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Bond: Back in Action
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted by:
Nic Raine

Guitar Performed by:
Vic Flick

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Silva Screen Records
(November 16th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek freshly re-recorded suites of orchestral underscore from each of the first seven James Bond scores.

Avoid it... if your interest in the music from the Bond franchise is rooted primarily in the title songs and their themes, available from the same label on another product.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #968
WRITTEN 10/27/99, REVISED 10/18/07
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Bond: Back in Action: (Compilation) If record producers have learned one important lesson through the years about selling soundtrack collections to mainstream moviegoers, it would be that a little James Bond material can't hurt. After previously releasing an album that spans the themes of all the Bond films from Dr. No to Goldeneye, the Silva Screen label went back to the City of Prague Philharmonic to record fuller suites from the first seven Bond films for inclusion on this 1999 album. Spanning the string of Sean Connery films as well as the one George Lazenby experiment, this compilation starts with the origins of Bond in Dr. No and wraps up with Diamonds are Forever. With much of the original sheet music for the actual scores (not the themes) missing and deemed lost, Nic Raine, who not only conducts the City of Prague Philharmonic, but is also a long time collaborator with John Barry, reconstructed and orchestrated each suite individually. Raine's qualifications in this endeavor are not questioned; he orchestrated the original scores for A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights, and arranged superior performances of Barry's work for Silva's complete recording of Raise the Titanic and suites of various Barry scores released on the "Zulu" compilation from approximately the same time as this Bond set. Instead of simply regurgitating the stale theme arrangements that fans have heard countless times, Raine and producer James Fitzpatrick decided to take a different approach with "Back in Action." The original intention behind the album was to release strictly new material that they had not recorded and released previously (and, for the most part, had not been available anywhere on album as the late 90's). These cues, however, often did not give a very good representation of the themes from their scores, so in the end, some of the more thematically recognizable material needed to be combined with the newly recorded cues in order to make the product attractive on the shelves.



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Average: 3.28 Stars
***** 54 5 Stars
**** 64 4 Stars
*** 72 3 Stars
** 34 2 Stars
* 32 1 Stars
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Mark - 224 - September 4, 2006, at 6:43 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 74:14
Dr. No: (Monty Norman)
• 1. The James Bond Theme (1:58)
• 2. Death of the Tarantula*/Killing the Guard*/Death of Dr. No* (5:20)

From Russia With Love: (John Barry)
• 3. Main Title (Bart/Barry/Norman) (2:18)
• 4. The Zagreb Express*/Gypsy Camp (2:28)
• 5. The Golden Horn (2:07)
• 6. Girl Trouble (2:08)
• 7. 007 Takes the Lektor (3:09)

Goldfinger: (John Barry)
• 8. Into Miami/Alpine Drive (2:50)
• 9. Dawn Raid at Fort Knox (5:31)

Thunderball: (John Barry)
• 10. The Bomb/Cafe Martinique (Mr. Kiss Kiss Ban Bang) (3:08)
• 11. Fight on the Disco Volante/Death of Largo/Finale (6:26)

You Only Live Twice: (John Barry)
• 12. Bond's Funeral*/The Human Torpedo*/Mountains and Sunsets (5:19)
• 13. The Wedding/Bond Averts WW III/Capsule in Space (4:48)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service: (John Barry)
• 14. This Never Happened to the Other Fella'/Gumbold's Safe Break* (4:21)
• 15. Bond and the Girls*/Who Will Buy My Yesterdays? (4:51)
• 16. Escape from Piz Gloria and the Ski Chase* (4:18)

Diamonds are Forever: (John Barry)
• 17. Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd*/Moon Buggy Ride (4:51)
• 18. Blofeld's Laser*/Killing Wint and Kidd* (4:52)
• 19. Diamonds are Forever (3:38)
* Previously unrecorded

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains extensive notes about each of the tracks, as well as thorough credits.
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