- Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
- Original Release Date: September 17, 2002
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
- ASIN: B00006I0BO
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,052 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Best of Bond James Bond
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Rissue of the only official Bond music compilation, with 3 new songs, including a previously unrelea sed version of the James Bond Theme, in conjunctio n with 40th Anniversary of the Bond film franchise 20th Bond film, "Die Another Day," in theatres Nov. 22.
James Bond themes tend to be just as memorable as their movie counterparts and, to a certain extent, just as time sensitive. While many fans can remember the Monty Norman Orchestra's steamy Dr. No theme or Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger," how many of us remember Rita Coolidge's dated "All Time High" from Octopussy or A-Ha's theme from The Living Daylights? Yes, just as we all have our favorite Bonds, we all have our favorite eras of Bond movie music. But surprisingly, whether they're New Wave, soul, or just Euro-pop inspired, most are still worth hearing. There are some real gems on this compilation: On Her Majesty's Secret Service's "We Have All the Time in the World" by Louis Armstrong, the Thunderball theme sung by Tom Jones, and the spunky theme to The Man With the Golden Gun by Lulu. Just overlook those sporadic lean years and you have a pretty stiff soundtrack cocktail here. --Jason Verlinde
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Top customer reviews
A terrific music collection, with more music to come as the movies continue!
However, this CD featuring the themes of the films is the next best thing. As we know the background music was an integral part of each Bond film. To listen is to remember and re-live the action. It cannot get any better than that.
Another great, must have CD which, I am sure will become a collector's item one day!
This collection definitely gets Five Stars for including "We Have All the Time In The World." Since this was in Lazenby's solo, we seldom hear it; yet it is one of the best songs to come out of the franchise.
Like I said, this CD is everything I expected, down to the liner notes. I have only two criticisms. First, the songs are not chronological, so we miss the evolution from the early brassy Rat Pack themes to the toned-down anthems epitomized by "For Your Eyes Only" and then on to the techno/hip-hop lite of the later films. Arraigned the way they are, you get a better overall presentation. Either way you arrange the tracks, you will always have shuffle.
The second is more of a criticism of the franchise as opposed to the CD (have I mentioned how well I liked the product?). Included are two remixes of the James Bond Dr. No Theme--from Moby and Parodi/Fair. Now a remix by definition is just the same music with an underlaying drum machine, and it is done solely to be played at dance clubs and those annoying subwoofers on wheels--and nothing more. I think this was done to keep up the gala spirit of the film, and also to revamp the franchise for younger audiences
The problem is that there was nothing wrong with the franchise--the six year hiatus was due to a legal quagmire and the geopolitical shake up associated with the end of the Cold War. So doing remixes like these really do not contribute to the Bond experience. Personally, I thought they were both condescending and obvious.
(Then again, where else would you put them?)
So other than these two critiques, I happily recommend this disc for the Bond fan, and for the pleasant memories this music will bring.
All performed by the original artists, all the recordings you know and loved when you heard them the first time (at least, they sound like it to me).
The recordings are excellent, the mix is not in chronological order of release.
And for my money, the ballads are the best even if the films they pushed weren't.
Insult to injury is that I actually returned another bond themes CD I had bought before to get this CD because I thought that didn't sound great, but this is even worse! I wish I'd have just kept the first CD.
Love the music but hate the sound. The recording engineers have failed tranfering the sound from tape to disk without compromising the quality. I think the old but original tape or record would probably sound better! Even the newer digital era tracks were sub standard.
Sorry but I will have to give this a one star because of this unforgiveable flaw.