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 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



For 75 years come tomorrow, he’s bestowed upon the world at large in its infinite
smallness the wealth of his wondrous talent and the gift of his galvanizing artistry.



In the annals of film history, there’s been no one else like him – and we daresay there’ll
ne’er be anyone who’ll come close to ever replacing him or his august achievement.

Many are personally and musically immune to his creative charms (and more power to them for
their individuality of disinterested taste) but there are even more who revel in his richness, thrill
at his pageanty, are amazed at his versatility and simply awed at the scope and trajectory
of his truly titled career.



With this in mind, we’d like to offer something different for his 75th year (and encourage others to
mayhap consider doing likewise for their favorites – Jeff and Dan for Jerry Gold-Standard, Phil
for Basil Poledouris, et al – which is endeavor to contribute an appreciative – appreciative, got that? –
remembrance on a daily basis throughout this year.

There’re no boundaries about what to share so long as it’s about The Man, His Life and His Music, his
movies plus any and all perceptions –silly to sublime, playful or profound – as to why his being born was
such an unalloyed blessing for us and generations yet unhatched.



When it’s over, we’ll endeavor to have the entire year-long salute delivered to him so he can witness
first hand why, for some of us,



he’s the All-Tyme High wink

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I didn't know he was a fellow Scorpio. Happy Birthday, Mr. Barry. Love your Bond Stuff- it was some of your best!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   Dan Hobgood   (Member)

What a remarkable life, what a remarkable career! Many happy returns.

Dan

P.S: I'd love to do something commemorative for Jerry--kind of wish I'd been offered a chance to participate on the panel at this December event in honor of him. [Don't know how else I would be able to make it!]

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   Perky_Norm   (Member)

Frequently emulated, never equaled!

Happy Birthday Sir! Thanks for the music smile

- John

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Awwww, ka-MON, Dan-O, you've certainly written enough perceptive syllables about and are industrious enough to know enough connections concerning El Gold-Standard to come up with something utterly unique on your (um) Enterprising own.



Truth to tell, we're surprised you and Jeff have never creatively collaborated or co-written something illustriously substantial about Your Man long before this ... smile

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Sidious   (Member)

Happy Birthday for sure and what a funny coincidence, before i have seen this topic, i have just bought another of John Barry's CD.

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Come back, John...we miss you. frown

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Happy birthday Maestro Prendergast!! We love you!! :-)

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Barry!

Gosh...Where to begin?

I grew up with the Barry Bond scores, and they shall always be dear to me.

But there is so much more Barry I have come to love....

The Beyondness of Things, Dances With Wolves, The Last Valley, Out of Africa, Robin and Marian, Somewhere In Time, The Lion In Winter....

and countless others that have made me admire and appreciate this wondeful man's talent.

Thank you, Mr. Barry, for a lifetime of listening enjoyment, and bless you on your 75th!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

On 13 Nov 71, my 14th birthday, I bought my first full-price album: The Best Of Bond as I loved the JB007 films and I loved the music so much. Three days later I bought the OST for Goldfinger, six weeks later the OST for OHMSS and, when it was released a few weeks later, the OST for Diamonds Are Forever.

At the time of buying that first-named album I didn't know the name ... I didn't know that almost all of that superb music which I loved so much came from one man. I had no idea that other music which I knew was also there because of him: things like Born Free - Matt Monro or The Persuaders! which had just started and was regular viewing in our household.

But I was in a buying mood and, liking the music of 007, nearly all of which carried the name John Barry, I sought out other recordings. In those early 70s there were no other 007 scores available in the shops (I hunted down 2nd hand copies (US imports) of Thunderball and You Only Live Twice later) and I was very happy when From Russia With Love was re-released, either Spring 72 or 73.

So I bought Ready When You Are, J.B. - it became an instant favourite and still is, 36.5 yrs later. And then I found that the lovely music to that film with Michael Caine and Omar Sharif which we had seen the previous year was by the same man. So The Last Valley became the first non-007 OST of his in my collection.

There had been other composers: a Ron Goodwin album and the OST for 633 Squadron, Elmer Bernstein's OST for (Return Of) The Magnificent Seven but within 12 months I think I had more John Barry material than everything else combined.

And yet that wasn't everything: it seemed as though every other week I discovered he had written music which my parents remembered hearing at one time or another, or knew of the film - he was not known to them before I started collecting his albums.

Purely coincidental, of course, but his first official recording, a 45rpm single, was released less than one month before I was born.

I think my cards were marked.

And so, now 51 years later, on the eve of his 75th birthday I say a big Thank You to Mr. John Barry for providing me with so much enjoyment over all of these years. His prolific output may have become a trickle this last decade but I don't mind. Yes, I'd like to hear more and more of his music but if that is all there is then I remain a happy man.

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 2:26 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

On 13 Nov 71, my 14th birthday, I bought my first full-price album: The Best Of Bond as I loved the JB007 films and I loved the music so much. Three days later I bought the OST for Goldfinger, six weeks later the OST for OHMSS and, when it was released a few weeks later, the OST for Diamonds Are Forever.

