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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00005LIQ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Includes the bonus track Viva not on the USA version.

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Born, the debut album by four conservatoire-trained young women has little to do with classical music. It's a gimmick, fusing a string quartet of frivolous femmes, spicy girls who all want to be "Posh", with dance beats, a big production mixing their violins, viola and cello with polished electronics. Add an enormous marketing budget and watch them top the charts. Taking themselves less than seriously--they played the James Bond theme at their Royal Albert Hall debut gig--pop "Victory" looks assured. This single bounces along with a dash of Rossini's Barber of Seville and a real sense of pop melodrama, in spirit little different from what guitarist John Williams did with his rather less photogenic band Sky in the late 1970s. What may surprise is that tracks such as the frenetic world-dance "Quixote" are penned by the film composer Magnus Fiennes, brother of the more famous Ralph and Joseph. "Winter" adds Jean Michel Jarre-style synth and voice-over to the ghost of Vivaldi and the infectious beat goes on, and on, and on. Sex sells, and Bond's success seems assured: this is a state-of-the-art product, but with Mike Batt of Wombles fame's bonus remix of "Victory" just don't expect it to be art. --Gary S Dalkin

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ian Kidd on 22 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
After having heard 'Victory' on a classics compilation (seeing as it IS classical, only with enw ilfe breathed in!), I knew Bond were going to be something good, and the samples I have heard are fantastic!! Born is something that classical music needs; a invigoration, taking inspiration and energy from so many differen worlds of music, to create something that is new, alive and very refreshing.
Buy this CD, and you will NEVER regret it!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jenniehmc@hotmail.com on 1 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing CD - hardly 'pop' as previously described, closer to the dance music so popular these days. The tracks range from folk through true classical to music that would not sound out of place in a film score. I adore 'Oceanic' and find it one of the most relexing pieces I have ever listened to. Keep an open mind - don't knock it as classical trash, but don't try and label it as pop either. This is far far more than that. Absolutely brilliant!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sheldon on 28 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm a hardened, dyed-in-the-wool classical music lover. I have hundreds of classical cds and maybe one shelf of what you'd call pop.

This cd, as has been said, is not classical. Oh sure, the tunes are familiar, but there's a disco beat to them and they've been heavily arranged. When I first saw this group, I did wonder if they were following the lamentable modern trend of looks over talent.

But you know what? I actually really enjoyed it. These ladies can play. Very well, in fact. It's perfect if you like classical, but are in the mood for something a little wilder, or maybe if you are not at all into classical but want to dip your toe in the water.

In short, this was the first Bond album I bought. I now own three.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pgibbon@bradford.ac.uk on 11 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album was one of my very few impulse buys. I heard it playing in my music store and just had to have it. This, I should add, was before I'd even heard of or seen the band.
Sure, the group use sex appeal and pop influences in their songs, and that has probably already earned the ire of the classical purists, but that doesn't detract from the quality of this album. The crossbreeding of pop and classical is notoriously difficult, and few artists cross the divide with any sucess, but this time it works and does so spectacularly. It manages to combine the best parts of both, the majesty of classical music with the energy of pop and somehow not lose the best bits of either.
A worthy addition to lovers of either genre, and too bad that what can only be described as snobbery kept it out of the classical charts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JamesW TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This cd is without a doubt one of this years greats. There most promotional song Victory will be in your head for a very long time, especially as the cd comes with a bonus track of Victory mixed by Mike Batt. A cross between traditional and contemporary classical music, always mixed with a little technology. 13 tracks of pure enjoyment, from fast and furious such as the 1812, to the more mellow Kismet which was wrote by one of the Girls themselves (the celloist Gay Yee). All together this Cd needs and deserves to be in your collection, as you will never tire of it. This is classical music for the millenium, and it doesn't get any better than this.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Bourne on 26 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit to buying this cd after seeing these stunning girls on tv playing victory.I was completly blown away by their performance, they were so sexy and they looked so much to be enjoying playing their music. The production on the album is stunning and I can't say there is a single bad track, which in its self is an achievement. It is a great album to put on when you are feeling a bit down, if this dosent lift your spirits, nothing will. If you are a lover of good, exiting music I suggest you put this on your christmas list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
'Born' was bought for me as a Christmas present and I can't get the music out of my head. After a Christmas chart of novelty records and insipid ballards Bond blast from the CD player like a rocket. Each track is refreshing and exciting. Their energetic spin on classical music makes the record a thrilling find.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mikemoore24@aol.com on 26 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although, as stated by a previous reviewer, Bond's music is not strictly "classical" in nature it is nevertheless an inspiring and uplifting album and is certain to enliven the most down-hearted soul. I hope that Bond give their unique sound many more airings!
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