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A near five-hundred page, fully-illustrated (often with rarely seen images), chronological exploration of key landmarks underpinning John Barry’s illustrious career. Written in the form of extensively researched essays concentrating on one specific score, over forty are represented, from the first, Beat Girl, to the last, Enigma. Whether highly acclaimed or lower key films, each chapter sets out, clearly and accurately, the circumstances surrounding the inception and completion of the score under scrutiny and in doing so, provides fresh insights into John Barry’s remarkable legacy.

Please note that inclusive of packaging this book weighs around 2 kg and the cost of posting it varies enormously depending upon location. So, when placing your order, please provide us with your full address. You will then receive an email detailing costs inclusive of postage to your country, and how to pay. Thank you!

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ZULU1From the Quartet Records website:

Quartet Records presents a completely restored, remastered, slightly expanded edition of the magnificent score by John Barry (THUNDERBALL, THE LAST VALLEY, BODY HEAT, OUT OF AFRICA) for Cy Enfield’s classic epic ZULU (1964), starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Lilla Jacobsson and Michael Caine. The film is about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, an heroic moment for the British army in the aftermath of a massacre that had occurred just hours earlier at nearby Isandlwana, a British outpost near the Natal-Zululand border in eastern South Africa.

For one of his earliest blockbuster efforts for the big screen, John Barry provided an exemplary score based on a single theme, introduced in the opening title sequence, with stirring brass and powerful percussion figures. Despite being a 138-minute epic, the film contains no more than 20 minutes of original music, carefully spotted and cleverly scored. For the album released by Ember Records in 1964, Barry decided to include practically the entire underscore on Side A, augmenting it with six contemporary songs and arrangements on Side B. Barry turned his main Zulu theme into “Monkey Feathers,” with electric guitar and some exotic-sounding piccolo, and one of the Zulu wedding songs, heard during the early part of the film, into “Zulu Stamp.”

ZULU2The successful original album, released by Ember in the UK and United Artists Records in the USA, has been reissued multiple times on LP and CD. Interestingly, the stereo and mono versions of the LP present alternate mixes and even different takes of many cues. For this new Quartet release, we have included both versions from first-generation album masters provided by Cherry Red Records from the Ember Records vaults, all painstakingly remixed, restored, assembled and mastered by Chris Malone. Also, after an extensive search through the film’s many different owners through the years, we were able to find (thanks to Paramount Pictures) a D/M/E track from which we can offer the Main and End Titles without Richard Burton’s narration, as well as one minute of original Barry music not included in the Ember album.

The lavishly designed full-color 24-page booklet includes an in-depth essay by film music writer and Barry expert Jon Burlingame.

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Wednesday, 24 November 2021 20:02

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Music by John Barry

The biggest story of the year so far is the news that 'Music by John Barry', a new book in praise of more than forty of his film scores, is close to publication! Sources close to the project tell us that this near 500-page book is the best work so far from the three scribes.

Details of price and publication date will be sent to you as soon as possible, and anybody who then orders it is *guaranteed* a copy.  In fact, if requested, at least one, maybe two of the authors will sign your copy. They might even do so even if you don't request it. :)

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The Tamarind Seed on Silva CD

Thursday, 07 October 2021 11:20

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During John Barry’s 40 years of creating memorable film scores and theme songs, most of these have resulted in soundtrack album releases, with the one notable exception being the 1974 romantic spy thriller The Tamarind Seed. Silva Screen Records is pleased to release The Tamarind Seed, the first official release, in physical and digital formats.


