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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is pure heaven, you won't want it to end.
I first fell in love with John Barry's music when at 18, I saw the film 'Somewhere in Time', I got hooked on the style of music and bought 'Raise the Titanic'. These are two of the most beautiful soundtracks you are ever likely to own, but within this album you will find the unmistakable sound that is John Barry, wrapped up in a soundtrack for a film that is in your own...
Published on 10 Nov 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Beyondness John Barry
First track The Beyondness of things is excellent, we expected other tracks to be similar types of music but sadly completely different.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is pure heaven, you won't want it to end., 10 Nov 2001
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I first fell in love with John Barry's music when at 18, I saw the film 'Somewhere in Time', I got hooked on the style of music and bought 'Raise the Titanic'. These are two of the most beautiful soundtracks you are ever likely to own, but within this album you will find the unmistakable sound that is John Barry, wrapped up in a soundtrack for a film that is in your own imagination. It caresses and whispers to you and releases every beautiful emotion you've ever had and puts it to music. It is just under an hour long but as soon as it's over, you will want to play it again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine late work, 19 July 2009
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At the time it seemed as though The Beyondness of Things was a peak that would lead to a new golden age for music by John Barry. Sadly, he has composed no new music since 2001. This, then, must be considered as one of his final works. It stands up to such a task extremely well. Supposedly, it is partially based on a rejected score for The Horse Whisperer. If that is right, then one can only wonder why it was rejected, as it is memorable, intense music. It isn't bombastic, but it does reflect moments in Barry's own experience - his time as a child watching York being bombed, the memory of the news of the assassination of President Kennedy and so on. Dark, certainly, if you listen to it intensely. It isn't surprising that you hear the same themes, because the album is a thematic whole, not a compilation. It is, effectively, a kind of classical music that Barry has made his own on this CD, as well as on Eternal Echoes and Americans (an LP released in the 1970s).

And yet, it is also soothing and beautiful. It works as well if you listen to it as background music, a gift that Barry has made his own trademark. It might find its way on to Radio 3, but it also slips into Classic FM as easily.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful recordings of all time, 28 Mar 2002
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Mr M C Treanor (Hadleigh, Essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
An achingly beatiful album," The Beyondness Of Things" captures John Barry at his most inspired. The ability to construct spine tingling melodies that can cause your hairs to rise is the preserve of the few. John Barry is one of them. A sonic alchemist!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 27 Oct 2006
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Barry's signature wirling strings and melodious woodwind arrangements make you feel as though you are listening to your very own film. Emotion is scored right through, from mellow relaxation to more martial and joyous tones.

A simply beautiful album of reflective music. This is wonderful.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JOHN BARRY; THE BEYONDNESS OF THINGS, 20 Feb 2004
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MR CLIFFORD THOMPSON (WATERLOOVILLE, HANTS United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Excellent - John Barry at his best and added to this is superb production making this album very good listening. Thouroughly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Work, 26 Dec 2010
If you've loved "Out Of Africa" or "Dance with Wolves" (Academy Award winning film scores), then you will love "The Beyondness of Things".
This is one of the best classical music album I've ever listened to. Some of the musics are very relaxing like "Kissably close", others can make you feel more nostalgic ("Gifts of Nature"). I've already enjoyed John Barry's work on film soundtrack, but through "The Beyondness of Things" and "Eternal Echoes" which have been composed for orchestra, John Barry has really achieved an outstanding work.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to make you melt away to your favourite place, 13 Nov 2000
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This was my first introduction to a man whose music I had known anonymously for years. My thanks to a dear friend for the introduction. The music whisks you away to your favourite place and time. If you have ever been in love then this music should probably have been the theme tune for your story. It will hypnotise you into thinking of long walks on the beach, green valleys and wild mountains. The work of a master of his art. I can't wait for his next album inspired by the book, Eternal Echoes.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Oustanding, 19 April 2000
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This is indeed an album of immense beauty, from one of the greatest movie music composers. John Barry takes you on a musical journey, a biographical trip through his life. If you truly appreciate great music, then you should own this. Buy it, you won't be dissappointed
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect to relax to. Very John Barry., 30 Oct 2010
This music sinks into your brain and remains there. You hear it when you don't play it. The type of music very much needed in today's 'rush and tear' world. Make sure you are on your own and not likely to be interupted though!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beyondness of Things John Barry, 16 July 2010
An excellent musical pleasue,ethereal strings and beautiful melodies.This music is timeless and all you have to do is close your eyes and imagine.
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