Themeology: The Best of John Barry Soundtrack
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Retrospective that highlights the best film scores from the acclaimed soundtrack composer. Though best known for his work in many of the Bond films, Barry has composed many other great movie themes during his 40+ year career Not only does this collection include Bond classics like 'Goldfinger' and 'Diamonds Are Forever' (both sung by Dame Shirley Bassey), it also features many other musical moments from films like 'Midnight Cowboy', 'Dances With Wolves', 'Out Of Africa', 'Born Free'(sung by Matt Monro) and more. Like John Williams, Barry's style is easily identifiable yet each theme is unique in it's own way. Sony
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In time, they run from 1960 hits `Walk Don't Run' (sounding like The Shadows), `Beat for Beatniks', and `Hit & Miss', through to the `John Dunbar Theme' from the 1990 film `Dances with Wolves'. But all but four of the tracks are from the 1960s. And we also have here the sung performances of Shirley Bassey (`Goldfinger', `Diamonds Are Forever') and Matt Monro (`From Russia with Love', `Born Free').
The original `James Bond Theme' is here, which, although it was composed by Monty Norman, was arranged by Barry and has become the signature of the Bond series. The original version on this CD is arguably the best. It certainly sounds like the original, for the sound of many of the tracks on this CD is often not brilliant. They are unremastered, but those occasional crackles heard in, say `The Ipcress File' or `You Only Live Twice' only add to the atmosphere.
There are a wide range of styles here. As well as the `pop' element of the 1960 hits already referred to, there is the jazz-inflected `The Knack', the full orchestral tour-de-force of some Bond movies, and Barry's signature use of the haunting cimbalom. Pop hits, TV themes, film themes, and even piece that was later used for a commercial (`The Girl with the Sun in Her Hair') predominate.
But what's missing from this supposed `best of' collection? Well, in my opinion, there are the themes to `The Deep' and `Moonraker', as well as the latter's `Flight into Space', which demonstrates Barry's predilection for the grand low brass adagios of the composer Anton Bruckner.Read more ›
Much as I like this, I found it gets melancholic very quickly. You can't beat the intro: The Persuaders conjurs up the Cold War era, wistful melancholy tempered by the memory of Tony Curtis and Roger Moore swanning about the South of France. But then we have Midnight Cowboy, let's face it a pretty depressing theme from a depressing film. In any case, Harry Nielson's Everybody's Talkin' is the song everyone remembers from that, and Barry didn't write it, any more than he wrote the song From Russia With Love despite doing the soundtrack. (If you don't believe me, look it up - Lionel Bart did it). That said, Matt Monroe's FRWL is included in this compilation, so what gives? Then we have The Ipcress File, a fine tune, but three songs in it already feels like a downer. Where's the feisty Beat Girl? That would have livened things up.
We then get some lovely frolicky French sounding numbers like The Knack and Wednesday's Child, these should have been nearer the start imo. I think this album is playing up to the groovy Soho coffee house vibe of 1960s Barry, but there are too many of these tracks like Walk Don't Run, it gets repetitive and at the expense of some really wonderful Barry bits of orchestration that could have been included.Read more ›
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this album is mostly from the 4 1960s CBS albums he did outside the united artists soundtracks with a bigger orchestra in America . Read morePublished 1 month ago by David hyslop
James Bond, Midnight Cowboy, and my all time favourite, Vendetta which I have given a Dance Hall/Ragga treatment for my own enjoyment!
One of the best British composers ever.
thank u for the cd u send us , we enjoyed the music , sorry this is late been very illPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer