After the surprise success of 1962's Dr. No, the producers of the budding James Bond series began to establish what would become its trademark elements, with its debonair anti-hero frolicking libidinously through increasingly amped-up foreign intrigue and exotic locales. Musically, this soundtrack represents perhaps their most crucial decision: hiring band leader/budding composer John Barry as scorer. Abandoning the first film's calypso kitsch for an orchestra powered cocktail of elegance and jazzy sophistication, Barry immediately gave the Bond saga a focused musical language that would become arguably its most consistent element over the decades and amidst a revolving series of lead actors and increasingly improbable cinematic predicaments. While anchored by a medley that includes Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme," this soundtrack also introduced another longstanding Bond tradition, the pop-ballad title track/single, here penned by Lionel Bart and sung with urgent conviction by British crooner Matt Munro. This digitally remastered new edition features new liner notes, as well as artwork and stills from the film.
One of John Barry's best efforts, with a particularly striking title song belted out by Shirley Bassey between blasting brass fills, Goldfinger was also the first James Bond soundtrack to hit the number one spot on the U.S. charts (ironically, displacing another United Artists soundtrack, A Hard Day's Night), even as Bassey's performance hit number eight as a single. While Barry effectively expanded his collection of Bond themes with Thunderball (underwater themes) and You Only Live Twice (space themes), Goldfinger was a prime opportunity to lock in some of the action themes that would recur over the next 35 years. Of particular note is the track compiling Barry's cues for the robbery of Fort Knox ("Dawn Raid on Fort Knox"), which provides a slow build so wonderfully agonizing that the remainder of the album, including "The Arrival of the Bomb and Count Down," with its pounding drums and roaring brass, actually serves as stress relief. In February of 2003, Goldfinger was issued in a remastered edition that featured not only significantly improved sound but also added an extra nine minutes of music, contained in four sections of the soundtrack that originally appeared only on the British LP edition.
13 tracks of the Best of Bond from the James Bond movies! Includes classic detective spy music like'James Bond Theme' [from Dr. No] with the John Barry & His Orchestra, 'Goldfinger' by Shirley Bassey , 'Nobody Does It Better' [From The Spy Who Loved Me] by Carly Simon, 'For Your Eyes Only ' by Sheena Easton, 'We Have All the Time in the World' [From on Her Majesty's Secret …] by Louis Armstrong, 'Live and Let Die' by Paul McCartney & Wings, 'All Time High' [From Octopussy] by Rita Coolidge, Lulu, 'From Russia With Love' by Matt Monro, 'Thunderball' by Tom Jones and more surprises!
Performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine and James Fitzpatrick, this four-CD set collects the 20 James Bond movie themes used since the series first began in 1962 with DR.NO, as well as music from the two "unofficial" releases, CASINO ROYALE and NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN…