The Best of Bond... James Bond

The Best of Bond... James Bond

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One of the signature aspects of a James Bond movie is its theme song, and, as demonstrated on this collection of those songs, there is a remarkable consistency to them. The first Bond film, 1962's Dr. No, featured Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme," a distinctive instrumental piece that has figured in every Bond picture since and that leads off the disc. But with the second entry in the series, 1963's From Russia with Love, there was a specially written title song sung by a contemporary pop artist during the opening credits. And as of the third entry, 1964's Goldfinger, that song, as often as not, would become a hit. Shirley Bassey's melodramatic performance of "Goldfinger" remains a standard for Bond themes, but, just as the films have been subtly updated through the years, so the theme songs have reflected changes in pop music. Echoes and approximations of Norman's theme turn up over and over as a basis for the songs, even though they make room for individual interpretation. For example, Gladys Knight's "License to Kill" from 1989 may be an '80s power ballad complete with synthesizer accompaniment, but it still uses familiar orchestral elements. And some of the least characteristic songs are also some of the most successful. Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" doesn't even use a film title, yet it is one of the better remembered theme songs. Many of the artists who sing the songs are pop footnotes (a-ha, Sheena Easton), but they were hot when they were asked to participate, and their performances hold up. [Originally released in 1999, the album was reissued in a 40th anniversary edition in 2002 containing three additional tracks, including Garbage's theme song for The World Is Not Enough and Moby's electronica-styled reconstruction of the original theme. It was reissued again in 2012 with Madonna's contribution to 2002's Die Another Day, Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name" from 2006's Casino Royale, and Jack White and Alicia Keys' "Another Way to Die" from 2008's Quantum of Solace. The 2012 "50 Years - 50 Tracks" two-CD version was reissued as a "Deluxe Edition" in 2017.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099923281721
catalogNumber: 32817

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shirley Bassey   Vocals
a-ha   Group
Rita Coolidge   Vocals
Duran Duran   Group
Sheena Easton   Vocals
Gladys Knight   Vocals
Paul McCartney   Vocals
Carly Simon   Vocals
Tina Turner   Vocals
Tom Jones   Vocals
Nancy Sinatra   Vocals
Lulu   Vocals
Matt Monro   Vocals
Sheryl Crow   Vocals
Louis Armstrong   Vocals
Madonna   Vocals
Chris Cornell   Vocals
Wings   Group
Garbage   Group
Alicia Keys   Vocals
Jack White   Vocals
John Barry Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Duran Duran   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Songwriter
Andy Taylor   Songwriter
Sheryl Crow   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Lionel Bart   Composer
Bill Conti   Composer
Edge   Composer
John Barry   Songwriter,Composer
David Arnold   Songwriter,Composer
Don Black   Songwriter
Bono   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Songwriter
Madonna   Composer
Michel Colombier   Composer
Chris Cornell   Composer
Hal David   Songwriter
Mitchell Froom   Composer
Simon LeBon   Songwriter
Mick Leeson   Songwriter
Linda McCartney   Songwriter
Narada Michael Walden   Composer
Anthony Newley   Songwriter
Monty Norman   Composer
Nick Rhodes   Songwriter
John Taylor   Songwriter
Tim Rice   Songwriter
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Paul Hewson   Songwriter
Alicia Keys   Composer
Jack White   Composer
Mirwais Ahmadzaï   Composer
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Roger Taylor   Songwriter
David Evans   Songwriter
Jeffrey Cohen   Composer
Abraham Rivera   Cover Design

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