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Explosive - The Best of Bond

June 28, 2005 | Format: MP3

$6.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 28, 2005
  • Release Date: June 28, 2005
  • Label: Decca
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 41:56
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  • ASIN: B000YNQXOU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,809 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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By John Williamson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Had heard the title track to this album on a radio station a few weeks back, but was driving in traffic at the time. It took a couple of days to find this album, then just had to have it.

Had never heard of Bond before (am I culturally deprived?), so cannot comment on their earlier releases, but this album knocked my socks off, so to speak. Then I played the DVD side for a close friend who sings and usually listens to female vocals. She was quite favorably impressed, and we ended up listening to the audio side of this double-sided DualDisc a few times. It became more enjoyable each time we heard it, the way we wish all albums were.

Bond is a stunningly attractive female string quartet made up of Haylie Ecker, Tania Davis, Gay-Yee Westeroff, and Eos (who has no last name). They are based in the UK, are in their mid-twenties, and each has strong classical music training (found most of this from their bios on their Website). Their music seems to be an exciting and original blend of classical, world rhythms and lively dance beats. But underneath it all, one can easily recognize that all of the members of this quartet have a deep love and understanding of classical music.

There's not a single mediocre or bad track on this album, and though some reviewers have commented that certain tracks were better on some earlier releases, this one was enough to convince this listener that purchasing more of their prior releases.

Enough said - on to the tracks.

Victory: Stunning - what a great way to start this album. Strong and brilliant, with a polished orchestral background that blends well with their strings.
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Format: Audio CD
This is another of those odd choices I have, mostly because I listen to hard rock like Black Sabbath. I don't know how I hooked up with this group originally (I think it was off a random music listen off of winamp.com), but I'm glad I did. It's four women who play string instruments. They fuse rock and roll with classical, and produce something that's officially labeled as dance music online, but I'm not sure how to label it. It's all instrumental stuff, and has a nice feel to it. I can get into it from my rock and roll side, and has nice classical string influences. I'm really straining to describe this stuff, as I don't quite know how. I found out about them around May of 2005, and they released a Greatest Hits in July of 2005, so that was a natural pickup. The band does have a cover of the James Bond theme they do, but it's not on here. Likewise, one of my favorites I'd heard before I got this CD isn't on here, either (Quixote).

The DualDisc stuff on the second side was nice, I'd never seen any music videos or concert footage of theirs, so I liked seeing that.
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I love Bond...the classical meets techno is amazing!

When I saw they had a dual disc greatest hits CD, I knew I had to have it. However, this CD is useless to me. The copyright protection on the disc is such that not only can you not rip the CD to your hard drive or an MP3 player, you can't even play it at all on a computer.

Now I'm stuck with a CD I can't return because the packaging is open. I don't own a boom box (...who does anymore?), so essentially this a greatest hits coaster.

Save your money and buy the tracks you like from a legal MP3 source and make your own greatest hits CD.
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Others have described Bond in general and broken down and rated individual songs on this disc, so I'll just write my overall comments and say something about DVD side of this DualDisc.

I'm extremely pleased with this disc even though I own all of the previous alblums. The collection of songs is a great overview of their career and includes 3 new tracks. (There's actually a fourth exclusive bonus track not on this disc but available on a popular music commerical download service.) The Sugarplum track was especially rewarding because it's a fun take on the Nutcracker piece that I enjoyed watching Bond play live in concerts in L.A. and Seattle. The last track Carmina is fun and somehow reminds me of 50 cent...

Bond's sound is "huge". The mixing of string instuments with a pop/techno beat is refreshing and fun to listen to. Yes, it's produced and mixed but you really have to hear the fusion of strings and synths and take it in as whole. Technically these four women are extremely talented. I think one theme that best describes Bond is that it's fun. If you have the opportunity to seem Bond live in concert you'll see them all truly enjoying what they're doing and you can't but help get drawn into the energy, enthusiasm and great music.

On this disc, the familiar songs from the previous albums sound remastered and the sound levels are equalized so listening to older tracks like Victory along with newer tracks like Explosive and Scorchio are a cohesive experience. For newer Bond fans, world-inspired beats and themes like Fuego, Victory and Explosive will get you blood pumping!

Technically, certain tracks do sound a bit different that the original alblum releases even though they are not credited as different remixes.
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