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Dr. No - Soundtrack

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      19.08.2002 04:27
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      Dr No, the first James Bond film, starred Sean Connery and was released in 1962. The man assigned the job of scoring the film was Monty Norman. James Bond music scores are highly regarded as being amongst some of the best in cinema history, mainly due to the skills of composer John Barry. He has been heavily associated with the music throughout Bond's history. However, although he had some involvement in Dr No, he didn't take over until the next film, From Russia with Love. So how does the score for the very first Bond film compare with later efforts? As heard in the film, the music for Dr No isn't very good. It is a mix of Jamaican music and Norman's score. The Jamaican songs suit the film (as it is, after all, set largely in Jamaica). The score consists of many short instrumentals, and uses the James Bond theme heavily. However, what is the CD release of the music like? Very poor. For both casual buyers and collectors alike. This is because the CD consists mostly of the aforementioned Jamaican music, and very little score. There are 18 tracks on the album. After watching the film, I can find only 6 album tracks that can be heard in the film. The other 12 tracks are totally new or different versions of other tracks. The album gets off to a good start with the James Bond theme, which is used in the opening credits. The theme was composed by Monty Norman, not by John Barry as was known at one point. A recent court case confirmed Norman as the writer. Unfortunately this is the only track on the album that doesn't sound Jamaican in origin! Track 2, Kingston Calypso, is the first Jamaican song. It is also used in the opening credits ('Three Blind Mice') and so you might think of it as the 'offical' Dr No song. Very atypical for Bond as neither the lyrics nor music sound vaguely Bondish. Two versions appear later on which are somewhat redundant. Neither can be heard in th
      e film. Nor can Jamaican Rock (3), which has a lively use of the guitar with Jamaican drums. Jump Up (4), is again a lively affair which can be heard at Pussfeller's bar midway through the film. Again, there are two more versions which are unnecessary. Audio Bongo (5) is probably the worst track on the CD - again absent from the film, and its strange beeps and twangs totally unlistenable. Under the Mango Tree (6) crops up in three different versions on the album, the first of which can be heard in the film as Bond prepares to catch Professor Dent. A nice vocal performance but unfortunately no vocalists get named on the track listings. The second version is an instrumental, the third a male vocal performance, both of which again seem unnecessary. Twisting with James (7) is a vaguely listenable jazz effort. Jamaica Jazz (8) is a pointless instrumental version of Jump Up. Ditto track 9 for Under the Mango Tree. Track 10 is... Jump Up again. Yet another version. By this point you'll be wondering if your CD player is stuck on repeat! Dr No's Fantasy (11) is a guitar piece similar to earlier unmemorable tracks. Track 12 is a reprise of Kingston Calypso. The Island Speaks (13), does actually feature in the film as instrumental music. Unfortunately it's just 3 minutes of slow Jamaican drums. Under the Mango Tree (14) is another reprise but can also be heard in the film, when Bond meets Quarrel. The Boy's Chase (15) is yet more silly Jamaican shenanigans with a completely irrelevant title. What Boy? What Chase? Dr No's Theme (16) - an instrumental of Kingston Calypso again. aaargh! (17) is listed as The James Bond Theme - which is surely a mistake as it doesn't sound anything like it. In fact, it's a slower more sedate version of (7). Maybe the CD listings writer had given up too? Love at Last (18) is a disappointing end, being another piece of Jamaican music not in the
      film. Monty Norman's score may not be very good but he got a raw deal when it came to this release. Fans would be more interested in hearing his score instead of the music here; for example, the gunbarrel at the start of the film, with all the beeps (it was never repeated in this form); or the music accompanying the spider crawling up Bond's body. This latter piece was re-recorded for the CD Bond Back In Action. As it happens, Norman's score was never released. If you're a casual Bond fan, I wouldn't recommend this; go for one of the Barry scores instead, like Goldfinger or The Living Daylights. For completists only.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 James Bond
      2 Kingston Calypso
      3 Island Speaks
      4 Under The Mango Tree
      5 Jump Up
      6 Dr No's Fantasy
      7 Boy Chase
      8 Love At Last
      9 Jamaican Rock
      10 Audio Bongo
      11 Twisting With James
      12 Jamaica Jazz