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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Ryko... May 27 2000
By Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It is a true crime that for nearly 20 years the single best James Bond soundtrack was unavailable on compact disc. I was lucky to have an original cassette tape release and was about ready to convert it to cd-r when this latest album in the Ryko movie series made that unnecessary. On top of the 12 standard tracks, this cd also contains 7 previously un-released tracks including the snazzy Gunbarrel intro to the movie. For those of us that are completists such additional material makes it worth buying Ryko's "Deluxe Edition" versions even if we already have the original on cd.
Why is "For Your Eyes Only" the best Bond soundtrack ever released? First, the title track as sung by Sheena Easton is widely recognized as the best song ever written and sung for a James Bond movie. In addition, it achieved the greatest commercial success of any 007 title song and still gets regular airplay to this day. Of course the melody of this timeless classic was written by Bill Conti who also created the rest of the music.
What also sets the entire soundtrack apart for me is how well Conti integrates traditional Bond music with themes from the local Mediterranean setting for the movie. In addition he uses sophisticated, modern arrangements that do not sound as dated as some of the earlier 007 soundtracks. Finally, this is one of the last albums to be created with whole songs... not just a boring string of orchestral cues hinged together on a computer screen like all of the later Bond movie music.
Here is what you can expect. 1 great title track and 1 reprise both sung by Sheena Easton. 3 great action songs suitable for fast driving and hard cornering on sunny days. 1 slow, but very hip, 007 song, "Submarine". 2 smooth flugelhorn jazz instrumentals including one of the title song. You will also get various odds and ends like the Gunbarrel opening previously mentioned. The over-funkified "Gonzales takes a dive" and "Runaway" are admittedly bad, but with this much good music surrounding them it is easy to forgive a few poor choices.
If Ryko continues to release "deluxe edition" versions of the James Bond soundtracks, I think I'll be first in line to buy them despite the fact that I now have all of the originals on cd.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited CD release arrives April 29 2000
By "dziglar" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Finally, the last of the older James Bond soundtracks makes it to a CD release! This interesting departure from the classic John Barry style of Bond music worked. Bill Conti (best known for the music from Rocky) pulls off an excellent title theme and superb action sequence music for one of the most serious of the Roger Moore films.
This CD release appends seven 'bonus tracks' of music not previously released on the original 1981 LP. But since the LP release already contained the best of the music from the movie, do not expect any real treasures in the added material. The 'bonus tracks' are excellent for providing a complete soundtrack, though they are mostly compilations of brief or slower pieces of incidental music.
Several interesting items about this album: A typo in the labeling of this CD release lists two track 3's and no track 5. The original LP release also was victim of a typo. The track described as "Gonzales Takes A Drive" was supposed to have been "Gonzales Takes A Dive" - a play on words since Gonzales is killed by Melina's arrow as he is diving into the pool. That typo has perpetuated in the back cover labeling of this CD release, but is corrected in the inside notes. And finally, the track labeled "Melina's Revenge" is really two pieces from the film. Only the first 35 seconds of the track contain the dramatic queue from the emotional closeup of Melina just after her parents are killed. The remainder of the track is the excellent action piece from the pre-credits helicopter sequence, which likely would have been separately titled "Have a Pleasant Fright."
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond for the Eighties April 25 2000
By Neil Shurley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Okay, so it's not On Her Majesty's Secret Service, or even Tomorrow Never Dies, but it sure beats Goldeneye. For Your Eyes Only definitely shows its age in spots (particularly the track titled Runaway which was overused for years on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous) but it's great to have it on CD after all this time and the bonus tracks are definitely worthwhile. (I personally would love to have the gunbarrel music from every film available, and this is a step in that direction.) The packaging and liner notes are well done, along the lines of the suberb Living Daylights reissue. In all, it's a great record for Bondmusic fans.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good One By RYKO Disc June 29 2000
By Stuart Humpert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had the entire collection of James Bond soundtracks from Dr. No to The World Is Not Enough but I didn't have For Your Eyes Only. Then RykoDisc released it with bonus tracks and I got it. The title song is great, all the Mountain Climbing music is great, Submarine is a great version of the James Bond theme as Bond and Melina search for the sunken ship, the Gunbarrel music I think is the best one in the series,(I also think they should release a CD that has all the gunbarrel music from every Bond movie)and the rest of the songs are great. Bill Conti did a great job on this, and not only does it have bonus tracks, it has a great booklet with pictures and descriptions of each song. A MUST HAVE FOR ANYONE WHO LIKES MUSIC; ESPECIALLY BOND MUSIC! 5 Stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More to Come? April 29 2000
By Kelsey O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm glad we're finally getting the whole scores for a change. I can now enjoy this classy digital recordin grather than the old LP and with more music! This one in particular is a gem in it's own right and I hope this isn't the last Bond score we see. I am still waiting for an expanded Moonraker and OHMSS so if you're listening.......

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