On Her Majesty's Secret Service [Bonus Tracks]

On Her Majesty's Secret Service [Bonus Tracks]

by John Barry


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On Her Majesty's Secret Service [Bonus Tracks]

One of the best James Bond scores just got a lot better, in this remastered, expanded edition that more than doubles the running time of the original LP or the old CD. John Barry, writing for a new lead actor in the role and a dazzling array of visual set pieces, as well as the most romantic and psychologically complex of all the Bond movies, rose to the occasion, with his best James Bond score ever. The music on the original album was serious enough in its depth and appeal to make that record indispensable, but the remastering of the CD for this expanded edition off of the original three-track and four-track masters (which has also yielded an expanded version of one existing track, "Journey To Blofeld's Hideaway"), gives that music a richness and detail that even devoted fans have never heard this way before. The additional 37 minutes of music is hardly less impressive -in addition to extensive sections of the score (including a gorgeous variation on "We Have All The Time In The World" as an instrumental ("Bond And Draco"), and some action and suspense music that is almost symphonic in nature, it contains cues that were written and recorded but excised from the finished cut of the movie; a bit of the bonus material features re-interpretations of familiar material, but the mastering and the mix are sophisticated enough to allow the listener to luxuriate in the variations and the details of the scoring. In other words, this is a chance to discover and know this music -- the best music in any of the Bond movies -- on a level more rewarding, even for the casual listener, than anyone has ever had before. The extensive annotation is just an added bonus to the audio delights. And calling the CD essential to any collection is an extraordinary understatement.

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Release Date: 01/15/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 0724354141928
catalogNumber: 41419
Rank: 24291

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the composition that would definitively demonstrate the power of the music in the Bond movies. Being I'm 46, I remember every opening of a Bond film. OHMSS brought a hesitant audience into the theaters, but within 1 minute John Barry had you all strapped in and feeling comfortable about the changing of the guard. By the end of the movie it was apparent that Barry had composed a masterpiece. I remember everyone being more interested in the music than the movie. The 37 minute OHMSS Soundtrack I purchased 33 years ago didn't seem to satisfy my memory of the 140 minute movie I'd listened to. It was bad enough to have sacrificed precious composition time for "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" It's about time we get Barry's music in order.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''On Her Majesty's Secret Service'' represents what is possibly the best work from quintessential Bond composer John Barry. The introduction of George Lazenby as the new James Bond allowed Barry to introduce a powerful new theme. While the familiar ''James Bond Theme'' still makes a couple of appearances, the ''OHMSS'' theme dominates the soundtrack, but in a good way. There's also ''We Have All the Time In the World,'' one of the great Louis Armstrong's final new recordings, and numerous variations on that theme. All in all, a brilliantly written soundtrack to one of the most underrated Bond films, and the 2003 extended version is a must-own for both Bond fans and aficionados of film music.