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A mixed bag,
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This review is from: Best Of James Bond (Audio CD)
A mixed bag. Some of the arrangements work - Goldfinger, The Man With The Golden Gun, You Only Live Twice, Licence to Kill - and especially those performed by the female vocalist. Some arrangements are just bizarre - 'A View To A Kill', for example, is simply surreal. The male vocalist is, I'm afraid, horribly miscast - he's completely out of his depth with this material and it sounds just awful. Given the title is 'The Best of Bond' I can't imagine why we've got 'Ride to Atlantis' presented here; it's pleasant enough but what about 'Space March' or '007' or '007 and Counting'? And, unforgivably, there's no 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' either. What were they thinking? I know Carl Davis has worked with the RPO on this material over several albums but one is left with the feeling that the originals carry more verve and power. Take 'The James Bond Theme' - it just sounds anaemic and limp on this collection. Compare this version with David Arnold's on the 'Casino Royale' soundtrack and you'll know what I mean. The Bond Theme must be one of the most covered tunes of all time but rarely can anyone do it justice. It's usually ruined by inappropriate drumming in the middle or it's either too shrill or too slow. Just buy the originals!!!