Casino Royale Soundtrack
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Vinyl, Soundtrack, Original recording remastered, June 3, 2005
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This is not the 1960s of Haight-Ashbury, Jimi Hendrix, and Grace Slick; it is instead the playboy-ish, tuxedoed-swinger 1960s: hip, sophisticated, and playful. And Bacharach not only does an over-the-top riff on the scores for the Sean Connery "Bond films," he also cleverly gives the whole pastiche a surprisingly retro feel; with such hits as "Winchester Cathedral" popular on the radio, 1920s musical idioms were all the rage in 1960s instrumental music, and Bacharach neatly filters those idioms into his "swinging spy" tone to create some truly unique musical moments.
Like most good soundtracks, the music for CASINO ROYALE rings changes on a precious few themes--and in this case there are three basic ones: the "Casino Royale Theme," recorded by Herp Albert and The Tijuana Brass, which pops with a harpsichord lead-in to one of the most memorable trumpet solos going; the "Miss Moneypenny Goes for Broke" theme, which uses hard brass and percussion to create a slightly humorous, slightly sleazy tone; and the soundtrack's centerpiece: the absolutely stunning Dusty Springfield interpretation of "The Look of Love." This is a knockout piece of music with a great lyric, and Springfield's full-throated, dreamy, and super-steamy vocal is quite possibly the single best thing she ever did in her long and distinguished career.
I did have a few issues with the CD, however.Read more ›
Case in point: "Casino Royale," a film that was the sloppiest of messes, with directors quitting in the middle of the project, and two stars who hated each other working on the movie! But the calm and evocative centerpiece was the score that Bacharach crafted, in all its super spy spoof superbness!
The disc will give you the bulk of the music cues from the film, though not completely in order. But the true test of a soundtrack recording is can you enjoy it without having seen the film? The answer here is a resounding yes! In fact, you might enjoy it MORE if you haven't viewed the movie.
The orchestrations are top notch, and very espionage evocative! Plus you get Dusty Springfield crooning what could be the sexiest mainstream pop song in history: "The Look Of Love!"
The disc isn't perfect, but it's a lot better than the film turned out to be! It's one of the more unique efforts and Bacharach fans must have this disc in their collection!
Also, I prefer the cd cover of the 1st version which is the original poster art for the movie, so I inserted it into the 2nd version's jewel case---which gives me the best of both worlds.
As for the score itself, I think the Oscar-nominated "The Look of Love" is the best love theme ever written for a film and was wrongly not awarded an Oscar. Mike Myers has said the song inspired him to develop the Austin Powers movies and he pays tribute to the song by using it in his first Austin Powers movie in the hot tub scene with Lotta Fagina.
This 2nd version cd is definitely a must-have for those seeking the absolute best in film music.
Also, the hit song "The Look Of Love" by Dusty Springfield fits in well amongst everthing else.
The booklet, which has 4 pages to it, features the famous 007 girl on the front which was used in most of the movie posters. Inside, there is a page of very odd commentary by Mort Goode (I have no idea who this is) and 4 monochrome photos - David Niven (Sir James Bond) and Terence Cooper (another James Bond), Peter Sellers (Evelyn Tremble), Woody Allen (Dr.Read more ›
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One of the best recordings of all time with great stereo - now five channel - separationPublished 10 months ago by Gary
Great soundtrack to a great film! Herb Alpert & The TJB at their finest!Published on July 13, 2014 by Regent T. St Claire
Loved the soundtrack which carried the movie. a Spy/secret Service agent should be hard and unforgiving. woody allen is just funny to which a bond movie should not be.Published on June 10, 2014 by Rodney Strickland
I so loved this movie, even though it was panned when it came out in the late 60s. One of the best things about it though was the soundtrack by Herb Alpert, some 40 years later it... Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Bob Schulhof
First of all, let me say that I just love this movie. David Niven, Woody Allen, Orson Wells, and Peter Sellers are absolutely fantastic in this little romp. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by railfan
I have been searching for the music soundtrack from the movie Casino Royale for many years and was never able to locate a copy of it but finally I located it on Amazon. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Wayneo
It's Burt Bacharach and Herb Albert! Good quality recording. Gave it a 4 ONLY because was VERY disappointed that did not include the ending credits song with singing. Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by Randall S. Womack
I don't believe you can really appreciate this soundtrack properly unless like me, you were young in the 60s. Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by V. J. Verdolini