December 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Compilation:
Bond and Beyond Themes from the Bond films plus:- Dick Tracy; The Untouchables; Rambo; Lethal Weapon; Darkman; Shaft; and TV adventure themes.
John BARRY; Ennio MORICONE; Danny ELFMAN; Jerry GOLDSMITH; enry MANCINI; Bronislaw KAPER; Lalo SCHIFRIN; Michael KAMEN; Etc.
  Erich Kunzel conducting the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
  TELARC CD-80251   [61:22]

bond and beyond

This compilation, thankfully, pulls in more than the interminable Bond themes with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra jazzing up many themes for not only movie heroes like Bond, Shaft, and those Untouchables but many good guys from TV like Perry Mason, Peter Gunn and the Mission Impossible guys.

Kunzel pulls all the stops out, his big band vividly colouring racy themes from Goldfinger, Beverly Hills Cop, Shaft and Michael Kamen's Lethal Weapon; more noble heroic material like Enio Morricone's The Untouchables and the Danny Elfman's deliciously quirky dark music for Darkman and Dick Tracy. Jerry Goldsmith's 'It's a long road' from Rambo mixes lazy style western material with explosive action stuff.

There is an emphasis on arrangements of James Bond theme songs: From Russia with Love; Live and let Die; 'Nobody Does it Better' from The Spy Who Loved Me and 'All Time High' from Octopussy. Whatever relaxation there is from the relentlessly high spirits and hectic pace of the music comes in these arrangements.

One track is a 'Medley of Adventure Themes' in hectic arrangements that are exciting enough but they may not appeal to the purists.

High spirited, big jazz arrangements of many well-loved movie and TV action themes.

Ian Lace

****

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