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Thunderball [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]
     

Thunderball [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

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by John Barry
 

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James Bond goes under the sea to find his man, and composer John Barry obliges with an aquatically cool yet subtly powerful soundtrack. Barry made his first big mark with an equally wonderful backdrop to Bond's earlier From Russia With Love and Goldfinger adventures. It had been Barry's intent to give Shirley Bassey -- who

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Thunderball [Original Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard to find good music that captures the lonely suspended feeling of the underwater world, but this album does so very well, especially on ''The Spa'' and ''Bond Below Disco Volante.'' The film and album have about 5-6 leitmotives and themes that reoccur repeatedly, so you'll find the same melodies on different tracks in different guises, e.g., ''Cafe Martinique'' is a dinner music version of ''Death of Fiona,'' ''Thunderball'' (#2) is a background music version of the title song ''Thunderball'' (#1). There is some terrific compositional skills displayed here, such as in ''Death of Fiona'' that has such a catchy melody but such an unusual chord progression (Em Fm Bb ...). In the film, many of the complete tracks here are fragmented and scattered out of order, some don't appear at all, and film music exists that is not on the album. ''Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'' on the album never appears in the film at all, and some music in the film never appears on the album, e.g.: from the underwater lovemaking scene, the first strummed guitar piece the King Erisson band plays, the fast flute theme in the ending hydrofoil battle, the ''007 Theme'' during the ending lifeboat rescue via sky hook, etc. The title song has some pretty stupid lyrics (''his needs are more so he gives less''?), but the melody is fine. Two versions of the vinyl album exist, one American, one British, with different versions of ''Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.'' As I'm just now ordering the CD, I haven't found out which version they chose for the CD, though I'm disappointed they didn't bother to include both. This is music you'll enjoy if you're a scuba diver.