Somewhere in Time: Limited Edition

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 16:04

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Music by John Barry
Limited Edition of 5000 Units


Order yours starting July 13 at 12 noon (pst) at www.lalalandrecords.com

La-La Land Records, Universal Pictures, and Geffen proudly present a Limited Edition remastered and expanded CD reissue of renowned composer John Barry’s (GOLDFINGER, OUT OF AFRICA, DANCES WITH WOLVES) original motion picture score to the beloved 1980 big screen romantic fantasy-drama SOMEWHERE IN TIME, directed by Jeannot Szwarc and starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. Barry’s rich, gorgeous orchestral score perfectly embodies this heartfelt and heartbreaking romantic classic, enriching it with a resonating melodic and thematic timelessness that is vital to the film’s powerful sentimental allure. As the director himself states, “John’s music gave the film everything it needed. I still think it’s his most beautiful score – and one of the most beautiful scores in the history of film.”

Produced, mastered and edited from studio vault elements by Mike Matessino, this expanded CD is limited to 5000 units and features never-before-released score cues and additional music, including the music box arrangement of Rachmaninoff Rhapsody, Barry’s original music for Elise’s stage show, two previously unheard arrangements of the Somewhere In Time theme, and more! The exclusive, in depth liner notes are by journalist and author Jon Burlingame and the timeless art design is by Jim Titus.


1 Theme From Somewhere In Time 3:26
Performed by Roger Williams;
Produced by Michael Lloyd
2 The Grand Hotel* 2:04
3 Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini 2:54
Piano Solo by Chet Swiatkowski
4 The Old Woman (Film Version) 2:49
5 June 27th* 2:03
6 Room 417 * 1:11
7 The Journey Back In Time 4:29
8 Is He The One? (Film Version) 3:13
9 A Day Together (Film Version) 2:31
10 Rowing* 1:15
11 The Man Of My Dreams 1:42
12 That’s It * :40
13 Razor * 1:05
14 Total Dismay ** 3:21
15 Coin * :37
16 Return To The Present * 4:10
17 A Day Together (End Credits) 6:08

18 After Party * 2:03
19 Car Jazz * 2:00
20 Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Alternate) 3:03
Piano Solo by Chet Swiatkowski
21 Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Music Box) 2:11
22 Is He The One? (Alternate Excerpt) * 2:21
23 My Melancholy Baby* 2:02
24 Oh, You Beautiful Doll * 3:30
25 In The Good Old Summer Time * :37
26 I Want A Girl (Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)* 1:53
27 Wisdom Of The Heart * 1:09
28 Somewhere In Time (Piano Theme)* 1:59
29 Rowing (Alternate)* 1:18
30 Razor (Alternate)* :51
31 Coin (Alternate) * :32
32 Somewhere In Time (Theme Variation)* 1:46
33 Finale And End Credits (From The Motion Picture Somewhere In Time)* 4:57

* previously unreleased
** contains previously unreleased music

This release is CD format


Tommy Pearson's new John Barry Project

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 12:10

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Broadcaster and concert producer Tommy Pearson has revealed via Facebook that he is currently working on a new double CD of John Barry music:

"So proud and excited that a project I've been working on for the last few months with my dear friend Pirmin Zängerle has finally - at the 3rd attempt (thanks to Covid) - started recording!

A new double-CD of music by John Barry, played by the City Light Symphony Orchestra and Anthony Gabriele in the fabulous acoustic of the KKL, Lucerne.

I am co-producing the CD with Pirmin and I edited, digitised and prepared the vast majority of the music with final prep done by the amazing Lillie Harris. Acres of fabulous music, of course, mostly taken from the JB originals plus orchestrations/arrangements via Nick Dodd and Nic Raine. Liner notes will be by Jon Burlingame and there will be a special introduction written by Laurie Barry.

We are also recording some extra James Bond tracks by the 'other' Bond composers, including David Arnold, Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Kamen and John Altman that will be available as download extras.

I'm gutted that I can't actually be at the sessions (because of Covid restrictions, of course). But everything is in the best hands."

