Goldfinger [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

Goldfinger [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

by John Barry
     
 

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The opening notes are as well known as any in motion picture history. The blaring brasses of John Barry's orchestra announce the arrival of everyone's favorite international secret agent, James Bond. The biting vocals of Shirley Bassey singing the theme song for the second James Bond feature remain just as iconic. GOLDFINGER,John Barry's second Bond score (but the

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The opening notes are as well known as any in motion picture history. The blaring brasses of John Barry's orchestra announce the arrival of everyone's favorite international secret agent, James Bond. The biting vocals of Shirley Bassey singing the theme song for the second James Bond feature remain just as iconic. GOLDFINGER,John Barry's second Bond score (but the first where the composer was allowed to write the opening theme song) clearly established a standard all following James Bond scores -- and films -- had to live up to. Barry's soundtrack features the requisite action music, mixed with inventive jazz riffs, that defined the James Bond sound and atmosphere. Capitol's CD release is a straight reissue of the excellent original LP. Although four cues accidentally left off the original British album remain excised here, these were later restored to EMI's "Best of James Bond 30th Anniversary" 2CD set (see Box Sets & Special Edition CDs)

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One of John Barry's best efforts, with a particularly striking title song belted out by Shirley Bassey between blasting brass fills, Goldfinger was also the first James Bond soundtrack to hit the number one spot on the U.S. charts (ironically, displacing another United Artists soundtrack, A Hard Day's Night), even as Bassey's performance hit number eight as a single. While Barry effectively expanded his collection of Bond themes with Thunderball (underwater themes) and You Only Live Twice (space themes), Goldfinger was a prime opportunity to lock in some of the action themes that would recur over the next 35 years. Of particular note is the track compiling Barry's cues for the robbery of Fort Knox ("Dawn Raid on Fort Knox"), which provides a slow build so wonderfully agonizing that the remainder of the album, including "The Arrival of the Bomb and Count Down," with its pounding drums and roaring brass, actually serves as stress relief. ~ Steven McDonald & Bruce Eder

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077779534524
catalogNumber:
95345

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