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John Barry / Various - On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Original Soundtrack (Expanded & Remastered) £2.99 delivered @ Play
John Barry / Various - On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Original Soundtrack (Expanded & Remastered) £2.99 delivered @ Play

John Barry / Various - On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Original Soundtrack (Expanded & Remastered) £2.99 delivered @ Play

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This John Barry soundtrack - arguably his best Bond soundtrack - has now been remastered to now include thirty-nine minutes of extra music. In the accompanying sleeve notes it states how "After Bond appears to resign from MI6 he goes through mementos of his previous adventures, and John Barry's score plays snippets of themes from the earlier movies to accompany them." Alas, this is not amongst the extras. But there is still enough to satisfy. Produced by Phil Ramone, a heavier use was made this(show full description) time of the bass guitar - and also, strangely enough, the flute, but rarely together. Were they supposed to represent Bond and Diana Rigg's Teresa di Vicenzo respectively?

The main theme itself opens with five punched falling chords. Early use of electronic sequencers, bass guitar and percussion provide staged layers that are later replicated by the strings, whilst above all the trombones and then trumpets play out the theme. There are more reworkings of the theme in other tracks, such as "Over and Out".

It was the only Bond not to have a sung theme in the opening. So instead a song was inserted into the film itself, thus we have Louis Armstrong singing what seems now to have become a standard, the marvellous "We Have All the Time in the World" with lyrics by Hal David. The song features throughout the album in various forms, its laid-back late-night jazz-bar feel enriched by a soft but hesitant orchestra.

Other pieces of interest include the track "Journey to Blofeld's Hideaway", which reminded me of a Mahlerian horn-call from the Alps (as well as Barry's "Flight into Space" from his later score for `Moonraker'). The music in "Gumbold's Safe" is of a countdown and is so imaginatively scored that interest is never lost. Equally imaginative are the psychedelic sounds in "Sir Hilary's Night Out" and "Blofeld's Plot".

Track List

1. We Have All The Time In The World (Louis Armstrong)
2. This Never Happened To The Other Feller (Original Soundtrack)
3. Try (Original Soundtrack)
4. Ski Chase (Original Soundtrack)
5. Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown? (Nina) (Original Soundtrack)
6. Main Theme - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Original Soundtrack)
7. Journey To Blofeld's Hideaway (Contains Previously Unreleased Music Within Cue) (Original Soundtrack)
8. We Have All The Time In The World (Original Soundtrack)
9. Over And Out (Original Soundtrack)
10. Battle At Piz Gloria (Original Soundtrack)
11. We Have All The Time In The World - James Bond Theme (Original Soundtrack)
12. Journey To Draco's Hideaway (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track) (Original Soundtrack)
13. Bond And Draco (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track) (Original Soundtrack)
14. Gumbold's Safe (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track) (Original Soundtrack)
15. Bond Settles In (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track) (Original Soundtrack)
16. Bond Meets The Girls (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track) (Original Soundtrack)
17. Dusk At Piz Gloria (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track) (Original Soundtrack)
18. Sir Hillary's Night Out (Who Will Buy My Yesterday?) (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track) (Original Soundtrack)
19. Blofeld's Plot (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track) (Original Soundtrack)
20. Escape From Piz Gloria (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track) (Original Soundtrack)
21. Bobsled Chase (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track) (Original Soudtrack Recording)

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My favourite Bond Movie and Soundtrack (apart from that dreadful Christmas tree song). Hope it get's a blu-ray release.

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yakkowarner

My favourite Bond Movie and Soundtrack (apart from that dreadful … My favourite Bond Movie and Soundtrack (apart from that dreadful Christmas tree song). Hope it get's a blu-ray release.


I think this is often overlooked, 'cos it's George Lazenby, but it is one of the best Bond films and the music is just awesome
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This is the soundtrack not the film, surely ?

Great film, and outstanding soundtrack. But it appears to be £7.99 on play now

Possibly Barry's finest. I practically wet my pants when the expanded Bond scores were released. The original releases were the first thing I bought on vinyl about 40 years ago!
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