John Barry is in many ways a victim of his own success. Octopussy is somewhat overshadowed by his great Bond scores of the 1960s, and his swansong, The Living Daylights. It's also not helped by a theme tune that slips right under the radar. This is undeserved. All Time High is a tuneful song with intelligent lyrics performed inoffensively by Rita Coolidge, but it's in the orchestral score that Barry really shines. He suggests India without resorting to cliché, using flutes and careful arrangements rather than the usual ethnic instruments. And that must be a deliberate choice, as Barry has more than once shown himself at home with different musical cultures.
It's just a shame that what is presented here is exactly the same as was available for the original LP in 1983 - there is far more music in the film. The mastering is far better, though.