United Studio Orchestra

40 Years of James Bond: 20 Themes

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Madonna, Duran Duran, and Sheena Easton are not on this record. Instead, the ambiguously titled United Studio Orchestra, which sounds like a Casio and a laptop, and whose only other release is a Christmas record, fill in for the aforementioned musicians. Leading off with Madonna's "Die Another Day," the "orchestra" nearly fools the listener into believing that the material girl is about to let loose, before handling the melody themselves with a thin, factory synth-sound. (This happens for each of the 20 main melodies.) Paul McCartney's gloriously odd "Live or Let Die" has been reduced to the cool demo version it would have been had it been recorded on a basement four-track in the mid- to late '80s. Even the more orchestral of the Bond themes have been de-orchestrated by the U.S.O. and compressed into a cold pancake. In the future, the United Studios Orchestra should focus its efforts on the television and radio commercials they deserve, and not swindle unsuspecting buyers looking for the real thing.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:38
The World Is Not Enough, film score
2 4:14
3 4:57
4 4:19
5 4:16
The Living Daylights, film score
6 3:15
7 3:39
Octopussy, film score
For Your Eyes Only, film score
9 3:40
Moonraker, film score
10 3:38
Nobody Does It Better, song (for the film The Spy Who Loved Me)
11 5:09
Man with the Golden Gun, film score
12 3:26
13 3:21
Diamonds Are Forever, film score
14 3:35
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, film score
You Only Live Twice, film score
16 3:41
Thunderball, film score
17 3:06
Goldfinger, film score
18 2:56
19 4:01
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