"Play it again, Sam..." - The John Barry Appreciation Thread

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  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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  • suavejmfsuavejmf Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
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    Letter to Bab's and Micheal G now..........
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    For a few years now I've been looking for a specific recording of the James Bond theme. At first I thought it might have been a cover by Nic Raine or someone else. It was the Symphonic version known through most of Moore's Bond films and thanks to someone on AJB007 I found it. It's part of a suite by John Barry in 1972.

    What's really interesting is this might be the first version of the Bond theme that utilized strings and brass for the main Bond riffs instead of guitars which became the norm in Moore's run and it was a year before LALD even came out so that's very cool. :)
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    Wonderful cover of A View To A Kill:


  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    I've been listening to Barry's rejected score for "The Golden Child." It's pretty awesome but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out. Ah the man will be sorely be missed but his music will live on.
  • KaijuDirectorOO7KaijuDirectorOO7 Once Upon a Time Somewhere...
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    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gVT-HTrw99I"; frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    I hope this will become the obligatory tune to play anytime any of us go to the tarmac.
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    4 pages and no one mentions The Last Valley? tsk tsk bitches :)



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    Also maybe I'm just in a mood, but I think this thread would get more replies /views if it didn't have such a lame title. Play it again sam is an unrelated Rogergroaner that isn't even connected to Barry.
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    It really needs some more replies. I'd love it if this thread exploded like the B25 Production timeline thread. :D

    I've been looking to expand my John Barry Collection. Outside of Bond I have his work for The Black Hole, The Golden Child (Rejected Score) and The Specialist

    Any recommendations?
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    Do you like what you hear of The Last Valley, @Murdock?

    "Ready when you are" is a lovely CD if you can find it (featuring 4 new renditions of his themes from OHMSS), plus a jazzy Lion In Winter and a song he composed for his house in Spain.
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    And then there's Raise the Titanic - Barry at his majestic and dangerous best



    Sadly never released on LP soundtrack and the tapes are nowhere to be found.
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    @IGUANNA, I enjoyed very much what I've heard from the tracks you posted. Wonderful material. I will seek both of those out. Especially "Ready When You Are" 4 versions of OHMSS sounds amazing. I almost forgot. I also have the 1972 Album "The Concert John Barry" Which includes a nice long suite of Bond music. highly recommended for that alone plus a few other arrangements of his previous works. As well as "John Barry: Great TV and Film hits!" Another nice compilation album.
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    @Murdock it's actually 4 themes from OHMSS - the main theme, Try, We have all the time in the world, and Who will buy my yesterdays. But they're all really nice. :) I will dig up a few more tracks I like.

  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    @IGUANNA, unfortunately that video is blocked in my country so I cannot view it. But I will try to find it though.
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    Did you hear Raise the Titanic @Murdock? That's one of my favourites. Btw The Concert is a very good album to have, it stands much higher than his later symphonic recordings of Bond on Moviola 2 in the 90s.

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, another film that didn't quite deserve him :

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    Hammett, perfect for late nights :)

  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    @IGUANNA, Yes I did, kinda reminds me of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and I agree. I've listened to Moviola 2 on Youtube and I'm not a big fan of the arrangements on it, as you said the 1972 Concert version holds up much better.
  • edited October 2016 Posts: 1,296
    If you have "John Barry: Great TV and Film hits!" then you've already heard the new rendition of the main theme OHMSS also featured on Ready when you are. I still recommened it though, it's his best non-soundtrack album.
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    If you like romantic Barry, Until September will be right up your alley :)

  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Try Indecent Proposal for romantic Barry. :)
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    One last piece for today friends... Barry wrote this for a SHAMPOO COMMERCIAL !

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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Try Indecent Proposal for romantic Barry. :)
    I agree @DarthDimi one of his best, with some sadness mixed in too. But that's part of Romance isn't it? :)

    Ok I can't resist..... One More. A sparkling and majestic cue from choral masterpiece The Lion In Winter :

  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    The very best of Barry, in my opinion: THE SPECIALIST. It has a haunting jazzy romantic theme.

  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Murdock wrote: »
    It really needs some more replies. I'd love it if this thread exploded like the B25 Production timeline thread. :D

    I've been looking to expand my John Barry Collection. Outside of Bond I have his work for The Black Hole, The Golden Child (Rejected Score) and The Specialist

    Any recommendations?
    I agree with all of the above recommendations, and also highly recommend the 1999 Zulu soundtrack release (it must be this particular year - there have been reissues which are not the same). It's a double cd performed by City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nic Raine. Most of the first side is from the film Zulu and the second side is from various films. Many of the tracks noted in other posts above are included. Absolutely fantastic cd and becoming very hard to find as years go on. My favourites on it are "The Specialist Suite", "The Cotton Club Suite" and "The Tamarind Seed Suite". The track list is below.

    http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/title/10004/Zulu+-+John+Barry

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AE0ON0/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
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    And don't forget every other score ever composed by Barry either!

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  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    Loved his scores for

    Somewhere In Time
    King Kong
    Walkabout
    Dances With Wolves
    The Deep

    To name a few.
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    Thanks for the recommendations. :)
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    I also recommend the Body Heat soundtrack recreated by the London Symphony Orchestra and Joel McNeely

    https://www.amazon.com/Body-Heat-John-Barry/dp/B0098E6SP0
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    Digging into my portable hard drive I found I do in fact also have the re-recording of Raise the Titanic and the John Barry 40 years of film music album. This is just like Christmas.
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