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 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

and it's amazing & unbelievable to me that it's languished in a vault unheard for 35 years.

Yes, and now let's find out what "Year of the Comet" sounds like.

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Listening to this score for the first time now. It's gorgeous, diverse and very enjoyable. My Barry tastes are limited and focused on a select few titles, but I like this one a lot, even the funky stuff. Thanks to LK, MV and the LLL posse for getting titles like this out there, titles that are not as popular or as desired as others but are no less worthy of preserving and enjoying for the future.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)



Tell ya the truth, we're sorely tempted to reconnect with Joan Darling thirty years on to solicit her reactions to this brilliantly-belated release.



[ If anyone wants to read our interview with her published prior - not Richard big grin - to the film's release, drop us a line in our matrix mailbox vis-a-vis theyearoftheone@hotmail.com.

And, yes, Dylan, yours will be winging its cyber way your profoundly patient way this weekend now beginning! wink ]



 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Mine's winging it's way across the Atlantic from SAE.

Really looking forward to it. A great release for us Barry fans!!

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2013 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I have played no other CD since this arrived on Wednesday. (Even though others have arrived.)

I'm addicted and I have to say, with each subsequent listening, as you start to really discover the themes and devices in this score — as they blossom for you, so to speak — the greater the score becomes.

My experience of the score has swollen with each subsequent listen.

And it definitely helps to hear it on HI-FI rather than on crappy in-ear ipod earphones, because there's a wonderfully deep, room-filling bass ambience that gives deep underlying mood and gravitas to those playful harpsichord and string/flute melodies.

That, of course, is not uncommon for John Barry. It's pretty much his signature, in fact.

Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2013 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Whilst I've taken an alternative approach ... I've just heard the score for the second time in 48 hrs ... I can understand your feelings towards this score, Stephen, as it is so very infectious.

I'm with you all the way re: hi-fi ~ speakers but then not everyone has the chance to listen so freely. I think I used headphones too much years ago so that now my ears become muffled if I use them or ear buds for more than a few minutes. Happily, my wife allows me almost free reign re: choice of music ... and she never objects to more JB smile

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2013 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

I'm addicted too. The theme has given me a really bad earworm. This afternoon I was trying to watch a TV show but I was eventually distracted when all I could hear was Barry strings, harpsichord, and the ARP whistling away.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2013 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

LeHah, whilst you might not like the source music, we're talking about, what, three tracks in an hour-long album?

There is still plenty of pure, non-source, distinctively John Barry romantic story telling going on in this album.

If you'd have bought an album that was shorter by ten minutes and omitted the source tracks, then that's just the same as buying what we have and skipping them.

Seriously, if you love Barry's romantic style, it'd be a shame to miss this for the sake of skipping a few source music tracks.

Personally, I quite like the source tracks in the context of knowing what they are for.

Cheers


If that is the case, La La Land should have given us more samples of the pure romantic Barry stuff. I buy stuff based on samples and if I hear stuff that is a style I can't stand I have to assume the rest of the score is the same. If the samples aren't representative of the score then the label needs to put up more samples. Quartet has a lot more samples for each score so I can get a better taste for whether it is what I want to buy. Further, if they labeled the source cues on the tracklist, we could tell how much source music there is compared to the rest of the score.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2013 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

La La Land should have given us more samples of the pure romantic Barry stuff. I buy stuff based on samples and if I hear stuff that is a style I can't stand I have to assume the rest of the score is the same.

I think that if the samples of "Main Title" and "The Big Love Scene" are not enough to convince you to order it then more samples will not help. If you do enjoy those samples then you will very likely love the remainder of the score. There are some other bright spots like "Soccer Game" and "Two on a Bike" that sound like nothing else in the score (in a good way), but you'll have to buy the album to enjoy those.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2013 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

'Soccer Game' is a great track. The first minute reminds me of that unreleased cue from 'Goldfinger' when Bond boards Air Force One to fly to Washington, near the end of the film, but here with brass replacing the woodwinds as lead instrument.

'Wait Till It Happens- I'm Shelley' is another highlight.Just gorgeous pure Barry.

I really like the two source cues 'Elgin's Room' which has that 'Saturday Night Philosopher' vibe and 'The Hallway.

Barry fans are truly blessed to have this score finally released.

Really enjoyed listening to the CD for the first time this afternoon.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2013 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

I'm addicted too. The theme has given me a really bad earworm. This afternoon I was trying to watch a TV show but I was eventually distracted when all I could hear was Barry strings, harpsichord, and the ARP whistling away.


