George Martin Bond - Live and Let Die [Bonus Tracks] (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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- Released: February 11, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Capitol
- 1.Live and Let Die (Main Title)
- 2.Just A Closer Walk With Thee / New Second Line
- 3.Bond Meets Solitaire
- 4.Whisper Who Dares
- 5.Snakes Alive
- 6.Baron Samedi's Dance of Death
- 7.San Monique
- 8.Fillet Of Soul-New Orleans / Live And Let Die / Fillet Of Soul-Harlem
- 9.Bond Drops In
- 10.If He Finds It, Kill Him
- 11.Trespassers Will Be Eaten
- 12.Solitaire Gets Her Cards
- 14.James Bond Theme
- 15.Gunbarrel / Snakebit
- 16.Bond to New York
- 17.San Monique - (alternate take)
- 18.Bond and Rosie
- 19.The Lovers
- 20.New Orleans
- 21.Boat Chase
- 22.Underground Lair
Original score composed by George Martin.
Recorded at Air Studios, London, England in 1973. Includes liner notes by Jeff Bond.
Audio Remixer: Michael McDonald .
Liner Note Author: Jeff Bond.
Recording information: Air Studios, London, England (04/1973).
Arrangers: George Martin; Milton Batiste .
The first James Bond movie -- apart from the "off-brand" spoof Casino Royale -- not to be scored by John Barry (who was working on a stage musical at the time), Live and Let Die's soundtrack still managed to be a pop-music recording event, by virtue of the presence of Paul McCartney & Wings doing the title song. The latter, a Number Two hit in England and a Number Nine single in America, also reunited McCartney and Beatles' producer George Martin, who provides the background score for the film in Barry's absence. Martin is no more than an adequate substitute for Barry -- his music is pleasant and diverting, but largely undistinguished and unmemorable; indeed, "Fillet of Soul -- New Orleans"/"Live and Let Die" as done by B.J. Arnau is far more interesting that any of the instrumental material by Martin, which lacks any distinguishing features to hold the attention of the audience. The best track here is "If He Finds It, Kill Him," which incorporates elements of Monty Norman's original "James Bond Theme." Also included was one of the series' periodic reworkings of Norman's music, which is noisier but not especially improved over the Dr. No album's original. ~ Bruce Eder
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