At the time of buying that first-named album I didn't know the name ... I didn't know that almost all of that superb music which I loved so much came from one man. I had no idea that other music which I knew was also there because of him: things like Born Free - Matt Monro or The Persuaders! which had just started and was regular viewing in our household.

But I was in a buying mood and, liking the music of 007, nearly all of which carried the name John Barry, I sought out other recordings. In those early 70s there were no other 007 scores available in the shops (I hunted down 2nd hand copies (US imports) of Thunderball and You Only Live Twice later) and I was very happy when From Russia With Love was re-released, either Spring 72 or 73.

So I bought Ready When You Are, J.B. - it became an instant favourite and still is, 36.5 yrs later. And then I found that the lovely music to that film with Michael Caine and Omar Sharif which we had seen the previous year was by the same man. So The Last Valley became the first non-007 OST of his in my collection.

There had been other composers: a Ron Goodwin album and the OST for 633 Squadron, Elmer Bernstein's OST for (Return Of) The Magnificent Seven but within 12 months I think I had more John Barry material than everything else combined.

And yet that wasn't everything: it seemed as though every other week I discovered he had written music which my parents remembered hearing at one time or another, or knew of the film - he was not known to them before I started collecting his albums.

Purely coincidental, of course, but his first official recording, a 45rpm single, was released less than one month before I was born.

I think my cards were marked.

And so, now 51 years later, on the eve of his 75th birthday I say a big Thank You to Mr. John Barry for providing me with so much enjoyment over all of these years. His prolific output may have become a trickle this last decade but I don't mind. Yes, I'd like to hear more and more of his music but if that is all there is then I remain a happy man.


Wow, I was born November 11th, 1956. Happy Birthday!

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2008 - 11:16 PM   
 By:   laurent   (Member)

He is still the best in my heart ! Happy Birthday John !

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2008 - 1:27 AM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

"I'll drink to that"

The title of one of my favorite Mr. Barry's cues from one of my favorite Mr. Barry's scores coming from one of my favorite movie he scored pretty much sums the celebration.

My roots don't go as back as some others' here but I too was introduced to film music by John Barry and his Goldfinger. I still remember the excitement when I heard the theme song and as soon as the album moved into the instrumental part with the prologue "Into Miami" (also one of my all-time favorite cues) I felt like being transported to another world. I've never heard a music like this before and was hooked immediately.

Of course more 007 soundtracks followed, more John Barry soundtracks followed and countless other composers did as well -- but I will always remember Mr. Barry as being there when, luckily, I also finally got 'there'.

Happy birthday ! I'll drink to that.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2008 - 2:55 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

"I'll drink to that"

The title of one of my favorite Mr. Barry's cues from one of my favorite Mr. Barry's scores coming from one of my favorite movie he scored pretty much sums the celebration.

My roots don't go as back as some others' here but I too was introduced to film music by John Barry and his Goldfinger. I still remember the excitement when I heard the theme song and as soon as the album moved into the instrumental part with the prologue "Into Miami" (also one of my all-time favorite cues) I felt like being transported to another world. I've never heard a music like this before and was hooked immediately.

Of course more 007 soundtracks followed, more John Barry soundtracks followed and countless other composers did as well -- but I will always remember Mr. Barry as being there when, luckily, I also finally got 'there'.

Happy birthday ! I'll drink to that.


Ha, I played The Chase earlier - the first CD of the day.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2008 - 3:15 AM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

Ha, I played The Chase earlier - the first CD of the day.

Believe it or not, I did the same ! The Chase began the day and later King Kong followed.

I fancy High Road To China now.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2008 - 3:31 AM   
 By:   Doctor Plesman   (Member)

Happy Birthday for sure and what a funny coincidence, before i have seen this topic, i have just bought another of John Barry's CD.

Also not knowing about Barry's birthday, I started to play my own "Best Of Bond" instrumental compilation as the first CD of this day. To get into the groove for the premiere of QUANTUM OF SOLACE later today.

I wish he wouldn't have stopped scoring Bond films twenty years ago. His work is missed today.

Cheers Mr. Barry, I'll surely drink to you with my fellow Bond afficionados tonight.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2008 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

A very Happy Birthday to my very favourite film composer! big grin

I'll add more later. A great and thoughtful post as always Neo smile

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2008 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

To the man who is James Bond, HB JB.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2008 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Happy birthday Mr. Barry! When I started listening I couldn't believe the incredible worlds you opened up to me: THE IPCRESS FILE, ZULU, THE CHASE, MONTE WALSH, WALKABOUT, THE LION IN WINTER, PETULIA, BORN FREE, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, THE KNACK...AND HOW TO GET IT, DUTCHMAN, THE WRONG BOX, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS and DEADFALL. That and James Bond blew me away!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2008 - 2:07 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Even though I am - in general - not a big fan of his music or his approach to the medium, there is no questioning his legendary status in film music history. Any man who has achieved what he has, deserves lots of respect.

So here are birthday wishes from me as well!

 
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