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Shadowing John Barry
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Audio CD, Import, February 5, 2016
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September 26, 2016
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Found out about this album from a John Barry fan site, and man am I glad I did. Absolutely LOVE this album. The "guitar and orchestra" format works exceptionally well to deliver fresh treatments of compositions of the great John Barry. While "fresh" and "different," Brian Bennett and company wisely do well at maintaining the core emotion of the compositions. The results are versions that I would have to think that Barry himself would approve of as honest and remaining true to the composer; but again, with fresh and interesting new takes. The addition of guitar (both acoustic and electric), bass and drums gives a really enjoyable "rock" feeling to the entire album; however, the orchestra - wisely - is not sacrificed throughout, so the result is a wonderful mix of the two. With a project like this, the arrangements are everything, and to my taste they simply nailed them - achieving a great balance of orchestral and rock elements. Of course, with a catalog as vast as Barry's over several decades, I would think that Bennett was challenged just to narrow down what songs to include; but even here, I think he did a terrific job. And I appreciate that he included the title track to one of Barry's non-movie, "solo" albums, The Beyondness of Things. There's a good dose of Bond, plus some other key Barry themes from across the decades. Fun too, that among the many talented guitarists featured are none other than Peter Frampton and Mark Knopfler. So enjoyable are all these performances, that should a Shadowing 2 every materialize, it would be an instant purchase. Bravo Brian Bennett and players, for a job well done!