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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 12:34 AM   
 By:   Geoffers   (Member)

Windmill Records is pleased to announce the release of John Barry - The Early Years. Although only a couple of the 36 tracks are film music-related, there are 12 John Barry compositions, including the various "Mood" tracks he recorded for the Chappell music library just before "Beat Girl".

You can also enjoy three rare Barry compositions that he never recorded himself: "Easy Beat", the theme for a long-running BBC Radio show, "Moonbird", written for Penny Whistle specialist Des Lane, whom The John Barry Seven often accompanied on stage, and "Trouble Shooter", written for Bob Miller & The Millermen, some of whom previously featured on the Beat Girl album recording.

John Barry's hand is in every track, either as a writer or arranger, and it's a chance to hear him experimenting as he gradually moved from the pop world to the film world.

The CD is not a limited edition though it is unlikely that more than 1000 will be pressed.

The CD can be purchased direct from Windmill Records via the following link:

http://www.johnbarry.org.uk/tey.php

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Ordered!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Hansbudgie   (Member)

Windmill Records is pleased to announce the release of John Barry - The Early Years. Although only a couple of the 36 tracks are film music-related, there are 12 John Barry compositions, including the various "Mood" tracks he recorded for the Chappell music library just before "Beat Girl".

You can also enjoy three rare Barry compositions that he never recorded himself: "Easy Beat", the theme for a long-running BBC Radio show, "Moonbird", written for Penny Whistle specialist Des Lane, whom The John Barry Seven often accompanied on stage, and "Trouble Shooter", written for Bob Miller & The Millermen, some of whom previously featured on the Beat Girl album recording.

John Barry's hand is in every track, either as a writer or arranger, and it's a chance to hear him experimenting as he gradually moved from the pop world to the film world.

The CD is not a limited edition though it is unlikely that more than 1000 will be pressed.

The CD can be purchased direct from Windmill Records via the following link:

http://www.johnbarry.org.uk/tey.php

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 1:25 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

This album won't set the world alight but as a memento of some great, albeit very lightweight, pop tunes of the era (before the 1960's music scene did set the world alight) it is a great collection.

I've owned recordings of many (not quite all) of these songs for a long time but to hear them in good quality sound is wonderful. On another thread, others and I have mentioned the inclusion of Mr. Barry's Mood One, et al. and, yes, these are the highlights. But all of the other tracks are of interest and I'm grateful to Geoff and his colleagues for taking the effort to make this collection available.

And very speedy service, too.

Cheers, Geoff!

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   siriami   (Member)

Just want to add my thanks here, too - I ordered the CD on Thursday afternoon (late) and it arrived in the post on Friday lunchtime. Doesn't get quicker than that!
Cheers, Geoff! (And the gang!)
Alistair

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   shadowman   (Member)

Are any of the selections on this cd also found on the "John Barry The
EMI Years" volumes 1,2, and 3? Thanks.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Geoffers   (Member)

Are any of the selections on this cd also found on the "John Barry The
EMI Years" volumes 1,2, and 3? Thanks.


No, there are no duplications, in fact many tracks are new to CD.

Thanks for all the orders received to date, it's going quite well!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I'm glad to have this, thank you Geoff.

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2013 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Played mine, for the first time, today. Very enjoyable stuff from the years just before Barry's big break through with 'The James Bond Theme' and the jazz club sequences in 'The L-Shaped Room'.

Many thanks to Geoff Leonard and crew for this one!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2013 - 8:52 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

I ordered mine today. I am really looking forward to giving it a spin. Great stuff!

Alex

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Worth getting for the Barry-composed instrumental tracks alone. Like others I adore the 'Mood' pieces. I must admit to skipping some of the cheesier pop songs though.

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   Geoffers   (Member)

Worth getting for the Barry-composed instrumental tracks alone. Like others I adore the 'Mood' pieces. I must admit to skipping some of the cheesier pop songs though.

You mean you're not a fan of "Baby Talk"?

Well, it was his first accompaniment/arrangement for EMI, so we thought it worth including for historical reasons.!!

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Worth getting for the Barry-composed instrumental tracks alone. Like others I adore the 'Mood' pieces. I must admit to skipping some of the cheesier pop songs though.

You mean you're not a fan of "Baby Talk"?

Well, it was his first accompaniment/arrangement for EMI, so we thought it worth including for historical reasons.!!