Pure Desmond Plays James Bond Songs

Sunday, 30 May 2021 12:28

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Mit seinem dritten Album greifen Pure Desmond einen Themenkosmos auf, der an Variationen zwar von Anfang an ungeheuer reich war, dem aber ein derart kammermusikalisch abgestimmter Zugang bisher fehlte: James Bond. Der Filter, durch den die ikonischen Big-Band-Arrangements der 1960er Jahre ebenso betrachtet werden wie die Popsongs, die seit den 70ern in unterschiedlichster stilistischer Ausrichtung verwendet wurden, ist Paul Desmonds unverkennbarer Cool-Jazz- Sound. Ihn beherrscht das Hamburger Jazzquartett Pure Desmond um Lorenz Hargassner, Johann Weiß, Christian Flohr und Sebastian Deufel wie niemand sonst. Trotz eines Entstehungszeitraums von mittlerweile fast 60 Jahren und stilistisch völlig unterschiedlicher Entwicklungen schaffen es Pure Desmond, allen Stücken einen bisher unvermuteten Facettenreichtum zu entlocken. Und immer auch eine wunderbar subtile Seite mit Witz und Raffinement, gediegenem Glamour und spätabendlicher Entspanntheit, die dennoch keine Sekunde lang verhehlt, dass der nächste Schurke jederzeit auf den Plan treten und den Zustand höchster Spannung im Handumdrehen zurückbringen kann – oder der nächste Flirt schon an der Bar darauf wartet, Teil einer legendären Sammlung zu werden. Der Querschnitt des Albums reicht von Monty Normans originalem Thema über John Barrys Variationen und neue Stücke bis zu den Songs der Gegenwart: Durch den Desmond-Filter gewinnt man so nicht nur eine neue Perspektive auf Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan und Daniel Craig, sondern auch auf Matt Monro, Nancy Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Shirley Bassey, Sheryl Crow, Madonna oder Billie Eilish. Bemerkenswert sind nebenbei auch die Locations, in denen die Aufnahmen entstanden sind: im Versteck des Oberschurken – dem Alpine Room im Piz Gloria, Blofelds Hauptquartier in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, an Bord eines Militärtransporters – im Laderaum eines Airbus A400M Atlas des LTG62 in Wunstorf und in einem dunklen, versteckten Gewölbekeller – dem Würzburger Keller Z87. Audio-CD mit Booklet.

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Tracklisting: The James Bond theme, From Russia with love, We have all the time in the world, Die another day, Diamonds are forever, Licence to kill, Nobody does It better, You know my name,  Tomorrow never dies, No time to die, You only live twice

jpc allows to listen at least a little bit:

Pure Desmond: Filmmusik: Pure Desmond Plays James Bond Songs (CD) – jpc


But youtube treats us with a full Diamonds are Forever:

Pure Desmond - Diamonds Are Forever - YouTube

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This August there will be a concert fully devoted to John Barry at the Film Music Festival in Kraków, Poland.

Sunday 29 August 2021


From Russia with Love / 007 Theme
Somewhere in time
The Black hole
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Mary, Queen of Scots
Diamonds are Forever - a song from the movie Diamonds are Forever
You Only Live Twice - a song from the movie You Only Live Twice
Dances with Wolves
Out of Africa
Raise the Titanic
Indecent Proposal

Marcin Maciejczak - vocal
FMF Youth Orchestra
Monika Bachowska - conductor

Details here:


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by Student Blogger: Drew Eldridge Mar. 15, 2021  

Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" is one of the best selling novels of all time...

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King Kong - "Region A" Blu-ray Release

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 11:46

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king kong bluray regionA sMay 11, 2021 • Available in US & Canada
Scream Factory
Product Note: Extras in progress and will be announced at a later date.
Region A, 2 discs, 136 / 182 min, 2.35:1, color, English

More information on the Shout Factory / Scream Factory website

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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.


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The James Bond Concert Spectacular

31 Oct 2021

New Theatre Royal, Lincoln (with Caroline Bliss)
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21 Nov 2021

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (with Caroline Bliss)
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18 Dec 2021

St. George’s Hall, Bradford (with Caroline Munro)
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20 Feb 2022

Princes Hall, Aldershot (with Madeline Smith)