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Review of the expanded OHMSS

Friday, 07 February 2003 14:46

Matt Manning
7 February, 2003

I shall now attempt, as far as I'm aware, something of an internet scoop - a review of the expanded OHMSS. Just spent the whole night listening and re-listening to it and I'll start by confidentally proclaiming this CD to be one of THE greatest John Barry CD's there has ever been!

As you know, they've kept the original abum sequence followed by the previoulsy unreleased cues. To my surprise, I discovered they have expanded 4 of the tracks in the original album sequence - "This Never Happened To The Other Fella" (which now begins with the gunbarrel logo Bond music), "Ski Chase" (which extends to the music immediately after the avalanche), "Over & Out" (which, instead of fading out, goes the full distance to the brassy punchy end) and "Journey To Blofeld's Hideaway" which is complete (the "We Have All The Time In The World" march which cuts in half-way through on the original album is now the second half of the new track "Journey To Draco's Hideaway". Following me so far? Good!)

As if the unreleased sections of score now appearing in clear, crisp magnificent CD sound quality wasn't good enough, many of these bonus tracks feature music we've never heard before EVER! "Bond Settles In" (when Bond is being shown his room at Piz Gloria) extends far longer than what we hear in the film (with echoy, tinkering piano a la "The Last Deadfall"). "Dusk At Piz Gloria" is completely new and "Bobsled Chase" is in its entirety. The brilliant "Gumbold's Safe" also features a short moment never heard before (presumably meant for when Bond steps out onto the balcony to collect the safecracker) and it was worth staying alive this long to finally hear this superb track on CD.

The cable-car section of "Blofeld's Plot" sounds like it has been edited down but all the musical ideas present in the film cue are here (you'll hear what I mean). As far as I can tell, the only previously unreleased cue NOT present is the ice-rink waltz (when Bond is chased into the village and Tracey rescues him). I'd hazard a guess that they decided not to include this 'source cue' so they could squeeze ALL of the dramatic score onto the disc which, incidentally, runs for 79 minutes and 48 seconds.

The front covers are the same as the original albums but the CD case spines are seethru and black (sporting the words "James Bond 007 remastered") and obviously the back covers are different now with the new tracklistings.

Well now you can set your minds at ease. This CD is as great as it should be. It was worth the wait!!!

I'll spend all of TOMORROW night going through "Diamonds Are Forever"!


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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!

The Music of BondThe Music of Bond
Royal Albert Hall
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Starts: 7:30pm


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.

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Gareth Hudson Conductor
Alison Jiear Vocalist
Matthew Ford Vocalist

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

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Wycombe Swan Concert Hall,
High Wycombe,
United Kingdom.

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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.

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*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.

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