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From Russia with Love (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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Product Description

One of the best Bond films and one of the best Bond soundtracks.

After the surprise success of 1962's Dr. No, the producers of the budding James Bond series began to establish what would become its trademark elements, with its debonair anti-hero frolicking libidinously through increasingly amped-up foreign intrigue and exotic locales. Musically, this soundtrack represents perhaps their most crucial decision: hiring band leader/budding composer John Barry as scorer. Abandoning the first film's calypso kitsch for an orchestra powered cocktail of elegance and jazzy sophistication, Barry immediately gave the Bond saga a focused musical language that would become arguably its most consistent element over the decades and amidst a revolving series of lead actors and increasingly improbable cinematic predicaments. While anchored by a medley that includes Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme," this soundtrack also introduced another longstanding Bond tradition, the pop-ballad title track/single, here penned by Lionel Bart and sung with urgent conviction by British crooner Matt Munro. This digitally remastered new edition features new liner notes, as well as artwork and stills from the film. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Opening Titles: James Bond Is Back/From Russia With Love/James Bond Theme
  2. Tania Meets Klebb
  3. Meeting In St. Sophia
  4. The Golden Horn
  5. Girl Trouble
  6. Bond Meets Tania
  7. 007
  8. Gypsy Camp
  9. Death Of Grant
  10. From Russia With Love
  11. Spectre Island
  12. Guitar Lament
  13. Man Overboard/Smersh In Action
  14. James Bond With Bongos
  15. Stalking
  16. Leila Dances
  17. Death Of Kerin
  18. 007 Takes The Lektor

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: May 27, 1964
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Capitol
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • ASIN: B000087DS1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Devin Zydel on February 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
From Russia With Love has been remastered and now is available again. I do own the original soundtrack, and sadly no new tracks have been added. Matt Monro performs the Frank Sinatra type title song with slow feeling and that it charted at #20. A personal favorite of many fans, the soundtrack is one of the best. John Barry's famous "007" theme is haerd on the soundtrack and it is a gem! With a exciting brass and a growing beat of music, this track is one of the best. Other exciting adventerous tracks include Opening Titles, Death Of Grant, Death Of Kerim and the thrilling 007 Takes The Lektor! There is also the mysterious mood of John Barry in tracks Meeting In St. Sophia and Tania Meets Klebb. One track not featured in the film, but marvellous on it's own is The Golden Horn. John Barry proved with this soundtrack that he could make thrilling spy music and was asked back to do another stunning 10 James Bond movies, not including this one. From the thrilling "007" Theme to his high pitched brass and action-filled spy music, John Barry was a magnificent asset of the James Bond team! With 18 tracks and 36 minutes of music, From Russia With Love is a thrilling soundtrack from the word go!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By James Luckard on November 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Barry's first Bond score is, of course, brilliant. If you want to listen to it in film order, as I do, here's how to re-order the CD:

15, 1, 11, 2, 14, 16, First 1:00 of 9, 5, 7, 12, 8, 6, 3, 4, 18, 17, Second 1:00 of 9, 13, 10.

If you can't split up track 9, put it at the second spot. Also, tracks 4 and 12 do not appear in the actual film, but the positions are where Barry intended these cues to go.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is a no-nonsense Bond film in the tradition of the Ian Fleming novels. The FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE soundtrack is an example of exceptional film scoring and a very satisfying album drawing on all the elements of the film's score to deliver an experience that musically runs the gamut of rhythm, romance, intrigue and flavorful vignettes of the film's locale that seems to go in tandem with Fleming's literary sense for these elements. John Barry began his "official" scoring duties in tandem with his screen credit on FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE bringing a highly recognizable and definitive substantiating sound to the Bond series that distinguished it with his unique and inimitable musical style. That has been a hallmark, which brings a cohesive quality to the whole series even in Barry's absence. John Barry not only firmly incorporated his prowess as a film composer with this soundtrack but also demonstrated his ability to establish his own unique sound on compositions composed by others. "From Russia With Love" from track 1 and "Bond Meets Tania" from track 6, with a melody composed by Lionel Bart, inimitably have that "Barry Sound" stamped on them. Once again Barry also demonstrated his unique musical handling of "The James Bond Theme" on track 14 with "James Bond With Bongos" while his "007 Theme" heard on tracks 7 and 18 bring a staccato and drive to the force of this James Bond classic. The re-mastering is good eliminating much of the background tape hiss. This recording sounds very good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Branko Larusso on January 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well, What can I say? This is the score that started it all, both for John Barry and myself. For it was this actual soundtrack that triggered off my insatiable passion for Motion Picture scores and soundtrack collecting and quite frankly I have'nt looked back since.
This score was the starting point in what was to be John Barry's long, distinguished and fruitful association with the James Bond pictures and he started his 'Bond' scoring career with both guns blazing. This score ranks in my 'Top 5' Barry 'Bond' scores of all time.
I personally hold this score in very high regard on account of it accentuating the sophistication, style and charisma that was needed (and still is) to make a 007 picture what it is - Class with attitude. The "From Russia With Love" score epitomizes the spy thriller genre in a musical sense and style like no other and it set the benchmark for others to follow - the benchmark set by John Barry.
The soundtrack is brimming with exemplary written music which is oozing with intrigue, suspense and thrills and which has a Eastern European flavour interwoven in a number of cues/tracks which is aptly befitting for a film like "From Russia With Love" and which also makes the score what it is.
For some reason I've always held the opinion that John Barry's 1960's James Bond scores had more zest, imagination and originality than any of his 1970's 'Bond' scores (albeit only 3 of them) but he came back to form quite significantly in the 1980's with treasures like (1985's) "A View to A Kill" and (1987's) "The Living Daylight's".
All in all the album is great, and from it I think that some of the 'Highlights' would have to be, "The Golden Horn", "007" , "Death of Grant", "Man Overboard - Smersh In Action", "James Bond with Bongo's" and last but most definitely not least "Stalking".
So what are you waiting for? Enjoy!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William W. Miller on January 11, 2006
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Inventive, tuneful and just pleasant to listen to musical backdrop to what many, including me, believe to be the best of the Bond film series before they got so carried away with gadgets and world domination themes. John Barry is on top of his game really developing what musically becomes the Bond legacy. And best of all, the album stands well on its own as a listening expereince. When the track "007" begins it's like meeting an old friend. You've heard it before, but it's good to hear again.

Heartily recommend!
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