John Barry

The Best of the EMI Years

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Be warned: despite the title and the presence of many of his most famous movie and TV themes ("Midnight Cowboy," "Goldfinger," "Thunderball," "Walkabout"), this 22-track compilation does not contain the actual soundtrack versions, but orchestral renditions from the early and mid-'70s. Tastefully done, but sometimes veering toward the easy listening side of things, these do have some interest for completists by virtue of the fact that versions of some of these compositions are extremely hard to find, or in fact unavailable elsewhere. It's not a starting point, though Barry fans may want to seek it out.

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