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John Barry - 40 years of film music

This album has no less than 4 CDs, and covers the outstanding work of composer John Barry from his work on Zulu and the early James Bond movies up to Mercury Rising in 1998. If you are pedantic about it the collection does not quite cover 40 years but including his previous work with the John Barry Seven and Adam Faith he has been in the music business for more than 40 years, and here we have some of the very best in film music during those 4 decades from the 60s to the 90s. Well, mostly film music because there are a few extras also composed by Barry over this time period such as music for a shampoo advert, the theme for the TV series The Persuaders, and Moviola which failed in its initial bid onto the big screen but ended as the title track to one of Barry's albums.

John Barry - 40 Years collection CD cover As with many collections by the specialist film music producer, Silva Screen Records, the music has been recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nic Raine. As might be expected the CDs cover several of Barry's scores for the James Bond movies, such as "From Russia with Love", "Goldfinger", "Thunderball", "You only Live Twice", "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", "Diamonds are Forever", "The Man with the Golden Gun", "Moonraker", "Octopussy", "A View to a Kill" and "The Living Daylights". These are not the title songs but orchestral tracks from the films often using the title themes. To round off the whole collection we have an orchestral version of the James Bond Theme as composed by Monty Norman and arranged by John Barry for "Dr. No". There have been other composers who have worked on James Bond (such as David Arnold for the most recent films) but Barry established the musical credentials of Bond and set the standard for a quarter of a century.

As if being the Bond Maestro wasn't enough, Barry has set the mood for so many well-known film themes and they are all represented here. The collection charts his 60s work on films starring Michael Caine "Zulu", "The Ipcress File", "Deadfall" and "The Last Valley", and his brush with historical dramas with "The Lion in Winter" (the collection includes a truly dramatic choral suite from the movie), " Mary Queen of Scots" and "Robin and Marian". Among so many classics it is difficult to single out individual tracks, but to demonstrate the wide range of Barry's output, we can point to the theme song for "Born Free", the unforgettably melancholic "Midnight Cowboy", the love themes for "Somewhere in Time" and "Out of Africa", the sultry "Body Heat", the jazz music for "The Cotton Club" and the expansive "Dances with Wolves".

Above all this collection is excellent value for money, and an unmissable opportunity to sample John Barry's unique talent for establishing the mood of a movie in his own inimitable style. More details about the CD set including samples from selected tracks can be found at: Amazon.co.uk in the UK, or Amazon.com in the US.

Track listing (CD1):

  • Zulu - Main Theme, First Zulu appearance and Assault
  • From Russia with Love - Main Theme
  • From Russia with Love - 007
  • Goldfinger - Main Theme
  • The Ipcress File - A Man Alone
  • The Knack - Main Theme
  • Mister Moses - Suite: Main Title, Moses in the River, An Elephant called Emily, The Dam, "What would I do for Laughs?"
  • Thunderball - Main Theme
  • The Wrong Box - Main Theme
  • Born Free - Main Theme, The Lions at Play
  • The Quiller Memorandum - Wednesday's Child
  • You Only Live Twice - Main Theme, Capsule in Space
  • The Girl with the Sun in her Hair - from the Sunsilk TV commercial
  • Deadfall - Romance for Guitar and Orchestra (abridged version)

Track listing (CD2):

  • The Lion in Winter - Suite: The Lion in Winter, Eleanor's Arrival at Chinon, We're all Jungle Creatures
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service - We have all the Time in the World
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ski Chase
  • Midnight Cowboy - Main Theme
  • Midnight Cowboy - Florida Fantasy
  • The Appointment - Theme
  • The Last Valley - Suite: Main Theme, Death of the Captain, End Title
  • Walkabout - Back to Nature
  • Monte Walsh - Suite: The Good Times are Comin', Stocking Feet, Mustangs, Sit Him High, Death of Martine
  • Diamonds are Forever - Main Theme
  • The Persuaders - Theme for the TV Series
  • Mary Queen of Scots - Vivre et Mourir
  • The Man with the Golden Gun - Slow Boat from China, The Man with the Golden Gun
  • The Dove - Main Themes: Main Theme, Hitchhike to Darwin, Sail the Summer Winds

Track listing (CD3):

  • The Tamarind Seed - Play it Again
  • King Kong - Prelude and Love Theme
  • Eleanor and Franklin - Main Theme
  • Robin and Marian - Suite - Dawn: Morning in the Forest, This Way, John Bursts In, The End
  • The Deep - Main Theme
  • Hanover Street - Main Theme
  • The Black Hole - Overture
  • Moonraker - Miss Goodhead meets Bond
  • Somewhere in Time - Main Theme
  • Raise the Titanic - Suite: To Cornwall, Dog Attack, The Titanic Uncovered, Russian Threat, End Title
  • Body Heat - Main Theme
  • Frances
  • Octopussy - Palace Fight
  • The Cotton Club - Suite: The Depression Hits, Best Beats the Sandman, The Cotton Club

Track listing (CD4):

  • High Road to China - Suite, Waziri Village Attack and Escape, Love Theme and End Title
  • A View to a Kill - Wine with Stacey, Snow Job
  • Out of Africa - Main Theme
  • The Living Daylights - Hercules Takes Off
  • Dances with Wolves - The John Dunbar Theme
  • Dances with Wolves - The Buffalo Hunt
  • Chaplin - Main Theme
  • Moviola - theme originally composed for Prince of Tides but not used, later to be used in Across the Sea of Time and as the title track in the "Moviola" album
  • Indecent Proposal - Main Theme
  • The Specialist - Suite: Main Title, Bogota 1984, "Did you call me?"
  • The Scarlet Letter - Love Theme
  • Cry the Beloved Country - Main Theme
  • Mercury Rising - The Story Ends
  • The James Bond Theme - Symphonic version, composed by Monty Norman and arranged by John Barry