Exactly! I was trying to write some music yesterday evening and I couldn't get that ghostly ARP and melody out of my head. Earworm indeed! This score is another gorgeous Barry gem.

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2013 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I'm addicted too. The theme has given me a really bad earworm. This afternoon I was trying to watch a TV show but I was eventually distracted when all I could hear was Barry strings, harpsichord, and the ARP whistling away.

If Chekov and Captain Terrell are on either side of you, run! That's no regular earworm!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2013 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I remember years ago when i did a JOHN BARRY FANZINE, reviewing his music. So many people who wrote in talked about how JOHN'S MUSIC was so unique and as a whole took you into another type of world. The letters were so [not strange really] but in a postive manner a sought of enigma. Listening to his music as a whole creates a whole new romantic world.With this score that truth i guess continues.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2013 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

This score is another Barry pearler. The main theme is absolutley gorgeous and very, very infectious. You'll be humming it for days. Yes there are similarities to 'Alice's Adventures' but besides the harpsichord I'm hearing more in common with The Dove. The source cue's are way groovy. Some may think they're corny and dated, but i think they're cool, cool, cool! The melody in 'The Hallway' is just one of the reasons I love Barry so much! The best cue of the score is 'Soccer Game'. Listen and you'll see what I mean.
Thank you LaLaLand, thank you, thank you!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2013 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   follow me   (Member)

This score is another Barry pearler. The main theme is absolutley gorgeous and very, very infectious. You'll be humming it for days. Yes there are similarities to 'Alice's Adventures' but besides the harpsichord I'm hearing more in common with The Dove. The source cue's are way groovy. Some may think they're corny and dated, but i think they're cool, cool, cool! The melody in 'The Hallway' is just one of the reasons I love Barry so much! The best cue of the score is 'Soccer Game'. Listen and you'll see what I mean.
Thank you LaLaLand, thank you, thank you!


Couldn´ t agree more. After having had to wait for very long two weeks, my CD finally arrived. Listening to this score one is instantly reminded of all the reasons to love Barry´ s music so much. It´s typical Barry and yet it all sounds fresh, new and surprising. Yes, there are similarities to THE DOVE but still everything seems and sounds quite different. The source cues are especially astonishing, "Soccer Game" is great. Barry was always good for a pleasant musical surprise. The main theme is pure Barry but with rather unusual instrumentation and arrangement. I love it!

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2013 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

The main theme is absolutley gorgeous and very, very infectious. You'll be humming it for days.

Yep. I'm on Day 4 of being unable to get it outta my head. Worse things could happen.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2013 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

It is impossible to get this out of my head. I love it! Currently I'm digging the latter half of the Main Title where the bass kicks in and you have the trumpet and flute duet.

What is it about Barry scores that cause them to be so infectious? The straightforwardness? The repetition?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2013 - 6:44 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

It is impossible to get this out of my head. I love it! Currently I'm digging the latter half of the Main Title where the bass kicks in and you have the trumpet and flute duet.

What is it about Barry scores that cause them to be so infectious? The straightforwardness? The repetition?


A lot of it is due to his tremendous melodic instinct (this is an expression he coined). He was a major talent and his scores are the direct proof of that.
God, I miss him frown.

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2013 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   mortenbond   (Member)

Guys! I am amazed you find this score addictive and infectious. It is not very much more catchy and memorable than Mikes Murder and the White Buffalo. IMHO. I mean, the themes are sooooo slow that I am almost unable to register the structure of the melody. I have tried to get hooked on this one - listened to it in my car time after time. No go, I am afraid. Elegant and romantic mood setter, but hardly infectious.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2013 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Geoffers   (Member)

Guys! I am amazed you find this score addictive and infectious. It is not very much more catchy and memorable than Mikes Murder and the White Buffalo. IMHO. I mean, the themes are sooooo slow that I am almost unable to register the structure of the melody. I have tried to get hooked on this one - listened to it in my car time after time. No go, I am afraid. Elegant and romantic mood setter, but hardly infectious.

It's absolutely wonderful. It's Barry in great form, and streets ahead of Mike's Murder & The White Buffalo. The melodies, the arrangements and instrumentation on this sum up why JB is so badly missed. In particular melody is what I've missed so much in some of the more recent Bond scores, including the current one.

 
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