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 Posted:   Sep 30, 2009 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Martial   (Member)

John Barry / Americans
Universal Music Jazz France
CD release on November the 9th

Walking a tightrope between the wide-screen spectacular and the film d'auteur, John Barry is a sensitive and sophisticated composer whose most famous scores (say, action movies, the Bond films and The Persuaders), were poor camouflage for a more secret form of inspiration whose character was introspective. In Barry's career, Americans stands out clearly. In 1975, Polydor Records gave John Barry the opportunity to freely record a quite personal 12" LP that was his first album outside films, and Barry structured his Americans concept: a vast album that reflected his visual and sound-impressions of The United States in six original compositions, including a sumptuous Yesternight suite some eighteen minutes long. "It's like an imaginary soundtrack," says the composer. "Instead of appearing on a screen, the images come up from inside me." Combining some of the best soloists in jazz (Dick Nash, Ronnie Lang, Tony Terran) with a symphony orchestra, Americans is a permanent firework display that constitutes a peak in the composer's opus, a work whose swing allows glimpses of an overhanging melancholy tinged with lyrical tristesse and disillusionment. With this first issue of Americans on CD, John Barry makes his entrance in the Ecoutez le cinéma! series. More than a simple reissue, it's an event.

Artwork here :
http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=4&u=13031875

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2009 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

That cover looks homemade, in about 1994. The original was so cool.



The photo on the cover is 20 years off from the album, that tall building in the middle, to the left of the World Trade Center, wasn't built until the early 90s. It also looks like a random framegrab from a DVD.

I guess I should be grateful enough that the album is being released and not look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth.

Looks like we'll even get some bonus tracks.

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2009 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   shicorp   (Member)

This is the back cover, right. No?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2009 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

I looked, and Amazon France has the CD for pre order to be available on November 16th. Here is to hoping that Screen Archives gets some copies.

 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2009 - 12:06 AM   
 By:   mildcigar   (Member)

I looked, and Amazon France has the CD for pre order to be available on November 16th. Here is to hoping that Screen Archives gets some copies.

And here:

http://www.soundtrackcorner.de/americans-p3578.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2009 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

I sent an e-mail to Screen Archives asking if they were going to have copies and here was the response.....Yes - but nothing as of yet - it has not been solicited to us but be assured we will carry it - Ed. I am so glad to hear that !

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2010 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   mistereozo   (Member)

Can anyone explain? I have two cd-rs of Americans, each a whole tone (i'm ignorant of the technicalities of music) different. I bought the Universla release, and this has a different tone again..how is that possible?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   arne.dupont   (Member)

Track 1 - Yesternight Suite - has at time 4:41 - 4:45 noise sounding like some "knacks" from a vinyl record. I was wondering if this track or some of it is taken from from the vinyl LP - or?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2017 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

Track 1 - Yesternight Suite - has at time 4:41 - 4:45 noise sounding like some "knacks" from a vinyl record. I was wondering if this track or some of it is taken from from the vinyl LP - or?

Only purchased this CD recently and I too was dismayed to hear the clicks at several points on this track. I wonder if the album was mastered from vinyl as the original tapes are lost?

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2017 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I admit to not noticing this fault before and have now played the section over the PC (WMA Lossless rip), and the Hi-Fi stereo (both from the CD and the better quality streaming audio file).

The pops are there in all three recordings but significantly more noticeable via the PC's speakers where the music is much thinner. Via the Hi-Fi the music is far fuller, richer and more involving so the pops are not so distinct. I can believe that headphones reveal the pops more clearly.

I'm inclined to think that it's a fault in the master tapes, some 35+ years old at the time the CD was prepared, rather than a vinyl transfer - the overall sound is just a little too rich for that. Certainly it's not enough of a problem to distract me from the (wonderful) music and I'm not inclined to try fiddling with the music file (as I have done on a couple of CDs which created faulty rips).

Mitch

Edit: I've just looked at the music file using WavePad Sound Editor and can see no noticeable jumps, etc. at the points where the pops occur.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2017 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

I just enjoy it for what it is, a damn fine album.

Oops, I'm starting to sound like Special Agent Dale Cooper again.
Will someone please pass the the Cherry pie.......

 
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