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Licence To Kill: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album Soundtrack

3.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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ASIN: B000002O65 Binding: Audio CD UPC: 076732630723
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: July 14, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Mca UK
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002O65
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on April 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Another Bond soundtrack lacking half of the film's music, but do we actually miss anything? I think not. Michael Kamen, who replaces John Barry who was seriously ill at the time, does some nice work, but is this Bond music? Not quite. Although Kamen uses the JB007 theme every sixty seconds, you can't help feeling that you're just listening to another dull action movie soundtrack - not James Bond. The music works fine still, the track "Pam" is really good (though some amateur did the strange cuttings troughout), and finally a 007 soundtrack to include the gunbarrel music. If you are a Bond music fan, buy it, because it still beats the hell out of David Arnold.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
One of the rarest of the vinyl soundtracks. Probably due the state of vinyl in 1987 and this being on of the underperforming bond adventures. It is a great addition to the soundtrack collection anyways.
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I'll admit it, purchasing this album was an act of nostalgia. It isn't that this is the best Bond album or soundtrack, it's just that for me this particular movie landed squarely in my adolescents, and I was slightly addicted to the theme song by Patti LaBelle. Taken as a whole, this particular James Bond Adventure is a little lacking, but something about the way that the theme song is played and sung still catches my ear even after all these years. It's a pity that you aren't able to buy this album piecemeal, but given its age it's understandable they want to make their nickel on whatever they can here. Basically I would say if you are really into the classic James Bond themes, this one is worth listening to. Is it worth buying the whole album to give its, that's more up to you.
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Format: Audio CD
Michael Kamen composed a competent score for "Licence to Kill." Of the "non-John Barry" scores on CD, this my second favorite after the issue of David Arnold's stand-alone score for "Tomorrow Never Dies."
Kamen once again demonstrates his ability to score with great power and strength as he did in "Die Hard." "James & Felix on Their Way to Church" is a tour de force of Kamen's ability to unleash the dynamic energy of the orchestra.
However, the score as heard in the film is a major disappointment for several reasons. It actually seems to lack power and energy and sounds somewhat diluted. It is also has a very lethargic and dreary quality about it. "Licence to Kill" is not an uplifting film, but the score spirals it into an even deeper abyss of despair from which it never ascends once Bond arrives in Isthmus City. Only some action scenes bring the score out of the doldrums, but it never recovers from its shroud-like gloom.
His interpretation of "The James Bond Theme" is inaccurate in many scenes. No, I am not saying that he got the notes wrong. In fact, he interpolated the theme throughout the film changing or eliminating notes here and there putting his own stamp on it. No, I am not referring to that either. What is inaccurate is giving "The James Bond Theme" a Latin sound via playing the familiar chords on a Spanish acoustic guitar.
This is similar to the mistake George Martin made with his score for "Live and Let Die." George Martin did not give us a Bond score. Being influenced by the "Black Film" genre of the early 70s Martin delivered a score akin to "Shaft." Given the subject and cast of villains in "Live and Let Die" that approach may have worked for major parts of the score.
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I have a decidedly mixed opinion of this score. Kamen's music, while not in the same league as Barry's, was superior to that of Martin, Hamlisch and Conti, especially on such short notice (He took over just weeks before the release when John Barry became ill.). A pity we didn't get more of it instead of the superfluous tracks "Wedding Party" and "Dirty Love." The title track is also one of the lesser ones (also inferior to "If You Asked Me To") No Bond orchestral score should be given only 25 minutes out of 45 and no such album should get more than 3 stars out of 5.
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Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack for Licence To Kill is a curiosity worth having. The title theme, which sounds like Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger at the beginning, is surprisingly good, and rates among the better title songs. "Wedding Party" and "Dirty Love" are throw-aways, I always skip them when I listen to the CD. "Pam" really is a beautiful track, Michael Kamen (the composer) really shines here. Next is the love track "If you asked me to" which is OK, but to me seems to have aged in the 15 years since it was released. The rest of the songs on the CD are from the score from Licence To Kill. They are nowhere near matching John Barry's talent, but manage to conjure up some tension. On track 6, "James and Felix on Their Way to Church," is the gunbarrel, which is one of the better ones. Unfortunately the pre-title sequence that follows is spread over 4 tracks which really is a pain, because you have to use the search function on your CD player to find the music you're after!!! The best of the tracks on the latter half of the CD is by far "Licence Revoked" as it acts as a musical suite to the movie and contains the James Bond theme.
Overall, this soundtrack is worthwhile, but is missing alot of music. It has some great tracks like "Pam" and "Licence Revoked" and is a must in your Bond collection, or, if you are into film music, you should also have a listen!!!
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