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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete on CD, at last!
This is the first time that the UK and USA releases of the Goldfinger soundtrack have been combined into one complete album, featuring both the Goldfinger instrumental theme and the 4 tracks that inexplicably featured only on previous UK issues.
Beautifully remastered, it's just a shame that the original master tapes are no longer available to expand the album...
Published on 29 Sep 2005 by dk32

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3.0 out of 5 stars The start of the Bond Formula
"Goldfinger" is the first real Bond soundtrack of note as this was very much the start of the Bond sound and formula which continues to this day. After missing out on writing the title song for "From russia with love" which was penned by Lionel Bart, John Barry asked to write the title song as well as composing the score, Cubby Broccoli agreed and Barry hired Anthony...
Published on 12 Mar 2011 by Mr. Russell C. Witheyman


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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete on CD, at last!, 29 Sep 2005
This review is from: Goldfinger (Audio CD)
This is the first time that the UK and USA releases of the Goldfinger soundtrack have been combined into one complete album, featuring both the Goldfinger instrumental theme and the 4 tracks that inexplicably featured only on previous UK issues.
Beautifully remastered, it's just a shame that the original master tapes are no longer available to expand the album further as has been done with some of the other Bond albums. Even if you already have all the tracks on the previous CD issues, this is worth buying for the quality remastering alone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Bond Soundtrack, 28 April 2014
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This 1964 soundtrack features around 40 minutes of music taken from the James Bond film Goldfinger which has been released as complete as it can be as the original masters no longer exist to re-release a completed edition.

Goldfinger in my opinion delivers one of the best soundtracks to feature in a James Bond film thanks to a wonderful title song sung by Shirley Bassey with lyrics by Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse plus composer John Barry's bombastic powerful score that delivers real drama & tension with all the usual ingredients mixed into a wonderful Bond Score.

This score sees John Barry deliver great musical cues of action, Romance & danger while incorporating Monty Norman's iconic James Bond theme into the mix adds great power & gravitas to Barry's music cues resulting in a quality polished score & one of the best in the franchise.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The start of the Bond Formula, 12 Mar 2011
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"Goldfinger" is the first real Bond soundtrack of note as this was very much the start of the Bond sound and formula which continues to this day. After missing out on writing the title song for "From russia with love" which was penned by Lionel Bart, John Barry asked to write the title song as well as composing the score, Cubby Broccoli agreed and Barry hired Anthony Newley and Leslie Briscusse to write lyrics to the theme tune which would end up being ranked (in most Bond theme polls) number 1 all time favourite Bond theme song! The intro for the title song is now legendary and Shirley Bassey's vocal is one of emence power and control. Those blaring horns signal the start of the "Bond sound" and "Spy who loved me composer" Marvin Hamlish once commented of the "Goldfinger" theme that "If the dead heard the opening to Goldfinger they would surely wake up from their slumber"!

John Barry commented that "Goldfinger" was his favourite score largely because it was the first score to really come together, the Bond sound really started here and for the first time Barry was able to weave the theme into the score, a trait he continued right up to his final Bond outing on "The Living Daylights" some 23 years later!

Although Barry regarded this as his favourite score it doesn't really showcase his talents to the fullest. It's best regarded as somewhat of a work in progress to developing the Bond sound and style. That's not to say there isn't good stuff here, there is, but Barry would do a lot of it better on later films. One of the best cues in this score is "Into Miami' which although runs for less than a minute really encapsulates the 60's Bond vibe and for me is still one of my favourite Bond cues of all time. "Dawn raid on fort knox" is another good cue with it largely being the main action theme ( something Barry would develop further on subsequent films with each one having a main action theme) There is also a lovely surf rock instrumental version of the theme song which work surprisingly well with lots of twangy guitar!

"Goldfinger" is definitely worth adding to your Bond collection but i couldn't recommend you start with this, for me the best Barry scores would be "The Living Daylights" "Moonraker" "Thunderball" and "Diamonds are forever"

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4.0 out of 5 stars Goldfinger original soundtrack - A golden backdrop for Bond, 4 Sep 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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James Bond's third big screen outing is one of the most famous and best remembered of the series. The score and theme tune are similarly well remembered and famous.

