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5.0 out of 5 stars What we've been waiting for...,
This review is from: Thunderball (Audio CD)Over years, EMI UK sold only a terrible-sounding, about 15 years old soundtrack album to this Bond classic. Even my LP sounded much better! Now EMI has done, what we've been waiting for.
The sound quality has been improved drastically (really digitally remastered!) and the album has now almost three times of the duration of the original one.
Not only the missing tracks that were featured on the limited 30TH Anniversary 2 CD box set have been included, but also some never-before heard recordings!
My only recommandation is, that you should throw your old EMI CD to the waste and just enjoy this one.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Soundtrack,
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This review is from: Thunderball (Audio CD)Thunderball is one of Barry's best Bond scores. This soundtrack album includes previously omitted material and has benefited from light handed remastering. The result is that Barry's evocative music can be heard in full for the first time, while still capturing the sense that the recording was made in the mid sixties at the height of bond mania. Barry's score very effectively underpins the action of the film and is fresh, vibrant and cutting edge- reflecting the originality of the Bond films at the time. The underwater music is superb and the whole album is taught and suspenseful. The belting title song is one of the best and is delivered with real aplomb by Tom Jones.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderball original soundtrack - Another excellent musical outing for Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,
This review is from: Thunderball (Audio CD)One of the real strengths of the early Bond films, and I firmly believe a vital factor that helped make them such a success, was the film scores. And Thunderball, Bond's fourth on screen outing, was no exception. I would go so far as to say that I consider the score to be superior to the film itself.
The music is wonderfully evocative. Usually dark and suspenseful, hinting at the dark forces surrounding Bond that he is unaware of, and occasionally breaking out into a more sweeping and up tempo theme as the film erupts into sudden violence.
The Thunderball theme (track 7, not the theme song) is a beautiful piece of orchestral jazz, the motif itself is malleable and recurs throughout the CD to suggest various moods. Just listen to how it sounds in track 8, `Death Of Fiona', as it is made more uptempo to suit the nightclub setting, building to a crescendo then suddenly stopping and returning to the light theme as the deed is done. It's fascinating how one simple theme can be used to say so much.
Famous for its underwater sequences, there are several themes for this which have been cleverly orchestrated to suggest that you are hearing the orchestra from under water. It's subtly done, just a suggestion, and works beautifully.
It's a most evocative soundtrack that not only suits the action and sets the tone perfectly, but is eminently listenable in isolation from the film, he sign of a truly great soundtrack.
The score also boasts a belting vocal from Tom Jones, which rivals Matt Monroe's `From Russia With Love' as one of my favourite Bond theme songs.
This CD release contains 6 previously tracks that bring the album length to an impressive 79 minutes. They fix the omission of the famous Gunbarrel theme from the original album, and 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of John Barry's stronger scores,
This review is from: Thunderball (Audio CD)One of John Barry's first scores to utilise a number of different tunes/melodies rather than variants of the main theme. Good, atmospheric and very Bond sounding score.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bond,
This review is from: Thunderball (MP3 Download)The best Bond film and the best Bond score. All the better for digital enhancement.Listening to this takes me right back to when I was a kid and Dad took me to the cinema to see Thunderball.
I just love it especially the mad bongos on track 8 Death of Fiona!
If you are a Bond fan you really must get this definitive album.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BOND SOUNDTRACK,
This review is from: Thunderball (Audio CD)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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