on 28 September 2013
John Barry The Early Years
Just been listening to this excellent CD on Windmill Records. Producer Geoff Leonard is obviously just like us, an enthusiast! The compilation has been put together with much love and care. Great selection of tracks, 36 of them! In excellent sound. Attractive artwork, and informative booklet. What more can you ask for?
Many of the tracks made me smile, not only the corny songs, lets face it `I Vibrate' and I `Want My Bed' were never going to be hits. But the many flashes of the John Barry style that we would get to know and love in future years.
I was wondering if a talented arranger/composer today would have as many opportunities to refine their skill, somehow I doubt it.
Interestingly one track called `Marilyn' (B. White) Larry Page, is a dead ringer for a Jacques Brel song called `Madeleine' anyone have any views on this?
If you only have the slightest interest in the work of John Barry, you must get this CD, fascinating and great fun too!
on 19 August 2013
Whereas it's true that the tracks on this CD are a snap-shot of John Barry's formative years in the music business, it's easy to see just how accomplished he was at this early stage, and by 1962, it's obvious that the change from pop to film was already beginning to happen.
Some of the oldest tracks by the likes of Larry Page and Bill & Brett Landis are given basic rock 'n roll arrangements and accompaniments by the excellent John Barry Seven, but Lance Fortune's "Be Mine" and "Heartbeat" from The England Sisters are very much from the era of pizzicato strings made famous via Adam Faith's hit records. The experimental "Moods" instrumentals for Chappell are clearly a sign of things to come in the shape of The James Bond Theme, and from 1962 there are a couple of rare songs from a Lionel Bart musical by Billy Cotton & Kathie Kay. Also included are 3 instrumentals composed by Barry that he never recorded himself, in the shape of "Moonbird", "Easy Beat" & "Trouble Shooter", and 3 Xmas songs from Nina & Frederik round things off in great style.
With 36 tracks, and a decent booklet, this is very much a value-for-money compilation.