John Barry once again provides a magnificent orchestral backdrop against which Bond can do his stuff. With themes that drive the action along and also provide thoughtful, tender and romantic moods as required, it is a soundtrack that stands up well in its own right, and can be listened to with perfect enjoyment in isolation from the film.

The bit that everyone will remember is Shirley Bassey's rousing theme tune. With lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, it's a powerful performance, so good that Bassey was called back not once but twice to record the themes for `Diamonds are Forever' and `Moonraker'. It's the highlight of the album, but there is much more here that is well worth listening to.

This CD release contains 4 previously tracks that in general really add to the album. The sound is clear and sharp, the remastering is a treat. There is a short booklet with some notes about the film and music, and a few stills from the film.

A great release of a great album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BOND SOUNDTRACK, 7 Feb 2013
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Bought as a present for my husband who loves Bond films. Always listens to one when he is washing up and starts quoting the film. Would recommend to all Bond fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars timeless, 15 Jan 2013
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this is a brilliant album put it on and shut your eyes you think your on the alpine pass its great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Memorable Bond Soundtrack, 11 Sep 2012
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Nicholas Casley (Plymouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This CD comprises just over forty minutes of music, including all the tracks that appeared on both the UK and US original LPs. (There were some differences apparently.) It is remastered from the original tapes but there is still a very slight hiss in places.

Whilst it is arguable whether this is the best Bond soundtrack ever - for me it has to compete with `On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and `The Spy Who Loved Me' - it is certainly the one that will most often be termed as the most memorable. It's a brazen soundtrack, full of brass and percussion with little subtlety. The opening track is, as they say, `a belter' and is immediately followed by an excellent segue into a descent into Miami.

The key to much of the music's success is its obvious use of the three-note motif that is inherent in the three syllables of the Goldfinger name. This motif appears in various disguises, whether in the romance at the start of `Alpine Drive'; the shrill woodwind in `Dawn Raid on Fort Knox'; the tremolo cellos in `The Laser Beam' or the triumphant brass in `Oddjob's Pressing Engagement'.

John Barry employs his trademark Brucknerian low brass chords in places, but it is the timpani from Shostakovich's then recently-composed eleventh symphony that adds a sense of menace to the stressed strings in `At Auric's Factory'. And the six-minute `Dawn Raid on Fort Knox', with its incessant snare drum, is reminiscent of the opening of Shostakovich's seventh symphony.

The CD comes with generous sleevenotes, although two-thirds of the information contained therein is about the film rather than the music. But we do learn that `Goldfinger' was John Barry's favourite Bond soundtrack. He certainly made a lot of money from it; it went to number one in the US album charts.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best movie for many, but not the best soundtrack...!, 11 Aug 2008
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Many people (Bond fans and general public alike) cite "Goldfinger" as their favourite 007 movie. It's obvious to see why ... however, the soundtrack is not actually as momentous as the film. Yes, the title track is classic Bond music, but the rest of the film music is just that - background film music.

The first 3 tracks stand up on their own here, but beyond that the Goldfinger soundtrack slips into the shadows so that the acting can take centre stage. This is not a criticism; all I'm saying is that other Bond films had much a stronger impact when placed into a CD player (such as "On Her Majesty's Secret Service").

I owned the previous version of this CD in the 90's, so later upgraded to this version - which has been remastered and has four new (previously unfeatured) tracks. The first two new tracks don't really do that much (i.e. read above) but it was interesting to have the 'Laser Beam' track. Again, this is nothing special but the laser beam sequence is a classic Bond moment on film, and it's now interesting to also have it on CD.

Overall, if you're a Bond fan then you need this CD on your shelf. It's worthwhile owning, but remember that there are many dimensions to Bond - for example, if you're a fan of the books then "From Russia With Love" is often cited as a favourite; likewise, if you're a fan of the movie soundtracks then "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is generally regarded as the gold medal winner (not Goldfinger).
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