Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday Forgotten Song: You Only Live Twice

With this week's passing of one of the all-time great film composers, John Barry (1933 - 2011), you'll understand why I sought one of these forgotten posts out. Having scored so many memorable films through his well recognized four-decade career -- including The Lion in Winter, Midnight Cowboy, Body Heat, Dances with Wolves... ah, hell I even list the splendid one he did for Out of Africa here (and I don't even like the film outside of its music and Streep's performance) -- a number of the tributes to the man by bloggers are covering many of the prominent tracks associated with Barry. I highly recommend the blog salutes by friends John Kenneth Muir , Steven Hart, and christian highlighting why this famed English music arranger/composer mattered so heavily in cinema.

The rest of this post has been updated and moved to my current blog, found here.

26 comments:

  1. The Sci-Fi FanaticFebruary 4, 2011 at 6:07 AM

    Great tribute as well L13.  I love my John Barry Bond CD.  I have this double CD set and honestly, at one point, I played it into the ground.  He was one of the best. 

    That sampling of this amazing track by Robbie Williams, oddly enough, Millennium, never bothered me and normally that stuff does.  I actually kind of liked it and I don't own a single Robbie Williams CD, but I didn't mind it.

    Under Pressure by Queen was sampled.  Superfreak by Rick James sampled etc... and I hated those absolute thefts of the classics.  So yes, normally I'm not a fan of the SAMPLE.

    The use of strings was to die for.  Nice Friday Forgotten Song Tribute my friend.

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  2. This track does it for me too. I haven't seen the movie in a while, but when I heard this recently it took me back. The lyrics are great, and the title for me one of the all time best, possibly even a good summary of the cinematic Bond as a concept.

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  3. <span>This track does it for me too. I haven't seen the movie in a while, but when I heard this recently it took me back. The lyrics are great, and the title for me one of the all time best, possibly even a good summary of the cinematic Bond as a concept. Wonderful post.
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  4. I always liked Nancy Sinata, had to get the go go boots! I loved the way she did the song for the movie and with Hazelwood. John Barry did some remarkable music and they don't come any better.
    Thanks for another terrific post, and the forgotten song~~

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  5. I didn't remember that Lulu song. I gotta go shower now, wash that sound out of my ears!

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  6. Good luck with that~~It will stay in head all day~~

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  7. That's sad. I've been a fan of the Bond books and movies for a long time and I cannot imagine the movies without Barry's music (by the way - I knew right off the bat who he was).

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  8. I dunno why I showed up as "Guest," but it was just me.

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  9. Out of curiousness (and I know this may cost me), which John Barry Bond CD are you referring to? There are so many compilation albums out there and I know you have a fine music collection.

    And yes, I'm not a fan of sampling. Thank you very much for your kind words, SFF.

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  10. Thank you, my friend. I very much agree with you regarding the song and how representative it is as "<span>a good summary of the cinematic Bond as a concept." Well said.</span>

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  11. Nancy Sinatra did some great music in her career. Better than most gave her credit for. Thank you very much, Bev.

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  12. Thanks for this, Naomi and Bev  :)

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  13. Yes, it is quite a loss. John Barry contributed so much to music and film. He will be sorely missed. Thanks so much for your comment, my friend.

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  14. Do you think Naomi realizes it wasn't a Lulu song yet?

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  15. Now you have me humming THOSE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING. See where a post can lead.

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  16. She might have clicked on the Lulu song link I included for The Man With The Golden Gun reference.

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  17. That remains a catchy tune, Patti. Thanks.

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  18. Lovely piece, Michael. This is such a terribly sad loss. Have fond memories of seeing some of the Bonds at the cinema and Barry's work made its mark at an early age, as I discovered how important msuic is in the cinema. RIP

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  19. That would be sad, yes ;)

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  20. The Sci-Fi FanaticFebruary 6, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Hello my friend.

    This is the one I bought when it was out.  I know there are several but this is a nice two disc collection.  Very affordable. 

    http://www.amazon.com/Best-James-Bond-30th-Anniversary/dp/B000002V0S/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1297027223&sr=1-2

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  21. Awesome! It's in the cart, my friend.  8-)

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  22. Same here, Steve. I was 10 years old when I saw my first Bond flim (Goldfinger). Made quite the impression. Thanks so much, my friend.

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  23. The Sci-Fi FanaticFebruary 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Hey my friend.  Packers are doing well.  Black Eyed Peas were something.  Quite electric out there.

    Anyway, I just want you to know, you're one of the best brother.

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  24. <span><span>Packers 31, Steelers 25!!! YES!!!</span></span>

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