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Classified
     

Classified

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by Bond
 

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Bond, the comely string-playing foursome, return to combine classical technique with high-wattage dance beats on their third album, Classified. Following their now-familiar M.O., the group pay homage to classical masters on several tracks by mixing familiar themes with pulsating percussion and pop-style production. "Lullaby" takes

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Bond, the comely string-playing foursome, return to combine classical technique with high-wattage dance beats on their third album, Classified. Following their now-familiar M.O., the group pay homage to classical masters on several tracks by mixing familiar themes with pulsating percussion and pop-style production. "Lullaby" takes Pachelbel's Canon to new heights; "Hungarian" is a scorching version of a Brahms Gypsy dance; Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake theme inspires the atmospheric "Midnight Garden"; "Adagio for Strings" spikes Barber's well-known music with jungle rhythms; "Señorita" adds edgy beats to Bizet's "Habañera"; and Khachaturian's "Saber Dance" gets electrified on the madcap "Highly Strung." Other contemporary tracks, "Samba" and "Scorchio," spice the album with Latin and Middle Eastern flavors, adding to the eclectic, international feel. A cover of the disco classic "Fly Robin Fly" features a surprising departure -- vocals -- for the instrumental sirens, while "Explosive," the opening track repeated as a closing remix, would fit right in as the soundtrack for a James Bond action sequence. What's in a name? Seems these four have all the answers.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
It's telling that Bond decided to cover the flutter disco classic "Fly Robin Fly" for Classified, its third official album. An irresistibly flaky studio confection of chirping strings and lighthearted beats, "Fly" was essentially a 1975 blueprint for the Bond girls' 21st century sound. Naturally, they handle it with professional charm. Backed by capable beats and processed guitar, violinists Eos Chater and Haylie Ecker, violist Tania Davis, and cellist Gay-Yee Westerhoff reproduce the track perfectly, right down to the vocal interjections (handled by Chater and Westerhoff). Yes, it's fluff. But so was the original, and it was a worldwide smash. Like the sweet violins cascading through the disco era, or Welsh whelp Charlotte Church transposing her soprano over show tunes and pop, Bond's classical skills are just arrows in their quivers as macro-pop interpreters on the world stage. Classified's set list of softballs and wide-angle international flair bears this out. The keening strings and pulsing beats of "Explosive" and the likely named "Samba" are lit with a Latin flame; "Hungarian" amplifies its gypsy qualities with relentless electronic rhythms; and "Lullaby" crosses the familiar sway of Pachelbel's "Canon in D" with cut-up pop resembling Madonna's "Don't Tell Me." The support of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on many of these tracks is a nice connector to the classical world, but Classified is still dominated by slick pop production and clicky drum machines, often rendering even Bond's playing as part of the overall scenery. There's filler here, too, where Bond's recombinant formula takes things too far. "Highly Strung," for example, tries to marry Khachaturian's manic "Sabre Dance" to spy movie guitar and chattering electronics, the result being more garishly cartoonish than interpretive. Still, as their cover of "Fly Robin Fly" suggests, Bond is just trying to have some widely accessible fun. Classified doesn't have purist appeal, but who needs those sourpusses, anyway?

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947561613
catalogNumber:
000233202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bond   Primary Artist,String Quartet
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Tim Bran   Keyboards
Lynda Richardson   Vocals
Rony Barrak   Percussion,Darbouka
Matt Dunkley   Conductor
Eos   Vocals
Fergus Gerrand   Percussion
Gay-Yee Westerhoff   Cello,Vocals,Group Member
Gerry Moffett   Guitar
Nikolaj Juel   Guitar
Haylie Ecker   Violin,Group Member
Tania Davis   Viola,Group Member
Eos Chater   Violin,Group Member
Peter Huntington   Keyboards
Ivica Murat   Flute
Damir Somen   Drums

Technical Credits

Samuel Barber   Composer
Aram Khachaturian   Composer
Dave Edmunds   Composer
Airto Moreira   Composer
Clive Goddard   Engineer
Gareth Jones   Engineer
Gary Langan   Producer,Engineer
Peter Lazonby   Composer,Programming,Producer
Silvester Levay   Composer
Ramon Zenker   Composer
Ian Wherry   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Adam Brown   Engineer
Matt Dunkley   Orchestral Arrangements
Eduardo Alarcón Leal   Programming,Producer,Contributor
Gottfried Engels   Composer
Gay-Yee Westerhoff   Composer
Adama N'Diaye Rose   Engineer
Haylie Ecker   Composer
Tania Davis   Arranger,Composer
Eos Chater   Composer
Paul Chessell   Art Direction
Adam Pickard   Programming,Contributor
Stephan Prager   Composer
Eduard Botric   Audio Production
Tonci Huljic   Composer
Peter Huntington   Programming
Nenad Siskov   Arranger
Scott Wilson   Contributor
Martin Glover   Composer
Sylvester Levay   Composer
Bond   Arranger,Composer
Niksa Bratos   Audio Production

