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Century 21 Merchandising produced a series of Mini albums in 1965. In most cases, they consisted of audio clips from the TV episodes, with some added narration provided by one of the main characters. The albums were released in the UK under the "Century 21 Records" label, and they were pressed by Pye Records Ltd. The first Thunderbirds themed record was released in 1965, and was titled "Introducing Thunderbirds". They retailed in the shops for 7/11, rising to 8/- by the end of 1966, which was quite a considerable amount of money. They were still being sold in record shops as late as 1971 when the retail price had risen to 50 pence (10/-).

The mini albums were also released in Australia under the "Astor Records" label and were licensed to be produced and distributed by Astor in Sydney.

The EP (7in extended play) records have the prefix "MA" for "Mini Album", the running time for each record was about 21 minutes. LP (12in Long play) records show the prefix "LA" for "Long play album".


The following is a list of the Thunderbirds themed releases.

MA 103 - Introducing ThunderbirdsEdit

D1 album
  • Story by: Alan Fennell.
  • Voice artistes: Sylvia Anderson, Peter Dyneley, David Graham.
  • Story line: "Meet Jeff Tracy, Lady Penelope, Parker and the fantastic Thunderbirds, the machines of the future. Here are the sounds and secrets of International Rescue.
  • Release date: 1965.
  • Retail price: 7/11


MA 107 - F.A.BEdit

Mini1
  • Written and Produced by: Des Saunders and David Graham.
  • Music and songs by: Barry Gray.
  • Voice artistes: Sylvia Anderson (Lady Penelope), Peter Dyneley (Jeff Tracy and Indian in perfume shop) Ray Barrett (John Tracy and the Guide), Shane Rimmer (Scott Tracy) and David Graham (Bunty and Gallup Din).
  • Story line: Jeff asks Lady Penelope to go to the Himalayas to investigate disturbing rumors about the Abominable Snowman. The adventure leads to unexpected trouble for Lady Penelope and Parker, Scott Tracy is called to help and in Thunderbird One he dashes to the scene of the danger.
  • Release date: 1966.
  • Retail price: 7/11.


MA 108 - Thunderbird 1Edit

Ma109
  • Written by: Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Producer: Des Saunders.
  • Narrator: Shane Rimmer (Scott Tracy)
  • Voice Artistes: Peter Dyneley (Jeff Tracy and the Airport controller), David Holliday (Virgil Tracy), Ray Barrett (Radar operator and the Hood), David Graham (Pilot of Fireflash and Parker), Sylvia Anderson (Lady Penelope), Christine Finn (Tin-Tin Kyrano, uncredited).
  • Based on the episode: Trapped in the Sky.
  • Release date: 1966.
  • Retail price: 7/11.

MA 109 - The End of the Road, Featuring Thunderbird 2Edit

End
  • Story by: Dennis Spooner.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Producer: Len Cleal.
  • Narrator: David Graham (Brains).
  • Voice artistes: Shane Rimmer, Peter Dyneley, Ray Barrett, Christine Finn, Matt Zimmerman and David Holliday.
  • Based on the episode: End of The Road.
  • Release date: June 24th 1966.
  • Retail price: 7/11.


MA 110 - The Stately Homes RobberiesEdit

State
  • Written by: Alan Fennell.
  • Story by: Jim Watson.
  • Voice artistes: Sylvia Anderson, David Graham, Peter Dyneley, Ray Barrett and Shane Rimmer.
  • Release date: June 24th 1966.
  • Retail price: 7/11.

MA 112 - Sun Probe, Featuring Thunderbird 3Edit

Sunp
  • Written by: Alan Fennell.
  • Story by: Jim Wilson.
  • Producer Len Cleal.
  • Music:Barry Gray.
  • Narration: Matt Zimmerman (Alan Tracy).
  • Voice artists: Peter Dyneley, Ray Barrett, Christine Finn, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Matt Zimmerman and David Holliday.
  • Based on the episode: Sun Probe.
  • Release date: 1966.
  • Retail price: 8/-

MA 113 - Terror in New York City, Featuring Thunderbird 4Edit

Tb4
  • Written by: Jim Wilson
  • Producer Len Cleal.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: David Graham (Gordon Tracy).
  • Voice artists: Peter Dyneley, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Matt Zimmerman and David Holliday.
  • Based on the episode: Terror In New York City
  • Release date: 1966.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 114 - The Perils of PenelopeEdit

Popen
  • Written by: Jim Wilson
  • Producer Len Cleal.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: Sylvia Anderson (Lady Penelope).
  • Voice artists: Sylvia Anderson, Peter Dyneley, Ray Barrett, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Matt Zimmerman and David Holliday.
  • Based on the episode: The Perils Of Penelope
  • Release date: 1966.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 118 - The Vault of Death, Featuring Lady Penelope And ParkerEdit

