Explosive: The Best of Bond

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Explosive gathers 12 highlights from Bond's three studio albums. It also includes the previously unreleased "Carmina," "Caravan," and "Sugar Plum." It's kind of a strange time for the U.K. quartet to put out a collection like this. For one thing, discounting the new material, it's relatively brief. On the other hand, Explosive might be a way for Bond to further establish their slick amalgam of classical instrumentation, worldbeat, and dance music flourish. In that sense Explosive is a primer, a guidebook, a showcase; for Bond's established fans, it's a succinct album survey with the incentive of bonus content. Released in DualDisc format, the set includes music videos for...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Explosive gathers 12 highlights from Bond's three studio albums. It also includes the previously unreleased "Carmina," "Caravan," and "Sugar Plum." It's kind of a strange time for the U.K. quartet to put out a collection like this. For one thing, discounting the new material, it's relatively brief. On the other hand, Explosive might be a way for Bond to further establish their slick amalgam of classical instrumentation, worldbeat, and dance music flourish. In that sense Explosive is a primer, a guidebook, a showcase; for Bond's established fans, it's a succinct album survey with the incentive of bonus content. Released in DualDisc format, the set includes music videos for the title track, "Victory," and "Fuego," as well as a photo gallery and the entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound. As usual, in the artwork and photography Bond have refused to be staid or classical. Explosive features Haylie Ecker, Eos Chater, Tania Davis, and Gay-Yee Westerhoff dressed to the hilt and surrounded by vibrant flora. As they've always done, particularly with 2003's Classified, the quartet stands boldly behind its style, no matter the naysayers. Of course, the usual criticisms do apply. Pieces like "Duel," "Viva!," and "Caravan" move well. But their gleaming intersection of flighty chamber instruments and relentlessly jaunty electronics tries so hard to be irrepressible that it can have the opposite effect. When that happens, Bond's music ends up at the border between the ultramodern and sounds for the background. Much of Explosive would be perfect scene-setting music for the arrival of Lara Croft or a certain gentleman spy in some far-flung urban locale. But Bond fans don't struggle with these questions of validity, and for them or the casual, curious listener Explosive is a worthy pickup.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/4/2005
  • Label: Decca Import
  • UPC: 028947570257
  • Catalog Number: 4757025
  • Sales rank: 280,102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Victory (3:25)
  2. 2 Explosive (3:10)
  3. 3 Fuego (2:59)
  4. 4 Viva! (3:15)
  5. 5 Shine (3:57)
  6. 6 Wintersun (3:27)
  7. 7 Scorchio (3:31)
  8. 8 Duel (4:14)
  9. 9 Gypsy Rhapsody (3:36)
  10. 10 Caravan (3:45)
  11. 11 Sugarplum (2:21)
  12. 12 Carmina (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bond Primary Artist, String Quartet
The Beatmasters Synthesizer
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Tim Bran Keyboards
Dave "Clem" Clempson Guitar, Electric Sitar
Anita Kelsey Vocals
The London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Guy Pratt Bass
Craig Pruess Conductor, Sitar, Tamboura, Mandola
Paul Spong Trumpet
Philip Todd Saxophone, EWI
Gavyn Wright Conductor
Clem Clempson Guitar, Electric Sitar
Gareth Cousins Synthesizer
Will Malone Conductor
Rony Barrak Percussion, Darbouka
Matt Dunkley Conductor
Eduardo Alarcón Leal Keyboards
Julian Kershaw Conductor
Gay-Yee Westerhoff Cello, Group Member
London Metropolitan Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Haylie Ecker Violin, Group Member
Tania Davis Viola, Group Member
Eos Chater Violin, Group Member
Adam Pickard Keyboards
Ben Gant Trumpet
Kuljit Balma Percussion, Tabla
Eduard Botric Keyboards
Niksa Bratos Guitar
Pavlos Doukanares Bouzouki
Peter Huntington Percussion, Keyboards
Ivica Murat Flute
Shashi Pandit Vocals
Damir Somen Drums
Benjamin Gant Trumpet
Thomas Bowes Leader
Ed Leal Keyboards
Phil Todd Saxophone, EWI
Rony Barrack Percussion, Darbouka
Technical Credits
Carl Orff Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Antonio Vivaldi Composer
The Beatmasters Programming, Producer
Mike Batt Arranger
Duke Ellington Composer
Clive Goddard Engineer, Engineering
Gareth Jones Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Peter Lazonby Arranger, Programming, Producer
Craig Pruess Arranger, String Arrangements, Direction
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer, Engineering
Juan Tizol Composer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Gareth Cousins Producer
Andy Stephens Management
Will Malone Arranger, String Arrangements
Adam Brown Engineer, Engineering
Matt Dunkley Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Magnus Fiennes Composer, Programming, Producer
Eduardo Alarcón Leal Programming, Producer
Gill Brown Composer
Ric Featherstone Programming, Engineer
Keith Uddin Engineer, Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Mitch Jenkins Original Photography
Yoad Nevo Composer, Producer
Paul Chessell Art Direction
Adam Pickard Programming
John Anderson Additional Music
Andrej Bako Programming
Eduard Botric Arranger, Programming, Producer
Niksa Bratos Producer
Tonci Huljic Arranger, Composer, Producer
Peter Huntington Programming
Remi Kazinoti Arranger, String Arrangements
Charlie Langella Original Photography
Nenad Siskov Arranger
Thomas Bowes Orchestra Leader
Pete Lazonby Programming, Producer
Gareth Jones Pro-Tools
Orion Producer
Jon Fowler Management
Orion and the Beatmasters Producer
Bond Composer
Mel Bush Executive Producer
Phil da Costa Engineer
Ed Leal Programming, Producer
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