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Classified 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new Bond is just terrific. Lots of different types of music. Already have 2 CD's to give to friends. Fan from Chicago
Guest More than 1 year ago
After only previewing their album, I'm saddened by the lack of musicality of the arrangements. Barber's Adagio, a piece I would describe as almost inherently humanly sacred, is simply clouded by the pounding drums and unneccesary fill. Even one of the Bond fans agrees with me on this point. Don't apologize for music by disguising it with percussive and effectual elements; there is no need to make an excuse for some of the greatest tunes ever written. If you are a fan of classical crossover, I would highly suggest other groups that at least know when a piece has entered the popular music spectrum or will transfer smoothly. These pieces do not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bond is the greatest instrumental group ever. This album is a must for anyone who likes Bond or the type of music that they perform. They perform a creative style of music. They have an exquisite way of taking classic songs and folk sytles and turning them into up-tempo/fun masterpieces!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've never heard BOND... give this album your immediate attention! If you've never seen BOND... give their DVD your immediate attention as well! The bottom line is... Bond with BOND! And do it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely the most exhilirating CD that I have ever purchased. I cannot even begin to describe the sound, the texture, or the feeling of the music played in this album. This has to be one of the greatest collections of music ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a lot of Bond's CD's. I am a huge fan of thier's. I thought I lost this CD but then I found it agian. I put it on my ipod to keep me busy while waiting forever at the airport. I LOVE the song " Samba" on this CD. It is sooo cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well after the long wait for a new album, we are certainly rewarded graciously! Classified is an amazing album using lots of different ethnic styles. A lot of the tracks have taken well known themes from famous classical pieces such as Pachelbel's Canon into something outrageously catchy and enjoyable. There are no fillers on this album you'll be glad to hear, and a third of the tracks where penned/arranged by bond themselves adding a more personal touch to the album. This album is very different to the bonds' other albums, as if we thought the girls couldn't beat Born and Shine, the bring out their latest hit! It's exactly what it says on the tin: Classy, Classical, A classic, Classified!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was just an amazing CD, it takes old classical songs and makes them in to amazing dance beats. Bond is ment for the people who can really apperciate them for what they do and apperciate the music of a quartet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a bond fan since I came across their first CD, born, a few years back. I will say I have grown to be a bigger fan of theirs with time. I won't say Clssified is their best CD so far, they have imprived on some aspects from their previous CDs but there were a couple of things I did not like. The songs are all excellent and there's not one track I would skip, whereas on some of their previous CDs there were tracks I would not fully listen to. It's rare in this day and age to find a completely good CD. However, on the previous CDs there were always one or two tracks that would blow me away. This CD has a few tracks that come close to doing that, but none of them succeed like the past. One other "complaint" I have is that these girls are extraordinarilly talented but many times on the CD their instruments are drowned out by the drumbeat. The songs sound great, but I would like to hear the girls "shine." I am becoming nitpicky because I have four CDs and a concert of theirs now. I love them and I am sad I have to wait for another CD of theirs. This one is great, I would recommend purchasing this CD or "remix" if you are a new fan and are a fan of pop, techno, or anything else but I would recommend one fo the first two CDs if you are from the classical side of the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed the remake of Fly Robin Fly, with its balanced vocals and strings. Scorchio is very energetic and fast-paced, with lots of rhythm and beat to it...absolutely great dance music. Bond did an absolutely marvelous job on this album balancing purely instrumental easy-listening tracks with high-paced fun danceable music! Midnight Garden and Adagio for Strings provide some slower mellower relief for the faster-paced tracks. Bond has taken a lot of great musical works and rearranged them into original tracks that are their own. If you have never taken a listen to Bond before, Classified is a great way to blow your mind away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best wishes to Bond -- all hopes that they will succeed in their material, I mean, musical goals. If these goals are to break into the pop scene and make a living as a musician/hottie-icon, then by all means, they are well on their way. But for me, a classically trained musician, these tracks are the musical equivalent of a sewer system in Bombay. I can only hope that they are happy with where they are and do not blame them for their endeavors -- just don't ever make me listen to it again. The beats are awkward and do not hold the groove for the lyrical line stolen from the dead white guys. Segues between sections are nonexistent and cause physical discomfort to the listener. The actual string technique is okay, but not spectacular and if all this isn't enough, the juvenile exclamatory cries in some of the songs are, well, is there a word that expresses the feeling of being embarassed for someone else?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, you've done it again! Brilliant album. Bring's whole new raw emotions to the fore with each track. Thankyou!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What Can You Say?? Their music is that good. From their ballads to pulsating beats that rivals most techno music. It shows the world how talented these four women are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started out listening to Bond when they released their first cd. Classified is their aboslute best cd so far. i love this quartet I can't get enough of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bond's newest CD, Classified, is astounding; the girls did an amazing job on this CD. I own all of the Bond CDs, and listening to this one I can tell you that it is one of the best ones that they have put out up to date. They show their true colors and never cease to amaze throughout the entire CD. If you haven't listened to Bond before, the Classified CD is a good one to start with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, this stuff is explosive. I got the CD yesterday I have played it literally over 25 times--you can just repeat it over and over and not get tired. I never heard of this group until recently and this stuff is impressive. (Now, if I can only figure out how to get a date with one of them.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is yet another OUTSTANDING display of musical genius by the only all female band that I have come to Love and Appreciate!! The consistent dance beat and the high energy rhythm are irresistable and can REALLY uplift sagging spirits!! The handling of the "Adagio for Strings" is questionable to me. Tht is, I can't really decide if they shouold have done that one at all or not. It's not a dance number and it's use as an anthem of mourning do make me question the wisdom of recording that one by Bond at all. Other than that, "Classified" is a top of the line album and I can't wait for the next Bond album. A Christmas album would be great as that is my favorite time of the year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great CD!!! I can't stop listening to it. GO BUY IT!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an abomination. I was disappointed to find there was no rating less than 1 star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The girls have done it again... Only better! This is their best yet! Some songs are haunting, some make you want to dance, but all are great! Especially Explosive. If you get a chance to see a video of Explosive, it is very moving.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BOND really did a great job on Classified! I can play the chourus of Samba on my ocarina ( it sounds like a recorder). This is thier BEST CD YET! I love it! BOND really has gone internatioinal with thier songs. In some songs I can kinda feel like a Euro-pop thing going on. I think every BOND fan should get this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great piece of work! BOND once again creates wonderful music. There is no clear cut favorite from the entire album. ALL wonderful pieces. To borrow from Benny and Bjorn, "Gracias Por La Musica"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago