John Barry: The Collection [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is a lot of soundtrack music -- 258 minutes' worth, actually -- which is understandable, as it covers approximately 40 years in the career of John Barry. The 40 years isn't quite comprehensive, skipping past Barry's earliest screen compositions for the films Beat Girl, Never Let Go, and The Amorous Prawn, as well as his music for The L-Shaped Room, Dutchman, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, and King Rat, in favor of the bigger films that the composer worked on during the '60s and beyond. Beginning with his thunderous score for Zulu, represented by a seven-minute track here, the collection concentrates primarily on the international side of Barry's career, while also offering ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is a lot of soundtrack music -- 258 minutes' worth, actually -- which is understandable, as it covers approximately 40 years in the career of John Barry. The 40 years isn't quite comprehensive, skipping past Barry's earliest screen compositions for the films Beat Girl, Never Let Go, and The Amorous Prawn, as well as his music for The L-Shaped Room, Dutchman, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, and King Rat, in favor of the bigger films that the composer worked on during the '60s and beyond. Beginning with his thunderous score for Zulu, represented by a seven-minute track here, the collection concentrates primarily on the international side of Barry's career, while also offering little oddities out of his history, such as his 1968 theme "The Girl With the Sun in Her Hair," from a commercial for Sunsilk. The collection runs right up through Barry's music for Cry the Beloved Country and Mercury Rising, and ends with the disputed "James Bond Theme" (in what is one of the few relatively flat, unexciting performances in this set). All of this material is presented in new recordings by Nic Raine and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied on a half-dozen cuts by the Crouch End Festival Chorus. They're spirited enough, as is Raine's conducting, and the producers have given most of this collection (apart from obvious small-scale pieces such as "A Man Alone" from The Ipcress File) a big, lush orchestral sound that makes much of the material seem larger than life and even larger than it looms in the memory (the main title from Born Free, for example, gets a treatment akin to Mahler's "Third Symphony"); a lot of it works brilliantly, though one isn't too thrilled with his reworking and toning down of the music from Goldfinger. Still, the essentials are here, including perennial favorites such as Somewhere in Time (though one wishes its distant cousin, Barry's score for They Might Be Giants, was represented here as well) and Dances With Wolves. What makes this set unusual and exceptionally edifying, however, is the fact that lesser-known Barry scores, such as his superb, lush music for Mister Moses and later productions such as Robin & Marian, Monte Walsh, and Walkabout (all films that relatively few people saw, though they were [and are] heavily written about) get more generous treatment than familiar fare such as Goldfinger and Thunderball. There's also a decent balance between the thrillers, for which Barry -- identified as he was with the Bond films for many years -- is best-known, and gentle, lyrical pieces such as his waltz-like main theme for The Wrong Box. The result is a collection that opens up the less well-known aspects of Barry's international career and thus can be appreciated even by longtime buffs. The annotation is more biographical than analytical in nature, and the sound is state-of-the-art and a delight to the ear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572112820
  • Catalog Number: 1128
  • Sales rank: 4,915

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Theme / First Zulu Appearance and Assault - Crouch End Festival Chorus & City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (7:43)
  2. 2 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:15)
  3. 3 007 - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:09)
  4. 4 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:29)
  5. 5 A Man Alone - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:02)
  6. 6 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (1:47)
  7. 7 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (7:52)
  8. 8 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:17)
  9. 9 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:46)
  10. 10 Main Theme / The Lions at Play - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (5:50)
  11. 11 Wednesday's Child - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:30)
  12. 12 Main Theme / Capsule in Space - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (6:14)
  13. 13 The Girl with the sun in her Hair (Sunsilk commercial) [Music from 1968 "Su - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:42)
  14. 14 Romance for Guitar & Orchestra (abridged) - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (10:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (8:14)
  2. 2 We have All the Time in the World [From On Her Majesty's Secret Service - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:29)
  3. 3 Ski Chase - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:20)
  4. 4 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:59)
  5. 5 Florida Fantasy - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:04)
  6. 6 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:19)
  7. 7 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (8:37)
  8. 8 Back to Nature - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:55)
  9. 9 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (11:12)
  10. 10 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:05)
  11. 11 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:10)
  12. 12 Vivre et Mourir - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:14)
  13. 13 Slow Boat from China/The Man With the Golden Gun - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:59)
  14. 14 Main Theme/Hitchhike to Darwin/Sail the Summer Winds - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (6:32)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Play it Again - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:29)
  2. 2 Prelude and Love Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:53)
  3. 3 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (1:28)
  4. 4 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Crouch End Festival Chorus (7:38)
  5. 5 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:01)
  6. 6 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:51)
  7. 7 Overture - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:57)
  8. 8 Miss Goodhead Meets Bond - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:25)
  9. 9 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (6:13)
  10. 10 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (9:28)
  11. 11 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:34)
  12. 12 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:12)
  13. 13 Palace Flight - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:09)
  14. 14 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (6:34)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (8:13)
  2. 2 Wine with Stacey/Snow Job - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:45)
  3. 3 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:28)
  4. 4 Hercules Take Off - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:02)
  5. 5 The John Dunbar Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:30)
  6. 6 The Buffalo Hunt - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Crouch End Festival Chorus (4:15)
  7. 7 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:57)
  8. 8 Moviola - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:08)
  9. 9 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:43)
  10. 10 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (6:29)
  11. 11 Love Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:04)
  12. 12 Main Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:36)
  13. 13 The Story Ends - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (5:57)
  14. 14 Symphonic Version - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Barry Primary Artist
Noel Langley Trumpet
Nic Raine Conductor
Gareth Williams Keyboards
Mark Ayres Keyboards, Track Performer
David Temple Choir Master
Jaroslava Eliasova Piano
Juraj Burian Trumpet
Milan Zelenka Guitar
Crouch End Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Jaraslava Eliasova Piano
Jan Smolik Alto Saxophone
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lionel Bart Composer
Ray Davies Composer
John Barry Arranger, Composer
Don Black Composer
Nic Raine Arranger, Orchestration
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Gareth Williams Mastering
Mark Ayres Arranger, Engineer, Engineering
Zbigniew Preisner Composer
Pete Walker Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Geoff Leonard Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Mike Doling Composer
Lynn Strait Composer
Rudolph Wiederman Orchestral Arrangements
Jamie Miller Composer
James Fitzpatrick Producer, Liner Notes, Mastering, Sleeve Notes
Sonny Mayo Composer
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
Peter Walker Liner Notes
John Fabnestock Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Essential John Barry

    A wonderful collection of John Barry's music from Bond to Zulus. Experience the prolific work of this great composer and see why he can be considered one of the best movie composers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most beautiful music in the world is by Barry

    I always recognize his music right away. The most beautiful, enchanting, and beloved music of all. I have all of his music and especially, this particular set of three CD's which covers almost all his music, as the title explains. Every music library would be showcased by this wonderful composers incredible music. I know you will love and enjoy it as much as so many millions of us have.

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    Posted September 5, 2010

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