Tuesday, 23 December 2003 13:09 Written by

Some time ago we ran a poll about whether John Barry would finish The Incredibles and or Brighton Rock. It started with "If in good health, John Barry will finish..." and then the titles.

People have picked up this "in good health" bit and misinterpreted it as meaning something. No. Nothing at all. So, let's just forget about it.

Sid Margo dies

Friday, 12 December 2003 13:08 Written by

Sorry to say I just heard that Sid Margo died a Sunday November 23. The information came by way of Sheldon Hall, who is writing a book on the making of ZULU. He was given the news by Michael Firman, whose father, Alec, often led John Barry's orchestras. I have no further details.

Sid was a charming man, and for those who don't know, he 'fixed' John Barry's orchestra (and many others) for recordings for around 25 years. I met him only once when he spent a couple of hours describing in some detail how he worked with JB. He also told me how he once solved a problem for Michael J. Lewis when they were recording 'The Man Who Haunted Himself', by purchasing a number of bottles from a local Woolworth store and partly filling them with water. I'll leave it to the experts to decide what part of the score they appeared in and how they were played!!

Incidentally, Sheldon hopes to cover every aspect of the film's production, including of course the score, and has already interviewed John Barry about this.

Which is more than I have .....

John Barry's 70th birthday concert Carnegie Hall

Thursday, 11 December 2003 13:07 Written by

Tuesday, May 25, 2004, 8:00 PM

Crown Imperial: Music and the Movies

Sergei Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible

John Barry: The Lion in Winter

in celebration of the composer's 70th birthday

Live music with film

7:00 PM Pre-concert conversation

An Interview with John Barry

The screening of two classic films will be accompanied by a live performance of the music for each: Prokofiev's elaborately scored music to Ivan Grozny (Ivan the Terrible), Sergei Eisenstein's spectacular final film of 1945; and, to celebrate his 70th birthday, John Barry's Oscar-winning score from James Goldman's 1968 film The Lion in Winter, starring Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins, and Timothy Dalton. Both films feature stunningly beautiful and vivid music for chorus.

More information here:


Mind you: "All Carnegie Hall concerts will be conducted by Music Director Robert Bass and feature The Orchestra of St. Luke's. "

John Barry's role on Incredibles unclear

Sunday, 30 November 2003 13:06 Written by

Following composer Michael Giacchino's announcement that he is scoring The Incredibles, John Barry's role has become unclear. When we have any official news we will add it.

Michael Giacchino composer The Incredibles

Monday, 24 November 2003 13:02 Written by

Please have a look here:


It says: "November 24th, 2003 Upcoming Projects... Michael has been officially signed as the composer of PIXAR's next animated feature, The Incredibles, directed by Brad Bird (Iron Giant). The film is set to be released November 5th, 2004. "

According to Film Score Monthly (forum), the expanded Dances With Wolves CD is expected in the first quarter of 2004.

Sony re-releasing Dances with Wolves

Friday, 15 August 2003 12:58 Written by

In October, Sony will re-release Dances with Wolves with additional music. The running time will be closer to 75 minutes, compared with the original of 53 minutes. The noted writer, Jon Burlingame, has written substantial liner notes to accompany it, approved by the composer.

Sony is also planning to re-release "The Chase", though no news is yet available as to whether this might have extra music or of a likely release date.

There is also breaking news of another, rather unexpected, John Barry CD release, but as yet we can say no more about this project. Let the speculation begin, but don't expect anything to be confirmed or denied by your web-site hosts!!

John Barry is in the recording studios next week finishing off an un-named project. There is a good chance he will be conducting a suite of his music from 'The Lion In Winter' (with chorus) at a charity event in New York, later in the year.

He and Laurie are currently reading a copy of the book, 'John Barry - The Man With The Midas Touch' and will be making suggestions, answering questions and providing photographs from their personal collection.

Meanwhile, work on 'The Incredibles' and 'Brighton Rock' continues. The latter is likely to open next year at the Almeida Theatre, Islington, London, where Michael Attenborough (son of Richard) is artistic director. It is hoped that it will eventually transfer to the West End of London and then to Broadway.

In a startling development, David 'Sherlock' Stoner at Silva Screen has tracked down the current ownership of the film of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.

It is controlled by a London-based company known as London Films. That's the good news. The less good news is that it was among a package of films they leased out to another UK DVD company a few years ago, who, to date, have shown no sign of actually releasing it.

The slightly better news is that the lease will expire in a year or two and in the meantime London Films are trying to retrieve it on the grounds that if the company concerned aren't going to issue it, they could market it elsewhere.

So, watch this space for future developments.

More concrete news on Brighton Rock

Friday, 04 July 2003 12:42 Written by

With more concrete news of Brighton Rock, the musical, we thought this was an appropriate time to create a page dedicated to John Barry's stage musicals. We hope this will prove both entertaining and informative.

Edit April 2015 for the new site: we later added our Special Brighton Rock page itself of course.


