For Your Eyes Only Import
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For Your Eyes Only (1981 Film)
The 12th official Bond movie was an attempt to tone down the slapstick cartoonish quality that peaked with the previous Moonraker. Strangely, that didn't quite translate into the score. Conti (still enjoying the success of Rocky) provided something clearly symptomatic of its era. The disco elements that pervade this album didn't add anything serious to the movie then, and they don't do so now. The bright side of that, however, is that he clearly had great fun, and so will you with an hour of music that takes itself less seriously than John Barry's scores ever did (which is saying something!). Get ready to groove to the Bond theme via funky guitar, heavy drum set, and what we now deem "cheesy" synths in "Gunbarrel / Flowers For Teresa / Sinking The St. Georges". This is the first of a batch of albums to feature previously unavailable bonus tracks--something that always makes Rykodisc releases worthwhile. --Paul Tonks
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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.
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."