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Hit and Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven

Our book "Hit and Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven" is now available!

£22.50

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The book's cover price is £30

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For postage and packing please add:
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Europe = £10.90
Rest of World (Excluding Australia) £16.30

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Thoroughly and painstakingly researched over a number of years, it features contributions from several ex-members of the band and from friends and relatives of John Barry.

Comprising of over 360 pages, it is packed with an array of rare photos of the band, and the singers they often supported, as well as some unique images of memorabilia and documentation from that era; some never previously published, many more seldom seen.

Even if you are not necessarily a devotee of The John Barry Seven per se, the book offers a fascinating historical insight into the British music scene of the period and, more importantly, provides an essential read for anybody remotely interested in discovering more about John Barry's formative career.

We appreciate the postage to destinations outside the UK is somewhat expensive, but unfortunately there is nothing we can do about this. Due to its size and the number of pages, the book is very heavy — about 1.2 kilograms — and shipping overseas is expensive.

However, we think buyers will appreciate the quality of the book is well worth it! The links to order the book will be available soon. Alternatively, send us an email message and we will be in touch in due course.

Visit our dedicated web page here!


 

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poppies heres to the heroes

 Aled Jones and Russell Watson have released the official video for their single ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone/Here’s To The Heroes’

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Robin and Marian on Blu-ray

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 08:47 Written by
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robin and marian bluray sSony Pictures Home Entertainment are to release Robin and Marian on Blu-ray on 20 Nov 2018
107 min.
SpecialFeatures: Theatrical Trailer,
AspectRatio: 16 X 9, ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.85:1
Region A
No subtitles

The Scarlet Letter Blu-Ray

Friday, 26 October 2018 12:06 Written by
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scarlet letter bdThe Scarlet Letter is to be released on Blu-Ray on 2 Jan 2019.

KL Studio Classics, 2.35:1, 135 mins, Region A (Anamorphic, NTSC).

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£22.50

You can order now!

http://paypal.me/Geoffers007
Let us know if you aren't able to do this and we'll work out another way

Alternatively, UK residents can order from us via ebay
where credit cards are accepted
The book's cover price is £30 

anybody ordering direct from us will receive a 25% discount
reducing the cost to £22.50.

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UK = £2.95 (2nd classs mail)

Europe = £10.90
Rest of World (Excluding Australia) = £16.30

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and we will be in touch!

In a few days time, our book "Hit and Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven" will be published and available.

Quartet Records Releases Masquerade

Monday, 08 October 2018 17:19 Written by
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masquerade quartet records"Quartet Records and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer present a remastered, remixed, slightly expanded edition of this masterful John Barry noir score for the thriller Masquerade. The 1988 film was directed by Bob Swaim and starred Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall and Doug Davant."

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Lolita Sheet Music Crop252

Book and Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER
Music by JOHN BARRY
Based on the book "Lolita" Vladimir Nabokov
FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 3, 2019

Company Website

Based on the 1955 novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Lolita, My Love, which originally closed in Boston in 1971, closely follows the legendary novel: a college professor named Humbert Humbert becomes fascinated by and starts to seduce his landlady's young daughter, Dolores "Lolita" Haze. The fascination quickly turns into obsession, and soon a whirlwind race across the US begins.  ”For this Mufti presentation, Erik Haagensen (Darling of the Day and The Day Before Spring in Mufti) has created a new script, edited together from Lerner’s assorted drafts, each vastly different from the others. Haagensen has stated that “Now audiences will have a chance to hear [Lolita] on stage and decide for themselves what they think of this unquestionably daring musical that begins as a black comedy and ends in tragedy.” Nabokov himself has said “Mr. Lerner is most talented and an excellent classicist. If you have to make a musical of ‘Lolita,’ he is the man to do it”.

Unlocking the Secret of the Black Magic Box

Thursday, 06 September 2018 20:24 Written by
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For many years John Barry fans had been misled into thinking he had composed the theme that accompanied the Black Magic series of commercials - ‘Who Knows the Secret of the Black Magic Box’. These had a theme, which most people remember – maybe because it ran the longest or because it was possibly the last specially composed theme for these commercials - shown when people actually watched them rather than fast-forwarded or muted them!

