There is exciting breaking news that a record company is working on two John Barry projects for release later this year.
One is intended to be a "Best of" compilation which will be TV-advertised. The other is a very ambitious "definitive" box-set which will contain the highlights of his entire career.
We're told that wherever possible original versions will be used but in some cases that may prove impossible due to missing tapes and licensing problems.
More details will follow as soon as track details can be confirmed.
Latest news, October 9 - the box-set has now been delayed until 2007. This is due entirely to licensing delays and difficulties. The good news is that it has only been postponed, not cancelled.
An evening with John Barry featuring The Ten Tenors
London, Royal Albert Hall, September 28th 2006
To coincide with the upcoming release of their Warner Bros. Records debut album 'Here's To The Heroes', Australian sensations The Ten Tenors will play the Royal Albert Hall on September 28th at An Evening With John Barry.
Legendary composer John Barry, who was executive producer on the album, will introduce the show and will perform as a special guest conductor of selected material.
The Ten Tenors will perform alongside The English Chamber Orchestra.
Paul Bateman will be the principle conductor.
Tickets will be available from the usual agents priced at £45, £39.50, £35 and £28.50.
Recorded at Abbey Road and produced by Simon Franglen (Russell Watson, Katherine Jenkins), 'Here's To The Heroes' finds The Ten Tenors backing by a 90-piece orchestra and some of the world's leading musicians paying tribute to the compositional film score icon John Barry and his lyricist partner Don Black.
"They are also so diverse with wonderful individual voices as well as a collective sound. Writing for them was a joy because their belief was so constant. A many headed group that pulls together? Doesn't happen often. Having worked with bands and orchestras over the years I know that's a rare commodity."
They gained an international audience following a phenomenal special guest appearance at 2002's Eurovision and their crossover sound earned a dedicated following for their live performances the world over.
'Here's To The Heroes' represents their first global album release.
The Album: Here's to the Heroes
1 JUST TO SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN*
2 LES CHORISTES
3 HERE'S TO THE HEROES (Dances with Wolves)
4 WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD (OHMSS)
5 BUONGIORNO PRINCIPESSA
6 THERE'LL COME A DAY*
7 PLACES (Out of Africa)
8 YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
9 TICK ALL THE DAYS OFF ONE BY ONE*
10 WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?
11 SOMEWHERE IN TIME
12 THE GLADIATOR SUITE (NOW WE ARE FREE & IL GLADIATORE)
* new songs by John Barry & Don Black.
- Due for release in Australia & New Zealand on August 26th, 2006
- Due for release in North America on September 12th, 2006
- Due for release in United Kingdom & Europe on September 18th, 2006
Please, click here for a sneak preview of the songs and to watch videos relating to the album.
Mr. Dave Norris, Senior Projectionist at the Empire, Leicester Square, kindly informs us: Thunderball is back on at the Empire with eon's own new print, its mono but looks stunning on our new BIG screen!
We are showing SPY, DAYLIGHTS, GOLDENEYE in the coming wks also. See you there!
Richard E. Grant's Favourite Film Composers Sundays, 2pm
Richard E. Grant's Favourite Film Composers Sundays, 2pm, This Week's Show Sunday July 30 John Barry on ClassicFM.
And yes, we have reported that the photo is of Ennio Morricone. Sigh.
We are pleased to say that John's wife has confirmed the concert goes ahead and John will be conducting. We don't know precisely *what* he will be conducting, but it looks as though it is certainly well worth attending!!
Congratulations to actor, producer, writer and director Bryan Forbes O.B.E., who celebrates his 80th birthday today.
Bryan and John collaborated on six films and developed a mutual admiration for each other's work.
Bafflingly, neither gentleman has yet received a deserved knighthood.
We are very sorry to announce the death of legendary trombonist Don Lusher. In a career spanning more than 60 years, Don was a member of several famous bands, including Ted Heath, The Squadronaires, Jack Parnell and Geraldo.
In addition to this, he played on many recording sessions, including some by John Barry. In 1975 he was a member of the John Barry Orchestra that toured Japan under the management of Sid Margo. He willingly lent us his photo tour memento of this orchestra, which will be reproduced in our updated book.
We at johnbarry.org.uk want to give you, the John Barry fans, the opportunity to share your spare CDs, vinyl, cassettes and maybe even DVDs with each other.
Don't worry, we are not advocating a great give-away! No, we are giving you the chance to buy or sell John Barry material at a reasonable price without the hassle of an eBay style auction.
So, anything and everything offered will be at a predetermined set price, and, in the event of a "one of a kind", will be sold on a first come first served basis.
Want to learn more? Go to our for sale / wanted page for all the details. You'll find a few items already up for sale. Don't hesitate to add your own, whether buying or selling!!
Don Black has confirmed the news that he and John have written a number of songs which will be recorded by The Ten Tenors, an Australian ensemble.
The recording will begin on the 20th March as the Tenors take a break in the midst of their US tour.
Don said there would be both new songs and old ones written by the duo.
Apparently recording will be split between Air and Abbey Road Studios - both based in London. This is a tactic John Barry has employed previously.
The Ipcress File showing at the NFT in London, starting Jan. 13 until Jan 26.
Michael Caine as Len Deighton's working-class spy Harry Palmer, in one of the classics of modern British cinema.
Dir Sidney J Furie
"I had a good laugh over the comments on Dan Wallin's master of "BH". Who posts this nonsense on the internet? They should get their facts "straight" beforehand.
The "few year's ago" was over 20-years ago, when Dan Wallin, in fact, DID prepare a master tape under Barry's supervision. But, when he wanted way too much money from me for the transfers, I said to him, "thanks, but no thanks!". I then remixed the multi-tracks myself without Barry at hand, and released the Label X LP (and, later on, the CDs) from that. Barry objected most strongly to my mix, and refused to have anything further to do with the album. He has not spoken to me from that day forward.
Some years later I received a call from Keith Zajeck at Warner Bros. He asked me if I knew where the multi-tracks were, as they wanted to re-mix them for their DVD release. I informed him that they had long since been returned to the vaults at The Burbank Studios. Unfortunately, Warners could not find them (surprised?!).
I then suggested to Keith that he contact Dan Wallin, who would most surely have the stereo LP master which he originally prepared for me. Again, Wallin could not find the 2-track stereo master tapes.
So, you have the "true story" of "Body Heat" and the missing masters. "
As many of you know, John Barry’s entry into the film music world came courtesy of his relationship with the fledgling pop singer, Adam Faith. It could also be that there are some fans of Adam out there, especially amongst the older ones of us!! In which case you might be interested in a visit to the new web-site currently being created by Barry web-master Ruud Rozemeyer from input by myself and Gareth “hoarder” Bramley.
If I do say it myself I believe this has the potential to be an excellent site. It’s looking rather good already, in fact, so why not have a glance or two at
and let us know what you think.