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1985 A&M Album
1995 MCA Album
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1997 Rykodisc Album
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2003 EMI Album
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Composed and Conducted by:

"All Time High" Performed by:
Rita Coolidge

1997 Album Produced by:
Jeff Rougvie
Andrea Troolin

2003 Album Produced by:
Gregg Ogorzelec
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A&M Records

Music Collectors Anonymous (Bootleg)

Rykodisc USA
(October 14th, 1997)

(February 11th, 2003)
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The 1985 album from A&M is long gone and only occasionally surfaces on the secondary market. Its value diminished greatly when both Octopussy and For Your Eyes Only were released on commercial albums n 1997. The 1995 bootleg from the "Music Collectors Anonymous" label is equally rare and in low demand. The 1997 album was a regular U.S. release, but fell out of print after just a few years. The 2003 EMI/Capitol album is a value commercial release selling for less than $10.
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Buy it... if you prefer John Barry's more sentimental and conservative James Bond scores of the 1960's and 70's, for Octopussy is one last return to that more traditional style.

Avoid it... if you believe the formula of the early Bond scores by Barry causes them to overlap too often in theme and action rhythms, in which case the two more experimental scores following Octopussy are better suited for you.
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WRITTEN 11/7/97, REVISED 3/3/08
Octopussy: (John Barry) Fans of the James Bond franchise were well accustomed to the wise-cracking charms of Roger Moore by 1983's Octopussy, the sixth of the actor's seven films as 007. For the first time in its history, the traditional Albert R. Broccoli franchise was facing serious competition from another studio attempting to steal the Bond thunder. To be released later in the same year was Never Say Never Again, Sean Connery's failed return to the role. To ensure that the "official" Bond franchise would remain the dominant adaptation of Ian Fleming's famed British spy, producer Broccoli and director Jon Glen (returning for his second consecutive Bond film at the helm), along with most of the regular crew, were more determined than ever to make Octopussy a trademark Bond venture. They toned back the scope of the technology, followed Fleming's story more closely, and were successful in returning composer John Barry to the franchise. Barry's music for the series in the 1960's and early 1970's was one of the more recognizable elements of the Bond formula, but the composer's move from England to Los Angeles in 1975 caused him to lose the assignments to all the Bond films except Moonraker during the following eight years. He was asked to score Never Say Never Again, but refused out of loyalty to the original franchise and instead returned to London where he could be involved in the next three official Bond films. His return for Octopussy was especially welcomed after a disappointingly "popified" score by Bill Conti for 1981's For Your Eyes Only, which some fans of the series consider to be among the very worst scores for any Bond film. Barry's three Bond scores in the mid-1980's were all quite good, with each effort gaining strength as the composer successfully combined his traditional style with the flair of electronics and rock-based percussion. He would save most of this experimentation for the forthcoming A View to a Kill, but the groundwork for the action rhythms in that score and The Living Daylights would be established briefly in Octopussy.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1985 A&M and 2003 EMI Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 36:02
• 1. All Time High - performed by Rita Coolidge (2:56)
• 2. Bond Look-Alike (3:00)
• 3. 009 Gets the Knife/Gobinda Attacks (3:06)
• 4. That's My little Octopussy (3:14)
• 5. Arrival at the Island of Octopussy (3:23)
• 6. Bond at the Monsoon Palace (3:04)
• 7. Bond Meets Octopussy (3:36)
• 8. Yo-Yo Fight/Death of Vijay (3:45)
• 9. The Chase-Bomb Theme (1:56)
• 10. The Palace Fight (4:33)
• 11. All Time High (Reprise) - performed by Rita Coolidge (3:02)
1995 MCA Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:19
1997 Rykodisc Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:18

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The 1985 and 1995 albums' inserts contain no extra information about the score or film. The 1997 Ryko album's insert contains extensive notes by Lukas Kendall and Geoff Leonard, however the folding art design makes them very difficult to read. These liner notes also include information about the enhanced portion of the CD. The 2003 EMI album also features extensive notation.
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