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First ever UK CD release of The Ipcress File

Saturday, 15 June 2002 14:37

Geoff Leonard
15 June, 2002

Next month Silva Screen are to issue the first ever UK CD release of The Ipcress File and I'm fortunate enough to own a pre-release copy of it.

One wondered how different it would be from the expensive Japanese release, but I'm very, very pleased with it.

The sound is certainly improved (the Jap CD turns out to have been remastered from vinyl) and not only that, there has been a slight adjustment in the running order of the tracks so the number of 'Man Alone' cues are broken up somewhat. 'Goodbye Harry' has been rejoined (the way it originally was on the UK LP).

There are some dialogue clips. Now, I already know this will be disliked by some people but, in my opinion, they work really well - in fact, far more so than the kind of thing we heard on some of those Ryko releases. They actually help towards creating the atmosphere and appreciating the story-line of the film, and, as such, were well-chosen. There is even a secret bonus track - something I asked for but didn't expect to get!! For those who really just want to hear the music, well, it's easy enough to programme out the dialogue.

The booklet. This is something of a departure, too, since it's not the normal glossy paper affair. Virtually all black and white contents within, I'm sure deliberately, it really does enhance the idea of a secret 'dossier'. There are details about the original book, the making of the film, details of the cast and the music.

I feel sure all John Barry fans will buy it anyway, but more importantly it should have more general appeal. I can see magazines like Mojo, Empire and Loaded etc., loving it. This is good news because if it does well, maybe we shall see 'Tamarind Seed' at long last - Carlton being the same licensing company involved.

Geoff Leonard

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Water street,
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Sun 12 Aug
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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 Music of BondThe Music of Bond
Royal 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
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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

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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.