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Beat Girl

1 Jan 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2012
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Copyright Group
  • Total Length: 39:33
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B006QCQ24E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,452 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nathan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
Beat Girl marked the debut of JB as a score composer and was the very first British movie to have a soundtrack release. Like most films about youth, it has dated badly not helped by a risible script, poor acting - Oliver Reed has to be seen to be believed, and a plot that must have taken all of 2 minutes to dream up.

JB's instrumental score on the other hand is bristling with panache. Influenced by both rock'n'roll and the style of jazz that Elmer Bernstein had employed for his ground breaking score 'The Man With The Golden Gun', 'Beat Girl' is loud, brash and staggeringly cool. The guitar of Vic Flick is set to permanent riff and the brass section blows up a storm. Great individual work by Dennis King on tenor sax, Johnny Scott on flute who sounds almost west coast, Hayden Jackson's inventive percussion, Les Reeds bluesy piano and Douggie Wright's drums. The James Bond theme is just 3 years away but the genesis of JB's arrangement for it is unmissable. The 4 vocal cuts add nothing to the score and are redolent of the period they were written in.

Of the 18 bonus tracks, the most interesting, at least on paper, are the 6 tracks by the British actress Gillian Hills who played the title role . Prior to this, the Bardot look a like had appeared in Roger Vadim's 'Les Liasons Dangereuses' and in 1960 signed a recording deal with Barclay Records. Though hard to find these tracks are rather twee in comparison to her later releases. You can check some of them out on You Tube.

Essential then for JB fans who don't already have this and anyone else who has an interest in British 60's music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peanuts on 24 Feb 2011
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Whilst the film is not that particularly good, the Beatgirl Soundtrack remains one of the most underestimated albums of all time! Adam Faith with "I did what you told me" is a tremedous track and for some reason was never released as a single. The song clearly illustrates the pulse of the late 50s and very early 60s and would certainly have slotted quite nicely in the top ten at the time. It was released on EP however. Some of the truly great tracks though are performed by the Barry Band themselves. Blues for Beatniks, Stripper (a great track even up to when the sax grabs the moment and delivers the finale grande) and Sharks are worth the price of the ticket on their own! As far as music is concerned it goes to prove that the Beatnix got it spot on and they should thank John Barry for clearly representing there very acceptable taste!

The earlier reviewer covers everything else. This is how it really was!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stanley J Marut on 24 Dec 2011
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I was just a kid when this film and soundtrack album came out. I possesed the original vynil version on LP 33rpm. This was subsequently stolen from my classroom as I had taken the album to school to show the other kids how cool I was by owning it. I did manage to see the film which was classified "X" at the time and only suitable for those aged 16 or over. As for the movie plot I do not recall that much and today it would probably be classified "12". Anyway, the music shows just how good John Barry really was, even at such an early stage in his composing career. At the time one just listened to it and it was of its era. I was perhaps more keen on the Adam Faith bits than the orchestral arrangements which formed part of the on going sound track.

Listening to the album today, I particularly enjoyed Vic Flick and his style of guitar playing which became a hallmark of the early 60s. The other instrumental tracks also speak of their time in the arrangements and in the influences that one hears. I thought I could hear Basie on one track. This Beat Girl bit of the album here released is great. But, the album does suffer from the bits that have been added to make up the time and this I feel detracts from the overall enjoyment. Why on earth have they included such banal tracks from Gillian Hills? The quality of the John Barry Sound tracks also disappoint. Adding Adam Faith's "What do you want" and tracks like "Christmas Shop" really let the album down and in any event for Adam Faith fans are available elsewhere cheaply on CD.

Nevertheless, The original Beat Girl soundtrack is great to hear again and thats 51 years after the event !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By elvisparsnip on 6 Feb 2013
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I was hoping for a stereo recording but considering the price, mono acceptable furthermore, may not have been recorded in stereo but should have been! The greatest objection, however, is the fact it was recorded from a vinyl not from original tapes. How do I know? track 16- the immediate pleasure- jumps! A bit of a bother.But the music itself is fantastic! John barry ranks better than american composers of film music, in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andrew keogh on 19 Mar 2013
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search for this for a long time, all offers before were silly prices, glad i kept looking, thanks a lot
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Da Parsons on 19 Feb 2013
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It was hard to get hold of on vinyl, but this is great and also a chance to hear the combination of Vic Flick and John Barry, most famously heard in the guitar playing in the James Bond theme, it is no wonder they wanted to parade him as Britain's answer to Duane Eddy, plus all the artists from a bygone era, you can almost imagine yourself in a 60's cafe with the jukebox blaring in the background. This is definitely an album for nostalgia fans,
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