Mike Batt, was heavily characterised by the use of leitmotifs and thematic variations, particularly on the two main songs used in the series, Better than a Dream (characterising the good characters) and War Song of the Urpneys (characterising the evil characters) Ozzy Osbourne, Frank Bruno, and Billy Connolly provided lead vocals on The War Song of the Urpneys single and album track, although the version heard in the series was largely sung by composer Mike Batt.