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The Wrong Box released on Blu-Ray

Thursday, 06 September 2018 15:54 Written by
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THE WRONG BOX BD s19 Nov 2018

Limited Blu-ray Edition (World Blu-ray premiere) See Blu-Ray page...

The Knack...and how to get it (Dual Format Edition)

Thursday, 30 August 2018 10:17 Written by
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the knack dvd bd sJune 18, 2018, United Kingdom, Blu-ray + DVD, BFI Video, 1965, 84 min, Region B.
 
£14.99
  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Captain Busby the Even Tenour of Her Ways (1967, 16 mins): Ann Wolff's surreal riff on Philip O'Connor's poem, featuring Quentin Crisp
  • Now and Then: Dick Lester (1967, 17 mins): Bernard Braden's wide-ranging interview with the director
    Rita Tushingham Remembers The Knack...and How to Get It  (2018, 11 mins): newly shot interview
  • Staging The Knack...and How to Get It (2018, 2 mins): interview with  the director of the first stage version of The Knack...
  • British Cinema in the 1960s: Richard Lester in Conversation (2018, 59 mins): the director discusses his career with Neil Sinyard
  • Illustrated booklet with writing by Neil Sinyard and Melanie Williams, plus full film credits

 

Great Movie Sounds Of John Barry

Friday, 13 July 2018 08:15 Written by
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Columbia S BPG 62402
Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / standard sleeve
Manufacturer: Speakers Corner
Original label: Columbia
Release Date: 2018-06-15
Status: New release, in stock

The Music of Bond

Friday, 29 June 2018 12:40 Written by
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The Music of BondRoyal Albert Hall
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Starts: 7:30pm

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Presented by Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace). Over fifty years of timeless James Bond themes from all your favourite 007 films.

Hits from Goldfinger, Licence to Kill, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, Spectre, From Russia with Love to name just a few, all sung by outstanding vocalists Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Gareth Hudson Conductor
Alison Jiear Vocalist
Matthew Ford Vocalist

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Buxton Opera House
Water street,
Buxton, Derbyshire, sk17 6xn

Sun 12 Aug
7:30pm

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The popular Q The Music Show brings its James Bond Concert Spectacular to Buxton Opera House.

The 13-piece band will be bringing the fabulous and iconic music of James Bond to you in a stunning concert. This show has been a huge success all around the world with its energetic and exciting performance by some of the UK’s leading musicians.

Featuring all the songs from the 007 movies, you can hear the greats like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, Thunderball, Live And Let Die, Goldeneye and Licence To Kill amongst all the others. With top musicians and an informative and highly amusing compere, this show has everything you could want for a fabulous night out – and one that you will be talking about for years to come. Formed in 2004, Q The Music Show have established a worldwide reputation for their authentic covers, orchestral sound and fabulous hair-raising vocalists. The show has been popular abroad at events in Monte Carlo, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Guernsey, Prague and many others.

The Quiller Memorandum NFT2, BFI SouthBank

Monday, 04 June 2018 14:45 Written by
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Image from The Quiller Memorandum

The Quiller Memorandum is showing at NFT2 at BFI SouthBank.....
21st July 2040
30th July 1820

On the BFI Website
02079283232

UK-USA 1966
Dir Michael Anderson
With George Segal, Senta Berger, Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow
102min
Digital
Certificate PG

An excellent George Segal plays Quiller, a secret agent dispatched to Berlin to uncover a neo-Nazi movement. Based on a thriller by Adam Hall (aka Elleston Trevor), Pinter’s screenplay transforms the hero from a Bond-like superman to an obdurate professional, and heightens the political resonance of a story about a man caught between the insidious banality of the neo-Nazis and the manipulative coldness of British spymasters.

James Bond on Organ

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 15:33 Written by
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http://www.erikhoeppe.de/orgel/orgel_basis_index.html

Erik is an organist who plays The James Bond Theme, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, A View To A Kill and other James Bond Songs (From Russia With Love, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only, Licence To Kill, GoldenEye [his favourite title], Tomorrow Never Dies, Writings On The Wall, plus Casino Royale [Herb Alpert] as encore) on church organs.

His programme is called “georgelt, not geruehrt” (= organ-ed, not stirred)

These versions sound at least a little bit unconversant in the beginning but after some time the songs sound quite complex.

