October 2001 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
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EDITOR’s Recommendation October 2001

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Compilation: Shaken Not Stirred Various Artists SONY MUSIC/COLUMBIA STVCD107 2 CD SET [63:51; 75:48]
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CD ONE:
01 - 007 - JOHN BARRY (DR.NO)
02 - MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - LALO SCHIFRIN
03 - GOLDFINGER - SHIRLEY BASSEY
04 - THE AVENGERS - LAURIE JOHNSON ORCHESTRA
05 - THE SAINT - CYRIL STAPLETON & THE ELIMINATORS
06 - THE PERSUADERS - JOHN BARRY
07 - BULLITT - LALO SCHIFRIN
08 - PETER GUNN - HENRY MANCINI
09 - THE IPCRESS FILE - JOHN BARRY & HIS ORCHESTRA
10 - THUNDERBALL - TOM JONES
11 - SEARCH FOR VULCAN - LEROY HOLMES (THUNDERBALL)
12 - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - MATT MONROE
13 - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - NANCY SINATRA
14 - COME SPY WITH ME - HUGO MONTENEGRO
15 - ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE - JOHN BARRY & HIS ORCHESTRA
16 - GOODBYE CARTER - ROY BUDD (GET CARTER)
17 - THE PROFESSIONALS - THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
18 - THE SWEENEY - SIMON BRINT & SIMON WALLACE
19 - DIAL M FOR MURDER - IAN RICH ORCHESTRA
20 - A MAN IN A SUITCASE - RON GRAINER
21 - STEPPING STONES - JOHNNY HARRIS
22 - FEAR IS THE KEY - ROY BUDD & HIS ORCHESTRA
23 - SHAKEN NOT STIRRED - MI5
  CD TWO
01 - SHAFT - ISSAC HAYES
02 - IRONSIDE - QUINCY JONES
03 - TROUBLE MAN - MARVIN GAYE (SEVEN)
04 - GREEN ONIONS - BOOKER T & THE MGs (GET SHORTY)
05 - WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - JIMMY SMITH (CASINO)
06 - MANNISH BOY - MUDDY WATERS (GOODFELLAS)
07 - FEELING GOOD - NIA SIMONE (THE ASSASSIN)
08 - THE BOSS - JAMES BROWN & THE JBs (LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS)
09 - SON OF A PREACHER MAN - DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (PULP FICTION)
10 - BLUE VELVET - BOBBY VINTON
11 - SEA OF LOVE - PHIL PHILLIPS & THE TWILIGHTS
12 - FBI/MAN OF MYSTERY - THE SPECTRES
13 - THE MAN FROM UNCLE - RAY FISCHER
14 - OUR MAN FLINT - HUGO MONTENEGRO
15 - LITTLE GREEN BAG - GEORGE BAKER SELECTION (RESERVOIR DOGS)
16 - DIRTY HARRY - LALO SCHIFRIN
17 - GOTCHA - TOM SCOTT (THEME FROM STARSKY & HUTCH)
18 - CHARLIE’S ANGELS - HENRY MANCINI
19 - HILL STREET BLUES - MIKE POST FEATURING LARRY CARLTON
20 - MIAMI VICE - JAN HAMMER
21 - TWIN PEAKS - ANGELO BADALAMENTI
22 - CHINATOWN - TERENCE BLANCHARD


 

A real mixed bag with the emphasis far more on pop songs than I would have liked, leaving this double CD less rewarding for serious film score admirers, although more than likely (or so the producers would hope) it will go down very well with general music fans.

Of course with a collection as comprehensive as this there has to be some real highlights and for me they tend to appear on CD One with John Barry’s The Persuaders and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as wonderful as ever. But really there are just too many songs included here, something that seems to happen more and more often on compilations like this; ‘Green Onions’, ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ and ‘Feeling Good’ are just a few examples. Perhaps it’s just me, but I would much rather have heard something like Edwin Astley’s tremendous theme(s) from Danger Man (AKA: Secret Agent) (the second version is a personal favourite) and I’m sure every reader could name another candidate of their own. Incidentally, the great Ron Grainer has apparently had a name change according to the CD sleeve and is now known as Roy!

Anyway, good value for money if you enjoy this kind of thing and there’s no denying the quality of the best of what’s on offer. Just a pity about those damn songs!

Mark Hockley

 

 

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