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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better ...., 12 Nov 2007
This review is from: Themependium (Audio CD)
Themependium is a creditable effort by Sony/BMG to produce a compilation of John barry's prolific music career. However, there is a but! Anyone purchasing this four disc set will be doing so because of a genuine desire to hear the great man at his musical best. What Sony/BMG have done is trawl through his extensive back catalogue to get a representative cross-section of John Barry's output and then fallen into the usual trap of using vocal chart versions where they exist rather than the instrumental arrangements. This I suspect is to make it more marketable to the general public even though - with no disrespect intended to Dame Shirley, Matt Monro and Donna Summer - these songs can readily be found on countless other albums. What can't easily be found are the instrumental versions (Born Free for example appeared as an instrumental on a JB double LP on CBS/Sony a number of years ago but on the re-issue as a cd was dropped in favour of the vocal version). No doubt his wonderful John Dunbar Theme would have suffered the same fate had a vocal version existed. While Themependium is a good compilation, definitive it is not.
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