Vault
  • Written by: Len Cleal.
  • Producer Len Cleal.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: Sylvia Anderson (Lady Penelope).
  • Voice artists: Sylvia Anderson, Peter Dyneley, Ray Barrett, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Matt Zimmerman and David Holliday.
  • Based on the episode: Vault Of Death
  • Release date: 1966.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 119 - The Desperate Intruder, Featuring Brains and Tin-TinEdit

TIN
  • Written by: Len Cleal.
  • Producer Len Cleal.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: Christine Fin (Tin-Tin)
  • Voice artists: Christine Finn, Sylvia Anderson, Peter Dyneley, Ray Barrett, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Matt Zimmerman and David Holliday.
  • Based on the episode: Desperate Intruder
  • Release date: 1966.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 120 - The Impostors, Featuring International RescueEdit

Imp
  • Written by: Len Cleal.
  • Producer Len Cleal.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: Shane Rimmer.
  • Voice artists: Sylvia Anderson, Peter Dyneley, Ray Barrett, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Matt Zimmerman and David Holliday.
  • Based on the episode: The Impostors
  • Release date: 1966.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 121 - Day of Disaster, Featuring ThunderbirdsEdit

Dof dis
  • Written by: Len Cleal.
  • Script: Dennis Spooner.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: David Graham (Gordon Tracy).
  • Voice artists: Sylvia Anderson, Peter Dyneley, Ray Barrett, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Matt Zimmerman and David Holliday.
  • Based on the episode: Day Of Disaster
  • Release date: 1967.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 122 - The Cham-Cham, Featuring Lady PenelopeEdit

Cham
  • Written by: Len Cleal.
  • Script: Alan Pattillo.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: David Graham.
  • Voice artists: Christine Finn, Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Matt Zimmerman, John Tait and David Holliday.
  • Based on the episode: The Cham-Cham
  • Release date: 1967.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 123 - Alias Mr.Hackenbacker, Featuring BrainsEdit

Backer
  • Written by: Len Cleal.
  • Script: Alan Pattillo.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: David Graham (Brains).
  • Voice artists: Christine Finn, Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Peter Dyneley, Paul Maxwell, Matt Zimmerman and Jeremy Wilkin.
  • Based on the episode: Alias Mr. Hackenbacker
  • Release date: 1967.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 124 - Brink of DisasterEdit

Brink
  • Written by: Len Cleal.
  • Producer Len Cleal.
  • Script: Alan Fennell.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: David Graham.
  • Voice artists: Christine Finn, Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Peter Dyneley, David Holliday, John Tate and Matt Zimmerman.
  • Based on the episode: Brink Of Disaster
  • Release date: 1967.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 125 - Atlantic InfernoEdit

A ferno
  • Written by: Len Cleal.
  • Script: Alan Fennell.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: David Graham.
  • Voice artists: Christine Finn, Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Shane Rimmer, David Graham, Jeremy Wilkin, Peter Dyneley, John Tate and Matt Zimmerman.
  • Based on the episode: Atlantic Inferno
  • Release date: 1967.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 126 - RicochetEdit

Rico
  • Written by: Len Cleal.
  • Script: Tony Barwick.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: David Graham.
  • Voice artists: Christine Finn, Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, David Graham, Jeremy Wilkin, Peter Dyneley, Charles Tingwell and Matt Zimmerman.
  • Based on the episode: Ricochet
  • Release date: 1967.
  • Retail price: 8/-


MA 128 - One Move And You're DeadEdit

Move
  • Script: Alan Pattillo.
  • Producer: Denis Skelton.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: Christine Finn.
  • Voice artists: Christine Finn, Ray Barrett, David Graham, Jeremy Wilkin, Peter Dyneley, David Holliday, Shane Rimmer and Matt Zimmerman.
  • Based on the episode: Move - And You're Dead
  • Release date: 1967.
  • Retail price: 8/-

MA 129 - Thirty Minutes After NoonEdit

Untitled robot
  • Script: Alan Fennell.
  • Producer: Denis Skelton.
  • Music: Barry Gray.
  • Narration: David Graham.
  • Voice artists: Christine Finn, Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, David Graham, Peter Dyneley, David Holliday, Shane Rimmer and Matt Zimmerman.
  • Based on the episode: 30 Minutes After Noon
  • Release date: 1967.
  • Retail price: 8/-

Long Play Records (12in Albums)Edit

These were two mini albums released together as an LP record.

LA 3 Jeff Tracy Introduces International RescuesEdit

Ol 1
  • Side One: Thunderbird One (MA 108).
  • Side Two: Thunderbird Two (MA 109).
  • Release date: 1966.
  • Retail price: 14/11






LA 4 - Lady Penelope InvestigatesEdit

STAE
  • Side One: F.A.B (MA 107).
  • Side Two: Stately Homes Robberies (MA 110)
  • Release date: 1966.
  • Retail price: 14/11


AdvertisingEdit

The albums were very heavily advertised in children's comics, most notably "TV 21" and "Lady Penelope" (both owned by "Century 21 publishing".)

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