Great compilation of the James Bond Movie Theme Songs. However, there is one glaring issue with this cd and that is the fact that the "James Bond Theme" was the version from "Doctor No" the movie, which was recorded in MONAURAL (MONO) and not in stereo. There are stereo versions of the "James Bond Theme" song on other original James Bond Movies soundtracks, so this glaring omission should have been avoided.
Now the original "James Bond Theme" was written by Monty Norman and arranged by John Barry. Notice that the John Barry Orchestra is the listed artist for this song and others on the cd. The reason I bring this up is that there is a stereo version you can download from Freelegal by John Barry, the arranger. If you want to stay "true" to the music, this stereo John Barry version would be in keeping with this compilation and sound so much more satisfying. It also is a little longer.
What is there not to love about James Bond music? Some is a little weak, but most are quite memorable and sometimes fun.
(Lyrics excerpt penned by John Barry) - "From Russia with love I fly to you.... Much wiser since my goodbye to you.... I've travelled the world to learn.... I must return from Russia with love...."
This "Best of Bond" CD is, without question, a super-duper collection of 22 tracks covering 45 years (1963-2008) of James Bond movie theme songs from nearly every 007 film since year one.
Out of this top-notch compilation - My absolute favourite is Matt Monro singing "From Russia With Love". (*Watch music-video*) - After this great tune - 3 of my top picks are - Tom Jones belting out "Thunderball" - Sheena Easton serenading "For Your Eyes Only" - (and, finally) - Shirley Bassey warbling "Goldfinger".
Yep. If you are a fan of James Bond/007 movies, then this CD is certainly worth a listen. There's bound to be several tracks here that'll really appeal to your tastes.
P.S. - Is it any surprise that Miss Piggy... (Oops!)... I mean, Madonna singing "Die Another Day" is one of the worst tracks of the lot?
Great to listen to the James Bond opening scores from the original artists.
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