John Barry

The Name's Barry... John Barry [Acrobat]

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The Acrobat Music collection The Name's Barry...John Barry brings together a number of recordings from his work for the Ember label, a small English concern led by Jerry Kruger, who offered Barry the one carrot that could get him away from EMI: artistic independence. While there was some "stick" involved -- mainly in devising arrangements to back Kruger's stable of artists, namely Chad & Jeremy -- the arrangement did allow for a very free hand indeed from Barry, who produced a large number of intriguing pieces for Ember that have become some of his most avidly collected recordings. This disc combines a couple of Ember discs released as singles only with cues from the films Zulu and Four In the Morning and the television shows The Newcomers and Elizabeth Taylor in London.

Time has not been particularly kind to some of these tapes, and an over eager application of noise reduction software has rendered some of these tracks, particularly the opening 007, rather constricted and fluffy sounding. Although a James Bond-like motif constitutes the film's key cover image, there are only two Bond cues on the album itself, the theme to From Russia with Love and 007. The total time -- less than a half hour's length -- certainly does not make The Name's Barry...John Barry attractive from the standpoint of value, and everything on it has been released on other discs many times, most comprehensively in the two CDs entitled The Ember Years on the Play It Again label. Before investing in this disc, do a little research and find the most suitable collection -- collectors already deep into John Barry certainly will not need this.

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