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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2010
This is the album many Barry-fans have been waiting for so long. The LP was a real collector item and I think many collectors did clean and transfer the LP on CD-R to get rid of the knicks and knacks after hours of playing. Now we have the album on CD in new remastered sound from Universal Music - and how is the result? The music is well known by all Barry-fans - the fantastic James Bond suite - very powerfull and dynamic music - much better than the re-recorded and expanded version with the same orchestra on the Sony Moviola II album from 1995. And as on the LP - side B - Born Free/Suite from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/The Adventurer/Mary, Queen of Scots/Midnight Cowboy. All together very fine arrangements and recordings by John Barry and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra made back in 1972. But what about the sound quality? Well - it is better on the re-issued American album from Universal Music. The sound is clean and all that, but something is missing in the deep and all together it is sounding a bit tense. I know the sound cannot be better as the master tape and maybe you will not hear it when the wonderful music "is playing".
There are 4 bonus tracks: The Day of the Locust/Walkabout/The Deep/Monte Walsh. Walkabout and Monte Walsh is the same tracks you will find on the Polydor CD: The Very best of John Barry. The other two tracks are something of puzzle on this CD. The Day of the Locust seems to be two themes from the original soundtrack - here together in one track. The Deep is from the original soundtrack and is the opening music which is inappropriate together with the other themes.
And again - like the American album - I am missing the original LP artwork.
But anyway - many many thanks to Universal Music and Stéphane Lerouge for this fine album with the informative booklet.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2011
I knew John in the fifties when I was involved with a R&R group back stage. He came to our club in Macclesfield when he was lead player in the "John Barry Seven" Of course then he was just one of the boys, one of the groups that were booked every week. They loved the group and Henry (the club owner) booked him again. As he knew me from his first visit we were on first name terms and after the first half he and the group wanted a drink. He took me on one side and asked if he could borrow ten bob to buy the guys a drink, as Henry had not arrived. So, on that ten bob (50p) we all went down to the Waters Green Tavern and had cokes and half's of shandy. (Not like today eh!) When we got back the club (called the "El Rio" by the way) I had to leave urgently so I never saw him again. I never, ever begrudged not being there to get my ten bob back because the enjoyment I have have from his beautiful music has no price on it.Concert
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2011
This album shows off the great John Barry at his very best. The selection of titles is clever providing a wide range of his composed music within a small collection. The orchestrations are wonderful and take advantage of the availability of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and their highly adaptable talents. To hear some of my favourite John Barry pieces played in orchestral manner is superb and an experience not to be missed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2011
ALWAYS BEEN A JOHN BARRY FAN , FROM THE FIRST OPENING BARS OF BORN FREE , JAMES BOND , GOLDFINGER THE LIST IS JUST TOO LONG , ONE OF THE TRUE GREAT COMPOSERS OF THE 20TH CENTURY . BOUGHT THE ORIGINAL CASSETTE , AND THEN THE CD , AN ORIGINAL LIVE JOHN BARRY ALBUM , AND A CLASSIC , WILL BE SADLY MISSED , AND IS TRUELY IRREPLACABLE
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AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN SIR JOHN BARRY.............HIS MUSIC WILL LIVE ON FOREVER ..... BUY THIS ALBUM IF YOU LOVE JOHN BARRY'S MUSIC AS MUCH AS I DO , YOU WON'T REGRET IT.................
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2014
First bought in about 1973, I thought this was a beautiful album of truly richly played and recorded music. (Whoever designed the new cover ? Why can't they keep to the original ?).I always wanted to hear Mary Queen of Scots again and now I can. I'm always on the lookout for the C.D.'s of albums that meant a lot to me at the time, and eventually they are released. The Film Music of John Barry, a double album, was another, and that has just surfaced as well. It makes a difference when he's conducting his own music and I'm so glad to have them back. Such a shame that he's no longer with us.
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Super swift postage - a great item at a great price - a thoroughly recommended Amazon seller.
I most certainly will use again.
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on 23 January 2015
Great music
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