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 Posted:   Feb 28, 2024 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Any news when this title might be back in stock at LLL?

Friday morning

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2024 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Excellent, Smithers!

 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2024 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Jeyl   (Member)

I am just delighted with this release. I especially love how discrete everything is when tracks have more than one music piece.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 29, 2024 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   panavision   (Member)

I am just delighted with this release. I especially love how discrete everything is when tracks have more than one music piece.

Can hear the percussion on the gunbarrel very clearly.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2024 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I remember buying the LP back in the day. Its when I first started purchasing soundtracks on my own and not knowing the composers works I just picked up what looked interesting mostly based on the covers. Live and Let Die, Diamonds Forever and Airport 75 come to mind.

I really didn't like the album at the time. It just seemed all over the place musically speaking. I especially hated the funeral music which I believe was track two on the LP.

But the expanded release has a lot of interesting music and it sounds awesome. Its like hearing the score for the very first time.
I'm really getting into the bond film scores lately. The older ones and the newer ones by David Arnold which I had a lot more familiarity with.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2024 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Sound quality is crazy good on this.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2024 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   RichC   (Member)

Another two hours well spent.

Unlike Octopussy, which has a melancholic richness to it, this score is all about the attack. From first note to last, this is violent, dangerous stuff, full of venom and bruises. It's like being socked in the jaw by a very angry drumstick for an hour, and it's an absolute pleasure to be so assaulted. The crystal clarity of the original recording is here rendered so sharp, so immediate, that you almost feel as if the players are stationed about three feet in front of you. Every single note from every single instrument lands with absolute precision - I'm not convinced I've ever heard anything quite so exact and "real" sounding on a score album before. Not every score would benefit from it, of course, but here it works like a dream. Or a nightmare. What a recording, and what a mastering job! Wonderful! Come the final notes, you feel like you've been mugged by the entire brass section, and you find you don't mind a bit. In fact, you want to go through it all again.

It's a testament to how well the theme song was originally recorded and mixed that it doesn't sound remotely out of place on this re-mixed and remastered masterpiece. It's a timeless track, and one that's so densely constructed that it reveals fresh nuance every time you listen to it.

Just A Closer Walk With Thee sounds ragged, and probably ever shall do - but that's down to how it was originally captured. It might as well have been recorded in the same wine cellar as Inchon for all the sonic beauty it retains. But somehow, that just adds to its charm: there's a rawness to it, a feeling of spontaneity that's quite addictive. It's a pity that all the different takes as heard in the film don't still survive - or are yet to be discovered - but what we have will more than suffice.

I think the thing that shines through on this release most of all is that the orchestra sounds to be having a whale of a time. I'm not sure I've ever heard such pure joy emanating from a group of musicians captured in analogue form so diligently.

Once again, my thanks to everyone involved.

Crikey. What a ride. smile

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2024 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

It's like being socked in the jaw by a very angry drumstick for an hour, and it's an absolute pleasure to be so assaulted.

I just had to reply to offer you kudos on this awesome sentence. Your review is so good it should be published on an album review website. smile

The crystal clarity of the original recording is here rendered so sharp, so immediate, that you almost feel as if the players are stationed about three feet in front of you. Every single note from every single instrument lands with absolute precision - I'm not convinced I've ever heard anything quite so exact and "real" sounding on a score album before.

Once again, Chris Malone for the win!

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2024 - 10:01 PM   
 By:   David Brynskov   (Member)

Classic James Bond (1962-2002) Soundtrack Completion/Cue Number Seperation (In Composer's Original Score) Checklist:

I'll leave it up to the soundtrack experts to determine whether or not the CDs from MGM Records complete and report the conditions of the Music/M&E Masters/Tapes etc.

Legend:

Yes: Complete
No: Incomplete
? Unsure
LD: Criterion and MGM/UA
M&E: Music and Effects

Dr. No (1962) No (M&E Track is available on the CC and MGM/UA LDs)
From Russia with Love (1963) [No/?] (M&E Track is available on the MGM/UA LD [Connery Collection #1]). Note the film tracks music from "Dr. No" during Bond and Tania's escape in 2 scenes
Goldfinger (1964) No (M&E Track is available on the CC and MGM/UA LDs)
Thunderball (1965) [?] Since the film has two Mono Mixes and a 5.1 mix created by MiCasa Multimedia for it's 2006 UE release, Cue number separation is required in order to put them where the Composer originally intended where they should be placed in order to have pauses rather than putting the next number (only applies to scenes with one music number in a scene before next).
You Only Live Twice (1967) [?] Cue number separation is required in order to put them where the Composer originally intended where they should be placed, etc.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) [?] Cue number separation is required in order to put them where the Composer originally intended where they should be placed, etc.
Diamonds are Forever (1971) [Yes/?] Though there is a "Whyte House ringtone" heard just before Blofeld picks up his phone. Cue number separation is required in order to put them where the Composer originally intended where they should be placed etc.
Live and Let Die (1973) Yes (Isolated Score available on 1991/1993 MGM/UA LDs)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) No
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) No
Moonraker (1979) No (The music was recorded in Paris [as I'm aware of], which probably would explain why it is complex to do an expanded soundtrack album at the moment)
For Your Eyes Only (1981) No
Octopussy (1983) Yes
A View to a Kill (1985) No (See you in 2025, La-La Land Records [rolling the dice])
The Living Daylights (1987) No (Just need MGM Records to green light a match to prepare an expanded soundtrack album)
Licence to Kill (1989) No (Just need MGM Records to green light a match to prepare an expanded soundtrack album)
GoldenEye (1995) No (See you in 2025, La-La Land Records [rolling the dice])
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Yes [The 2000 Special Edition DVD, onwards has an Isolated Score]
The World is Not Enough (1999) Yes
Die Another Day (2002) Yes

Thank you. :-)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2024 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   BasilDowl   (Member)

Well, they finally arrived after a lengthy stay at His Majesty's Customs...

