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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Film Score Monthly
  • ASIN: B0098E6SP0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on 11 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"You can stand here with me if you want but you'll have to agree not to talk about the heat...".

Oh, alright then...

If you're reading this the chances are that, like me, you have been waiting YEARS to obtain this original soundtrack so you can enjoy the pleasure of John Barry's own score without having to load up your DVD yet again. Well, finally, here she is - the original and best. Your search is over and you can finally stop looking for her.

For me, Barry's jazz roots enabled him to create the right blend of musical intrigue, mood and pace to elevate Body Heat to a smoky noir masterpiece. Similarly his understanding of the genre ensured that the seductive appeal of an illicit romance was translated into a relentless opening melody which drew you right into the story. As usual Barry's genius made it all sound effortless but I can recall only a handful of soundtracks where such a perfect balance has ever been achieved.

" I need someone to take care of me, someone to rub my tired muscles, smooth out my sheets...".

How true. Dim the lights, turn up the central heating (come on now, I live in North Yorkshire), put on some decent headphones and allow yourself to be transported past the chimes into the sultry world of Pine Haven.

"My temperature runs a couple of degrees high, around a hundred. I don't mind. It's the engine or something..."
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I concur with others' reviews: this is a truly superb, evocative score ... It's not my favourite score from this Maestro but that takes nothing away from the pure enjoyment it provides and this 2CD release provides everything the score has to offer with album, original score, out-takes and demo's.

But beware: the Amazon listing refers to Joel McNeely and the London Symphony Orchestra. The Varese Sarabande label released a re-recording of the score by these artists some years ago and I highly recommend that, too (well it's wonderful music!) ... but their recordings are not included in this 2CD set from FSM. Look elsewhere if you want the McNeely/LSO recording.
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Have been waiting for this release for a long, long time. I was not disappointed. Excellent music, which at the time made a deep impression on me, which shows the genius of John Barry at his brilliant best. Not easy to condense the essence of the subject matter, effectively Film Noir, but with a contemporary slant. Like the plot, his music tells the story, but hides the truth in the tension that is created. Lawrence Kasdan's directorial skill is matched and amplified by the score. Perfect match.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
"Body Heat" Movie Soundtrack 3 Mar. 2000
By John Wayman Mueller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for many years, I can attest that this soundtrack captures the mood, heat, and humidity of Florida beautifully. I've run my movie tape so many times just to hear the music, that the tape is almost worn out. When I hear the piano and saxophone on this soundtrack, I can just feel the stifling heat, especially at night, and I love it. Buy it! You won't be sorry!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Long overdue film score for "Body Heat" now available. 3 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Seventeen years after the theatrical release of Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 film noir classic "Body Heat", the film score has finally been released. It is well worth the wait. Joel McNeely and the London Symphony Orchestra have faithfully recreated one of the truly great film scores composed by John Barry. From the hauntingly erotic main title to the shocking conclusion, this score weaves a tangled web of lust, lies and greed. Its contribution to the film is so significant, that it's almost like having another character in the film.
This cd is true to the original score. Film music buffs fearing an adapted or deriviative version of the score will not be disappointed. Joel McNeely and the LSO have performed an extraordinary service to Barry's score for "Body Heat". Special thanks should go to the person(s) at Varese Sarabande responsible for adding this long overdue release to their "Film Classics" series. They have done a great sevice ! to both movie buffs and soundtrack aficionados.
Ironically, after several attempts to locate this score down through the years, I stumbled upon it while looking for the score to "The Spanish Prisoner". Unfortunately, it appears to be commercially unavailable. Maybe the good people at Varese Sarabande will release this excellent score in the near future. In the meantime, just sit back, relax, turn down the lights and enjoy "Body Heat".
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Faithfully done: a master re-creation 11 Aug. 2000
By Jack Yan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The greatest concern I had whether Joel McNeely would be faithful to John Barry's famous score for Body Heat. I had been disappointed with others' attempts, even Nic Raine's orchestrations for Raise the Titanic and Franklin and Eleanor in The Music of John Barry. While those were expertly done, I could tell that the tempo was not the composer's. Raine probably wasn't all to blame: I'm sure there were time considerations. But that experience made me weary of others attempting to step into Barry's shoes.
Fortunately, this might as well be Barry's original score. Joel McNeely uses the London Symphony Orchestra fully; the atmosphere of Kasdan's film is brought to life: Ned and Matty returned. Although I haven't seen Body Heat for years, McNeely's conducting is as I remembered Barry's. Unlike Barry's own slightly softer version of the theme in Moviola performed by the RPO, McNeely has re-created the original, more seductive theme from the main title; the alto sax, expertly performed by Andy Mackintosh, swaying. Even the packaging is seductive, its cover painting taking the viewer back to the Florida heat.
Robert Townson and all at Varèse Sarabande deserve great credit for this marvellous classic remake, a must for John Barry fans.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Seduction Music Beautifully Done 27 Oct. 2000
By carol irvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always loved the film of "Body Heat" so I was delighted to buy the soundtrack when it came back on the market in this re-recorded version. It brings the film back into your mind completely as you listen to it. Its main refrain throughout is sultry seduction in the Florida heat via saxophone, piano, violins and so forth, all via the London Symphony Orchestra. It is entirely instrumental. Got a big date coming over for dinner? This is the album you want to play. Actually, it is great to listen to at any time. I must make one distinction though. Listening to a soundtrack is generally not like listening to a powerhouse soloist who absolutely knocks you out. This album is not like an album by Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane or Chet Baker.

The only soloist you will envision is a character you remember from the movie! This is generally true of soundtracks though. I absolutely love listening to soundtracks but they are quite different from listening to the album of one of the top 100 solo singers or musicians in the world. Soundtracks make better mood and background music than theater music typically does though. This is because the mood and tone remain consistent throughout whereas a show can change pace, tone and mood rapidly. "Body Heat" fits exactly within what one can reasonably expect when buying and listening to a really fine soundtrack. If you want to discover whether you even like listening to soundtracks, this would be a good one for you to try as a sample. That is my only warning: you may be the type of person who discovers you don't like listening to soundtracks at all, that they are too repetitious and boring for you.

Visit my blog with link given on my profile page here or use this phonetically given URL (livingasseniors dot blogspot dot com). Friday's entry will always be weekend entertainment recs from my 5 star Amazon reviews in film, tv, books and music. These are very heavy on buried treasures and hidden gems. My blogspot is published on Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A good performance of a sexy film score 2 Oct. 2001
By M. A Michaud - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The producers of the Varese Sarabande Film Classics series should be thanked for giving us a fine recording of John Barry's score for the film "Body Heat," one of the sexiest ever written. This CD by Joel McNeely and the London Symphony Orchestra, though not labeled original sound track, appears to follow the composer's original work. The performance and the sound quality live up to the music, which makes excellent use of a small orchestra, particularly the saxophone. You can find an even sexier re-orchestrated version of the main title on the compact disk "Moviola," a collection of John Barry's film scores conducted by the composer.
Michael Michaud, Vienna, Austria
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