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The Best Of James Bond: 30th Anniversary Collection
Various Artists
The Best Of James Bond: 30th Anniversary Collection
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Released in 1992 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, this two-disc set still stands as the ultimate Bond music collection. Disc one includes all of the hit songs from the Bond films, including Shi...  more »

      
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Released in 1992 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, this two-disc set still stands as the ultimate Bond music collection. Disc one includes all of the hit songs from the Bond films, including Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger," Tom Jones's "Thunderball," Paul McCartney & Wings' "Live & Let Die" and Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only." Disc two includes Louis Armstrong's lovely "We Have All the Time in the World," as well as a nice collection of rarities (Anthony Newley's demo of "Goldfinger"), lesser-known orchestral cuts from Goldfinger and Thunderball, and radio ads for You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, and Live & Let Die. The perfect accompaniment for a martini built for two. Shaken not stirred, of course! --Dan Epstein

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Great, BUT...
Henry R. Kujawa | "The Forbidden Zone" (Camden, NJ) | 10/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"EVERY song here, in one way or another, is an all-time classic. This package includes the 007 themes from DR. NO (1962) to LICENSE TO KILL (1989). However, I'd suggest skipping this seemingly incredible comp and going instead for the 2-CD set of the SAME NAME! Disc 1 on that contains the 16 themes in chronological sequence (which this, strangely, doesn't), while Disc 2 contains a LOT of previously-unreleased tracks that can be found nowhere else."
The Best Of James Bond: 30th Anniversary Collection
Ao | 07/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD was really awesome. First off, any Bond fanatic should have this CD because it contains only the essentials of the Bond themes (the first 16 movies). Anyway, the CD was great to listen to because it sparked so many memories. All the tracks were great to listen to except for track 5 which I did not like so much. Even though I did not like that song, it did not spoil the fun. As I said, the CD only contains the themes from Dr. No all the way through License To Kill. However it does not have the songs for Goldenye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. While listening to this CD, you will also see how much Mr. Bond has progressed in over 40 years. It is actually really amazing. The front cover is actually a cool booklet when you open it up. It has some information on how all the Bond movies came about, and how good they were. It also discussed the different people that played the role of James Bond, and of course about the successes of the theme songs. It was really interesting to read, and you might learn a thing or two as well. In the end, this was a tidy CD and satisfies your needs nicely for any Bond fanatic that just wants the theme songs and not that other crap in the limited edition. Should be in your library if you like this music."
Best (1 disc!) CD for the casual Bond fan
Daniel Freund | Flossmoor, Il United States | 11/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This collection is much better than that over-priced 2 disk set (same name), and it gives you the hits only. Standout tracks are Carly Simon's Nobody Does It Better (isn't that fade out fantastic?), and A-HA's The Living Daylights (I still can't understand the lyrics: "comes the morning and the candlelights fade away or comes the morning and the headlights fade in rain?!?") Anyway, that's a cool song, but my all time favorite would have to be Paul McCartney & the Wings "Live and Let Die." Its a great rock/reggae blast, and makes you feel like James Bond."