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Themependium Box set, Soundtrack

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Product details

  • Audio CD (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000NDJGC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. James Bond Theme (From Dr. No)
2. From Russia With Love
3. 007
4. Goldfinger
5. A Man Alone (Theme from the film "The Ipcress File")
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. What Do You Want
2. Hit And Miss
3. Beat For Beatniks
4. Walk Don't Run
5. Black Stockings
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Beat Girl
2. Never Let Go
3. Zulu
4. Seance On A Wet Afternoon
5. Four In The Morning
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Are You In There? (Main Theme From "King Kong")
2. Theme From The Deep (Down Deep Inside)
3. Somewhere In Time (Theme)
4. Raise The Titanic
5. Body Heat
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Various Artists Themependium

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By IW on 25 Jan. 2009
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A 4 CD box set on the Sony/BMG label containing 100 tracks of John Barry's music and if we are to believe the label on the box it's the "first ever complete collection of Original Recordings".

The packaging is slick and there is a fine booklet with an overview of Barry's career to date, written by the co-authors of Barry's biography.

There's no doubt there is a lot of material on offer here, spanning tracks from Barry's early days with John Barry and The Seven right up to later works from Mercury Rising and Enigma.

I'm not, however, entirely convinced with this collection and have many misgivings.

Firstly, lets address Sony's "original recordings" boast. This is entirely spurious, some of these recordings are NOT the original ones. It's becomes very apparent upon listening that there are tracks here that have been lifted from the "Play It Again" sessions, "Moviola", "Moviola 2", Silva Screens "Raise The Titanic" and Silva Screens "The Last Valley". Now there's nothing wrong with these recordings, in fact these ones are all very good. The problem is that none of these recordings are the original recordings, they were all recorded at later dates. For Sony to market this collection claiming other wise is utterly misleading.

Along the same lines, I even think the title of this box set is misleading. "Themependium" suggests a collection of John Barry's Film/TV themes. There's nearly a dozen tracks here from Barry and his band from the early sixties. These are readily available on "The Best Of The EMI Years" to name just one of the many CDs out there. Likewise the inclusion of many of the Bond songs, as performed by the original artists, is somewhat redundant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Levy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2011
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Firstly, Sony BMG should have hired Geoff Leonard (author of The Man With The Midas Touch & the sleeve notes) to compile the box because it's quite evident that Sony themselves had no idea what they were doing. Quite frankly it's an untter shambles.

The use of songs instead of the music is unforgivable. The use of a song - 'Are You In There' by Andy Williams that wasn't even featured on 'The King Kong' soundtrack is an insult to both JB and his fans.

Evidently, Sony BMG took the easy option wherever possible and relied on the recordings they had in their catalogue. The fact that they own Columbia gave them access to 3 LPs of JB's re-recordings which unsurprisingly they've used wherever possible. As Barry never re-recorded 'Peggy Sue Got Married'or 'Jagged Edge' they were left with no choice but to licence them from Varese. Another disgrace is the sound quality on some of these recordings: 'Mary Queen Of Scots' sounds like it was sourced from a bootleg. It in fact derives from 'Moviola' - recorded in 1992 on the Epic label which Sony by the way owns yet the compilers chose to source it from the LP, not a mint LP you understand but a well worn one. Odder still is that the other tracks which derive from 'Moviola' do not suffer the same fate. It's bonkers!

I'm also at a loss to understand the statement 'First Ever Complete Collection Of Original Recordings'. Complete? In what way is this complete when 'Robin & Marian', 'Night Games', 'Game Of Death', 'Swept From The Sea', 'Petulia' etc etc are no where to be found. As regards original well yes they are original but not in the way most music fans understand the term when buying CDs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Although music is my life and I love films, I guess I am not as picky as other people as I was surprised by the slightly negative reviews for this impressively comprehensive compliation. For me, the music is a very important part of the movie-watching experience, and in my experience, John Barry has never dissapointed.

All the classic, well known pieces are included, alongside lesser known works and it's great background music to just create a perfect atmosphere wherever you are. I love reading to it.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. HITCHEN on 12 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Themependium is a creditable effort by Sony/BMG to produce a compilation of John barry's prolific music career. However, there is a but! Anyone purchasing this four disc set will be doing so because of a genuine desire to hear the great man at his musical best. What Sony/BMG have done is trawl through his extensive back catalogue to get a representative cross-section of John Barry's output and then fallen into the usual trap of using vocal chart versions where they exist rather than the instrumental arrangements. This I suspect is to make it more marketable to the general public even though - with no disrespect intended to Dame Shirley, Matt Monro and Donna Summer - these songs can readily be found on countless other albums. What can't easily be found are the instrumental versions (Born Free for example appeared as an instrumental on a JB double LP on CBS/Sony a number of years ago but on the re-issue as a cd was dropped in favour of the vocal version). No doubt his wonderful John Dunbar Theme would have suffered the same fate had a vocal version existed. While Themependium is a good compilation, definitive it is not.
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