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 Posted:   Sep 30, 2005 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   RcM   (Member)

I was listening to the title song with headphones and noticed what sounds like tape rewind noise about 1:04 into it. (This was on the original CD release from the '80s). I also have the James Bond 30th set, so I listened to the song from that - and the noise is there too. Has anyone else noticed this? Is the noise on the latest rematered edition of the soundtrack?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2005 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   Richard May   (Member)

Has anyone else noticed this? Is the noise on the latest rematered edition of the soundtrack?

Yes and yes. I guess it's on the masters.

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2005 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   Alexander Zambra   (Member)

Think is a defect (bleed from tape) in the stereo master. Have the single version and can't hear it.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2005 - 5:17 AM   
 By:   RcM   (Member)



Yes and yes. I guess it's on the masters.


Thanks - I figured that must be the problem.
Here's another question... has anyone on this board been obsessive enough to try to reverse it and slow it down to see what is being rewound?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2005 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   Chris Malone   (Member)

has anyone on this board been obsessive enough to try to reverse it and slow it down to see what is being rewound?

I think it comes out of the left channel only and is actually forwards. It's actually at twice the pitch and so would have been recorded at 7 1/2" IPS instead of 15 IPS.

The words I can make out are:

Voice #1: Something I can't quite make out, possibly "Read the contracts."
Voice #2: "Another one?"
Voice #1: "Sorry about that. Can we start again?"

Voice #2 sounds like Eric Tomlinson to me, the engineer who recorded the early Bond scores. Voice #1 might be George Martin, who I understand produced the recording.

Now, to try and nut out that first line properly!

Chris Malone

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2005 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   Membership Expired   (Member)



Now, to try and nut out that first line properly!

Chris Malone


"Paul is dead?"

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2005 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   katco   (Member)

"I'm Monty Norman and I wrote the James Bond theme".

 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2005 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I never noticed it before, but there it is.

I'll bet they were re-using the tape and the erase head cut out for a few moments due to an electrical fault in the tape deck.

Or maybe it was accidentally composited in from a tape they thought was blank, and they had put some short bit of musical sweetening on that reel, without going far enough to erase the talk, and played the whole length of supposedly "blank" tape into the master recording.

What a strange little find.

My hat is off to Chris Malone for the reverse engineering!

 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2005 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)



My hat is off to Chris Malone for the reverse engineering!


Now, if we could just get him to work on the crashed saucer from Roswell!

 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2005 - 6:23 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Can anyone tell us if the defect is also heard on the original LP?

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2005 - 12:21 AM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

Can anyone tell us if the defect is also heard on the original LP?

Yes, that is where I first heard the anomoly decades ago. And it, of course, appeared on every LP release of the song.

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2007 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

I have just received the remastered From Russia With Love; splendid music (I knew a few tracks only).

The sticker on the wrapping baffles me:
"Special LIMITED EDITION 3D Motion Package!!"
What does this refer to? There is nothing 3D nor special whatsoever; the whole packaging is like that of the other remastered Bond titles.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2007 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   Doctor Plesman   (Member)



I think it comes out of the left channel only and is actually forwards. It's actually at twice the pitch and so would have been recorded at 7 1/2" IPS instead of 15 IPS.

The words I can make out are...


On the following website I found something about this strange occurence:

http://www.nuvs.com/jbond/sounds/

Go to page 2 and check out the part called "Chipmunk in From Russia With Love?"
That's what they say there (that article is actually nearly 10 years old, by the way):

"Chipmunk in From Russia With Love?
Sent in by alert visitor Nathan Sturtevant. While listening to the title song from FRWL on the 30th Anniversary Bond CD, Nathan thought he heard a chipmunk speaking in the background. Upon further inspection, he found that this "chipmunk" was in fact someone speaking!

From: William R. Stotler, wrs125@psu.edu
Date: 9 Nov 97

I downloaded the .AIFF Chipmunk sound clip and listened to the file. I noticed immediately that the chipmunk "voice" sounded like voices recorded at 3 3/4 inches-per-second (ips) speed on a reel- to-reel recorder, but played back in the final cut at the higher-quality, higher-rate speed, 7 1/2 ips.

I dubbed the .AIFF clip onto my reel-to-reel at 7 1/2 ips speed and then played it back at 3 3/4 speed--slowing the speed down. After adjusting the EQ and listening repeatedly, I discovered that what is being said is being spoken by, probably, one studio sound engineer (Voice 1) to another (Voice 2).

They say:

V1: Sound check.
V2: I want [Two words garbled]
V1: What was that again?

Perhaps another fan with a reel-to-reel resource could verify my findings."

End of text.

And yes, as I've been told also, the Single Version of the song from various compilations, most notably "Themeology" from Barry is another take of the which of course misses the defect...

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2007 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   The Cat   (Member)

Since the chipmunk message is decoted, I'll just explain the differences of the two versions of the song. Here's a quote from "The World Of James Bond Music":

"It’s a lesser-known fact that 'From Russia With Love' exists in two versions. A mono recording was done to appear in the movie and on the singles of Monro, while a stereo recording was done only for the soundtrack. Apart from the usual differences between stereo and mono recordings the two songs can be identified by the lyrics since separate vocal tracks were used for the two versions with Matt’s phrasing slightly different in each one. The stereo version is a very crude first try at mixing for two channels; most of the orchestra is mixed on one channel, while isolated instruments are put on the other one. Despite the horrible mix this version is the more frequent today because this is the one that appeared on the original soundtrack. The mono version can be found on old Matt Monro singles and on the John Barry compilation album, Themeology. The only remaining question is why the song is featured at all on that disc, since it’s not a Barry composition, it’s clearly Bart’s work."

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2007 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Is Christopher Lennertz's FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE available in any medium, like iTunes? I've only heard parts of it in the actual videogame, but it's pretty darn good.

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2007 - 6:45 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

I know is on the net... in the "usual places"...

I heard a few cues, but the editing wasnt the best. The music was quite good and action-packed.

 
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