John Barry The Collection [Box Set] (4-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (4 Discs)
Item:  SLA 1128

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: April 2, 2001
  • Label: Silva America

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Zulu, film score: Main Theme / First Zulu Appearance and Assault - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 2.From Russia With Love, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 3.From Russia With Love, film score: 007 - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 4.Goldfinger, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 5.Ipcress File, film score: A Man Alone, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 6.Knack, film score: Main Theme, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 7.Mister Moses, film score: Suite - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 8.Thunderball, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 9.Wrong Box, film score: Main Theme, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 10.Born Free, film score: Main Theme / The Lions at Play - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 11.Quiller Memorandum, film score: Wednesday's Child, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 12.You Only Live Twice, film score: Main Theme / Capsule in Space - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 13.Girl with the sun in her Hair, The (Sunsilk commercial) - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 14.Deadfall, film score: Romance for Guitar & Orchestra (abridged) - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Lion in Winter, film score: Suite, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 2.On Her Majesty's Secret Service, film score: We have All the Time in the World - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 3.On Her Majesty's Secret Service, film score: Ski Chase - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 4.Midnight Cowboy, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 5.Midnight Cowboy, film score: Florida Fantasy - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 6.Appointment, film score: Theme, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 7.Last Valley, film score: Suite, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 8.Walkabout, film score: Back to Nature - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 9.Monte Walsh, film score: Suite - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 10.Diamonds Are Forever, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 11.Persuaders, television score: Theme, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / Mark Ayres / John Barry)
  • 12.Mary Queen of Scots, film score: Vivre et Mourir - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 13.Man with the Golden Gun, film score: Slow Boat from China / The Man With the Golden Gun - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 14.Dove, film score: Main Theme / Hitchhike to Darwin / Sail the Summer Winds, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Tamarind Seed, film score: Play it Again, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 2.King Kong, film score (1976): Prelude and Love Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 3.Eleanor and Franklin, television score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 4.Robin and Marian, film score: Suite - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 5.Deep, film score: Main Theme, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 6.Hanover Street, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 7.Black Hole, film score: Overture - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 8.Moonraker, film score: Miss Goodhead Meets Bond - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 9.Somewhere in Time, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 10.Raise the Titanic, film score: Suite - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 11.Body Heat, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 12.Frances, film score: Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 13.Octopussy, film score: Palace Flight - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 14.Cotton Club, film score: Suite, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.High Road to China, film score: Suite - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 2.View to a Kill, film score: Wine with Stacey / Snow Job, A - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 3.Out of Africa, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 4.Living Daylights, film score: Hercules Take Off, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 5.Dances with Wolves, film score: The John Dunbar Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 6.Dances with Wolves, film score: The Buffalo Hunt - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 7.Chaplin, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 8.Moviola - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 9.Indecent Proposal, film score: Suite - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 10.Specialist, film score: Suite, The - (with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 11.Scarlet Letter, film score: Love Theme, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 12.Cry of the Beloved Country, film score: Main Theme - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 13.Mercury Rising, film score: The Story Ends - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)
  • 14.James Bond Theme, theme from film series: Symphonic Version, The - (with Crouch End Festival Chorus / City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / John Barry)

Product Description:

Personnel includes: John Barry; Milan Zilenka (guitar); Jindrich Nemecek, Jan Smolik (alto saxophone); Jan Burian, Noel Langley (trumpet); Jaraslava Eliasova (piano); Gareth Williams, Mark Ayres (keyboards).
Compilation producer: James Fitzpatrick.
Recorded at Smecky Studios, Prague, Czech Republic & Whitfield Street Studios, London, England.
Composer: John Barry .
Personnel: Milan Zelenka (guitar); Noel Langley, Juraj Burian (trumpet); Jaroslava Eliasova (piano); Gareth Williams, Mark Ayres (keyboards).
Liner Note Authors: James Fitzpatrick; Geoff Leonard; Pete Walker.
Recording information: Smecky Studios, Prague, Czech Republic; Whitfield Street Studios, London, England.
Editor: Gareth Williams.
Arrangers: Mark Ayres; Nic Raine; John Barry .
This is a lot of soundtrack music -- 258 minutes' worth, actually -- which is understandable, as it covers approximately 40 years in the career of John Barry. The 40 years isn't quite comprehensive, skipping past Barry's earliest screen compositions for the films Beat Girl, Never Let Go, and The Amorous Prawn, as well as his music for The L-Shaped Room, Dutchman, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, and King Rat, in favor of the bigger films that the composer worked on during the '60s and beyond. Beginning with his thunderous score for Zulu, represented by a seven-minute track here, the collection concentrates primarily on the international side of Barry's career, while also offering little oddities out of his history, such as his 1968 theme "The Girl With the Sun in Her Hair," from a commercial for Sunsilk. The collection runs right up through Barry's music for Cry the Beloved Country and Mercury Rising, and ends with the disputed "James Bond Theme" (in what is one of the few relatively flat, unexciting performances in this set). All of this material is presented in new recordings by Nic Raine and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied on a half-dozen cuts by the Crouch End Festival Chorus. They're spirited enough, as is Raine's conducting, and the producers have given most of this collection (apart from obvious small-scale pieces such as "A Man Alone" from The Ipcress File) a big, lush orchestral sound that makes much of the material seem larger than life and even larger than it looms in the memory (the main title from Born Free, for example, gets a treatment akin to Mahler's "Third Symphony"); a lot of it works brilliantly, though one isn't too thrilled with his reworking and toning down of the music from Goldfinger. Still, the essentials are here, including perennial favorites such as Somewhere in Time (though one wishes its distant cousin, Barry's score for They Might Be Giants, was represented here as well) and Dances With Wolves. What makes this set unusual and exceptionally edifying, however, is the fact that lesser-known Barry scores, such as his superb, lush music for Mister Moses and later productions such as Robin & Marian, Monte Walsh, and Walkabout (all films that relatively few people saw, though they were [and are] heavily written about) get more generous treatment than familiar fare such as Goldfinger and Thunderball. There's also a decent balance between the thrillers, for which Barry -- identified as he was with the Bond films for many years -- is best-known, and gentle, lyrical pieces such as his waltz-like main theme for The Wrong Box. The result is a collection that opens up the less well-known aspects of Barry's international career and thus can be appreciated even by longtime buffs. The annotation is more biographical than analytical in nature, and the sound is state-of-the-art and a delight to the ear. ~ Bruce Eder

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