Live and Let Die [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The first James Bond movie apart from the "off-brand" spoof Casino Royale not to be scored by John Barry who was working on a stage musical at the time, Live and Let Die's soundtrack still managed to be a pop-music recording event, by virtue of the presence of Paul McCartney & Wings doing the title song. The latter, a number two hit in England and a number nine single in America, also reunited McCartney and Beatles producer George Martin, who provides the background score for the film in Barry's absence. Martin is no more than an adequate substitute for Barry -- his music is pleasant and diverting, but largely undistinguished and unmemorable; indeed, "Fillet of Soul -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The first James Bond movie apart from the "off-brand" spoof Casino Royale not to be scored by John Barry who was working on a stage musical at the time, Live and Let Die's soundtrack still managed to be a pop-music recording event, by virtue of the presence of Paul McCartney & Wings doing the title song. The latter, a number two hit in England and a number nine single in America, also reunited McCartney and Beatles producer George Martin, who provides the background score for the film in Barry's absence. Martin is no more than an adequate substitute for Barry -- his music is pleasant and diverting, but largely undistinguished and unmemorable; indeed, "Fillet of Soul -- New Orleans"/"Live and Let Die" as done by B.J. Arnau is far more interesting that any of the instrumental material by Martin, which lacks any distinguishing features to hold the attention of the audience. The best track here is "If He Finds It, Kill Him," which incorporates elements of Monty Norman's original "James Bond Theme." Also included on the original album was one of the series' periodic reworkings of Norman's music, which is noisier but not especially improved over the Dr. No album's original. The 2003 reissue adds eight bonus tracks, consisting of the highly percussive main-title music; the light musical interlude "Bond to New York"; a more sedate alternate take of "San Monique" from the original LP; and a pair of highly lyrical love themes, the atmospheric "New Orleans" borrowed from the main title music's opening signature and the smooth, rousing "Boat Chase," which is as close as Martin gets to John Barry. The sound is excellent on the reissue, which may give the disc special appeal among Paul McCartney completists, and the annotation is reasonably thorough also.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724354142123
  • Catalog Number: 41421
  • Sales rank: 43,467

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Martin Primary Artist, Conductor
Paul McCartney Track Performer
Harold Dejan Track Performer
Wings Ensemble
B.J. Arnau Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer
Michael McDonald Remixing
Milton Batiste Arranger
Olympia Brass Band Brass Band
George Martin Arranger, Composer
Peter Grant Art Direction
Linda McCartney Composer
Monty Norman Composer
Doug Schwartz Remastering, Reissue Remastering
Lukas Kendall Reissue Producer
Traditional Composer
Jeff Bond Liner Notes
Michael McDonald Remixing
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