A James Bond quiz takes place in the intermission of his programme. Prize for every right answer: a voucher for a Wodka Martini redeemable after the concert.

Mike's Murder at BFI in May

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 15:48 Written by
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Mike's Murder (1984)
starring Debra Winger,
directed by James Bridges,
music by John Barry.

Showing at BFI South Bank , 4th May 2045, 11th May

1815.

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Image from Mike’s Murder

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Sydney SamuelsonIt has come to our notice that a collector of film memorabilia has acquired a reel-to-reel tape recording of the 1972 Filmharmonic concert; which featured music by Miklós Rózsa and John Barry, performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the composers themselves.

Details are sparse at this early stage, but we understand the original owner was in the habit of travelling the world, armed with a portable tape-recorder, and may have recorded this concert himself from his seat in the Royal Albert Hall – however difficult or unlikely that might appear to us all now.

It’s also possible that he acquired a copy of the recording made for Sir Sydney Samuelson, who produced the concert. Obviously without hearing the recording it’s impossible to comment on the quality, but hopefully the current owner will investigate the possibility of a digital transfer.

Naturally, fans of both composers will be keen to learn about the possibility of the music getting a commercial release, and although this would be an intriguing prospect, it’s likely there will be major obstacles.

Firstly, since the members of the RPO would only have been paid for their original performance, not for a live recording, a re-use fee would be payable in the event of a commercial release. Bearing in mind the size of the orchestra, and in excess of 90 minutes of music, the re-use cost is certain to run into thousands of pounds; making a release by any of the dedicated soundtrack labels extremely unlikely.

Secondly, will be the recording turn out to be of sufficient quality that the RPO management would be happy to approve such a release?

Having said this, in the event of the quality being OK, there still might be a way of getting a commercially legal release. The RPO management might be prepared to release it themselves, and turn over any profits to their orchestra benevolent fund – assuming there is such a thing – and tracking down those who played during the 1972 concert proves impossible.

If and when we receive more information we will update this story, but in the meantime the phrase “never say never” comes to mind once again!

Barry signs at RAH 1972 Concert
Barry signs at RAH 1972 Concert
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By Raymond Benson.

"... It shows off John Barry’s Oscar-winning score (play it loud!)..."

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Talking Pictures to screen The Last Valley

Thursday, 29 March 2018 21:45 Written by
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Talking Pictures will be screening The Last Valley in May -- a very rare TV screening in the UK.

The Party's Over is also being repeated at some stage that month.

Never Let Go, Beat Girl & Mix Me a Person are all on during April.

James Bond Moonraker Concert 26th Jan 2019

Thursday, 29 March 2018 08:39 Written by
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James Bond fans are in for a treat in January 2019, as renowned Band, the popular Q The Music Show, are putting on a special concert - performing all the music from Moonraker on

26th January 2019

at the

Wycombe Swan Concert Hall,
High Wycombe,
Berkshire
United Kingdom.

You can back the project and buy tickets here

They are drafting in professional musicians from London to create a 100-piece Orchestra and Choir to recreate all of John Barry’s iconic cues from the 1979 film. As there is only around 50 minutes of music in the film, they will perform the best of the James Bond songs in the second half in true Q The Music style, but with full orchestra.

Because of the nature of this concert, and the huge costs involved, they are crowd funding it, so tickets have to be purchased by 6th May this year for the concert to go ahead on Saturday 26th January 2019.

Q The Music Show are popular with James Bond fans all around the World thanks to their dedicated and authentic versions of the music and were chosen to perform at Sir Roger Moore’s Memorial Event at Pinewood Studios in October last year. The concert will be compered by Bond girls Madeline Smith and Caroline Munro, who have been working with Q The Music this year on their theatre tour of the UK.

The concert will not be available to buy on recording after the show, and the Moonraker score has never been performed live, so this is a unique opportunity for fans to see it. If the project is a success, Q The Music plan to go on a do a different Barry/Bond score each year.

You can back the project and buy tickets here

*Please note, this is a music only performance – no images or footage from the film will be shown, and Q The Music are not associated with EON, Danjaq LLC, or the James Bond Films in any way.

