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On Her Majesty's Secret Service Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack, Extra tracks

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Includes a previously unreleased score, plus the usual John Barry brilliance.

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This sixth installment of the James Bond cycle was dogged by something more serious than mere creative hiccup: the departure of the iconic Sean Connery from the title role. If the film's strong screenplay and grittier, more realistic action sequences were a plus, the producers insistence on recasting Bond with another unknown (as Connery had been before Dr. No) was less sage; Australian model George Lazenby became an uncomfortable cinematic footnote and trivia subject after he, too, refused to reprise the role. But the presence of John Barry insured that the series' musical continuity, even if the composer took the opportunity to expand his palette to include the same sorts of contemporary Euro-jazz/pop influences (including early synths) then percolating through the comedy and adventure scores of Morricone. Legend Louis Armstrong forged the Barry-Hal David penned, "We Have All the Time in the World," into one of the most sublime (and unusual) of the "Bond songs;" it was the first not to be used as a title theme and marked the last recording of Armstrong's remarkable career. Thus inspired, Barry rose to the occasion with what remains one of his most subtle and introspective Bond scores. This digitally remastered edition effectively doubles the running time of the original with 10 tracks of previously unreleased cues, music that further underscores the mature, almost melancholy essence of what remains the composer's most unique contribution to the Bond canon. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Composer: John Barry
  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack, Extra tracks
  • Label: Capitol
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • ASIN: B000087DS2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By James Luckard on March 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Wow. The best Bond score to the best Bond movie has finally been done right. The sound is perfection, and the missing music, some of the best in the film, is almost all here. A highlight is the Gumbold's Safe cue that everyone (myself included) has been salivating over for years, what a joy to hear it in perfect stereo.
Anyway, I've read that the cues had to be kept in the original album order for contractual reasons, but if you're like me and want to burn a CDR in the correct film order, here it is, matched off my DVD,
2, 6, 3, 12, 13, 1, 14, 7, 15-20, 5, 4, 9, 10, 21, 11, 8
Now, I should add, 8 is at the end because I couldn't find it in the film, I think it's just an album instrumental version of We Have All The Time In The World.
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Emi/Capital/MGM Records are in the process of releasing "remastered" editions of most the the James Bond soundtracks as part of the "40th Anniversary," and they are to be applauded. Great sound and solid packaging...and a superb price! Many of the recordings with additional tracks and several with an attempt at the "full score." At the top of the list of the initial releases is what appears to be John Barry's full score to "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," perhaps the best of all of the 007 scores. This is a long awaited treasure. The sound is first rate, the packaging is solid, and the music will surprise even long-time fans. There are bits and pieces that many fans will claim they have never heard before. This is a James Bond score and soundtrack recording as it should be. Fans will again be reminded just how perfect a fit Barry was to 007.
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The score for On Her Majesty's Secret Service is in one word, Brilliant! The new remastered remixed version of the soundtrack is unbelieveable. John Barry has created what many consider to be the best score for any James Bond film.The music sounds so crisp and perfect. Why is this soundtrack better than all the rest? Simple, because it has all the right ingredients. First off, the instrumental title song, is filled with slam-bang synthesizers that actually make the song sound better without a singer. Louis Armstrong performs the undeniably wonderful We Have All The Time In The World, which is a slow romantic piece that can be heard in the film, and is now regarded as a classic. Nina performs the odd, yet fun Do You Know How Trees are Grown?
Tracks Ski Chase and Over And Out are clear exciting action music. Battle At Piz Gloria is a fantastic, over the top, smashing action track that has a generally building pace. There is also a sweet instrumental version of We Have All The Time In The World as well. The bonus tracks are also no less then stunning. There is the famed Gumbold's Safe and the cool Bond Meets The Girls. Blofeld's Plot is rather a combination of tracks that go very well together and the mysterious, yet exciting Escape From Piz Gloria and the magnificent Bobsled Chase. There you have it. That is what makes a perfect Bond soundtrack. Two thrilling and romantic main songs and the brilliance of John Barry's perfect score. With 21 tracks and over 79 minutes of music, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is truly Far More!!!
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Many things about On Her Majesty's Secret Service (OHMSS) were distinct changes in direction for the increasingly popular James Bond film series, after the (imho) embarrassing self-parody and excess of You Only Live Twice. Connery's decision not to renew his contract left the future of the series in peril, but also gave the producers a golden opportunity. A new actor had to be tactfully introduced. Veteran Bond editor Peter Hunt, now given a chance to direct, wanted to hew closely to Fleming's original story, warts and all. By necessity, the producers had to retool the enterprise. OHMSS was the first "Bond reboot" the series had to execute, and on this occasion there was no road map.

Music is one aspect in which OHMSS seemed to be bringing the series up to present day (1969), and John Barry was more than up to the task. In fact, the opening "gun barrel" sequence features a brazenly re-orchestrated "James Bond Theme": pronounced horns on the left, the "twang" bass guitar takes a different role and the usual, bouncy guitar line is played instead with a contemporary synthesizer. Barry's themes and music in this score hit on the usual tones and styles he'd established for the secret agent films, some of the leitmotifs rivaling his scores for Goldfinger and Thunderball, but the introduction of "modern" sounds cured that rather archaic tone the films were acquiring in seven short years from the first outing in 1962. Some might argue that the synthesizer was overused in this score (it's more noticeable on this remastered soundtrack than in the film's original monophonic mix), but you can't fault Barry for anchoring the film's score in the present, rather than some movie-preserved past.
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John Barry's music for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" ("OHMSS") is clearly the best overall score in the entire Bond series. "Golfinger" is a close second largely because of a knockout song, but "We Have All the Time in the World," especially as sung by Louis Armstrong, is itself a treasure and Barry's instrumental score is a bit better here. The soundtrack on cd as released by Capital/EMI is acceptable except for the expected missing cuts. As with all of the early Bond soudtracks, the cds are reprints of the original recordings which, because of the limitations of LPs, could only include so much music. Some of these "missing" tracks have appeared in later recordings such as Nic Raine's "Bond Back in Action," but true Bond and Barry fans still yearn for the original recordings or Barry conducted updates. Barry broke with tradition with "OHMSS" by using an instumental for the title (lyrics were written but never used) making this a unique score. And that main theme remains definitive...it is Bond, and even though Sean Connery is missing in this film, Barry is quick to give a musical reminder of what we are about to experience. If any of the Bond scores deserves an expanded edition (and several do: "Goldfinger," "Thunderball," "You Only Live Twice,") "OHMSS" should be at the top of the list. Still, the score in the film is first rate, and this soudtrack recording will do quite nicely.
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