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 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 12:50 AM   
 By:   laurent   (Member)

Saw at SAE today
http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/26880/THE-BEST-OF-JOHN-BARRY-THE-DEFINITIVE-COLLECTION-6CD/

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 1:58 AM   
 By:   Dr Lenera   (Member)

So from the looks if it it's nearly everything they've recorded of Barry's work, including the score re-recordings like Walkabout and The Last Valley [though with some 'samey' tracks missing]? I didn't notice any new stuff but I could be wrong.

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   David Ferstat   (Member)

Sigh ...

I saw it on SAE's site last week. I confess to being puzzled by this set. What, I wonder, is the market segment targeted here? At $45 (at SAE) it's surely a lot to ask of someone who doesn't know Barry's work. But, for those that DO know his work, odds seem high (to me) that they'll already have some/many/most of the scores sampled in this set.

Ok, so as a Barry completist this set is clearly of no use to me. But I still fail to understand who else would want this.


You know, I can't think of ANY film composer whose works have been so relentlessly packaged, repackaged and repackaged again, as John Barry.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 3:30 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Just Silva Screen trying to sell some of their John Barry recordings. In the UK you can buy a four disc set for £13.7 delivered.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Barry-Collection-Years-Music/dp/B00005CC1K/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_99VV

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

It might not be anything new to old-time collectors, but did you see those sales figures on the 4CD set? 30,000.

Compilations like these seem like good revenue makers, in that the appeal goes way beyond our small circle. So you can understand why. And why not, if it keeps companies afloat to do more specialist projects later.

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

It might not be anything new to old-time collectors, but did you see those sales figures on the 4CD set? 30,000.

Compilations like these seem like good revenue makers, in that the appeal goes way beyond our small circle. So you can understand why. And why not, if it keeps companies afloat to do more specialist projects later.

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

DP

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Cheaper at Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-John-Barry-Definitive-Collection/dp/B00J4CHFRQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1396268446&sr=1-1&keywords=the+music+of+john+barry

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I think the industry knows JOHN BARRY was more then a typical film composer when it came to popularity and so they follow suit. As long as they can make enough money for their needs they will always release something on one of the most popular film composers of all time. Keeping the James Bond franchise going will always be a major boost.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


You know, I can't think of ANY film composer whose works have been so relentlessly packaged, repackaged and repackaged again, as John Barry.



Morricone might come pretty close.

And it must be because they sell. And good luck to them!

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

I do have a number of these recordings (though not the 4-CD set). And I still think the first two albums - The Classic Film Music of John Barry vols 1 & 2 - are just about ideal overviews of his work. I still listen to them regularly even all these years later.

While I wish Silva Screen well, I do think the earlier versions, which were built with a sense of flow and variety, work much better as compilation albums than this strict chronological approach. (Or worse yet, an alphabetical approach, which is how they've handled some of these in recent years.)

Just on the level of listenability, the early albums are very much worth buying now.

 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2014 - 1:23 AM   
 By:   Geoffers   (Member)

So from the looks if it it's nearly everything they've recorded of Barry's work, including the score re-recordings like Walkabout and The Last Valley [though with some 'samey' tracks missing]? I didn't notice any new stuff but I could be wrong.

I haven't checked through all those tracks but as far as I can remember, the first four tracks on disc 1 are new to CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2014 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

So from the looks if it it's nearly everything they've recorded of Barry's work, including the score re-recordings like Walkabout and The Last Valley [though with some 'samey' tracks missing]? I didn't notice any new stuff but I could be wrong.

I haven't checked through all those tracks but as far as I can remember, the first four tracks on disc 1 are new to CD.


I noted, too, that those first four tracks are not the usual Silva material ... I wonder whether they're re-recordings or perhaps Silva has licensed them from EMI et al.

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2014 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   David Ferstat   (Member)

Sorry, gang, you're not reading what I wrote.

I did not wonder WHY this has been released. Clearly the label believes, and not without reason, that they can sell it.

I want to know is WHO is buying it. As I said, it's not cheap if you're new to Barry. But, if you are NOT new to Barry, odds are you've already got at least part of what's here anyway.

So, who actually buys these box sets?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2014 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Perhaps people who can afford it to add to their collection what they love.Despite the fact I was a record vendor years ago I bought 50 LP copies of AGNES OF GOD for my own or friends.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2014 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   Chris1770   (Member)

Far from "definitive" this set is! A rather misleading term anyway when it comes to budget priced editions - one never should expect too much.

For instance the complete suite from "The Tamarind Seed" (about 10 minutes long) should be included and not just one piece, "Play it again". I didn't go through the whole track list to compare with what Silva rerecorded in the past from the Barry catalogue. But I think a "definitive" set would include all rerecorded Barry material Silva has recorded in the past.

Well, maybe next time, or not.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2014 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Sorry, gang, you're not reading what I wrote.

I did not wonder WHY this has been released. Clearly the label believes, and not without reason, that they can sell it.

I want to know is WHO is buying it. As I said, it's not cheap if you're new to Barry. But, if you are NOT new to Barry, odds are you've already got at least part of what's here anyway.


But it IS cheap. It's a UK release priced at not much more than a single disc for a six CD set. I am sure many people who are casual Barry buyers would be interested in it. SAE is charging an import price.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2014 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   David Ferstat   (Member)

Doug Raynes wrote:
But it IS cheap. It's a UK release priced at not much more than a single disc for a six CD set. I am sure many people who are casual Barry buyers would be interested in it. SAE is charging an import price.

Good grief! It IS cheap: £15.73 on Amazon UK.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-John-Barry-Definitive-Collection/dp/B00J4CHFRQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1397000277&sr=1-1&keywords=john+barry+definitive

Ok, so it's clearly going to be attractive to people who don't know Barry's music. It would, in fact, be a good "starter pack" for them.

 
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