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Best of Bond... James Bond [2 Discs]
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Album: Best of Bond... James Bond: 50 Years - 50 Tracks
# Song Title   Time
1)    James Bond Theme
2)    From Russia with Love
3)    Goldfinger
4)    Thunderball
5)    You Only Live Twice
6)    On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Theme
7)    We Have All the Time in the World
8)    Diamonds Are Forever
9)    Live and Let Die
10)    Man with the Golden Gun, The
11)    Nobody Does It Better
12)    Moonraker
13)    For Your Eyes Only
14)    All Time High
15)    A View to a Kill
16)    Living Daylights, The
17)    License to Kill
18)    GoldenEye
19)    Tomorrow Never Dies
20)    World Is Not Enough, The
21)    Die Another Day
22)    You Know My Name
23)    Another Way to Die
1)    Dr. No: Dr. No's Fantasy
2)    Under the Mango Tree (from Dr. No)
3)    From Russia with Love: 007
4)    From Russia with Love: Opening Titles (Medley): James Bond Is Back / From Russia with Love / John Bond Theme
5)    Into Miami (from Goldfinger)
6)    Goldfinger: The Laser Beam
7)    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (for Thunderball)
8)    Thunderball: Switching the Body
9)    You Only Live Twice: Capsule in Space
10)    Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown (from On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
11)    Diamonds Are Forever: Bond Smells a Rat
12)    Live and Let Die: Fillet of Soul New Orleans / Live and Let Die / Fillet of Soul Harlem (Medley)
13)    Live and Let Die: Underground Lair
14)    Man with the Golden Gun: H ip's Trip, The
15)    Spy Who Loved Me: The Pyra mids, The - Marvin Hamlisch
16)    Moonraker: Cable Car and Snake Fight
17)    Make It Last All Night (from For Your Eyes Only) - Bill Conti
18)    Octopussy: The Chase Bomb Theme
19)    A View to a Kill: Snow Job
20)    Where Has Everybody Gone (from The Living Daylights)
21)    If There Was a Man (from The Living Daylights)
22)    Experience of Love, The (from G oldenEye)
23)    Tomorrow Never Dies: James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-Version) - Moby
24)    Surrender (from Tomorrow Never Dies)
25)    Only Myself to Blame (from The World Is Not Enough)
26)    Casino Royale: Vesper - David Arnold
27)    Quantum of Solace: Time to Get Out - David Arnold
 
Album: Best of Bond... James Bond: 50 Years - 50 Tracks
# Song Title   Time
1)    James Bond Theme
2)    From Russia with Love
3)    Goldfinger
4)    Thunderball
5)    You Only Live Twice
6)    On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Theme
7)    We Have All the Time in the World
8)    Diamonds Are Forever
9)    Live and Let Die
10)    Man with the Golden Gun, The
11)    Nobody Does It Better
12)    Moonraker
13)    For Your Eyes Only
14)    All Time High
15)    A View to a Kill
16)    Living Daylights, The
17)    License to Kill
18)    GoldenEye
19)    Tomorrow Never Dies
20)    World Is Not Enough, The
21)    Die Another Day
22)    You Know My Name
23)    Another Way to Die
1)    Dr. No: Dr. No's Fantasy
2)    Under the Mango Tree (from Dr. No)
3)    From Russia with Love: 007
4)    From Russia with Love: Opening Titles (Medley): James Bond Is Back / From Russia with Love / John Bond Theme
5)    Into Miami (from Goldfinger)
6)    Goldfinger: The Laser Beam
7)    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (for Thunderball)
8)    Thunderball: Switching the Body
9)    You Only Live Twice: Capsule in Space
10)    Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown (from On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
11)    Diamonds Are Forever: Bond Smells a Rat
12)    Live and Let Die: Fillet of Soul New Orleans / Live and Let Die / Fillet of Soul Harlem (Medley)
13)    Live and Let Die: Underground Lair
14)    Man with the Golden Gun: H ip's Trip, The
15)    Spy Who Loved Me: The Pyra mids, The - Marvin Hamlisch
16)    Moonraker: Cable Car and Snake Fight
17)    Make It Last All Night (from For Your Eyes Only) - Bill Conti
18)    Octopussy: The Chase Bomb Theme
19)    A View to a Kill: Snow Job
20)    Where Has Everybody Gone (from The Living Daylights)
21)    If There Was a Man (from The Living Daylights)
22)    Experience of Love, The (from G oldenEye)
23)    Tomorrow Never Dies: James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-Version) - Moby
24)    Surrender (from Tomorrow Never Dies)
25)    Only Myself to Blame (from The World Is Not Enough)
26)    Casino Royale: Vesper - David Arnold
27)    Quantum of Solace: Time to Get Out - David Arnold
 
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  • One of the signature aspects of a James Bond movie is its theme song, and, as demonstrated on this collection of those songs, there is a remarkable consistency to them. The first Bond film, 1962's Dr. No, featured Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme," a distinctive instrumental piece that has figured in every Bond picture since and that leads off the disc. But with the second entry in the series, 1963's From Russia with Love, there was a specially written title song sung by a contemporary pop artist during the opening credits. And as of the third entry, 1964's Goldfinger, that song, as often as not, would become a hit. Shirley Bassey's melodramatic performance of "Goldfinger" remains a standard for Bond themes, but, just as the films have been subtly updated through the years, so the theme songs have reflected changes in pop music. Echoes and approximations of Norman's theme turn up over and over as a basis for the songs, even though they make room for individual interpretation. For example, Gladys Knight's "License to Kill" from 1989 may be an '80s power ballad complete with synthesizer accompaniment, but it still uses familiar orchestral elements. And some of the least characteristic songs are also some of the most successful. Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" doesn't even use a film title, yet it is one of the better remembered theme songs. Many of the artists who sing the songs are pop footnotes (a-ha, Sheena Easton), but they were hot when they were asked to participate, and their performances hold up. [Originally released in 1999, the album was reissued in a 40th anniversary edition in 2002 containing three additional tracks, including Garbage's theme song for The World Is Not Enough and Moby's electronica-styled reconstruction of the original theme. It was reissued again in 2012 with Madonna's contribution to 2002's Die Another Day, Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name" from 2006's Casino Royale, and Jack White and Alicia Keys' "Another Way to Die" from 2008's Quantum of Solace. The 2012 "50 Years - 50 Tracks" two-CD version was reissued as a "Deluxe Edition" in 2017.] ~ William Ruhlmann
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