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on 13 April 2011
The Spy who loved me's score is usually ranked at the bottom of the heap in the list of Bond scores,whilst that criticism in reality may be slightly too harsh it doesn't rank amongst the sterling work of John Barry and the new scores by David Arnold in really showcasing the Bond sound. After scoring "The man with the golden gun", John Barry declined to score TSWLM as he was now a tax exile living in the U.S. and couldn't commit the necessary time in the U.K to work on the movie without being penalised by the British government. Cubby Broccoli and United Artists subsequently asked respected songwriter and composer Marvin Hamlisch to score the movie and whist Hamlisch's score may not for the most part be particularly noteworthy or Bond-esq it does have one or two moments of quality.

The title song "Nobody does it better" Performed by Carly Simon is easily one of the all time top Bond theme tunes reaching the top 10 in both the UK and U.S and is still today one of the most popular Bond theme's played on the radio.

As for the score itself - the one track that is worth the price of the CD alone for most would be the groovy and disco-fied "Bond 77" with it's Bee gee's esq disco beat and liberal use of the Bond theme throughout it's easy to see why this has been so popular over the years, yes it sounds dated ( this was made in 1977 afterall when Disco was huge!) but it's so ruddy infectious you'll have it in your brain all day long!

Elsewhere "Rise to atlantis" is a nice piece with it's haunting synthesiser melody and "Anya" which i believe was not used in the film in the end, is another pleasant slower number. More traditional orchestral sounds can be heard in tracks like "The Tanker" and are more Barry-esq but lacking the magic and mood Barry so often created for serious dramatic numbers.

I have all the bond scores on CD and this one is probably like many people one of my least favourites, i could only really recommend you buy this for the title song and Bond 77 as there is little else to really get too excited about.

The remastering though is one of the better one's in the Bond remasters series with crystal clear sound and good bass and for such as cheap price now a Bond fan or soundtrack collector deserves to have this sitting on their shelf.

3/5
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on 4 May 2013
The main appeal for me of this CD are the iconic `Mojave Club', `Ride To Atlantis' and `Bond 77' tracks however I was pleasantly surprised by the funky feel to `Eastern Lights'. At barely 36 mins this is probably the briefest of James Bond soundtracks however I thought the stylish accompanying booklet more than made up for the lack of bonus tracks. I like the informative four panel listening notes (with things I didn't know about), fold out two panel montage of colour photos, single panel Anya holding a gun on Bond in the escape pod picture and interesting chart position details. As a complete package I'm delighted with this title covering the first film I ever went to see at the cinema on its original theatrical release.
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on 16 April 2013
one of the best bond soundtracks. catchy in places, moody in others. Variation enough to keep the interest. Bond music is curiously involving when it perhaps should not be, I guess there is more magic to this franchise than meets the eye..... BUY.
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on 16 January 2013
The music is great as obvious from the film. What I am disappointed about is there aren't many tracks on the album whereas some Bond soundtrack albums have 20+. I would've thought there were more tracks available from the film to include.
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VINE VOICEon 12 August 2006
A little on the short side for my taste, but this has always been a favourite James Bond soundtrack ever since hearing 'BOND 77' at the pre-title sequence of the film and also at the climax. One hell of a tune, filled with exciting bursts and pulse-pounding synth beats along with the chilling twangy guitar of the 007 theme. This tune is worth the CD alone.

The other tunes range from the sombre and beautiful, letting you totally become one with the aquatic feel of the movie which is a brilliant touch. 'Ride To Atlantis' and 'Anya' are a couple. They're totally in tune with the 70s era and the Roger Moore tongue-in-cheek portrayal of James Bond.

'The Pyramids' and 'The Mojave Club' capture the frolics and culture of Egypt with totally wicked instrumentals and beats, like nothing heard in a Bond movie before.

'Conclusion' is heard when 007 battles two of Anya's agents in Egypt and is one of the most memorable pieces of music used to tie in with the Pyramids and exotic location. It's short and sweet, but by goodness the final notes are EPIC and true Bond at this best!

Coupled with the gorgeous 'Nobody Does It Better' theme tune as the benchmark for James Bond, this soundtrack does really prove that nobody does it better than James Bond, and The Spy Who Loved Me.
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on 10 October 2012
Fantastic score not by John Barry but by Marvin Hamlisch. It includes the legendary song Nobody Does it Better sung by Carly Simon, but also has brilliant 007 music such as the cheesy but fun Bond '77.

A superb addition to any film music collection.
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on 27 June 2015
Got the album (LP), now got the cd. Although the inlay could of had the same pictures as the (LP)
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on 17 March 2016
Got this I just love the song the Spy who Loved Me sung by Carly.
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on 13 February 2004
The spy who loved me is one of the best Bond films, not just because of the great story line, but also because of the brilliant sound track. This CD is the full score, including the famous title song and the great Bond '77 theme. Included is also a very informative and useful booklet about the film and the music itself. This CD is a great addition to any Bond fans CD collection, or anyone who loves great music!
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on 9 June 2015
Amazon let me pay for song but won't let me play it without going for Prime
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