Classified

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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.
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?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947561613
  • Catalog Number: 000233202
  • Sales rank: 4,277

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Explosive (3:09)
  2. 2 Samba (3:34)
  3. 3 Midnight Garden (4:07)
  4. 4 Fly Robin Fly (3:08)
  5. 5 Scorchio (3:30)
  6. 6 Lullaby (3:49)
  7. 7 Hungarian (3:00)
  8. 8 I'll Fly Away (3:09)
  9. 9 Dream Star (4:38)
  10. 10 Highly Strung (3:29)
  11. 11 Adagio for Strings (4:22)
  12. 12 Señorita (4:27)
  13. 13 Explosive (3:10)
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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, Digital Editing
Gary Langan Producer, Engineer
Peter Lazonby Composer, Programming, Producer
Silvester Levay Composer
Peter Mew Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classified

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Great

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Incredible--Can't stop playing it!!

    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.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXPLOSIVE CLASSIFIED!!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!

    Fantastic, you've done it again! Brilliant album. Bring's whole new raw emotions to the fore with each track. Thankyou!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Yet

    The new Bond is just terrific. Lots of different types of music. Already have 2 CD's to give to friends. Fan from Chicago

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classified

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hold my ears!

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Class of its own

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What Can You Say??

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely the most...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classified is/will be a classic!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bond is the Greatest Instrumental Group Ever!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clouded music

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!

    This is such a great CD!!! I can't stop listening to it. GO BUY IT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Abominable

    This is an abomination. I was disappointed to find there was no rating less than 1 star.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bond's fourth CD is one of the best yet.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New fans and old will love this CD

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bond with BOND!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Girls At Their Best!

    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.

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