Reissued courtesy of Rykodisc, the Octopussy soundtrack stands as one of John Barry's finest work.You lose out if you prefer the more comtemporary tones like those of For Your Eyes Only and The Spy Who Loved Me. You gain if you prefer the classical, orchestral work that made Barry one of the finest score producers ever. This soundtrack, along with The Living Daylights, possesses some of the best orchestral pieces ever scored for film - and that is no overstatement.
One thing to note is that many of the pieces incorporate the "James Bond Theme". The feasible reason behind this was that the Eon Bond films, the "official" films, needed a clear identity to differentiate them from the rival Bond production by Talia Films - Never Say Never Again, starring Sean Connery.
The soundtrack released recently by Rykodisc includes three pieces of incidental dialogue from the film, presumably for novelty, and, as its an Enhanced CD, it also possesses an original trailer for the film, which you can play on your PC.
Tracks to listen out for in particular are "Yo Yo Fight and Death Of Vijay", "009 Gets The Knife and Gorbinda Attacks" and "The Chase Bomb Theme". They are all tense pieces for their respective scenes and the first two incorporate the "James Bond Theme" seamlessly.
"All Time High", sung by Rita Coolidge, was not as well received as its predecessors, but is reckoned to be a standard by those interested in the musical aspect of the films.