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5.0 out of 5 stars From Russia With Love soundtrack, John Barry - James Bond is back!
One of the vital aspects of the James Bond series success was the music. The big, bold Bond action theme, the 007 intro at the start, the memorable title songs - they were great pieces of music, which are instantly recognisable. And synonymous with these great tunes, which are still being used in the series today, over 40 years later, is the name of John Barry, the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Hammond Organ ?
This is a wonderful soundtrack from the second 007 adventure, but does anyone know what happened to the Hammond Organ that was so prominent on the opening theme of this film ? The Hammond was so big in the sixties and if you all put your Dvd in of this film you will see what I mean ! The Hammond made this theme something special, please get back if you have the answer...
Published on 14 Jun. 2008 by Mr. Dean Thompson


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5.0 out of 5 stars From Russia With Love soundtrack, John Barry - James Bond is back!, 27 Aug. 2010
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One of the vital aspects of the James Bond series success was the music. The big, bold Bond action theme, the 007 intro at the start, the memorable title songs - they were great pieces of music, which are instantly recognisable. And synonymous with these great tunes, which are still being used in the series today, over 40 years later, is the name of John Barry, the composer, who created a huge legacy of film music.

One thing that distinguishes Barry's work, to my mind, is that the film scores can be listened to in isolation from the film. And so it is here. This is an album of orchestral music that is in turns stirring, romantic, martial and flighty. There are regular themes and motifs appearing throughout, associated with particular characters, but not knowing anything of the film does not diminish the litening pleasure. Compare this with, for example, the Italian Job soundtrack which requires a good knowledge of the film, and you will see what I mean. It is almost a symphony for Bond.

Added into the mix is a superb vocal track, delivered by the incomparable Matt Monroe. Along with Bassey's Goldfinger I consider this to be one of the finest Bond theme songs.

This is an excellent release from EMI. The sound comes through as clear as crystal and as sharp as a pin. There is a short booklet with a few notes, but this is largely disposable. As another reviewer has noted, not all of the tracks are lifted directly from the film, some are contemporary alternative recordings. But this does not really detract from the set, it is instantly recognisable as the from Russia With Love soundtrack for anyone familiar with the film. My one small niggle is that there is no dialogue from the film. Barry's music stands up very well by itself, but I would have liked the odd classic line thrown in That's not enough to stop me giving this excellent release of some excellent music 5 stars though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Hammond Organ ?, 14 Jun. 2008
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This is a wonderful soundtrack from the second 007 adventure, but does anyone know what happened to the Hammond Organ that was so prominent on the opening theme of this film ? The Hammond was so big in the sixties and if you all put your Dvd in of this film you will see what I mean ! The Hammond made this theme something special, please get back if you have the answer. Sorry only 3 Stars til the Hammond is back in its rightful place.
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3.0 out of 5 stars From Barry With Love? The groundwork has begun!, 20 Sept. 2000
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After the excellent work John Barry did for the Dr. No soundtrack, it was no surprise that he returned for another stab. The work he did on the Michael Caine promoter, "Zulu", in the same year as Dr. No, merely backs up the decision the producers took.
Besides the main title, the other tune of note is "007". This would be reprised in form or another in every John Barry score and others too. Although it stands as an alternative to the original "James Bond Theme", I dare say that confronted with "007" people would identify it just as easily as the other courtesy of its repetition over the years.
Atmospheric tunes of note include "Meeting In St Sophia" (sic) and "Gypsy Camp" which, respectively, provide haunting and vibrant melody to more interesting areas of the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Russia with love, 30 Sept. 2013
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John Barry's impeccable crafting of his theme, to fit the scenes, and Matt Munroe's title track, make this a must have for any Bond-o-phile
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Sept. 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Barry at his best., 23 April 2013
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The music is extended on this CD compared to the original LP. The music stands on its own and deserves separating from the film buy it now very good value for money
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