Explosive: The Best of Bond [DualDisc]

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
If the women of crossover string quartet Bond have anything to say about it, the classical music of the 21st century will never sound -- or look -- the same again. Ever since releasing their danceable debut, Born, in 2001, they've been shaking up the music world with their fresh and exuberant approach, augmenting their sound with techno beats, sitar, Spanish guitar, and full orchestra, and always sounding larger than life. If you've been resisting Bond's charms so far, Explosive is the album for you. It's impossible not to smile -- and start tapping your feet -- when you hear what they've done with bits of Rossini the Barber of Seville overture on "Victory" or Vivaldi ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
If the women of crossover string quartet Bond have anything to say about it, the classical music of the 21st century will never sound -- or look -- the same again. Ever since releasing their danceable debut, Born, in 2001, they've been shaking up the music world with their fresh and exuberant approach, augmenting their sound with techno beats, sitar, Spanish guitar, and full orchestra, and always sounding larger than life. If you've been resisting Bond's charms so far, Explosive is the album for you. It's impossible not to smile -- and start tapping your feet -- when you hear what they've done with bits of Rossini the Barber of Seville overture on "Victory" or Vivaldi The Four Seasons on the irrepressible "Viva". There's enough new material here to make it a must for Bond's diehard fans, too. Taking highlights from the group's first three releases and adding in two songs in previously unreleased versions, the set concludes with three brand-new tracks, and the dual-disc package also offers a DVD of videos showing the fab foursome in action. In fact, the three new songs are among the group's finest moments, especially the Nutcracker spin-off "Sugar Plum," which plays with glitchy electronica in one of their most clever arrangements yet. Add in the jazzy "Caravan" and the ominous "Carmina," and it seems Bond have enough tricks up their sleeves -- make that sleeveless gowns -- to keep on exploding the pop/classical boundary for a long time to come.
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: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947569527
  • Catalog Number: 000474882
  • Sales rank: 11,042

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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Victory ...
  2. 2 Explosive
  3. 3 Fuego
  4. 4 Viva!
  5. 5 Shine [48kHz
  6. 6 Wintersun
  7. 7 Scorchio
  8. 8 Duel
  9. 9 Gypsy Rhapsody
  10. 10 Caravan
  11. 11 Sugarplum
  12. 12 Carmina
  13. 13 Explosive
  14. 14 Fuego
  15. 15 Victory
  16. 16 Photo Gallery
  17. 17 Discography
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bond Primary Artist
The Beatmasters Synthesizer
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Track Performer
Tim Bran Keyboards
Dave "Clem" Clempson Guitar, Electric Sitar
Anita Kelsey Vocals
The London Session Orchestra Track Performer
Guy Pratt Bass
Craig Pruess Conductor, Sitar, Tamboura, Mandola
Paul Spong Trumpet
Philip Todd Saxophone, EWI
Gavyn Wright Conductor
Gareth Cousins Synthesizer
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
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
Gareth Jones Digital Editing
Peter Lazonby Arranger, Programming, Producer
Craig Pruess Arranger, Director, String Arrangements
Juan Tizol Composer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Gareth Cousins Producer, Audio Production
Will Malone Arranger, String Arrangements
Adam Brown Engineer
Matt Dunkley Arranger
Magnus Fiennes Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Eduardo Alarcón Leal Programming, Producer
Gill Brown Composer
Ric Featherstone Programming, Engineer
Keith Uddin Engineer, Digital Editing
Mitch Jenkins Cover Photo
Yoad Nevo Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jane Harrison Producer
Paul Chessell Art Direction
Adam Pickard Programming
Saffie Ashtiany Director
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 Cover Photo
Denise Larkin Producer
Paul Morgans Director
Nenad Siskov Arranger
Thomas Bowes Orchestra Leader
Bond Arranger, Composer
Phil da Costa Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great.

    This group takes classical music to an unbelieveable level. They really rock!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best Bond cd's yet !

    The dual disc is the best part beacuse the music sounds rich and clear. The last 3 songs are very very good. If you have just heard of Bond you'll love this cd because it has song for every album that they have released.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something old with a new twist!

    The new Bond CD is the old Bond with a musical twist its blend of past hits with added scores is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blooming Brilliant

    This disc is nothing less than sensational,what more can I say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bond Music

    Excellent track and DVD. A great collection. Innocent track from Itune is great, everyone should down load it. Please have a tour soon in US.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bond is AWESOME!!

    Bond is one of the most exciting groups out there. There cd's are great and their live shows truly are wonders to see! The "Best of Bond" puts all of their great tracks on one CD! Go BOND!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Viva for Bond!!!

    Bond has done it again. An Explosive collection of their outstanding music. A must-have for the Bond fans and those who are searching for some new beats to their collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Music and Video's

    I bought this CD/DVD and only adjectives can describe it..awesome, stupendous, amazing... but then it is like all their CD's and Video's. Talk about energy... And if you think the CD's and DVD's are excellant, you should go see them live... Oh my god... Words cannot express how good these women are... I would recommend this CD to anyone...heck I would recommend ALL their cd's to anyone..and have every chance I can get... The closest thing to heaven you can get.. And not only can they play but man... they are beautiful too...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Music

    This is truly a greatest/best CD ever put together. All the tunes are outstanding with great beats, string playing. Carmina is one tune I can listen over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TNT

    Bond is truly explosive. I have seen them in concert, have all their CD/DVD's, and consider myself a true Bond aficionado. I love the new DualDisc and I believe the best is yet to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bonds Highlights

    Bond is an amazing group and I personally own all of there CD's. I recommed this one to the new listeners so they get the best of all of Bond. Most of the songs are from previous records and there for is kind of like the highlights of those records. They are amazing to listen to when you are in any kind of mood and appeal to wide audiences. I personally believe this is one of there best compositions, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must Have

    This is a must have cd if you like Bond buy this cd it is a must have for your collection if you never heard them and want to buy an album buy this one it contains the best of their stuff

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    Posted February 12, 2010

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