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.
Performance CreditsBond Primary Artist,String Quartet
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Tim Bran Keyboards
Dave "Clem" Clempson Guitar,Electric Sitar
Anita Kelsey Vocals
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
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
Wil Malone Conductor
Technical CreditsCarl Orff Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Antonio Vivaldi Composer
Mike Batt Arranger
Duke Ellington Composer
Clive Goddard Engineer,Engineering
Gareth Jones 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
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,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
Jon Fowler Management
Orion and the Beatmasters Producer
Mel Bush Executive Producer
Phil da Costa Engineer
Ed Leal Programming,Producer
Wil Malone Arranger,String Arrangements
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An amazing group with a new sound that people are not trying to duplicate. A friend introduced me to this and fell for the passionate songs they wrote or covered. They could never be placed in a category, classical, instrumental, etc. Nothing fit and they just kept playing not caring their fans did not care either just as long as they, we could get a hold of their music.
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...
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.
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.
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
The new Bond CD is the old Bond with a musical twist its blend of past hits with added scores is great!
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.
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.
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.
This disc is nothing less than sensational,what more can I say.
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!!
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.
This group takes classical music to an unbelieveable level. They really rock!