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The Best of James Bond 30th Anniversary Box set, Limited Edition

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Release Date: 8-SEP-1992

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Released in 1992 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, this two-disc set still stands as the ultimate Bond music collection. Disc one includes all of the hit songs from the Bond films, including Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger," Tom Jones's "Thunderball," Paul McCartney & Wings' "Live & Let Die" and Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only." Disc two includes Louis Armstrong's lovely "We Have All the Time in the World," as well as a nice collection of rarities (Anthony Newley's demo of "Goldfinger"), lesser-known orchestral cuts from Goldfinger and Thunderball, and radio ads for You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, and Live & Let Die. The perfect accompaniment for a martini built for two. Shaken not stirred, of course! --Dan Epstein


Disc: 1
1. James Bond Theme - The Monty Norman Orchestra
2. From Russia With Love - Matt Monro
3. Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
4. Thunderball - Tom Jones
5. You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra
6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - The John Barry Orchestra
7. Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey
8. Live & Let Die - Paul McCartney & Wings
9. The Man With The Golden Gun - Lulu
10. Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. James Bond Theme - The John Barry Orchestra
2. 007 - The John Barry Orchestra
3. Goldfinger - Anthony Newley
4. Pussy Galore's Flying Circus - The John Barry Orchestra
5. Golden Girl - The John Barry Orchestra
6. Death Of Tilley - The John Barry Orchestra
7. The Laser Beam - The John Barry Orchestra
8. Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Dionne Warwick
9. Thunderball Suite - The John Barry Orchestra
10. Mr. Kiss-Kiss Bang Bang - Shirley Bassey
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002V0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Nasti on January 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As someone who has been a huge James Bond since before he could walk, you can bet I love every aspect of the films, including the music. Many of the theme songs to the films are classics, while the ones that have slipped under the radar remain awesome underrated numbers.

In 1992, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of 1962's "Dr. No", the 2 cd "The Best Of James Bond" was released. Itr included all the theme songs for the movies from 1962's "Dr. No" up to 1989's "License To Kill", as well as a second disc of rarities.

This is an excellent compilation that all 007 fans must have in their collection. You get all the classic Bond themes, such as Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger", Paul McCartney & Wings' "Live And Let Die", Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better", Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only", and Duran Duran'a "A View To A Kill", as well as some lesser heard but equally great songs, such as Nancy Sinatra's luscious theme for "You Only Live Twice", Bassey's sexy rendering of "Diamonds Are Forever" and her mysterious, sweet "Moonraker", Lulu's thrilling "The Man With The Golden Gun", Rita Coolidge's glorious "All Time High", and a-ha's excellent "The Living Daylights". There are a few rough spots (Tom Jones' over the top "Thunderball" and Gladys Knight's awful "License To Kill"), but other than that, it's a nearly flawless compilation.

The second disc is a great treat for hardcore Bond fans. For starters, you get several radio spots for "You Only Live Twice", "Thunderball" and "Live And Let Die", some great instrumental scores, two different recordings of the scrapped "Thunderball" theme song "Mr.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
For anyone getting into the music of the James Bond films, this is an essential collection. Even if you own every Bond soundtrack album (I know, it's sad, isn't it?) you will still find plenty here to make up for the repeat material.
It's neatly arranged with all the main themes in chronological order on one disc, and a second disc mixing familiar incidental music with recently rediscovered rarities, so it makes a fitting celebration, not just another cheap cash-in. The liner notes are a treat, too, complete with comments on the films themselves and background info on the new material.
My only criticism is the bias towards the 60s. Apart from the 'Live and Let Die' radio trailer, everything on the second disc comes from the 60s. Popular wisdom says this was the golden era of Bond, but fans of anything so enduring tend to have a more comprehensive appreciation. By being biased towards the 60s, it is also biased towards John Barry who surely deserves a special place in Bond history, but we shouldn't forget the other contributions which add to the richness of the whole story. Hopefully, the balance will be redressed if the rumoured reissue of the soundtrack back-catalogue takes advantage of the opportunity to unearth a few more nuggets, as illustrated by the 'Deluxe Edition' of 'The Living Daylights'.
On the whole, an undeniably worthwhile and fascinating compilation.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G M. Stathis on October 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Capitol's "Best of James Bond -30th Anniversay" collection is still a definitive album...it is what an "anniversary" collection should be. Combining all of the main themes, vocal and instrumental (it includes the vocal version of "From Russia With Love" rather than Barry's instrumental treatment, and both Barry's instrumental "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "We Have All the Time in the World")with a second disc that includes some amazing odds and ends that had never been released, this is a must for Bond fans. Among those odds and ends are many John Barry cues that never made it to soundtrack albums, including a stunning suite from "Thunderball," and several vocals that were not used. Perphaps the most interesting addition is the tremendous vocal version (by two different artists, no less-Dionne Warwick and Shirley Bassey)of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," that had been scheduled to be the vocal theme for "Thunderball." Well produced, and nicely packaged with abundant notes and photos, this is a treat. In some ways the later, 40th Anniversary album is a better sound production (and includes newer vocals), but it also failed to give us much of the unreleased music that so many of us have been hoping for. Something closer to the 30th Anniversary collection would have been nice in 2002, but as we all know...James Bond will return.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Henry R. Kujawa on September 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
EVERY song here, in one way or another, is an all-time classic. This package includes the 007 themes from DR. NO (1962) to LICENSE TO KILL (1989). However, I'd suggest skipping this seemingly incredible comp and going instead for the 2-CD set of the SAME NAME! Disc 1 on that contains the 16 themes in chronological sequence (which this, strangely, doesn't), while Disc 2 contains a LOT of previously-unreleased tracks that can be found nowhere else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 16, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I feel this 2-disc Best of James Bond 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Collection is far better than the current 50th Anniversary Collection for several reasons. What stands out for me on Disc-2 is the Thunderball Suite, which to my knowledge, cannot be found on any other CD album. This is a 21 minute suite constructed from the soundtrack recordings and really captures the aura and essence of THUNDERBALL as well as John Barry's definitive sound he created for the James Bond series. This suite alone is worth the price of this 2-disc CD album. Also, there is Dianne Warwick's vocal version of Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Anthony Newley's demo vocal for GOLDFINGER and a vocal demo version of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE that is melodically much different from the final version. Also, there is one of John Barry's versions of the James Bond Theme performed by the John Barry Orchestra, which is very strong and upbeat. Also included is a 20-page booklet with many photographs and notes on all the tracks. I highly recommend this CD album.
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