Definitely!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

In what I think is a new airspeed record for deliveries from the UK to Canada, I received John Barry's 'The Early Years' today. I'm listening to it now and it's a treat. I've never heard of ANY of these artists but some of the songs are really quite nice and the Barry instrumentals are full of the portent of scores to come!! It goes down a bit better than some of those EMI comps. (This release is very timely for me as I'm just wrapping up 'The Complete John Williams - Chronological' playlist and I'm about to start Barry's.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2013 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   stanatstationnj   (Member)

Windmill Records is pleased to announce the release of John Barry - The Early Years. Although only a couple of the 36 tracks are film music-related, there are 12 John Barry compositions, including the various "Mood" tracks he recorded for the Chappell music library just before "Beat Girl".

You can also enjoy three rare Barry compositions that he never recorded himself: "Easy Beat", the theme for a long-running BBC Radio show, "Moonbird", written for Penny Whistle specialist Des Lane, whom The John Barry Seven often accompanied on stage, and "Trouble Shooter", written for Bob Miller & The Millermen, some of whom previously featured on the Beat Girl album recording.

John Barry's hand is in every track, either as a writer or arranger, and it's a chance to hear him experimenting as he gradually moved from the pop world to the film world.

The CD is not a limited edition though it is unlikely that more than 1000 will be pressed.

The CD can be purchased direct from Windmill Records via the following link:

http://www.johnbarry.org.uk/tey.php[/endquote

Hi Geoff
My copy finally arrived on this side of the pond yesterday.
Great to have these rarities with clean sound. How much of a challenge was arranging clearances and restoring the sound for the compilation?
Simply marvelous to have all five Chappell Library tracks available. I had not heard Mood Four until now. I believe that these tracks in particular display JB's growing artistry and, along with the Beat Girl Main Title and Bees Knees show the roots of the James Bond theme.
Congratulations to all. I hope it sells well.
PS: Geoff it was good to finally meet you at the Memorial Concert in 2011.
Stan

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   Geoffers   (Member)

Hi Geoff
My copy finally arrived on this side of the pond yesterday.
Great to have these rarities with clean sound. How much of a challenge was arranging clearances and restoring the sound for the compilation?
Simply marvelous to have all five Chappell Library tracks available. I had not heard Mood Four until now. I believe that these tracks in particular display JB's growing artistry and, along with the Beat Girl Main Title and Bees Knees show the roots of the James Bond theme.
Congratulations to all. I hope it sells well.
PS: Geoff it was good to finally meet you at the Memorial Concert in 2011.
Stan


Hi Stan, many thanks for that. To be honest it was probably the easiest album to do in every respect. Knowing of a good man to d/w sound restoration for some tracks was a bonus, of course, but it was worlds apart from some of the TV theme albums I did some years ago, when you were dealing with half-a-dozen or more different companies, who all wanted advances against sales.

Also back then, the creation of a booklet could be very complex, but things have moved on considerably in the technical sense, and you can now do everything on your own computer and upload the files to the manufacturer. Of course a soundtrack album would be the next logical step, but I know that is far from simple to get underway, and I admire those other labels who have achieved so much so far, a lot of it against the odds.

If this album sells a few more copies I'll certainly be doing another, rest-assured!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

All power to you Geoff cool

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Geoff, if you'd like to pick up releasing the definitive compilation of Roland Shaw recordings, you'd be loved by many.

See: http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=97715&forumID=1&archive=0

Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2013 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   stanatstationnj   (Member)

Hi Geoff
My copy finally arrived on this side of the pond yesterday.
Great to have these rarities with clean sound. How much of a challenge was arranging clearances and restoring the sound for the compilation?
Simply marvelous to have all five Chappell Library tracks available. I had not heard Mood Four until now. I believe that these tracks in particular display JB's growing artistry and, along with the Beat Girl Main Title and Bees Knees show the roots of the James Bond theme.
Congratulations to all. I hope it sells well.
PS: Geoff it was good to finally meet you at the Memorial Concert in 2011.
Stan


Hi Stan, many thanks for that. To be honest it was probably the easiest album to do in every respect. Knowing of a good man to d/w sound restoration for some tracks was a bonus, of course, but it was worlds apart from some of the TV theme albums I did some years ago, when you were dealing with half-a-dozen or more different companies, who all wanted advances against sales.

Also back then, the creation of a booklet could be very complex, but things have moved on considerably in the technical sense, and you can now do everything on your own computer and upload the files to the manufacturer. Of course a soundtrack album would be the next logical step, but I know that is far from simple to get underway, and I admire those other labels who have achieved so much so far, a lot of it against the odds.

If this album sells a few more copies I'll certainly be doing another, rest-assured!


Hi Geoff
I'm glad that some things get a little easier with technology. I hope the CD continues to do well. I don't suppose you will give us all a hint of what might be next?
Stan

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2013 - 2:39 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

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If this album sells a few more copies I'll certainly be doing another, rest-assured!


Sinful Davey would be nice!

 
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