Bgp Sound Library: James Bond Songbook / O.s. CD (2006)

Artist: Various

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Label BGP - Beat Goes Pub.
SKU 203124469
UPC 029667517928
UPC 14 00029667517928
Format CD
Release Date 12/27/2006
Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID CDBGPM 179
Lable Name BGP (Beat Goes Public)
Released 10/09/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 45m : 43s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00029667517928
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Buddy Collette (flute, tenor saxophone); Harold Land (tenor saxophone); Bobby Bryant (trumpet); Joe Parnello (piano).
Liner Note Author: Dean Rudland.
Arranger: Dick Grove.
The James Bond Songbook, as even the liner notes for the 2006 CD of the LP on BGP admit, was a cash-in album on the craze for all things James Bond that had enveloped the world by the mid-'60s. Cleverly, the record was titled to be credited to the James Bond Sextet -- even though such an ensemble didn't really exist -- as the bassist was indeed named James Bond, though he usually went by the name of Jimmy Bond as a Los Angeles session man. Even by the standards of exploitation albums, however, this might be a disappointment. Not for the quality of the music, which is pretty competent cool jazz, but because, though all 12 of the song titles are taken from Ian Fleming novels that were made into films (excepting Monty Norman's famous "James Bond Theme"), in fact the majority of these are not the soundtrack themes actually used in the movies. For when this came out in 1965, just four of these movies had actually been made. That means that only "Thunderball," "From Russia with Love," "007 Theme from Dr. No," and "Goldfinger" (as well as "James Bond Theme") correspond to the themes actually heard on the soundtracks. The rest of the numbers are small combo jazz instrumental compositions by Bond and Warren Baker that were inspired by the novels of the same titles. So those tracks don't sound particularly Bond-movie-like in either melody or arrangement, and even the five interpretations of themes actually used in Bond films are far jazzier and less menacing than the arrangements with which most Bond viewers are most familiar. It's not a bad record at all, and yes, by the standards of cash-in albums, the execution is well above average. Just realize what you're getting into, though, if you pick it up with the expectations that the music will be strongly related to the kind of music usually associated with the soundtracks of films featuring the James Bond character. ~ Richie Unterberger
Disc 1
1 Thunderball
2 Casino Royale
3 Man with the Golden Gun, The
4 From Russia with Love
5 007 Theme from Dr No
6 Moonraker
7 James Bond Theme
8 For Your Eyes Only
9 Goldfinger
10 Live and Let Die
11 Diamonds Are Forever
12 You Only Live Twice

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