Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

The Essential James Bond [1997]

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A very entertaining disc of music drawn from the Bond film series (skipping the non-canon Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again, alas; Henry Mancini's cute title cut for Casino Royale would have been perfect for the Copp), with the cutoff being Goldeneye. There are several suites, numerous lush symphonic versions of songs, and two versions of the famous Bond theme, one of which should immediately be lifted by marching bands. The arrangements are generally interesting, though some listeners may find the periodic lounge orchestra sound to be a bit too mushy, even though much of the material lends itself to that. Overall, if you're looking for a somewhat different take on music from the Bond films, this is a package well worth acquiring.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:05
2 2:50
3
2:59
4 2:39
5 2:18
6 2:55
7 5:59
8 3:34
9 3:07 Amazon
10 3:39 Amazon
11 3:37
12 3:49
13 3:39
14 3:08
15 4:15 Amazon
16 5:21 Amazon
17 5:01
18 4:08
19 2:32
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