James Bond Themes

James Bond Themes

by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


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James Bond Themes

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra treads where many others have gone before by recording an album of themes from the James Bond movies. In the hands of conductor Carl Davis and arranger Nic Raine, the 12 themes are, for the most part, given subtler, more romantic interpretations than usual. This is not true of the leadoff track, Monty Norman's "The James Bond Theme," which actually is taken at a slightly faster tempo than is typical. But "Goldfinger" is slower and more majestic than the well-known hit recording by Shirley Bassey. Although an electric guitar takes the melody line for much of "Live and Let Die," the Paul McCartney-composed theme is robbed of much of its power by Davis and Raine's approach, but, for example, Bill Conti's "For Your Eyes Only," with its slow, solemn melody, is perfectly suited to it. The conductor and arranger might have been better advised to try different styles appropriate to different themes, but they have created a consistent musical package of music originally written by a large number of composers. Still, there are better albums of these themes.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/1999
Label: Intersound Records
UPC: 0015095288028
catalogNumber: 2880

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Primary Artist
John Holt   Bass
Geoffrey Palmer   Violin
Jeffrey Bryant   Horn
Julian Cummings   Violin
Peter Dale   Violin
Mike Dolan   Violin
Miriam Keogh   Harp
Paul Keogh   Guitar
Ken Lawrence   Violin
Andy Pask   Bass Guitar
Francois Rive   Cello
Peter Vel   Cello
Neil Watson   Bass
Michael Wright   Clarinet
Andy Fuller   Cello
Prudence Whittaker   Clarinet
Geoffrey Browne   Horn,Oboe
Nigel Pinkett   Cello
Jonathan Carney   Violin
Charles Beldom   Violin
Martin Chivers   Viola
Julian Coward   Flute,Piccolo
Peter Hetherington   Bass
Andrew Klee   Violin
David Newland   Viola
Peter Nutting   Violin
Raymond Ovens   Violin
Anthony Protheroe   Violin
Stephen Quigley   Percussion
Andrew Sippings   Viola
Nina Whitehurst   Violin
Richard Layton   Violin
Robert Winn   Flute
Gareth Wood   Bass
Martin Owens   Percussion
Joe Atkins   Horn
Roy Benson   Bass
Albert Dennis   Bass
Jack McCormack   Bass
Charles Nolan   Violin
Russell Gilbert   Violin
Colin Huber   Violin
Kevin Duffy   Violin
Christopher Lydon   Violin
Jian Liu   Violin
Stephen Kear   Violin
David Herd   Violin
Steve Merson   Violin
Robin del Mar   Viola
Timothy Welsh   Viola
David Hirschman   Viola
Tamsy Kaner   Cello
Christopher Irby   Cello
Douglas Mitchell   Clarinet
Jane Evans   Horn
John McDominic   Horn
John Sibley   Trombone
Roger Argente   Trombone
Chris McShane   Tuba
Paul Vallis   Timpani
Gerald Kirby   Percussion
Andrew Williams   Viola
Derek James   Trombone
Dave Broughton   Bass
Peter Chrippes   Percussion
Christopher Cowie   Oboe
Gilbert White   Violin

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer
Lionel Bart   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Linda McCartney   Composer
Paul Waaktaar-Savoy   Composer

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