Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Various Artists, John Barry|
The Living Daylights [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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J. Hardy | Columbia, MD USA | 12/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this soundtrack on CD when it first came out in 1987/88. Very enjoyable, but short: with 12 tracks it clocked in at about 35 mins.
The reissue has those tracks as the first 12, then 9 tracks listed as bonus tracks. The 9 additional tracks run about 29 mins, so this new addition is nearly double the running time of the original. The bonus tracks include "Exercise at Gibralter", "Approaching Kara", "Airbase Jailbreak" and "Final Confrontation", which other reviewers have tagged as some of the best tracks on the disc. The disc insert is a huge foldout page with photos and a long text piece about the film and the music. It also has directions for programming the CD to match the order in which the pieces are heard in the film.
(An alternate possible track order is given at [...] , where they recommend programming track 8 "Into Vienna" between "Ice Chase" and "Murder at the Fair", which is what I've adopted.)
Musically, it's a little dated. Very 80s, with synths and drum machines: it doesn't have quite the snap and power of John Barry's brassy jazz-combo stuff for the mid-60s Bond films, like "From Russia With Love" or "Goldfinger". (That's a tough standard, of course: those are absolute classics of move soundtrack making.) Barry's attempt to update the Bond music for a more modern sound, while very successful by 80s standards, sort of takes the orchestration out of his strike zone. But it's fine in its own right; and it's the last John Barry James Bond score, which makes it special.
The disc is a terrific job of updating for reissue: hats off to the producers. If you like this music, you'll like this disc very much."
Excellent Score to complement one of my favorite Bond films
J. Thomas | Various, USA | 11/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Barry did an excellent job of scoring this film, and I am of the camp that prefers the film version of A-ha's "The Living Daylights". Paul Waaktaar (of A-ha) has recently mentioned that he also loved Barry's additions to the song. The score matches the theme perfectly and is used brilliantly throughout the movie.
I also love how the Pretenders' "Where Has Every Body Gone" is the creepy bad guy's theme -- He's always listening to it when he's about to kill someone.
Great film, Great score and amazing theme song!
Bacchus | 4066 Australia | 10/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 'The Living Daylights' John Barry makes a comeback to some of earlier dynamic work, and while the script for the movie wasn't exactly inspired, the music gave it a certain amount of lift. One of the better ones of the later Bonds, worth having."