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Themeology: The Best of John Barry Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000025OLO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Persuaders
  2. Midnight Cowboy
  3. The Ipcress File
  4. The Knack
  5. Wednesday's Child (From The Picture 'The Quiller Memorandum')
  6. Space March (Capsule In Space)
  7. The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair
  8. Vendetta
  9. The Danny Scipio Theme
  10. The James Bond Theme
  11. Goldfinger
  12. Diamonds Are Forever
  13. From Russia With love
  14. You Only Live Twice
  15. Thunderball
  16. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  17. 007
  18. Walk Don't Run
  19. Beat For Beatniks
  20. Hit And Miss
  21. Born Free
  22. I Had A Farm In Africa
  23. The John Dunbar Theme

Product Description

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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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As a seven-year-old boy in 1972, I loved `The Persuaders' and its theme must have been one of the first singles I ever bought. And I was soon hooked too on the music from the Bond movies. So, this CD is a piece of nostalgia for me.

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.
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I've always been a bit worried about buying Jogn Barry collections - more often than not they can turn out to be dodgy versions from an obscure orchestra. Why anyone would want to have an orchestral version of 'The Persuaders' theme, I don't know. Anyway, rest assured that this collection of Barry classics is the real deal. All the tracks are the originals and sound excellent - some other collections have been noted for the bad reproduction of the original tracks. Enjoy!
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This is maybe the best Barry compilation out there, though the more recent The Very Best of John Barry, which looks similar and covers much the same ground, encompasses more of his later career and is cheaper on eBay; it also may be better quality for those listening with iPods. All the same, that one has its problems too, according to the reviews. Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves aside, don't expect anything after 1971 on this compilation.

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.
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An excellent and nostalgic selection of John Barry music. I owned an 8-track (remember those?) in about 1973 which had many of these tracks on it, and some others. I wish I could find a track listing of it to complete the memories, but have not yet succeeded. Until then this will do very well.
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From the ultra-hip sixties twang of "The Ipcress File" to the sweeping pomposity of "Out Of Africa", this album reminds us - in case we'd forgotten - that John Barry wrote much of the soundtrack to our lives. Strangely, the terrific Bond numbers - some of them unfamiliar arrangements - seem rather out-of-place amongst the more understated jazz pieces, and the album runs better if you program them out. Perfect for parties or candle-lit dinners, and not half bad on the Walkman as you jog, either... erm, probably.
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Forget all those other,best ofs,This is the essential John Barry,you dont need 2 cds,you need this one.All tracks are original and I especially like the Bond ones along with "The Persuaders"theme which I really bought it for,not just themes here either there are several singing performances too?BRILLIANT COMPOSER.
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