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From Russia with Love [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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John Barry 7/1/1991

Review

The first James Bond soundtrack composed from beginning to end by John Barry, From Russia With Love set the pattern for the score of every movie that followed in the series -- except for the title song (sung by Matt Munro) which, in this particular instance, was the least impressive element of the soundtrack. In later releases, the producers would see the value of getting singers perceived as a little more on the cutting edge of popular music in one way or another, and they would gain some major hits as a result. However, in this case it was the instrumental music that was among the most startling and unusual ever heard in a film score up to that time, beginning with "007," a horn-driven piece with a driving beat. (New versions of "007" would end up in two of the next three Bond movies as well as several more that followed.) The other highlight of this flavorful soundtrack was "Girl Trouble," a suspense theme that played off the dynamics of a solo cello, strings, and horns in a relentless beat; this piece was so inspiring as action music that a big chunk of it was used as the opening and closing theme of a local news show in New York for decades. Everything on this album sounded special in one way or another -- whether the actual music or the dynamics and timbres involved -- and although it never yielded a hit single, From Russia With Love deservedly remained in print for decades on vinyl. [Note: As with most of the classic James Bond soundtracks, From Russia With Love is reportedly due for a major upgrade in sound and a repackaging sometime in 2001.]
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Opening Titles: James Bond Is Back/From Russia With Love/James ... John Barry 2:26
  3. 2 Tania Meets Klebb John Barry & His Orchestra 1:27
  4. 3 Meeting in St. Sophia John Barry & His Orchestra 1:6
  5. 4 The Golden Horn John Barry 2:24
  6. 5 Girl Trouble John Barry 2:24
  7. 6 Bond Meets Tania John Barry & His Orchestra 1:18
  8. 7 007 John Barry & His Orchestra 2:45
  9. 8 Gypsy Camp John Barry & His Orchestra 1:15
  10. 9 Death of Grant John Barry & His Orchestra 1:57
  11. 10 From Russia With Love John Barry 2:32
  12. 11 Spectre Island John Barry & His Orchestra 1:16
  13. 12 Guitar Lament John Barry & His Orchestra 1:9
  14. 13 Man Overboard - Smersh in Action John Barry 2:16
  15. 14 James Bond With Bongos John Barry 2:29
  16. 15 Stalking John Barry 2:2
  17. 16 Leila Dances John Barry & His Orchestra 1:54
  18. 17 Death of Kerin John Barry & His Orchestra 2:29
  19. 18 007 Takes the Lektor John Barry 3:1

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