Whereas it's true that the tracks on this CD are a snap-shot of John Barry's formative years in the music business, it's easy to see just how accomplished he was at this early stage, and by 1962, it's obvious that the change from pop to film was already beginning to happen.
Some of the oldest tracks by the likes of Larry Page and Bill & Brett Landis are given basic rock 'n roll arrangements and accompaniments by the excellent John Barry Seven, but Lance Fortune's "Be Mine" and "Heartbeat" from The England Sisters are very much from the era of pizzicato strings made famous via Adam Faith's hit records. The experimental "Moods" instrumentals for Chappell are clearly a sign of things to come in the shape of The James Bond Theme, and from 1962 there are a couple of rare songs from a Lionel Bart musical by Billy Cotton & Kathie Kay. Also included are 3 instrumentals composed by Barry that he never recorded himself, in the shape of "Moonbird", "Easy Beat" & "Trouble Shooter", and 3 Xmas songs from Nina & Frederik round things off in great style.
With 36 tracks, and a decent booklet, this is very much a value-for-money compilation.