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.
post-free in the UK
The box-set is limited to 500 copies and is only £16.99 post-free in the UK, so don’t miss out!
It will only be available direct from this website!
So pre-order now!
Let us know if you aren't able to do this and we'll work out another way.
19 Nov 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World Blu-ray premiere) See Blu-Ray page...
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
Royal Albert Hall
Wednesday 19 September 2018
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
Buxton Opera House
Buxton, Derbyshire, sk17 6xn
Sun 12 Aug
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 is showing at NFT2 at BFI SouthBank.....
21st July 2040
30th July 1820
On the BFI Website
Dir Michael Anderson
With George Segal, Senta Berger, Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow
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.
It 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!
By Raymond Benson.
"... It shows off John Barry’s Oscar-winning score (play it loud!)..."
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.
South Bank Centre
Part of Classical Season 2017/18
Fri 23 Mar 2018
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.
London Concert Orchestra
John Rigby conductor
Louise Dearman guest singer
Oliver Tompsett guest singer
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