LALD up first, and I have to say, WOW. The sound quality is astonishing for a 50-year old film - thank you LLL!!

It's wonderful to finally hear the score in its entirety and it's such a dynamic, driven effort - it really is up there with the best Barry offerings.

Fantastic. Now for the main event - Octopussy!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2024 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   RichC   (Member)

It's like being socked in the jaw by a very angry drumstick for an hour, and it's an absolute pleasure to be so assaulted.

I just had to reply to offer you kudos on this awesome sentence. Your review is so good it should be published on an album review website. smile


Once again, Chris Malone for the win!

Yavar


Thank you, sir! smile

Yes, Chris Malone has performed an astonishing feat here - the original recording was obviously superb to begin with, but modern technology and a keen ear can really bring out the best in the best. Have been listening to this on almost constant repeat and it snares the attention every time.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2024 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   panavision   (Member)

Yep, this one sounds amazing. I can't believe it's a 50 year old recording. Having the original multi-tracks makes a massive difference.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2024 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   BasilDowl   (Member)

Completely agree - I was expecting this to be the appetiser to Octopussy but it's been the opposite - I haven't had this off since it arrived really, it's absolutely stunning. The extra music filling in the gaps helps but the quality of the sound is just astonishing.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2024 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   BasilDowl   (Member)

I just bought Octopussy and I am looking forward to hearing it but I have the 2002 expanded FSM produced CD of Live and Let Die which is not too different from this version. Don't get me wrong, the score is fantastic but I just can't justify spending $38.00 including shipping to buy it.


I can absolutely assure you - this release is worth every penny. It is fabulous from start to finish.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2024 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   adamclark83   (Member)

Got this the other week, can't wait to listen to it but LLL sure missed the chance to include a pic of Solitaire tied between the posts in the booklet.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2024 - 4:51 AM   
 By:   Willgoldnewtonbarrygrusin   (Member)

It is absolutely stunning work by LLL, making this fantastic score shine.

And again, for me not just one of the best, if not THE best non-Barry-Bond-score but also one of the best Bond scores ever.

An absolute must-have.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2024 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   NO NAME   (Member)

It is absolutely stunning work by LLL, making this fantastic score shine.

And again, for me not just one of the best, if not THE best non-Barry-Bond-score but also one of the best Bond scores ever.

An absolute must-have.


It is the best.

 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2024 - 12:31 AM   
 By:   adamclark83   (Member)

I just bought Octopussy and I am looking forward to hearing it but I have the 2002 expanded FSM produced CD of Live and Let Die which is not too different from this version. Don't get me wrong, the score is fantastic but I just can't justify spending $38.00 including shipping to buy it.


I can absolutely assure you - this release is worth every penny. It is fabulous from start to finish.


With the original release, it seemed like it was just the original soundtrack with bonus tracks like the pre-credits sequences at the end. These new releases have the full score in film order which is always wonderful.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2024 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   Mark malmstrom   (Member)

I just bought Octopussy and I am looking forward to hearing it but I have the 2002 expanded FSM produced CD of Live and Let Die which is not too different from this version. Don't get me wrong, the score is fantastic but I just can't justify spending $38.00 including shipping to buy it.


I can absolutely assure you - this release is worth every penny. It is fabulous from start to finish.


With the original release, it seemed like it was just the original soundtrack with bonus tracks like the pre-credits sequences at the end. These new releases have the full score in film order which is always wonderful.





the 2003 edition had expanded tracks within the OST but not allOST tracks were remixet and restored fully - BOND DROPS IN were in it's OST version

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2024 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   seinmind   (Member)


the 2003 edition had expanded tracks within the OST but not allOST tracks were remixet and restored fully - BOND DROPS IN were in it's OST version


Curious, since it was mentioned a few pages back, "Solitaire Gets Her Cards", the timpani is more prominent on the 1988 EMI CD (and Vinyl???) than on the 2003 Remaster and La-La Land releases.

Now, I don't want to throw shade at LLL or the album producers, but rather use this as a way to ask, does anyone know anything about the production of the EMI Manhattan produced Bond CDs from the late 80s/early 90s? I spent the late 90s collecting them all and noted how they were very "budget friendly" in their production. Simple cover and back art (the LP), silk-screened black text on the CD, and no liner notes.

I can only wonder if it was a small team, or a single person, pulling "whatever-generation" of UA album masters existed at the time to get them released. They also knew (probably) they couldn't touch For Your Eyes Only since that album was on a different company label (Liberty).

 
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