Warren Ringham
Q The Music Show - James Bond Tribute Band
The London Showband - Party & Covers Band

The Best of James Bond

Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:00 Written by
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South Bank Centre
Part of Classical Season 2017/18
7:30 pm
Fri 23 Mar 2018

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Celebrate the UK’s most famous secret service agent as this musical tribute to James Bond returns – an exciting concert with an explosive 28 piece orchestra.

Hear all the iconic music and songs from over 50 years, plus a tribute to other spies and detectives from around the world.

Performers
London Concert Orchestra
John Rigby conductor
Louise Dearman guest singer
Oliver Tompsett guest singer

Repertoire
Programme includes: -
-: From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only, Nobody Does It Better, You Only Live Twice, Skyfall, All Time High, The World is Not Enough, Thunderball, Another Way to Die, Writings on the Wall

The Music of Bond

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The Music of BondRoyal Albert Hall
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Starts: 7:30pm

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Presented by Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace). Over fifty years of timeless James Bond themes from all your favourite 007 films.

Hits from Goldfinger, Licence to Kill, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, Spectre, From Russia with Love to name just a few, all sung by outstanding vocalists Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Gareth Hudson Conductor
Alison Jiear Vocalist
Matthew Ford Vocalist

The Knack ...and How to Get It at the BFI

Sunday, 18 March 2018 16:11 Written by
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"A timid schoolteacher (Michael Crawford) tries to join the 60s sexual revolution in this Woodfall comedy."

BFI

Thursday 05 April 2018 20:55
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Thursday 12 April 2018 18:20
NFT2

The Music of Bond

Friday, 16 March 2018 13:57 Written by
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RThe Music of Bondoyal Albert Hall
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Starts: 7:30pm

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Presented by Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace). Over fifty years of timeless James Bond themes from all your favourite 007 films.

Hits from Goldfinger, Licence to Kill, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, Spectre, From Russia with Love to name just a few, all sung by outstanding vocalists Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Gareth Hudson Conductor
Alison Jiear Vocalist
Matthew Ford Vocalist

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http://halloffame.classicfm.com/2018/

and vote for a John Barry piece!

"The Classic FM Hall of Fame is the world's biggest poll of your favourite classical music. We want to know which are your three favourite pieces..."

 

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We have received sheet music transcriptions of Chaplin and Who Will Buy My Yesterdays (OHMSS). Our thanks for this.

See our sheet music page...

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Almost Love - Inside MovesStaggering to hear this song after 36 years -- many thanks to Peter Greenhill and Andrew John.

Almost Love – Music by John Barry, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Recorded by Catherine Howe on Breeze BI 113 (1981)
Arranged by Bobby Patrick. Side B – Inside Moves Theme (Bobby Patrick Band)

Lyrics through our Lyrics page...

Pawn Stars episode with Vic Flick and a Bond guitar

Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:15 Written by
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For those who've never seen the "Pawn Stars" episode which features Flick, Vic Flick, and one of his Bond guitars, you can watch it on ITV4 this Saturday.

Pawn Stars
On: itv4 (24)
Date: Saturday 13th January 2018
Time: 13:00 to 13:30

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service. Series 8, episode 29.

A 1961 Fender Stratocaster used in the recording of the James Bond theme is brought into the shop by the man who played it: Vic Flick.

Note that despite the text, the guitar in question was not used on the original recording of The James Bond Theme, but was used on other Bond films.

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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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Geoff (owner) and Ruud (webmaster) have been running the John Barry website since June 18, 2001.

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A lot more James Bond concerts collected on the link below, I have put them all in this news item. So check it out from there!

http://www.moviesinconcert.nl/index.php?page=concertlist


The Bridgewater Hall - Music of John Barry November 2018

The Music of John Barry

Saturday 10 November 7.30pm
The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3WS

Website

Nicholas Dodd conductor
Andrew Collins presenter
Manchester Camerata

John Barry created some of the most memorable and recognisable film scores of the 20th century, such as Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, Zulu and of course much of the music from the James Bond series; his versatility and originality were peerless. His death in 2011 deprived cinema of a true musical great. This concert pays tribute to his life and music with a carefully selected programme, conducted by Nicholas Dodd, who collaborated closely with the composer on his later films. Nicholas Dodd is regarded as one of the leading conductors and orchestrators of Hollywood film music and is a noted expert on, and performer of John Barry’s music. In fact, every James Bond movie from the last 10 years bears his signature.