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2003 EMI
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Composed, Arranged, Performed, and Produced by:
Eric Serra

Symphonic Parts Conducted by:
John Altman

Performed by:
The London Studio Session Orchestra

Song Vocals by:
Tina Turner
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Virgin Records
(November 14th, 1995)

(February 25th, 2003)
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The 1995 Virgin album is regular U.S. release that has remained readily available. The 2003 EMI/Capitol album is a mass commercial pressing that was initially sold at a retail price of $10.
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Buy it... only if you are a collector of Eric Serra's soundtracks or specifically appreciated the synthetic crossover sound of the score in the context of the film.

Avoid it... if you demand any consistency in style or substance with John Barry or David Arnold's proven styles for the franchise.
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WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 9/12/08
Goldeneye: (Eric Serra) By 1995, the James Bond franchise was finally beginning to get some things right. Shaking the legal difficulties that kept the series from the big screen in the early 1990's, the belated debut of Pierce Brosnan as 007 in Goldeneye marked the end of the longest lapse ever in the production of the series. Along with a thigh crushing actress, an intensely popular movie poster, and a noteworthy video game spin-off, the film was a fiscal success. It paved the way for three more Bond films to star Brosnan, ensuring the continuation of the original concept to a time that Ian Fleming couldn't have even dreamt about. The music for Goldeneye, however, turned out to be a tricky proposition. Franchise veteran John Barry had been quoted by numerous sources that he believed the modern 80's and 90's Bond films were nothing more than formula imitations of the 60's Bond films (and to and extent, he could be right). He reportedly declined participation in Goldeneye, leaving The Living Daylights as his outstanding conclusion to his efforts. The producers at M-G-M decided, and rightly so, that they wanted to continue Barry's late Bond score push into the modern rock and electronica sound, keeping only a faint resemblance to the 60's jazz for the sake of continuity. The job of continuing the modernization of the Bond scores fell on the unlikely shoulders of French synthesist Eric Serra, who was (and still is) best known for his collaborations with French director Luc Besson on Le Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Fifth Element, and The Big Blue. The move by M-G-M was naturally greeted with resentment at first, but once fans got it into their heads that Barry was finished with the series anyways, they turned curious about how Serra would tackle the project. After all, Michael Kamen's single Bond score (for Timothy Dalton's departure in License to Kill), despite its strengths in some parts, never stirred up much interest. While Serra's fan base is extremely loyal, their numbers in America at the time were miniscule when compared to the John Barry fanatics, though part of that was due to the age discrepancy between the two men.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1995 and 2003 Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 54:33
• 1. Goldeneye - performed by Tina Turner (4:46)
• 2. The Goldeneye Overture (4:24)
• 3. Ladies First (2:44)
• 4. We Share the Same Passions (4:46)
• 5. A Little Surprise for You (2:02)
• 6. The Severnaya Suite (2:07)
• 7. Our Lady of Smolensk (1:01)
• 8. Whispering Statues (3:26)
• 9. Run, Shoot, and Jump (1:05)
• 10. A Pleasant Drive through St. Petersburg* (4:28)
• 11. Fatal Weakness (4:43)
• 12. That's What Keeps You Alone (3:17)
• 13. Dish out of Water (3:57)
• 14. The Scale to Hell (3:43)
• 15. Forever, James (2:01)
• 16. The Experience of Love - performed by Eric Serra (5:57)
* not contained in the film

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The 1995 Virgin album's insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2003 EMI album's insert contains the series' usual standard of information about the score and film.

    Lyrics to "Goldeneye"

    See reflections on the water,
    More than darkness in the depths,
    See him surface in every shadow,
    On the wind I feel his breath,

    GoldenEye, I've found his weakness,
    GoldenEye, he'll do what I please,
    GoldenEye, a time for sweetness,
    But a bitter kiss will bring him to his knees,

    You'll never know how I watched you from the shadows as a child,
    You'll never know how it feels to be the one who's left left behind,
    You'll never know the days, the nights, the tears, the tears I've cried,
    But now my time has come,
    And time, time is not on your side.

    See him move through smoke and mirrors,
    Feel his presence in the crowd,
    Other girls they gather round him,
    If I had him I wouldn't let him out,

    GoldenEye, not lace or leather,
    Golden chains link him to the spot,
    GoldenEye, I'll show him forever,
    It'll take forever to see what I got,

    You'll never know how I watched you from the shadows as a child,
    You'll never how it feels to get so close and be denied,
    Its a golden honeytrap,
    I've got for you tonight,
    Revenge is a kiss,
    This time I won't miss,
    Now I've got you in my sights,

    With a GoldenEye,
    Golden, GoldenEye,
    With a GoldenEye,
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