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Music From the Films of Sean Connery
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted by:
Nic Raine
Paul Bateman
William Motzing
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Silva Screen Records
(September 1st, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release, but long out of print.
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Buy it... only if you are a Silva Screen compilation completist.

Avoid it... if you own one of the many more recent compilations with many of the same recordings, including a Connery-specific one from Silva in 1998.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #999
WRITTEN 11/1/96, REVISED 7/23/06
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Music From the Films of Sean Connery: (Compilation) Back in the very early years of Silva Screen Records, they combined recordings from the German Edel label, sometimes with performances by The City of Prague Philharmonic, with their own first recordings with the group. The old Edel releases often featured outstanding performances, but also had the capability of belting out some stinkers now and then. Like those Edel compilations, the early Silva ones also varied wildly in quality. Half of the performances would range from decent to very good, while others were simply unlistenable. Silva Screen would eventually become a leader in the production of compilation recordings in outstanding sound quality, whether in Dolby, HDCD, or other budding technologies. They did produce a handful of compilations in the few years following 1993 that did not feature this superior sound, and among them were a couple of CDs devoted to music from the films of Sean Connery and Harrison Ford, among others. Meanwhile, Edel's American division had moved on and used an underpowered Orchestra Seattle group to perform a 1994 compilation of Sean Connery music much the same as Silva's first 1993 venture. The quality of all these CDs was suspect given that no group (except the Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, as well as the usual Boston Pops) at the time had been able to perform consistently well in the large symphonic soundtrack re-recording business. Silva's 1993 "Music From the Films of Sean Connery" was an odd collection of recordings made under the original Edel contracts and some of Prague's own early recordings. Additionally, you got a few song renditions from the previous contract, as well as the original Bond song for Never Say Never Again. Sound quality is decent, but not what you'd hear in subsequent years from Silva. In fact, Silva's tendency to take the best from their previous recordings and re-press only that material on subsequent albums usually renders albums like this one useless. But because it alternates between Edel and Silva performances, you do hear some performances different from those you'd eventually hear in future Silva products.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 50:41
Dr. No (Monty Norman)
• 1. The James Bond Theme (2:39)

Medicine Man (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 2. Medley (6:50)

From Russia With Love (Lionel Bart)
• 3. Theme (2:25)

The Untouchables (Ennio Morricone)
• 4. The Ness Family Theme (2:21)

Highlander (Roger Taylor)
• 5. A Kind of Magic (4:28)

Goldfinger (John Barry)
• 6. Song (2:37)

The Name of the Rose (James Horner)
• 7. Suite (3:02)

Thunderball (John Barry)
• 8. Theme (2:18)
The Presidio (Bruce Broughton)
• 9. Theme (3:38)

You Only Live Twice (John Barry)
• 10. Song (2:55)

The Russia House (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 11. Main Titles/Katya (3:55)

Diamonds Are Forever (John Barry)
• 12. Main Title (3:04)

Marnie (Bernard Herrmann)
• 13. Theme (2:57)

Never Say Never Again (Michael Legrand)
• 14. Vocal Song (3:10)

Robin and Marian (John Barry)
• 15. Theme (3:07)

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The insert includes detailed notes about the scores and films.
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