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From Russia With Love / Warning Shot - Si Zentner,
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This review is from: Si Zentner Big Band - From Russia with Love & Warning Shot (Audio CD)This is the first Vocalion release I've bought with no sleeve notes. The first LP, From Russia With Love (1964) features 12 tracks from the world of TV and Movies. Easy fans will find much to applaud but score fans might balk at Si Zentner's casual approach. Theme from 'The Third Man' is truly horrid unless you are a fan of ballroom dancing. 'Charade' survives but only just and 'The Fugitive' starts out promisingly then collides (inexplicably) into James Bond. Of greater interest is Warning Shot (1967) as it features 7 interpretations of Jerry Goldsmith's unreleased score for Buzz Kulik's cop thriller. Having not seen the movie, I can't tell you how faithful Zentner is to the original score, but if the rest of the CD is anything to go by then 'not very'. However, if Crime Jazz is your beat these 7 tracks are worthy additions. The remaining 4 Goldsmith themes suffer the same fate as those heard on 'From Russia With Love'. The best moment is the percussion break in 'The Man From Uncle'.
Fun but not essential. As with all Vocalion releases the mastering is exceptional.