The Stringbeat Years: Songs accompanied by John Barry
Coming soon, a 4-CD box-set comprising of 144 tracks, a 24-page booklet (replete with period photographs and comprehensive notes) and including ten bonus tracks (among them the CD debut of the first ever cover version of a John Barry instrumental composition).
Featuring – for the first time – the film versions of ‘Mix me a Person’, ‘The Time has Come’, and ‘What a Whopper’ (slightly shortened). There’s also an unique opportunity to hear the original version of ‘Ah, Poor Little Baby’, making its premiere appearance on CD.
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The box-set is limited to 500 copies and is only £16.99 post-free in the UK, so don’t miss out!
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JB's 1999 RAH concert - as it was when the BBC were going to be filming the second half. It got changed when filming didn't go ahead.
The second half of JB's Royal Albert Hall was to have been filmed and would have formed the centre-piece of the 'Omnibus' programme. Unfortunately, they were a few thousand short in the budget department and the idea was abandoned - much to JB's fury!
These things are very expensive to put on, particularly as JB likes a large orchestra. He had designed the programme so many of the 'hits' and new material would be in the second half. But once filming was abandoned, the programme was altered.
IMDb.com is 20 years old today, October 17, 2010
As part of the celebrations, IMDb founder & CEO Col Needham is going to re-watch the film he saw on video that evening in 1990 - Body Heat!!
John Barry did not approve the Body Heat CD mix by producer John Lasher and apparently regards the resultant CD as "unofficial". He has not spoken to Lasher since it was released.
Miklos Rozsa was the original choice to score Body Heat (as a sort of homage to his score for Double Indemnity - a much earlier film with similarities) but refused, saying he found the film "disgusting".
Rozsa and Barry had shared the bill at the 1972 Filmharmonic concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
In April 1964, the Shirley Bassey/Matt Monro/John Barry concert scheduled for The Colston Hall, Bristol, was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
Even though it was just before Shirley & John's huge success with Goldfinger, it seems incredible that the concert could not be "sold" on their names alone. All were well-known in the UK and all had achieved huge success with hit records, concerts and TV appearances.
Just imagine (if it was still possible) having those three legends playing in concert together today - you wouldn't be able to get a ticket!!
Beat Girl was released in the USA as "Wild for Kicks". You can see the release on youtube. If I hadn't already watched the film several times I imagine I would have believed all the rhetoric, especially "the most exciting film of its kind since ....."
The music heard during the "exotic strip" scene in Beat Girl is "Esmeralda" by Benny Bennet.
In The Guardian (26 Aug.), there was a report titled "To Russia with love: screenwriter suspected of bonding with enemy". Wolf Mankowitz, one of the men behind the early James Bond films, was suspected of being a communist agent, according to MI5 files at the National Archives released today. Apparently he introduced the Bond producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Salzman to one another and was involved in writing the script for Dr No. But also as Geoff says in The Man With The Midas Touch, he was also involved with John Barry in the original script for the musical of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock.
ITV 1 are currently trailing 'The Unforgettable Bob Monkhouse' for viewing on Sunday, 8th August at 9.00pm using JB's Midnight Cowboy and what sounds like a snipppet from The Beyondness.
A short interview with Jane Birkin reveals that she stripped off in Antonion's film Blow-Up as a dare. She was married to John Barry at the time and Barry never thought she would ever do it, 'because we turned the light out when we slept together.'
The Sunday Times magazine 1/8/10 ("Welcome to The Times and The Sunday Times websites. Available exclusively by subscription.")
Here is fascinating footage of the stars and the royal party from the Royal Premiere of Born Free in 1966. John Barry and his then wife, Jane Birkin, can be spotted smiling at the camera towards the end of the videoclip.
This will puzzle anybody who has read Michele Monro's Matt Monro biography since it is stated therein that of the Born Free song crew, only Matt turned up and had to alert Don & John that the song was omitted from that print!!