||From the Vault...
© EMI/Capitol Records
Year of Release: 1964
Bond Back In Action Again
Teasing The Korean
Gassing The Gangsters
Dawn Raid On Fort Knox
The Arrival Of
The Bomb And
The Death Of
Death Of Tilley
The Laser Beam
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We go to the movies this week, and an exceptional film and soundtrack from Goldfinger, the James
Bond film. It was the 3rd James Bond film, with Sean Connery in the lead role. Exceptional as Connery's
performances as Bond throughout his career (and to many, the best Bond every portrayed), the music does make
the movie, as well as his exceptional chase and love scenes.
The movie's soundtrack was composed, arranged and conducted by John Barry. His work in movie soundtracks
has been exceptional throughout his career as well. He composed 11 James Bond films. He also composed the
"James Bond Theme," although Monty Norman had written this particular piece, and took Barry to court.
(The final outcome was that both men had composed at least part or maybe all of the song, and still is questionable
of who is the one-true author. Another song I think of that could easily have "borrowed" from the "James Bond
Theme" is "Secret Agent Man," most popular by Johnny Rivers.)
Most will remember Shirley Bassey's vocal representation of the "Goldfinger" theme song. Where most
may not know, is that Anthony Newley also recorded a vocal version. Newley's version was not on the original
soundtrack, nor was it on this reissued version. (His version would be released on anniversary collection[s] of
Bond music compilations.) The instrumental version is also on here, as originally appeared, and reissued version.
The rest of the music is easily recognized as music from James Bond, using the familiar "James Bond
Theme" and the "Goldfinger" song on various tracks. These songs are easily heard on tracks such
as "Alpine Drive-Auric's Factory," "Oddjob's Pressing Engagement," "Bond Back In Action Again."
"Into Miami" reminds me of another famous movie composer, Henry Mancini. Energy and excitement music
captures "Dawn Raid On Fort Knox" and "The Arrival Of The Bomb And Count Down."
Energetic, powerful instrumentational music is definitely heard on the soundtrack of Goldfinger.
the 4 bonus tracks ("Golden Girl," "Death Of Tilley," "The Laser Beam," "Pussy Galore's Flying Circus")
also have all the mystery, energy, and excitement as well.
A great movie, a great soundtrack. We all can't help but say out loud the immortal phrase each actor
said, when they indicate what their name is. -- "Bond... James Bond."
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