JOHN BARRY CONCERT VINYL :.
is the only official (so far) of a live recording by John
Barry. It is a must for all soundtrack lovers.
John Barry conducts The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted, arranged & produced by John Barry
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios
Leader of the Orchestra: Erich Gruenberg who is also
the soloist on 'Mary Queen of Scots'
Music composed by John Barry, except 'James Bond Theme' by Monty Norman, and 'From Russia with Love' by Lionel Bart.
01 - James Bond Suite:
- James Bond Theme
- From Russia With Love
- You Only Live Twice
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- Diamonds are Forever
02 - Born Free
03 - Alice's Adventures Suite:
- Curioser and Curioser
- I've Never Been This Far Before
- The Me I Never Knew
04 - Midnight Cowboy
05 - Mary Queen of Scots
06 - The Adventurer
John Barry's name on a cinema screen is almost as familiar
as the words "THE END", but that apart, very little has been written about him. There are good reasons for this.
He is a reluctant performer. He constantly shuns the spotlight, and a Television or radio appearance by him
is as rare as the sight of a oleander tree in Manchester.
I have known the slender, almost skeletal, frame of John Barry
for 12 years as a friend and as his lyricist so, fortunately I can write about him from personal experience.
Like most extraordinary talents, John is a perfectionist. He
starts writing around 6 a.m. It is not unusual, however, for me
to visit his Thames side apartment in the late afternoon and see
a mass of blank manuscript paper. Surprisingly, John is delighted
with his day's work! The quiet spoken Yorkshireman talks about
"textures", "attitudes", "colours" and "broad strokes". You would
think you are speaking to a painter rather than a composer. He is
a ruthless critic of his own work and he will live alone with each
new melody for months before he feels it is worthy of being released. He
is exactly the same with lyrics. He savours words like a wine taster,
I have never collaborated with anyone who is so sensitive to the
delicate wedding of words and music. John's music is in a class of
its own and I think the word 'class' sums up John's life style. His
apartment is filled with rare antiques that would cause a flurry
of hand-raising at Sothebys. His car is the sleek Citroen with
the Maserati engine. He frequents only the finest restaurants and could live comfortably on a diet of gull's eggs and grouse!
This album gives John the chance to use fresh textures and even
broader strokes. The result is a truly rich and colorful canvas.
Some of his most performed pieces are here but when scored specially for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, another dimension
is added. "THE JAMES BOND SUITE" takes on a new size and I am sure
will be regarded as a work of major importance. One would think that
"BORN FREE", an academy award winning title, was originally written
with the RPO in mind. "THE ALICE IN WONDERLAND
SUITE", John's latest film, captures all the innocence, discovery and wonderment
that Lewis Carroll created over a hundred years ago. John's music
for "MIDNIGHT COWBOY" and
"MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS" makes us aware of
the tremendous contribution he made to these remarkable motion
pictures. "THE ADVENTURER" is unique. It is very rare indeed that
a Television theme can stand the scrutinous test of being played
by a concert orchestra. This one does.
John Barry is regarded by the finest composers in the world as
a leader, always one thought ahead. If Bond is 007, Barry is 008.
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