The Appointment on CD

Thursday, 26 June 2003 12:41 Written by

Fascinating to read that Film Score Monthly is releasing the score, or should I say scores, to Lumet's 1969 film, The Appointment.

As a Barry fan I've always known that there were two versions of this film in circulation, one with a Barry score and another containing music and songs by Stu Phillips. However, apparently, the real story is that Michel Legrand wrote the original score which was tossed out by the studio (sound familiar?) and Barry then wrote some themes which were adapted and orchestrated by Don Walker before Harry Rabinowitz conducted the recording in London - a bit like the arrangement Barry had with Ken Thorne a year or so later. This was Lumet's approved version.

However, when the film finally got a US release, in 1972, it was a shortened version which premiered on TV. For whatever reason, they got Stu Phillips to write something more contemporary for it.

Anyway, FSM's release contains all 3 scores for a total running time of 77 minutes. It will be fascinating to hear which works out the best and particular to hear what Legrand wrote. How curious that 7 years later he once again had a score replaced by JB, with Robin and Marian.

More details about the CD can be found on the FSM website.

English Heritage Picnic Concerts Highlights this summer will a James Bond night hosted by Honor Blackman at Audley End: official website page .

AUDLEY END, SAFFRON WALDEN - Music from the Movies – A James Bond Night Sunday 3rd August 7.30pm.

BBC Proms concerts have a little bit of Barry in one of their concerts, Saturday 16 August.

More about The White Buffalo

Wednesday, 28 May 2003 12:38 Written by

Click to enlarge - The White Buffalo - coverMusic Composed, Conducted, and Produced by John Barry. Performed by The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra.

J. Lee Thompson directs Charles Bronson in this strange western variation on Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Bronson plays a man named James Otis, who is disturbed by dreams of a giant white buffalo. He returns to the west under his new name --Wild Bill Hickok.
Amongst his travels, he meets Chief Crazy Horse (Will Sampson), who is roaming the plains in an obsessive search for the giant white buffalo that killed his young daughter.
Chief Crazy Horse wants to slay the beast in revenge for his daughter's death, and Wild Bill Hickok teams up with him to hunt down the giant white buffalo.

Also stars Kim Novak, John Carradine, and Slim Pickens.

2. MAIN TITLE 3:59
3. MR. OTIS 0:27
10. 'OL" NICODEMUS 1:02

Bonus Tracks
17. JENNY WEEDS 0:32
18. LOST MY BET 1:19

Source Cues
Arranged, Conducted and Produced by David Shire

Total Time: 37:37

New musical by former JB7 pianist Les Reed

Sunday, 18 May 2003 12:36 Written by

"The Beautiful And The Damned".

John Barrowman, Helen Anker, Patti Boulaye, David Burt, Jo Gibb, Sarah Lark and Jane Lucas are to star in the premiere of The Beautiful And The Damned, a musical about the troubled life of writer F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda.

It will play a prospective pre West End season at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford from 16th to 28th June.

The book is by Kit Hesketh Harvey, and music and lyrics by Roger Cook and Les Reed, with additional material by Phil Willmott, who also directs.

The show is produced by Laurence Myers and Charles and Mary Dobson.

White Buffalo CD release on Prometheus

Monday, 28 April 2003 12:34 Written by

Click to enlarge - The White Buffalo - coverAnnounced on the screenarchives website:


Label: Prometheus PCR 518,
total time TT of this release is 37:37 mins.
Prometheus Records


Actor Adam Faith dies

Saturday, 08 March 2003 12:32 Written by

poster thanks to Geoff TurnerActor Adam Faith dies. Sixties actor and pop star Adam Faith has died from a heart attack, his agent has said.

More on BBC website

Adam Faith, Tributes (BB3C)

Our own Adam Faith website

About the James Bond soundtracks: EMI will be releasing the new series in the UK and Europe on March 31st.


Windmill Publications

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Specialising in book publications and CD releases about John Barry and our book "Hit ans Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven.

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Have a look at our old "Play It Again" label website here.

Play It Again Records CD catalogue offered the discerning listener a wide choice of digitally re-mastered recordings from film and television, and rare collections of work from the likes of Don Black and Ron Grainer.


Geoff Leonard writes CD booklet notes, articles, and occasionally books, in partnership with Pete Walker. You can read more about this here:


Lots of CD's, LPs, cassettes for sale, new and used. Decent prices.

Gareth Bramley's Aladdin's cave of television and film themes; the ones you missed and the ones you need.

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The James Bond Concert Spectacular

31 Oct 2021

New Theatre Royal, Lincoln (with Caroline Bliss)
Book tickets on the theatre website

21 Nov 2021

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (with Caroline Bliss)
Book tickets on the theatre website

18 Dec 2021

St. George’s Hall, Bradford (with Caroline Munro)
Book tickets on the theatre website

20 Feb 2022

Princes Hall, Aldershot (with Madeline Smith)